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Sony Handycam HDR-XR100

We have collected and analyzed 5 expert reviews and 84 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 69/100 and users rate it 73/100. The average review date is Jun 28, 2009. We have compared these reviews to 369483 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 82/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 18, 2018.

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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 Comments about the design and size are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the durability and viewfinder. Opinions are divided on the price.

portability, usability, image quality, size, design

viewfinder, durability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-XR100 80 GB HDD High Definition Camcorder (Silver)Sony HDR-XR100 80 GB HDD High Definition Camcorder (Silver)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

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


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

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


Color of product:Black / Silver

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image Sensor

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

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.65 - 19.6
Digital Zoom:120
Filter size:1.18
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.65 - 19.6
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.2
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
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)

Other Features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 2.2
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Manual focus: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video out:1

Ports & interfaces

S-Video in: Yes
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG


Internal storage capacity:80

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.68 / 4.65
Height:2.68 / 5.08
Weight:11.6 / 14.5