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Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 168 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE. 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. Reviews about the zoom and size are on the whole positive. The portability and image quality also get good views, whereas there are some mixed comments about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the viewfinder and durability. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Views about the price and battery are different.

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRXR550VEB High Definition Handycam Camcorder With Built-In 240GB Hard Disc DriveSony HDRXR550VEB High Definition Handycam Camcorder With Built-In 240GB Hard Disc Drive

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: sweeper (epinions.com)

Sony HDR-XR550V - Nice Hardware Even If Incomplete

 

Summary No other company has more experience in producing consumer video cameras than Sony does. Sony not only builds video cameras but also designs and builds most of the most critical component hardware used within including the image ...

Nearly comprehensive feature set, wide angle zoom, assignable manual control

Non-intuitive menu navigation, no Mac support, proprietary hot shoe, no VU meter, sluggish video AF

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: Tajamal (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE

 

It's ok

The software is not working with my MacBook because the software only work on windows that's very bad point thanks.

May, 2013

Consumer review by: Terry (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE

 

Image quality is brilliant - it is everything I hoped for.

Menu system can be confusing. It picks up sounds from the rear of the camera as well as the front.

Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE

 

its a big improvement not to had to worry about running out or tape, battery life is very good, but its all new to me and a diiferent way to to take video, but we do not give up!

very diificut to edit a video, I use pinnacle avid, is possible to subdivide shots, I I supose that is a question for pinnacle. with the vieod tape, recorded shots go to be edited in one long frame making it easy to edit.

Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: Wieslaw (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE

 

- quality of picture - weight - easy to use

-still to much expensive - short lived battery

Jul, 2011

Consumer review by: John (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE

 

Very easy to use.Just open the screen and shoot. Excellent pictures. Ideal zoom, not too long. Wide angle is good. Sound reasonable for close work. Light weight. Fits into your hand easily. Easy to back up onto portable hard drive or lap top (Mac). The...

Non really. The GPS is not much use. I was in Namibia recently and it told me I was in the middle of Paris!

Jul, 2011

Consumer review by: John (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE

 

Very easy to use.Just open the screen and shoot. Excellent pictures. Ideal zoom, not too long. Wide angle is good. Sound reasonable for close work. Light weight. Fits into your hand easily. Easy to back up onto portable hard drive or lap top (Mac). The...

Non really. The GPS is not much use. I was in Namibia recently and it told me I was in the middle of Paris

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: Christopher (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE

 

Image quality is exceptional and the contrast is clean with no muddy or blurry areas. I love the camera and as it was end of line I got it half price.

The battery life seems rather short and I find myself having to plan around the proximity of electrical points. Also the viewfinder having control of the on/off takes getting used to. I'd assumed the thing was off when I had closed the LCD screen but...

May, 2011

Consumer review by: Dean (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE

 

This was a brilliant investment, the HD Picture is superb sound quaility 5.1 is fantastic and totally love the facial recognition. you can adjust the sesitivity and when you cant get you're toddler to smile on cue it catches every one which ive set to...

the only part im not to keen on is most things are done via touch screen and if you have big fingers like me it sometimes selects the wrong item. Also you have to set fader every time if you want to use it, unlike my old sony didital 8mm that once set...

May, 2011

Consumer review by: Dick (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE

 

It has just about everything my previous camcorders lacked. The pictures are a vast improvement particularly.

No neckstrap is included unlike all my previous camcorders which is a rather miserly omission. I had some difficulty finding a suitable one, eventually making my own out of two joined together. The battery life is poor. This would be livable with if...

Feb, 2011

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