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Sony Handycam HDR-XR150

alaTest has collected and analyzed 117 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the battery and value for money are on the whole positive. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the features and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR150 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR150

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR150 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony HDR-XR150 120GB High Definition HDD Handycam Camcorder

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Sony Handycam HDR-XR150

 

A follow-up to the CX100, the Sony Handycam HDR-CX110, CX150 and XR150 represent Sony's budget-priced HD triumvirate. They differ only by color and storage media--the CX110 has no built-in memory, the CX150 has 16GB built in, and the XR150 incorporates...

Compact; lens focuses relatively fast

Merely OK video quality; worse-than-expected lens flare problems in bright sunlight

Its small size and attractive price might draw you to the Sony Handycam HDR-XR150, but this bare-bones camcorder just barely delivers on the promise of HD quality.

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Sony HDR-XR150 camcorder

 

The Sony HDR-XR150 is an entry-level Full HD camcorder equipped with a 120GB hard drive and 25x optical zoom lens. Like other models in the Sony handy...

Good HD video performance, 120GB hard drive, compact size, three recording formats in one

Touch screen occasionally annoys, sub-par still image mode

The Sony HDR-XR150 is a reasonably priced Full HD camcorder that provides good video and plenty of user-friendly features. Its chief strengths are a 120GB hard drive and 25x optical zoom lens. Recommended.

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Sony HDR-XR150 review

 

In terms of specifications, the Sony HDR-XR150 is quite similar to last year's batch of HD handycam models, which included the similarly named HDR-XR100. The biggest improvement to the HDR-XR150 is probably its enlarged 25x optical zoom lens, which is...

The Sony HDR-XR150 is a reasonably priced Full HD camcorder that provides good video and plenty of user-friendly features. Its chief strengths are a 120GB hard drive and 25x optical zoom lens.

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Sony HDR-XR150 review

 

The Sony HDR-XR150 is an entry-level Full HD camcorder equipped with a 120GB hard drive and 25x optical zoom lens.

The Sony HDR-XR150 is a reasonably priced Full HD camcorder that provides good video and plenty of user friendly features. Its chief strengths are a 120GB hard drive and 25x optical zoom lens.

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"Not happy."

 

Sony I'm not buying your product anymore. I've noticed they made the casing smaller (the section where the battery goes) so that the other batteries you already have won't slip in to the new camcorder. Maybe to get more money from consumers so that we...

Menu is nice to use

I'm so frustrated that all of my HDR-XR520 Sony camcorder 4 hour batteries (which i bought only 6 months ago) won't fit on this camcorder.

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Not happy.

 

Sony I'm not buying your product anymore. I've noticed they made the casing smaller (the section where the battery goes) so that the other batteries you already have won't slip in to the new camcorder. Maybe to get more money from consumers so that we...

Menu is nice to use

I'm so frustrated that all of my HDR-XR520 Sony camcorder 4 hour batteries (which i bought only 6 months ago) won't fit on this camcorder

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Lori Grunin's review is a cut'n'paste.

 

There is not any difference between the reviews for the hdr-cx150 and the hdr-xr150. hdr-cx150 http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-camcorders/sony-handycam-hdr-cx150/4505-6500_7-33960293.html hdr-xr150...

Lori Grunin your review is a cut and paste. There is no difference for your reviews on the hdr-cx150 and the hdr-xr150

Lori Grunin your review is a cut and paste. There is no difference for your reviews on the hdr-cx150 and the hdr-xr150

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"Lori Grunin's review is a cut'n'paste."

 

There is not any difference between the reviews for the hdr-cx150 and the hdr-xr150.

Lori Grunin your review is a cut and paste. There is no difference for your reviews on the hdr-cx150 and the hdr-xr150

Lori Grunin your review is a cut and paste. There is no difference for your reviews on the hdr-cx150 and the hdr-xr150

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Simply Awesome,

 

Worth the investment and worth the price. I paid $522 on sale but the average price is $699 which is still worth it.

Perfect size as well as manual and touch screen functionality. It allows the user to continue recording video and snap pictures as well during the video recording process. You can also extract pictures from the videos after they have been completed

I have not found anything I don't like about this recorder yet

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Not happy.

 

Sony I'm not buying your product anymore. I've noticed they made the casing smaller (the section where the battery goes) so that the other batteries you already have won't slip in to the new camcorder. Maybe to get more money from consumers so that we...

Menu is nice to use

I'm so frustrated that all of my HDR-XR520 Sony camcorder 4 hour batteries (which i bought only 6 months ago) won't fit on this camcorder

Product Specifications

Capture stunning 1920 x 1080 high-definition video and 3-megapixel still images. The HDR-XR150 Handycam camcorder employs an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance and an internal hard disk drive. You can also capture remarkably smooth video, even while you're on the move via integrated SteadyShot image stabilization with active mode. Ideal for sporting events, wildlife, or distance shooting, a 25x optical zoom brings you closer to the action, so you can capture extremely tight shots, even from far away. In addition, digital zoom interpolation means that extreme digital zooming (up to 300x) is clearer, with less distortion.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FV50

Camcorder Features

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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / SD Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO Duo / SDHC Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.5in
Height:2.6in
Weight:10.6oz
Width:2.2in

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:Spotlight / Landscape / Portrait mode / Fireworks / Twilight mode / Sunset / Beach / Snow / Sunrise

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-XR150
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:62.5mm
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3Megapixel / 1.57Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.35Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:4.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4 / 1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor R CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:White fader / Black fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2 / AVCHD
Digital Zoom:300
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Hard disk drive / Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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