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Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and image quality. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the battery and zoom, while there are some mixed comments about the color and price.

usability, portability, size, image quality, durability

zoom, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and image quality. The size and memory also get good opinions. Comments are divided on the zoom, and some have doubts about the battery.

usability, memory, size, image quality, portability

battery

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-XR550V 240GB High Definition HDD Handycam CamcorderSony HDR-XR550V 240GB High Definition HDD Handycam Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Stuff.tv (stuff.tv)

Sony HDR-XR550 review

 

Sony always wants to go the extra mile and its latest Full HD shooter, complete with 240GB hard drive, has the capacity to put the 32GB and 64GB storage of rival cams well and truly in the shade. Favouring HDD (hard disk drive) over flash memory, the...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V review:

 

Given its accouterments--a large G series lens, 240GB hard disk, 3.5-inch LCD and EVF, headphone and mic jacks, and shutter and iris controls--the Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V's price well north of $1,000 may be a bit painful, but not much of a surprise....

Full manual feature set for video; geotagging for video is fun, if not very practical; autofocus system performs very well.

Annoying menu system; no wind filter or meaningful audio controls; relatively big and heavy; expensive; defaults to low resolution, not-full-HD video quality; cumbersome touch-screen interface.

The Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V fares well compared with the competition, though its video could be a bit sharper and the interface less cumbersome. Unless you absolutely need to store a lot of video on the camcorder--which I don't suggest--or have large...

May, 2010

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

 

The XR550V boasts a number of important improvements, including 24Mbps recording, wide-angle lens and SD card support. We'd recommend the flash-only CX550V, unless you have gigantic hands or require 240GB of storage.

Full manual feature set for video ; Geotagging for video is fun, if not very practical ; Autofocus system performs very well

Annoying menu system ; No wind filter or meaningful audio controls ; Big and heavy ; Expensive ; Defaults to low resolution, not-full-HD video quality ; Cumbersome touchscreen interface

Via CNET US

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: Ricki (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

 

I didn't like the recordings when indoors. It was a bit grainy and the colours just didn't look right. The stabiliser was pretty good but thats all I liked about it.

OIS

Poor colour accuracy especially indoors

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: Rob G (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

 

The camcorder is definately an improvement over its replacement the HDR-CX500 on paper. We shall see after it has been tested. I just found that quite a few things have been copied. SDHC card slots now.Panasonic was big on that.Is that Sony admitting...

Feb, 2010

Consumer review by: motanu (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

 

SONY IS THE BEST TOVARASI!

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: MattOConnor (sony.com)

Possibly worth it.

 

Have "grown up" on Sony: from TRV900 through to XDCam. Budget restraints forced this purchase, and the picture quality and ease of use has blown away client & DoP respectively. Virtually a point & shoot camera when on auto settings, it has passable low...

easy to use ; surprisingly good picture ;

touch screen annoyingly small & seemingly fragile ; external audio source required ;

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: farmvideos (sony.com)

next gen camera

 

Another learning curve that makes you ask if going HD is worth it.. SONY is bent on territorialism.. Even using Vegus software, I am unable to capture from this cam to a new DELL XPS Desktop..Frustrating

has alot of manual and auto options. lov the touch screen and jiggle proof footage ;

cant get the avchd Files onto my Desktop ;

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: Airad (sony.com)

Excellent Camcorder for Regular use

 

I have had this camcorder for almost 1 week now, and really love it. It takes clear crip videos and plays back instantly on my TV with the HDMI connection. I can press a button to start copying the files on my camcorder to any recording device. i...

Clear crisp videos, good size hard disk, built in mic, easy transfer of files to portable storage ;

sometime pictures come out darker when zooming in if you do not have proper light ;

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: Labra (sony.com)

HD CAMCORDER HDR-XR550V

 

Easy for whole family to use,GPS and camera a plus.Portable.1080i not 1080p fooled me.

Well designed ; excellent video quality ;

Discontinued Dec/2010 ;

Dec, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV50
Video recording time:22.83

Camera

Minimum illumination:11
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:8.89

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.88
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:12

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):29.8 - 298
Focal length range (f-f):3.8 - 38
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:10

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Internal Memory:240
Lens system:G
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
HDMI: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/60 - 1/1500

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC
Internal storage capacity:240

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:AVCHD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder screen size:0.27

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:14.3
Height :7.4
Weight:510
Width:7

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes