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Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V
alaScore 86

206 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 206 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the design and size are overall positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, but many are negative about the zoom. Views are divided on the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the battery and reliability are overall positive. The portability and image quality also get good views. Some have doubts about the price. There are mixed comments on the size and zoom.

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86% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRCX550VEB High Definition Handycam Camcorder With 64GB embedded Flash memorySony HDRCX550VEB High Definition Handycam Camcorder With Built-In 64GB Hard Disc Drive

Aug, 2015

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Opinions about the size and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the memory. There are some negative reviews about the zoom.

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93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-CX550V 64GB High Definition Handycam CamcorderSony HDR-CX550V 64GB High Definition Handycam CamcorderSony HDRCX550 HDR-CX550/V 64GB Flash Memory High Definition Handycam® Camcorder with Wide Angle 10x Optical Zoom and 12MP Image Capture featuring a 3.

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V Camcorder Review

 

Sony's flagship 2010 model, the HDR-CX550V, is a larger camcorder than its predecessor, but it is loaded with a wide angle lens, new manual controls, and stronger performance. With a Sony049 price tag, the CX550 is also one of the cheaper high-end...

May, 2010
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Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

Sony HDR-CX550V

 

Larger than its predecessor, but loaded with features, controls, and stronger performance

Great control dial; Decent motion

Poor low light sensitivity; Color accuracy wasn’t great

With the HDR-CX550V Sony finally began to break down some of its longstanding policies regarding its Handycam camcorders. For starters, the CX550V is the first Sony Handycam to offer 24Mbps AVCHD recording, and it is the first to enable the use of...

May, 2010

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Sony HDR-CX550V

 

The large amount of memory and high-quality images makes this device hard to beat.

This Sony HDV camcorder features the Exmor R CMOS sensor

A higher optical lens would enhance this camcorder

The Sony HDR-CX550V is the best HDV camcorder on the market. The GPS abilities, large amount of embedded memory and a vast selection of features makes this device simple, efficient, yet of high-quality. If simplicity, high-quality images and an...

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

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

 

Against the competition the CX550V fares well, though its video could be a bit sharper and the interface less cumbersome.

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 touchscreen interface

Via CNET US

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: badpro (sonystyle.com)

Best pro handy cam in the market, FACT!

 

i'v had this camera for a week and i have tried almost every setting on it, its perfect if you know what your doing and what you want, even if you new to filming this camera can still give you that pro look needed. so far iv done a lil music video with...

Great focus pull, Amazing HD quality pictures and film

zoom not that smooth, but manageable

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: boiseengineer (sonystyle.com)

Excellent non-pro camera

 

Since I've had this for only a week I can't say anything about reliability. It's an all-in-one package that takes great video and still pictures. However, if you're looking for pro camera with full manual exposure/F-stop/white balance/shutter (etc)...

Excellent resolution. Lots of file storage choices. Good battery life. Full auto mode in normal light works great for mo

No full manual mode. Setting one mode to manual generally resets all others to "Auto

May, 2011

Consumer review by: Vyke (sonystyle.com)

Best option in the consumer camcorder category

 

The cx560v is a great camera in the consumer camcorder category. The image sensor on this camera is a 1/2.88" CMOS compared to a 1/4" CMOS in the cx160 and cx360 models and the effective resolution on this camera is also comparatively higher at 6.14...

High effective video resolution, great sound, hot-shoe for expandability

small screen considering it is a touch screen

Apr, 2011

Consumer review by: Peshone (sonystyle.com)

what do you want me to put in here?

 

Anyway, this is the forth time I installed the software, I come back and could not find it twice the first time, but this time I cannot download the previous videos from it because it does not even know it has those videos stored in the memory. It only...

when it works it might be OK ;

what do you want me to put in here ;

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: lambchopsmmmmm (sonystyle.com)

Works perfect with Imovie 11

 

Wasn't informed enough from the get go about the incompatibility with Mac. Talked to Sony for an hour which resulted in removing SD content off the camera which was inhibiting the HD content from downloading on my Mac. That worked for a day. Called...

Compact, Versatile, Good manual control ;

none worth writing about ;

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: bmers (sonystyle.com)

works great on Mac

 

works great on Mac. Imports right into the most recent iMovie with no problem.

excellent picture quality ;

Jan, 2011

Product Specifications

Shoot gorgeous 1920 x 1080 high-definition video and 12.0 megapixel still images. Boasting 64GB of embedded Flash memory, the HDR-CX550V Handycam camcorder is outfitted with a professional-quality Sony G lens and an "Exmor R" CMOS image sensor for superior low-light performance. This fully-loaded camcorder also features a built-in GPS receiver, Face Detection with Face Priority and Smile Shutter technology. This camcorder is also equipped with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with active mode and 3-way shake canceling which enables you to capture remarkably smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. Plus, capture your memories in 24Mbps and record brilliant AVCHD video with amazing clarity and enhanced detail.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FV50

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / SD Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO Duo / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.6in
Height:2.9in
Weight:15.5oz
Width:2.6in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Spotlight / Landscape / Portrait mode / Fireworks / Twilight mode / Sunset / Beach / Snow / Sunrise

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:64GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-CX550V
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.4
Max Focal Length:38mm
Min Focal Length:3.8mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:6Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:4.15Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:6.631Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.88 / 1/2.88"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.88 ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.88" )
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor R CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:White fader / Black fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2 / AVCHD
Digital Zoom:120
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic