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Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and durability. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are mixed reviews on the reliability and color, while there are some critical opinions about the battery and zoom.

usability, portability, image quality, durability, design

price, zoom, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the size and portability are overall positive. The usability and memory also get good views, whereas comments are divided on the zoom. There are some less positive comments about the price.

design, memory, usability, portability, size

price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Expert review by : Stuff.tv (stuff.tv)

Sony HDR-XR550 review

 

Sony always wants to go the extra mile and its latest Full HD shooter, complete with 240GB hard drive, has the capacity to put the 32GB and 64GB storage of rival cams well and truly in the shade. Favouring HDD (hard disk drive) over flash memory, the...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V review: Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

 

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

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-XR550V 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 have large...

May, 2010

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

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V review: Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

 

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

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-XR550V 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 have large...

May, 2010

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

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

 

The XR550V boasts a number of important improvements, including 24Mbps recording, wide-angle lens and SD card support. We'd recommend the flash-only CX550V, unless you have gigantic hands or require 240GB of storage.

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 ; Big and heavy ; Expensive ; Defaults to low resolution, not-full-HD video quality ; Cumbersome touchscreen interface

Via CNET US

Jan, 2010

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

 

I didn't like the recordings when indoors. It was a bit grainy and the colours just didn't look right. The stabiliser was pretty good but thats all I liked about it.

OIS

Poor colour accuracy especially indoors

Nov, 2010

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

 

The camcorder is definately an improvement over its replacement the HDR-CX500 on paper. We shall see after it has been tested. I just found that quite a few things have been copied. SDHC card slots now.Panasonic was big on that.Is that Sony admitting...

Feb, 2010

Consumer review (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

 

SONY IS THE BEST TOVARASI!

Jan, 2010

Consumer review (sony.com)

Possibly worth it.

 

Have "grown up" on Sony: from TRV900 through to XDCam. Budget restraints forced this purchase, and the picture quality and ease of use has blown away client & DoP respectively. Virtually a point & shoot camera when on auto settings, it has passable low...

easy to use ; surprisingly good picture ;

touch screen annoyingly small & seemingly fragile ; external audio source required ;

Mar, 2011

Consumer review (sony.com)

next gen camera

 

Another learning curve that makes you ask if going HD is worth it.. SONY is bent on territorialism.. Even using Vegus software, I am unable to capture from this cam to a new DELL XPS Desktop..Frustrating

has alot of manual and auto options. lov the touch screen and jiggle proof footage ;

cant get the avchd Files onto my Desktop ;

Jan, 2011

Consumer review (sony.com)

Excellent Camcorder for Regular use

 

I have had this camcorder for almost 1 week now, and really love it. It takes clear crip videos and plays back instantly on my TV with the HDMI connection. I can press a button to start copying the files on my camcorder to any recording device. i...

Clear crisp videos, good size hard disk, built in mic, easy transfer of files to portable storage ;

sometime pictures come out darker when zooming in if you do not have proper light ;

Jan, 2011

Price comparison for Sony Handycam HDR-XR550V

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CeX Sony HDR-CX330E, B
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£65.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-XR550, C
Sony HDR-XR550, C
£140.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-CX190E High-Def, B
Sony HDR-CX190E High-Def, B
£70.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-PJ240E HD, B
Sony HDR-PJ240E HD, B
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CeX Sony HDR-SR12 120GB High-Def, C
Sony HDR-SR12 120GB High-Def, C
£120.00 TO SHOP
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Sony HDR-SR5E 40GB, B
£55.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-PJ620, C
Sony HDR-PJ620, C
£120.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-CX330E, C
Sony HDR-CX330E, C
£58.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-AS300 Action Camera, B
Sony HDR-AS300 Action Camera, B
£140.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-CX240E, A
Sony HDR-CX240E, A
£70.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-AZ1 Action Cam, B
Sony HDR-AZ1 Action Cam, B
£58.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-CX240E, B
Sony HDR-CX240E, B
£60.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-AS50 Action Cam, B
Sony HDR-AS50 Action Cam, B
£65.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-CX405, B
Sony HDR-CX405, B
£75.00 TO SHOP
CeX Sony HDR-XR155E 120GB, B
Sony HDR-XR155E 120GB, B
£90.00 TO SHOP

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