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Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and battery. The image quality and portability also get good comments. Many are less positive about the viewfinder and value for money.

usability, portability, image quality, battery, design

value for money, viewfinder

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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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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.

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Awesome Camcorder

 

Great camers, love it and so will you. My guess is that people are taking either snap shots while recording video and that's what is coming out grainy, or people are not setting up the indoor lighting proplery, or camera functions for low light. You...

This little thing will do exactly what you want. I have shot many videos and taken pics in low light, and have not come across any problems at all ; Small and compact. Charges quickly. Image stabalziation is peftect. GPS is great

Price was a bit steep. Snap shots images are grainy when trying to take pics while filming. If you want to take pictures, just switch over to camera mode

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I Love It!

 

I like the fact that you just push a button and you are recording. Switching between video and photos is easy. The thought of up to 15 hours of record time (on my extra battery) is just amazing. I dont make professional videos so I dont need anything...

Granted, I am not a techie, but for my applications it works great ; Its easy to use, I like being able to use the memory card or the internal HD. Great sound, great HD quality video. Easy to upload to my laptop. Easy to upload to the web

The touch pad icons...you have to remember what each one is for. Navigating through the menus can be confusing. You need to purchase another, bigger battery pack to have any significant recording time. Not as comfortable in my hand as I would like

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Not Ergonomic, Low spec, Poor Quality Images

 

Having used many professional cameras for many years I really just wanted a video point and shoot to catch moments with the kids, I thought this was it. Sony is very reputable in the pro industry but this home product is well below par. The ergonomics...

Records HD, Built in Lens Cap

Not ergonomic, low quality still images, poor video quality indoors. Low spec, No Mac compatibility unless you have latest version FCP(7)

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I've seen better camcorders

 

I was in the market for a HD camcorder around this price point. I just found that the CX-100 and the XR-100 looked identical when it came to picture quality. The XR-200 still had the same colour inaccuracies but the OIS was good. However OIS isn't...

OIS ; 120GB storage ; GPS

Poor still shots ; Only 16Mbs recording ; Inaccurate colours

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Today, it was my first video with the XR200.. Wonderful

 

I just bought this camcordor 3 days ago. Today, it was my first video, and it was really a very hard test. One from montreal tower, where you need a great zoom, the stability was just great using full zoom. Then it was my visit to the Biodome, with...

Very steady shots, even with full zooming ; Great face detection ; Audio zooming is just perfect ; Very high quality product ; Night shot mode ; Easy to use ; Playback on TV is just wonderful

Battery at high definition mode can last only 140 minutes ; Expensive

Consumer review by:

Awesome Camcorder

 

Great camers, love it and so will you. My guess is that people are taking either snap shots while recording video and that's what is coming out grainy, or people are not setting up the indoor lighting proplery, or camera functions for low light. You...

This little thing will do exactly what you want. I have shot many videos and taken pics in low light, and have not come across any problems at all ; Small and compact. Charges quickly. Image stabalziation is peftect. GPS is great

Price was a bit steep. Snap shots images are grainy when trying to take pics while filming. If you want to take pictures, just switch over to camera mode

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I Love It!

 

I like the fact that you just push a button and you are recording. Switching between video and photos is easy. The thought of up to 15 hours of record time (on my extra battery) is just amazing. I dont make professional videos so I dont need anything...

Granted, I am not a techie, but for my applications it works great ; Its easy to use, I like being able to use the memory card or the internal HD. Great sound, great HD quality video. Easy to upload to my laptop. Easy to upload to the web

The touch pad icons...you have to remember what each one is for. Navigating through the menus can be confusing. You need to purchase another, bigger battery pack to have any significant recording time. Not as comfortable in my hand as I would like

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think twice before buying a sony.......

 

never will i buy a sony again...and the american store washed their hands after 30 days...they also wont get my return business

takes very good pictures outdoors

i had 5 hours of use on my camera,closing the lcd viewer ,top part cracked .little piece of plastic fell off .now there is a hole in it..sony wants 150 bucks for labor . also very grainy indoors....not good customer service out of sony

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Low spec camcorder

 

This camcorder uses a tiny CMOS image sensor of only 1/5". Imagine how this will perform indoors or when under low light recordings. They'll need to rely heavily on their Exmor technology electronics but when you involve electronics it doesn't help...

120GB storage ; 15x zoom

Tiny Image sensor ; Expensive MS cards if needed ; Low 16Mbs bit rate and not 24Mbs like other brands

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

Header

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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