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Sony Handycam HDR-XR100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR100. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the design and size are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good comments, but there are some mixed opinions about the price. The viewfinder and durability get less positive opinions.

usability, portability, image quality, size, design

durability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR100 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the design and size. The image quality and portability also get good opinions. There are some mixed reviews about the price, and some have doubts about the viewfinder and durability.

usability, portability, image quality, size, design

durability, viewfinder

70% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR100 review: Sony Handycam HDR-XR100


Relatively fast start-up; comfortable design.

So-so video quality for HD; annoying touch screen and interface.

While it's a perfectly serviceable HD camcorder, the Sony Handycam HDR-XR100 should deliver a little more of everything for the money.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: yuga (

Sony HDR-XR100 Handycam


Sony's entry-level HD video camera makes good in its promise of high definition footage but lacked some key features I thought should have been included. Let me share some of the footage and shots I got with the Sony HDR-XR100 Handycam.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Derek Fung (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR100


While it's a perfectly serviceable HD camcorder, the Sony Handycam HDR-XR100 should deliver a little more of everything for the money.

Relatively fast start-up ; Comfortable design

So-so video quality for HD ; Annoying touchscreen and interface

If you're looking to spend about AU$1500 on an HD camcorder, there are a few decent alternatives, like the Panasonic HDC-HS20 or JVC GZ-HD320, you might want to consider before shelling out for the just alright Sony Handycam HDR-XR100. If you can...

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: James9873 (



This camcorder has an awesome picture and is very easy to use. The menu options are great. The battery life is much better than expected.The only con's are this camcorder does not work well in low light. There is no built in light, and the software...

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: rortiz96 (

Great camera with great results


First I use this camera at the fireworks (NY), once you change the setting from normal to "Fireworks" the video was incredible clear with no other views but the fireworks. I use Final Cut Pro (100% Mac compatible) to edit it with great result to my...

Mac compatible, easy of use

screen selection, external len cover

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: James7195 (

2 for 1 deal!


I was looking for a camcorder but I wanted a digital camera as well and now I got the best of both worlds, got a baby on the way and I didn't want to miss a moment of my child growning up! This camcorder is very easy to use and so simple A CAVEMAN...

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: KBoyle (

First camcorder


This was our first camcorder purchase. Not knowing alot about camcorders, this model made it very easy to understand and gives excellent results. The HD quality takes pictures and movies to another level. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to...

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: Washoe (

HDR-XR100 Hi Def Camcorder


I am impressed with most everything about this Hi Def Camcorder. It has more hard drive space (80GB) than most digital camcorders and will also accept SD & SCHC cards which makes it easy to shoot to the SD card and then download directly to your...

May, 2009

Consumer review by: JMellon (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR100 High Definition 80 GB 120X Zoom Digital Camcorder - MSRP: $699.99


This item is light weight and very easy to use. You can take pictures and produce movies at the same time.

May, 2009

Consumer review by: Nelle (

Compatible with Mac!


Haven't used this camera much since it's so new, but the most important thing I'd like to share- since there is a lot of conflicting information out there- is that this is campatible with a Mac. I love Sony products and I love my Mac with iMovie, so I...

Great features and compatible with Mac

Would like to have the automatic open/close lens cover

Apr, 2009

Product Specifications

Record stunning 1920 x 1080 high definition video and crystal clear still photos to a built-in hard disk drive (HDD) with the HDR-XR100 Handycam camcorder. In addition to Face Detection technology, this camcorder features Smile Shutter technology, which can automatically detect smiles and shoot still images, even while recording video. The 2.7-inch wide touch panel display provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution and rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight


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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.2
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
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:120
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None