|Expanded Product Features|
|Expanded Product Features|
|UPC||0027242788749, 027242788749, 27242788749, 797734787641|
|Storage Type||Internal & Removable|
|Media Format||Flash card, Hard disk drive|
|Sensor Type||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||1/1000 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||240 GB|
|Supported Flash Memory||Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card|
|Digital Storage Media||HDD|
|Video Recording Length||1,370 Minutes|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.2"|
|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, 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, H.264, MPEG-2|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Additional Features||Backlight Compensation, Built-In GPS, Built-In Speaker, Digital Noise Reduction, Direct Print, Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Exif Print Support, Golf Shot Function, Intelligent Scene Selector, PictBridge Support, Smile Detection technology, 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-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 hands and therefore could benefit from the extra grip the hard drive provides, the cheaper and nearly identical flash-based CX550V is a better deal.
Average review score based on 10 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
This is my second HDR-XR550V, and if I had to replace it I would go right back to the same model. I purchased my first one shortly after they were released early last year. I absolutely love the quality of the videos. It's very light weight and easy to use.
The menu system is not the most intuitive, but once you get the hang of it, it is pretty easy to navigate.
I really like the massive 240GB drive. I mainly use it to record my tennis matches and critique them afterwords. Even at the highest resolution, it gives me over 1300 minutes of recording time.
The battery seems to be a little hardier than the previous versions. I normally get 80-90 minutes out of the stock battery after the first few uses (the first few times, it seems to give out around 60-70 minutes).
The other thing that is a positive for me is the fact that Sony has finally relented on the "memory stick only" mentality they hung onto for so long. The fact that I can pop in a regular SDHC card for easy portability in a time crunch is one of the things that sold me on sticking with Sony when upgrading to a hi-def camera from my old TRV240 tape based unit.
The fact that it has a hot-shoe and external mic input made it the only way to go. The built in GPS for geotagging is a nice feature as well. This was not really of great importance to me, but it is kinda fun.
Is this unit a bit pricey? Yes. Is it worth the few extra bucks compared to some of the other brands out there? IMHO, Yes.
In short ... high quality video, massive storage capacity, abundance of inputs and outputs, SD card compatibility and Sony quality at a fairly reasonable price make this the awesomest (look that up in your Funk & Waggnall) prosumer camcorder on the market today.
I started taking videos as soon as I put the battery on. I have owned video cameras before. This is a user friendly camera. Very easy to download into my DVD recorder. I bought it to take videos of my new Grandsons. It takes excellent videos in low light conditions in the house. This Sony XR550 plays back all videos I have taken, that are on the HDD disc or an SD card, in sequence, without having to set up any playback parameters. Which ever video scene you touch on the screen it will start playing back from there, and keep playing all the scenes you have taken till the end. The last videos I shot were of the Ice Festival in Plymouth Township, Michigan. It was 20 degrees all day. It performed flawlessly in the cold weather. I would buy another one to give as a gift, or to keep in my roller bag. You never know when you might need a good video camera, on the road. The only thing I dislike is: I hooked up the HDMI cable, from the XR550V to my computer. My computer, an HP envy 17, would not recognize the XR550V, I need to work on that. I would like to see my videos on the HD screen of my computer.
This is really the best camera I know. Image is excellent even walking or moving. It has everything. You forget all the problems of using a video camera: it is just wonderfull.
The only thing the I find that could be better is that a special software is needed to get the files from the camera, instead of just use it as a hard drive and the fact that very few software programs have the capability of handling the HD files from this camera.