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Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the size and durability are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. The battery and price get critical opinions, and there are some mixed opinions about the color.

portability, usability, image quality, durability, size

price, 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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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

 

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

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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

 

Given its accouterments--a large G series lens, 240GB hard disk, 3.5-inch LCD and EVF, headphone and mic jacks, and shutter and iris controls--the Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V's price well north of $1,000 may be a bit painful, but not much of a surprise....

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...

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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...

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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

Via CNET US

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Great HD Handycam

 

I like this camera. I has a great colors and a great details. Now I need an external mic for this camera but the rest is awesome. I take artists with it for a internet program called El Teatro Esta de Moda. You can wath my last videos on YouTube ......

24 Mbps bit rate, manual control, iAuto, 240 Gb, Full HD, wide angle, excellent steady

no 24 fps but is ok

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"Stopped working properly after 20 hours of use"

 

Paid $1300 for a camera I can't use.

Nice small size, great picture.

Main one is it will turn off by itself after 15 minutes of use, with DATA ERROR on the screen, then restart after a few seconds. After that, it turns off after fewer and fewer minutes, whether using battery or plugged into wall, with drop sensor off.

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"Great HD Handycam"

 

I like this camera. I has a great colors and a great details. Now I need an external mic for this camera but the rest is awesome. I take artists with it for a internet program called El Teatro Esta de Moda. You can wath my last videos on YouTube taken...

24 Mbps bit rate, manual control, iAuto, 240 Gb, Full HD, wide angle, excellent steady

no 24 fps but is ok.

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This camcorder is amazing.

 

Great camcorder.

Tons and tons

Absolutely none

Consumer review by:

Great HD Handycam

 

I like this camera. I has a great colors and a great details. Now I need an external mic for this camera but the rest is awesome. I take artists with it for a internet program called El Teatro Esta de Moda. You can wath my last videos on YouTube taken...

24 Mbps bit rate, manual control, iAuto, 240 Gb, Full HD, wide angle, excellent steady

no 24 fps but is ok

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"This camcorder is amazing."

 

Great camcorder. 

Tons and tons

Absolutely none

Consumer review by:

"This camcorder is amazing."

 

Great camcorder.

Tons and tons.

Absolutely none.

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