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Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 180 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the design and size are on the whole positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the zoom. Comments about the memory and price are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the battery and reliability are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the size and zoom, while some have doubts about the price.

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86% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Oct, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the memory and zoom.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

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96% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Oct, 2019

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V review: Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

 

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

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-CX550V 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 if have...

May, 2010

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V Camcorder Review

 

Sony's flagship 2010 model, the HDR-CX550V, is a larger camcorder than its predecessor, but it is loaded with a wide angle lens, new manual controls, and stronger performance. With a Sony049 price tag, the CX550 is also one of the cheaper high-end...

May, 2010

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

Sony HDR-CX550V

 

Larger than its predecessor, but loaded with features, controls, and stronger performance

Great control dial; Decent motion

Poor low light sensitivity; Color accuracy wasn’t great

With the HDR-CX550V Sony finally began to break down some of its longstanding policies regarding its Handycam camcorders. For starters, the CX550V is the first Sony Handycam to offer 24Mbps AVCHD recording, and it is the first to enable the use of...

May, 2010

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

 

Against the competition the CX550V fares well, though its video could be a bit sharper and the interface less cumbersome.

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 touchscreen interface

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Nov, 2010

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V review: Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

 

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

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-CX550V 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 if have...

May, 2010

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.co.uk)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V review

 

Given its accoutrements--a large G series lens, 64GB memory built in, 3.5-inch LCD and EVF, headphone and mic jacks, and shutter and iris controls--the Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V's price 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-CX550V 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 if have...

May, 2010

Consumer review (cnet.com)

Not bad but not great.

 

Wide lens. Touchscreen easy to use. Viewfinder nice to have. Image stabilization top notch. Compact size and weight.

Lens cover mechanism. Image quality when played back on HDTV not as great as expected. Windcutter helped with wind noise reduction. Occasional infamous blue dot problem. Photos- eh. PMB software limitations. Could use lens hood accessory.

Apr, 2012

Consumer review (sony.com)

Best pro handy cam in the market, FACT!

 

i'v had this camera for a week and i have tried almost every setting on it, its perfect if you know what your doing and what you want, even if you new to filming this camera can still give you that pro look needed. so far iv done a lil music video with...

Great focus pull, Amazing HD quality pictures and film

zoom not that smooth, but manageable

Sep, 2011

Consumer review (sony.com)

Excellent non-pro camera

 

Since I've had this for only a week I can't say anything about reliability. It's an all-in-one package that takes great video and still pictures. However, if you're looking for pro camera with full manual exposure/F-stop/white balance/shutter (etc)...

Excellent resolution. Lots of file storage choices. Good battery life. Full auto mode in normal light works great for mo

No full manual mode. Setting one mode to manual generally resets all others to "Auto

May, 2011

Consumer review (sony.com)

Best option in the consumer camcorder category

 

The cx560v is a great camera in the consumer camcorder category. The image sensor on this camera is a 1/2.88" CMOS compared to a 1/4" CMOS in the cx160 and cx360 models and the effective resolution on this camera is also comparatively higher at 6.14...

High effective video resolution, great sound, hot-shoe for expandability

small screen considering it is a touch screen

Apr, 2011

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