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Sony Handycam HDR-XR100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR100. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and size. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the price, and there are some critical views about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, portability, image quality, size, design

durability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR100 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the design and size are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Many are critical about the viewfinder and durability, and there are some mixed opinions about the price.

usability, portability, image quality, size, design

durability, viewfinder

70% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-XR100 80 GB HDD High Definition Camcorder (Silver)Sony HDR-XR100 80 GB HDD High Definition Camcorder (Silver)

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR100 review:


Though it's not the least expensive model in Sony's AVCHD camcorder lineup--the Handycam HDR-CX100 fills that spot--the hard-drive-based HDR-XR100 looks, feels, and performs as if it should be. Boxy looking, in a boring two-tone silver and black...

Relatively fast start-up; comfortable design.

So-so video quality for HD; annoying touch screen and interface.

While it's a perfectly serviceable HD camcorder, the Sony Handycam HDR-XR100 should deliver a little more of everything for the money.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Derek Fung (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR100


While it's a perfectly serviceable HD camcorder, the Sony Handycam HDR-XR100 should deliver a little more of everything for the money.

Relatively fast start-up ; Comfortable design

So-so video quality for HD ; Annoying touchscreen and interface

If you're looking to spend about AU$1500 on an HD camcorder, there are a few decent alternatives, like the Panasonic HDC-HS20 or JVC GZ-HD320, you might want to consider before shelling out for the just alright Sony Handycam HDR-XR100. If you can...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: yuga (

Sony HDR-XR100 Handycam


Sony's entry-level HD video camera makes good in its promise of high definition footage but lacked some key features I thought should have been included. Let me share some of the footage and shots I got with the Sony HDR-XR100 Handycam.

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: Frogman (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR100


Really,really,really disappointed in this camorder. I purchased it and found that it performed terrible indoors, depsite trying all settings. The colours were ordinary. I returned it for something else.



Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: Nish (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR100


I disagree there are better models such as the GZ-HD300. I compared the two in a store and the JVC picture looked better for around the same price.It has better specs too such as a larger CMOS sensor and the JVC offers more zoom at a higher bit rate of...


Average Picture

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: Nadirrep (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR100


Was not impressed with indoor quality but when comparing to others is not that bad. I am more than happy with outdoor quality. Very compact and easy to use.

Outdoor picture quality is great

Not so good indoor quality

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: Ben P (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR100


I saw one in a store and when indoors it was a little noisy and washed out just like what Stephen said earlier.

May, 2009

Consumer review by: Robert (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR100


I saw one on the weekend in a store and wasn't that impressed. I guess I expected more for a HD camcorder.I found the colours to look inaccurate and the image a little pale. This was indoors ofcourse, perhaps it will look different outdoors. I guess we...

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: Stephen (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR100


My brother purchased one and the image I found looked a little washed out. Especially the colours. Indoors it performed very average with some noise. However outdoors it wasn't too bad. The colours on it improved.I liked the grip and feel of it.

Allright picture quality outdoors

terrible stills and poor when indoors

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: James9873 (



This camcorder has an awesome picture and is very easy to use. The menu options are great. The battery life is much better than expected.The only con's are this camcorder does not work well in low light. There is no built in light, and the software...

Sep, 2009

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes


Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: Yes
Line-In Audio: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
S-Video Output: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Black / Silver


Display diagonal:6.86
Screen Resolution:211000 pixels
Screen Size:2.7 inch
Screen Type:LCD


Web Cam Function: No

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Effective Pixels:1.43 Megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Total MegaPixels:2.36 Megapixels

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42 - 497
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:10


Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-F2.2
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:120 x
Filter Size:30 mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv):42-497 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):3.2-32 mm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Digital)
Manual Focus: Yes
Optical Zoom:10 x
Shutter speeds:1/30-1/1000 seconds
White Balance:Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, Onepush(touch panel)


Dimensions (HxWxD):69x68x129 mm
Weight:330 grams
Weight (lb):0.72 lb

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 2.2
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Manual Focus: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1

Ports & interfaces

S-Video In: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power source

Battery Type:InfoLithium rechargeable


Miscellaneous:With Face Detection technology, Smile Shutter technology


Sensor Size:1/5 inch
Sensor Type:CMOS


Exposure Control:Touch Panel

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG


Built-in Memory: Yes
Built-in Storage Size:80 GB
External Memory Type:Memory Stick Pro Duo
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Internal storage capacity:80


HD Recording:HD 1080p
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Recordable File/Disc Formats:MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVC/H.264
Recording Format:Hard Drive / Memory Stick
Recording System:NTSC
Video Resolution:1920x1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.8 / 6.8
Height :12.9 / 6.8
Weight:330 / 410