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Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 85 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the battery and size are overall positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the viewfinder. Opinions about the memory and price are mixed.

usability, portability, image quality, size, battery


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the battery and size. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably.

portability, usability, image quality, size, battery

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Jim Feeley (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V


The GPS-enabled Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V certainly sports innovative features, but it lacks the video quality needed to make it stand out from--or even measure up to--the best small AVCHD camcorders we've seen this year. For $1000 (as of 9/25/2009),...

Good video quality under bright light ; Smile Shutter shoots stills as subjects smile

Bad low-light video ; Expensive for what you get

The Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V is a disappointing performer, and its GPS capabilities aren't as useful as they could be.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Jim Feeley (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V review


For £729, you get a Sony camcorder with overall performance on a par with the Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1, a camera that costs half as much. That price tag does get you some high-end features, plus all those one expects to find in a modern camcorder: optical...

The Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V isn't a bad camcorder, but its main draw might be its fancy extras rather than its output.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Derek Fung (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V


It's the active image stabilisation system that finally makes shooting lengthy handheld movies or on-the-go videos a viable option, which elevates this camera from average to good.

Active image stabilisation removes all shake, bar earthquakes ; Good, if not great, image quality ; GPS geotagging ; Did we already mention the image stabilisation

How about 24Mbps recording Sony ; 4-megapixel claim is a lie

It's the active image stabilisation system that finally makes shooting lengthy handheld movies or on-the-go videos a viable option, which elevates this camera from average to good. If you intend to attach your video camera to a tripod for a majority of...

Mar, 2009

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Solid Product


"I'm very impressed with the features of the camcorder thus far. Recording to the hard drive is the single best option in my opinion. I no longer need to look for a memory stick or back to the day of CD/DVD's or even stone age cassettes. Sony has...

Mar, 2009

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Still learning the ins and outs, but love it so far!


I'm a firm believer in Sony products, so when I was looking to purchase a camcorder I looked at Sony cameras first. After researching other brands I had to come back to this one. This camera has been a lot of fun for personal use. The quality of...

Lightweight, Compact, Great Design

Bad in Low Light

Apr, 2010

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Overpriced but underdelivered


I've purchased this camcorder as a replacement for the aging Sony DCRTRV18 mini DV which I've enjoyed for over 6 years. Before I've purchased DCRTRV18 I've tried similar Canon and JVC. Sony was the best and it made an obvious choice as a replacement...

recording to 120G hard-drive, daylight video quality, Steady Shot, included software

no viewfinder, LCD in sunlight, very noisy lowlight recording, no shoulder strap

Sep, 2009

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Very nice camera for a decent price EASY SOFTWARE


My last camera was a Sony MMV (coincidence) and is now about 7 years old.  When preparing to buy a new one I knew two things:  It needed to by HD and, 2) it needed to be small.  I tried to do extensive product reviews on the available models and their...

Beautiful images, compress to email very well, small, easy software for download, works

awkward to hold, touchy zoom, useless GPS, Sony service

Jun, 2009

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Sony HDR-XR200V


Sony (SONY) * Camera type High-definition digital video camera * Image sensor components CMOS * The largest number of pixels 236 * Number of effective pixels (10000) Dynamic mode: about 1.49 million pixels (16:9), about 1.12 million pixels (4:3);...

Very good


Apr, 2009

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Good Camera


You visit a special place? Sony HDR-XR200V is one of the best choice. Besides having a very beautiful form, this type of camera also has multiple functions, namely recording your memories in the form of video and recording in the form of images. On the...

Good for recording video & ; taking photos


Apr, 2009

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HDR-XR200V camera high definition


a lasting memories with your camera high definition with the HDR-XR200V Special its a haven for your tour, this 120GB hard disk drive camcorder HDR-XR200V equipped with GPS that can display the current location and remember where you shot your video....


Its price is quite expensive

Apr, 2009

Product Specifications

Preserve your memories in spectacular 1920 x 1080 high definition with the HDR-XR200V Handycam camcorder. Great for travelers, this huge capacity of hard disk drive camcorder features a GPS receiver that can display your current location and remember where you shot your video. In addition to 4.0-megapixel still image capture for high-resolution digital photos, the HDR-XR200V has Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active mode for superior image smoothness. You'll also enjoy easy, automatic creation of short movies via the Highlight Playback feature.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:InfoLITHIUM
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes


Minimum illumination:5
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Color of product:Black
Product color:Black

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.7

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


Built-in flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:1 / 4

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.57 - 23.6 / 1.61 - 236.2
Digital Zoom:180
Filter size:1.18
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.57 - 23.6 / 1.61 - 236.2
Focal length range (f-f):0.126 - 1.83
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.6
Max Focal Length:46.5mm
Min Focal Length:3.1mm
Optical Zoom:15
Optical Zoom:15
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)

Other Features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 2.6
Audio Output:1
Auto focus: Yes
Fader:Black & White
Focus:Full Range
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Noise reduction: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power Requirements:7.2V, 8.4V AC
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/800 / 1/30 - 1/250

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG


Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo
Internal storage capacity:120
Maximum memory card size:16

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video compression format:MPEG2
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:180
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.8 / 5.24
Weight:13.8 / 16.6

White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes