|Sony HDR-CX550V, 64GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder New|
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|UPC||0027242788732, 027242788732, 0797734269239, 27242788732, 4905524661385|
|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||Flash Media, Flash card|
|Sensor Type||CMOS, Exmor R CMOS|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Focal Length Range||3.8mm - 38mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||37 mm|
|Lens System Features||Built-in lens shield|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/1500 sec|
|Min Illumination||3 lux|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/8 sec|
|Exposure Modes||Automatic, Manual, Program|
|Flash Type||Built-in flash|
|Effective Flash Range||0.3 m - 2 m|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode|
|Memory / Storage|
|Integrated Memory size||64 GB|
|Recording Speed||HQ, LP|
|Supported Flash Memory||Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card|
|Video Recording Length||6 Hours|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.27"|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3.5" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - surround|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Surround|
|Microphone Technology||Electret condenser|
|Connector Types||1 x HDMI output, 1 x S-Video output, 1 x USB, 1 x component video output, 1 x composite video/audio output, 1 x headphones, 1 x microphone, 1 x remote control|
|Expansion Slot||1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo, 1 x SD Memory Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP3|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Battery Manufacturer||Sony NP-FV50|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Effective Still Resolution||6.0 MP|
|Effective Video Resolution||4.2 MP|
|Digital Video Format||AVCHD, MPEG-2|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Additional Features||Backlight Compensation, Built-In GPS, Built-In Speaker, Color Viewfinder, Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) Recording, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Golf Shot Function, Intelligent Scene Selector, Smile Detection technology, Still Shot Capability, Takes Photos While Movie Recording, Touch-Screen Control, USB 2.0 Compatibility, accessories hot shoe, face detection, face-priority AF function|
|High Definition Video Support||1080i|
|Widescreen Video Capture||Yes|
|Shooting Modes||Digital Photo Mode|
"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-CX550V 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 if have large hands that could benefit from the extra grip that the hard drive provides, the CX550V is a better deal than its hard-disk-based sibling."
Average review score based on 8 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
Matches well to FX 1000's
Actually better in low light.
Wide lens is great, its like having the wide lens adapter built in, without the weight/ bulk.
Super slow actually looks like its HD quality, this feature on some other Sony cams drops in resolution quite a bit.
Works Great with the Dual Dolly RS.
I bought authentic Sony Batts, the Imports seem to have a false gauge readout. Shows lots of minutes at first, when it gets near the end import batts drop 2x faster than normal. I do alot of long shooting, and watch the batt time remaining, and actual record time.
Its also easy to test, just leave the cam recording overnight. Look at the clip length in the morning. Almost all the high capacity import batts won't go much longer than 2.5 hrs clip length.
It also starts and stops very close to trigger activation. Some of my Sony Spinning Hard Drive cams keep recording about 15 frames longer than when you hit the button, so you have to hold the cam really still after pausing. Only a problem if you do "in camera" edits.
I like the pro features, LANC port (need a 10 pin adapter) Mic in, Headphone out, and have learned to use the touchscreen controls by tapping screen with back of fingernail. The big screen is another Bonus.
It compares well to the FX 1000, I may sell both of mine and get another 550.
The only thing i would miss is the 20x zoom, dedicated iris dial, and 24p features. One difference in the wide angle lens is the FX 1000's do not make straight lines curve, the 550 has a bit of the barrel distortion at full wide...oh yeah, one last thing, when the super duper steadyshot setting is on, it zooms in about 10%, so I use the regular steadyshot so it gets the widest shots possible.
Be sure to use regular steadyshot when on a tripod.
One fun test is to shoot handheld, then while still recording set the cam down on a solid surface, watch the screen as the image wiggles all over the place trying to settle down.
For the money this camera is amazing. I work in television and have used this camera for a second or third camera many times now and it is great! In the hands of a producer or someone who doesn't know much about shooting they can give me some creative shots or funky angles and it cuts with the Sony EX-1 really well. It will not replace your main camera and it only shoots 1080i but for those times when you need the shot fast, in a tight place or a moving car or can't use a tripod this is the camera. The steady shot is the best I have seen.
The manual controls are difficult to use but the automatic stuff is so good you don't have to worry about it most of the time.
This is Sony's latest (2010 model year) top of the line "consumer" camera (along with the XR550V, which uses a Hard Drive instead of the 64G internal flash of this CX model). A little bigger and heavier than last years CX500/520, but with a more full featured design. The function control button/knob returns to the front of the camera, and adds shutter and iris functions. 1/8" headphone and mic jacks are added for the first time on a CX series camera. New bigger 3.5" LCD is beautiful, and a basic but usable viewfinder appears for the first time on a "CX" series camera - earlier CX's had just the LCD. Also for the first time, this camera has a "dual media" memory slot that can use SDHC cards OR Sony Memory sticks. OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) is superb, making for steady video under most conditions, even when handheld. Auto focus has also significantly improved over earlier models.
A new "wider" lens design means you can get more in the frame without a wide angle adapter - nice for many uses, but you lose some on the telephoto end when compared to earlier Sonys - something to be aware of if you need the tele end! Low light is excellent once you engage the "low lux" function, which has to be accessed in the touchscreen menu, and you have to remember to turn it on as it shuts off automatically if the camera is off for a longer period of time. The camera remembers everything for short term, like what you'd need during an event, but seems to "reset" after the camera sits "off" for a while, presumably to return settings to optimal "auto" - it's a quirk to be aware of, the CX500/520 were the same way. There's a nifty 6 button "my menu" you can customize so you have fast access to the most needed features, allowing for fast setting changes.
The tripod mount is in an ODD spot, very off center and forward - you may need to adjust for this if you use a tripod or stabilizer of any sort - the camera can tend to "tilt" a little when a tripod screw is tightened down - not a deal killer, just another "quirk". Also be aware that Sony once again "upgraded" their batteries, so you need to use "FV" series in the 2010 cameras, older "FH" series don't work. The small FV50 is supposed to run for around 110 minutes, the upgrade FV70 for around 230.
Overall this camera is a nice, if relatively minor step up/refinement over the 2009 model year Sony cameras. If you've already got a Sony from the 2009 model year, you probably are already fairly happy with it, and unless there is a specific feature you see on the 2010 models that fits a need, you may not want to upgrade, but if you do, or if you're upgrading from an older HD camera, the CX550V is worth serious consideration. Aside from that odd tripod hole location, this is probably as well balanced camera as Sony has released in the consumer line, both in features and overall design.
I'll briefly note there has been some discussion about a "blue dot" on the web - when at full wide (up to about 10% zoom in), you can get lens flare with this new lens design if you have a strong light source at close angles to the direction you're shooting. A lens hood may be a good accessory to consider if you think this will be a problem for you (lens flare is a common problem when shooting under some light conditions - big movie cams have elaborate hoods/flags to combat this problem).
I've enjoyed it. Works great for my son's night football games. Slow motion capture (3 seconds) is a great feature, but it needs to be "planned" -- nothing you can do on the fly. The battery the camera comes with isn't enough... you need to buy another bigger one. I haven't tried to dump the files to the computer or DVD yet.
This is a very good item that I know.Before this time, I have a complete of Nikon N.50 camera kit .When i known about this item, I changed my mind .I bought total 1 item for me and 3 for my family ( included 1 in VietNam ). Every bodies happy with HDR-CX550V Handycam. Great!!!!!
I like this item because it is small body but full functions, images very clear with FX mode , even in low light or in dime room.For me, it is best of all.I don't think I will change my mind about next several year later . I love too much this item.
I'm proud with HDR-CX550V.Thank you SONY.