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Sony Handycam DCR SR55 (SR55E)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR55 (SR55E). 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 price and image quality are overall positive. The size and portability are also appreciated, whereas views are divided on the color. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, portability, size, image quality, price

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR SR55 (SR55E) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR55 (SR55E) from 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 Opinions about the price and image quality are overall positive. The portability and size also get good comments, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the color.

usability, size, portability, image quality, price

91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

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Sony DCR-SR55E review


This hard disk camcorder's subtle curves make it one of the best-looking models here.

May, 2008

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Sony DCR-SR55E Camcorder Review


Shoot and store up to 27 hours of high quality video and still images directly onto the 40GB high capacity hard disk drive, without worrying about carrying tapes or discs.

Sony’s Handycam Station (included) makes it easy to quickly view your images on a connected TV or PC via the analogue and Hi-Speed USB connectors. The station also charges the SR55E whilst you are enjoying your footage. The handy One-Touch Disc Burn...

May, 2012

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR55


Simple to use

not HD but who cares

Jul, 2013

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR55


Super Nightshot! Par excellence!

Non-compatibility with Apple products. It is about time the manufacturer became more universal in their product as many people prefer not to use the more corruptable Windows operating systems.

May, 2011

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR55


Fits in the hand really well and most controls are within easy reach. The low light setting is a good function. Picture quality is excellent on movie setting.

zoom 'lever' takes some getting used to and could be improved to give a smoother functioning. When light is poor e.g. in a dimly lit room with only a few widely spaced lights, the auto focus can struggle to find a sufficently strong light source to...

Dec, 2010

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR55


Nice size & comfortable to handle. Excellent zoom. Good connections for auxilliarys, ie. d.c. input, computer & AVR.

I miss an eye viewer particularly in bright sunlight the image cannot be seen on screen.

Nov, 2009

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR55


Lightweight & ease of use docking station makes transfer of data to dvd simple

could do with a more powerful bty

Sep, 2009

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR55E: Super Compact Camcorder - Another GREAT Sony Product!


Me and the wife have been looking for a Hard Disk camcorder for ages. We decided on this one for the following reasons: 1.) It is VERY small. It maybe too small for some, but we wanted something small and compact that we could easily carry around with...

Super Small, Easy to use, MASSIVE Recording capabilities

Maybe too small for some

Feb, 2009

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR55


Its very light and easy to use

We moved from digital tape to this and thought that it was going to be an upgrade but, it so wasn't the picture quality is absolutely terrible and grainy. worst thing we ever bought!!

Jan, 2009

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR55


very light and easy to pick up and use immediately

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications

Shoot up to 27 hours of megapixel quality video and still photos, with no need to carry tapes or discs with the Sony DCR-SR55E. It features powerful 25x Carl Zeiss lens. Built-in zoom microphone automatically links sound to image zoom, plus Face Index and Film.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH40

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:8

Camera Flash

Type: None


Colour of product:Black, Silver
Product colour:Black,Silver

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display:Hybrid LCD
Display diagonal:6.858

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/snow / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Twilight mode


Built-in Flash: No


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.400 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:10.7

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000
Filter Size:3
Focal length range (f-f):2.500 - 62.500
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:62.5mm
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Optical Zoom:25
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1070Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Lens focal range:2.5-62.5
Lens system:Carl Zeiss
Manual Focus: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:400
Minimum storage drive space:400
Night mode: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/3 - 1/3500

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.600

White balance

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