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Sony HDR-CX550VE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 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. People are impressed by the price and image quality. The portability and size also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical opinions about the zoom and battery.

usability, size, portability, image quality, price

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 (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: 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: 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: Reuben (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550VE

 

great features compact size feels good quality in your hand brilliant zoom

expensive poor battery life

Jul, 2017

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...

Nov, 2012

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

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio dubbing:No / Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Battery

Battery life (max):1.55
Battery Type:NP-FV50

Camera

Minimum illumination:3
Playback zoom:Y
Playback zoom (max):Y

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3.5
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Flash

Built-in flash: Yes

Focusing

Face detection: Yes

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):921600
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:12

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.17 - 11.7
Digital Zoom:120
Filter size:1.46
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.17 - 11.7
Focal length range (f-f):0.15 - 1.5
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:10

Other Features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.4
Audio Output:1 / Y
Auto focus: Yes
Cable type:USB
Fader:Black / White
Flash:Y
Interface:USB, HDMI
Lens system:Sony G
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Noise reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.2
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video out:1 / Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser (PMB)
Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1 / 3
DV port: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports: No
HDMI: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/6 - 1/10000

Still Image

Still image resolution(s):4000 x 3000 / 640 x 480,4000 x 3000

Storage

Internal storage capacity:64

Video

HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video compression format:AVCHD, MPEG2
Video formats supported:AVCHD,MPEG2

Viewfinder

Viewfinder:201600
Viewfinder screen size:0.27

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:5.63
Height:2.91
Weight:15.5
Width:2.6

White Balance

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