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Sony HDR-CX550VE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 reviews of Sony HDR-CX550VE. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The portability and size also get good comments. Many are negative about the zoom and battery.

usability, size, portability, image quality, design

battery, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-CX550VE is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: notaloser222 (shopping.com)

This is one of the best camera I have every used

 

This is one of the best video camers I have every used. It is so intuitive and easy to use. The moment I turned it on I could record quality video and sound. This camera restored my faith in being able to record one my own. If you want lightweight...

Lightweight, Compact, Easy to Use

Short Battery Life, Poor Sound

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: njronbo (epinions.com)

Wonderful camcorder works well with Mac

 

I purchased the very first consumer HD video camcorder that Sony introduced back in 2005, the HC1. It was a beautiful well-built camcorder that I never thought I would end up parting with.The problem with the original HC1 camcorder was that ...

Closes the gap between consumer and prosumer camcorders. Outstanding video ;

Limited 10x optical lens. No Carl Zeiss lens ;

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: njronbo (shopping.com)

Wonderful camcorder works well with Mac

 

I purchased the very first consumer HD video camcorder that Sony introduced back in 2005, the HC1. It was a beautiful well-built camcorder that I never thought I would end up parting with.

Closes the gap between consumer and prosumer camcorders. Outstanding video

Limited 10x optical lens. No Carl Zeiss lens

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: jdrantz (shopping.com)

Great action camera

 

This camera is amazing. I could not video my son's games without it. I use it all the time. It is everything I expected it to be and more. It keeps a clear picture even during high action. It has quality construction, materials, and design. I...

Compact

None

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: lilswtangel (shopping.com)

Gorgeous thing this beauty is!

 

I use this for special occasions such as weddings and dinner formals and such. Great for capturing everything that's going go in video for memory's sake. A video is worth a lifetime of memories and I only wish they had these back in the days when I was...

Easy to Use, Good Value, Great Design

Weak Zoom, Short Battery Life

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: avance13 (shopping.com)

This product makes home videos easy to make and share!

 

I enjoy making home videos with my Sony Handycam. The feature I like the best is that it records to small dvds. After recording, you can finalize your dvd and view it in any DVD player. This also makes it convenient to send to others and for storage....

Compact, Easy to Use, Great Design

None submitted

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: tharaka4747 (shopping.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V Review

 

Contain the G lens. It gives clear picture quality. Got wide angel lens gives wider coverage. But the lens zoom is only 10x. Added more user control features. The view point finder contain small diopter for adjustments. The view finder can extend...

Compact, Good Memory Support, Good Auto focus Ssytem

Poor Sound, Heavy, Big

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: David (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550VE

 

The quality of the image is excellent. My first filming challenge was at the wedding of my niece - a "must not fail" assignment. The camera surpassed my expectations

I bought two Vaio laptops in the past, and had truly terrible service from the manufacturers when they both went wrong. They had the effrontery to charge me more than a day's pay for looking at each machine and then sending them back, saying there was...

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: Michael (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550VE

 

"SteadyShot" is excellent. Large viewing screen. Videos and pictures can be downloaded to external WD HD. Good range of accessories.

An i.LINK (IEEE 1394) connection would be useful. The camcorder developed a fault after 3 months. It will not record after 3 minutes and displays "Buffer Overflow". It has been sent to a Sony Service Centre for warranty investigation. I have several...

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: Mike (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550VE

 

1. Large clear screen 2. Separate viewfinder for strong light conditions 3. Outstanding image quality 4. 'Steady Shot' function works well 5. Good in low light conditions 6.Wide range of menu options

1. On screen menu manipulation can be fiddly, - taking a while, sometimes, to find the correct function. 2. Battery life in typical use seems distinctly shorter than my previous Handycam which recorded on Mini DV tape

Mar, 2011

Product Specifications

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/2.9''

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS / MS Pro
Type of SD Card Interface :SD Card / SD HC Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Format:Flash + Memory Card
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD
Type:Camcorder

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/6
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/10000

Recording

HD Video Format:AVCHD
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Video

HD type:Full HD
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