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Sony HDR-XR105

alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 reviews of Sony HDR-XR105. 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 durability and battery. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, battery, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-XR105 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sony HDR-XR105 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the image quality and durability. The battery and portability are also mentioned favorably.

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRXR105E High Definition Handycam Camcorder With Built-In 80GB Hard Disc Drive (33hrs)Sony HDRXR105E High Definition Handycam Camcorder With Built-In 80GB Hard Disc Drive (33hrs)

Feb, 2019

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Sony HDR-XR105E Camcorder


Want to record the best video footage that you could without pressing a dazzling combination of buttons? Then the Sony HDR-XR105E is ideal for you! It has a 2.7-inch touch LCD screen that allows you to choose the settings much faster and modes and...

When it comes to capturing quality images and videos, the Sony HDR-XR105E does not cease to amaze. To begin with, this Handycam doubles up as a 4-megapixel camera to take those still images you want. It also has 120x digital zoom and 10x optical zoom...

May, 2012

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Ease of use and of transfer to computer and various software programs

maybe it is because i am used to using an eye viewer -- but i might prefer that to the system used == but it is early days so i might change my mind

Aug, 2013

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Its hard to see the screen in bright conditions

Jun, 2012

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Light ,Easy to use,superb picture quality video,

Can be little smaller, Easier way to super quality still picture from video, Can be better quality editing soft ware,Easy to see hard drive content .

Jun, 2011

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HDD is the way to go,this camera is easy to shoot with, screen interface is so easy to use , the camera it has a nice weight to it also,the ease of download with the supplied software made transfering all my video clips real easy

I can't honestly give this camera or the sofftware supplied any bad points

Jul, 2010

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excellent picture quality, compact and easy to operate.

The supplied battery has low life.

Jun, 2010

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Sony HDR-XR105


Easy to use and handle. Liked the fact that it switched on with the opening of the screen. It seemed not to pick up so much of the irritiating wind noise that my previous camcorder did.

Neck strap attachment.

Jun, 2010

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A good camera that performs well but what lets it down is the software that accompanies it. The editing software is abysmally poor which spoils the whole experience

Jun, 2010

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Excellent quality of picture and ease of use. Sound quality better than I expected and overall a brilliant camera.

Have had trouble downloading into a format that my computer recognises.

Jun, 2010

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Sony HDR-XR105


Easy to use in point and shoot mode which is the main reason for buying the camcorder. The build quality is excellent which is the major reason for purcahsing Sony.

1) Cannot download video from Camcorder to Sony HXD870 Recorder (either hard disk or DVD). 2) Cannot download video from Camcorder to IBM PC because the PMB software brings PC to near standstill. Uninstalled software and PC returned to normal. 3) The...

Jun, 2010

Product Specifications

This camcorder is light, compact and easy to use with superb video and still image quality. It features Full HD recording on internal hard disk drive, plus 5.1 surround sound, Face Detection and Smile Shutter. Surround sound adds an extra dimension of realism to your videos, just like at the cinema. 5.1-channel recording captures crisp, lifelike audio that sounds great on your home theater system. Best of all, you don't need extra microphones or cables: everything's built in to the camcorder. Faces can look dark and underexposed in bright, backlit situations like a sun-drenched beach. And if you're shooting indoors there's a risk your subject's skin tone can look unnaturally colored. The camcorder fine-tunes focus, exposure and skin tone for more natural looking faces.


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:5


Colour of product:Black

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86

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 / Twilight portrait


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:2.36

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3
Focal length range (f-f):3.2 - 32
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:1.43Mpix
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

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Steady Shot)

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 2.2
Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/1000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):2304 x 1728


Compatible memory cards:MS PRO
Internal storage capacity:80

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video formats supported:AVCHD, MPEG2

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.8

White balance

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