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Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and size. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the viewfinder, and there are some mixed opinions about the price.

portability, usability, image quality, size, durability

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the price and size are overall positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback.

portability, usability, image quality, size, price

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

This summary is based on the product: Sony HDR-XR200V 120GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/15x Optical Zoom

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Jim Feeley (pcworld.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V

 

The GPS-enabled Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V certainly sports innovative features, but it lacks the video quality needed to make it stand out from--or even measure up to--the best small AVCHD camcorders we've seen this year. For $1000 (as of 9/25/2009),...

Good video quality under bright light ; Smile Shutter shoots stills as subjects smile

Bad low-light video ; Expensive for what you get

The Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V is a disappointing performer, and its GPS capabilities aren't as useful as they could be.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Jim Feeley (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V review

 

For £729, you get a Sony camcorder with overall performance on a par with the Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1, a camera that costs half as much. That price tag does get you some high-end features, plus all those one expects to find in a modern camcorder: optical...

The Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V isn't a bad camcorder, but its main draw might be its fancy extras rather than its output.

Oct, 2009
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Expert review by: Derek Fung (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V

 

It's the active image stabilisation system that finally makes shooting lengthy handheld movies or on-the-go videos a viable option, which elevates this camera from average to good.

Active image stabilisation removes all shake, bar earthquakes ; Good, if not great, image quality ; GPS geotagging ; Did we already mention the image stabilisation

How about 24Mbps recording Sony ; 4-megapixel claim is a lie

It's the active image stabilisation system that finally makes shooting lengthy handheld movies or on-the-go videos a viable option, which elevates this camera from average to good. If you intend to attach your video camera to a tripod for a majority of...

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: Dragon (sonystyle.com)

Solid Product

 

"I'm very impressed with the features of the camcorder thus far. Recording to the hard drive is the single best option in my opinion. I no longer need to look for a memory stick or back to the day of CD/DVD's or even stone age cassettes. Sony has...

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: happygyrl18 (shopping.com)

Still learning the ins and outs, but love it so far!

 

I'm a firm believer in Sony products, so when I was looking to purchase a camcorder I looked at Sony cameras first. After researching other brands I had to come back to this one. This camera has been a lot of fun for personal use. The quality of...

Lightweight, Compact, Great Design

Bad in Low Light

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: mailresult (shopping.com)

Overpriced but underdelivered

 

I've purchased this camcorder as a replacement for the aging Sony DCRTRV18 mini DV which I've enjoyed for over 6 years. Before I've purchased DCRTRV18 I've tried similar Canon and JVC. Sony was the best and it made an obvious choice as a replacement...

recording to 120G hard-drive, daylight video quality, Steady Shot, included software

no viewfinder, LCD in sunlight, very noisy lowlight recording, no shoulder strap

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: clafayette (shopping.com)

Very nice camera for a decent price EASY SOFTWARE

 

My last camera was a Sony MMV (coincidence) and is now about 7 years old.  When preparing to buy a new one I knew two things:  It needed to by HD and, 2) it needed to be small.  I tried to do extensive product reviews on the available models and their...

Beautiful images, compress to email very well, small, easy software for download, works

awkward to hold, touchy zoom, useless GPS, Sony service

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: Jack168 (ciao.com)

Sony HDR-XR200V

 

Sony (SONY) * Camera type High-definition digital video camera * Image sensor components CMOS * The largest number of pixels 236 * Number of effective pixels (10000) Dynamic mode: about 1.49 million pixels (16:9), about 1.12 million pixels (4:3);...

Very good

NO

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: deka78 (ciao.com)

Good Camera

 

You visit a special place? Sony HDR-XR200V is one of the best choice. Besides having a very beautiful form, this type of camera also has multiple functions, namely recording your memories in the form of video and recording in the form of images. On the...

Good for recording video & ; taking photos

None

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: div3rt (ciao.com)

HDR-XR200V camera high definition

 

a lasting memories with your camera high definition with the HDR-XR200V Special its a haven for your tour, this 120GB hard disk drive camcorder HDR-XR200V equipped with GPS that can display the current location and remember where you shot your video....

simple

Its price is quite expensive

Apr, 2009

Product Specifications

Preserve your memories in spectacular 1920 x 1080 high definition with the HDR-XR200V Handycam camcorder. Great for travelers, this huge capacity of hard disk drive camcorder features a GPS receiver that can display your current location and remember where you shot your video. In addition to 4.0-megapixel still image capture for high-resolution digital photos, the HDR-XR200V has Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active mode for superior image smoothness. You'll also enjoy easy, automatic creation of short movies via the Highlight Playback feature.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.2in
Height:2.7in
Weight:13.8oz
Width:2.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

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Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-XR200V
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.6
Max Focal Length:46.5mm
Min Focal Length:3.1mm
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.99Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.49Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.36Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5 ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5" )
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:180
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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