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Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V. 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 design and durability. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. The reliability and color get mixed opinions, and some have doubts about the battery and zoom.

usability, portability, image quality, durability, design

zoom, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the size and portability are generally positive. The usability and memory also get good reviews, but many are negative about the price. Opinions are divided on the zoom.

design, memory, usability, portability, size


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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-XR550V 240GB High Definition HDD Handycam CamcorderSony HDR-XR550V 240GB High Definition HDD Handycam Camcorder

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V review: Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V


Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

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 touch-screen interface.

The Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V fares well compared with the competition, though its video could be a bit sharper and the interface less cumbersome. Unless you absolutely need to store a lot of video on the camcorder--which I don't suggest--or have large...

May, 2010

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Sony HDR-XR550 review


Sony always wants to go the extra mile and its latest Full HD shooter, complete with 240GB hard drive, has the capacity to put the 32GB and 64GB storage of rival cams well and truly in the shade. Favouring HDD (hard disk drive) over flash memory, the...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V


The XR550V boasts a number of important improvements, including 24Mbps recording, wide-angle lens and SD card support. We'd recommend the flash-only CX550V, unless you have gigantic hands or require 240GB of storage.

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 ; Big and heavy ; Expensive ; Defaults to low resolution, not-full-HD video quality ; Cumbersome touchscreen interface


Jan, 2010

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Possibly worth it.


Have "grown up" on Sony: from TRV900 through to XDCam. Budget restraints forced this purchase, and the picture quality and ease of use has blown away client & DoP respectively. Virtually a point & shoot camera when on auto settings, it has passable low...

easy to use ; surprisingly good picture ;

touch screen annoyingly small & seemingly fragile ; external audio source required ;

Mar, 2011

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next gen camera


Another learning curve that makes you ask if going HD is worth it.. SONY is bent on territorialism.. Even using Vegus software, I am unable to capture from this cam to a new DELL XPS Desktop..Frustrating

has alot of manual and auto options. lov the touch screen and jiggle proof footage ;

cant get the avchd Files onto my Desktop ;

Jan, 2011

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Excellent Camcorder for Regular use


I have had this camcorder for almost 1 week now, and really love it. It takes clear crip videos and plays back instantly on my TV with the HDMI connection. I can press a button to start copying the files on my camcorder to any recording device. i...

Clear crisp videos, good size hard disk, built in mic, easy transfer of files to portable storage ;

sometime pictures come out darker when zooming in if you do not have proper light ;

Jan, 2011

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Easy for whole family to use,GPS and camera a plus.Portable.1080i not 1080p fooled me.

Well designed ; excellent video quality ;

Discontinued Dec/2010 ;

Dec, 2010

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Excellent Camcorder


We took vacation video and pictures over a 9 day period. The quality is excellent and the storage is amazing. we recorded in HQ because we thought that was the highest setting (FX is highest) and it is still great HD footage. Fireworks looked...

Image quality ;

none ;

Oct, 2010

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Great Camera


This camera is great for any level of shooter. I shoot with a lot of pro cams, but this is my preference if its for candid, web based projects. Check out my portfolio I shot everything on here with this camera.

Tons of memory, perfect imaging system ;

Lack of lens assessories and hookups ;

Oct, 2010

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A professional camcorder in disguise.



All specs already listed, great pictures ;

Focus wheel SLOW! Steady Shot sometimes "overdoes" it ;

Sep, 2010

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV50
Video recording time:22.83


Minimum illumination:11
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes


Color of product:Black


Display Diagonal:3.5


Built-in flash: Yes

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1/2.88
Scan technology:CMOS
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

Audio Output:1
Auto focus: Yes
Internal memory:240
Lens system:G
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video out:1

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/60 - 1/1500


Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC
Internal storage capacity:240


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video compression format:AVCHD
Video formats supported:AVCHD


Viewfinder screen size:0.27

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

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