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Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the resolution and build quality. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive comments about the battery and value for money. There are some mixed opinions about the color.

portability, usability, image quality, build quality, resolution

value for money, 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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V from 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

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

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

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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


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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 ;


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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 ;

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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 ;

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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 ;

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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 ;

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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 ;

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Love the camera!


We use the camera mainly for family functions and sporting events. The image stabilization is especially good for sports. The quality is top-notch and the still camera gives great pictures too. Highly recommend.

Easy to Use","Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Picture Quality","Great Sound","Great Zoom","Large Clear LCD","Zoom range/performance

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A professional camcorder in disguise.



All specs already listed, great pictures ;

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

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Great Splurge


I bought this at South Coast Plaza, CA and all I can say is this is really great. The resolution and clarity is just excellent. Zooming in and out is fast and claer, the sound is also clear and this camsorder is just excellent! The size is reasonable...

clear resolution ;

a little too expensive ;