Sony Handycam HDR-CX550VE reviews: Hard disk drive storage Full HD camcorder

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+ This camcorder scores very high on features. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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9.2 out of 10 based on 19 reviews.
Sony Handycam HDR-CX550VE: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Michael, Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
"SteadyShot" is excellent.
Large viewing screen.
Videos and pictures can be downloaded to external WD HD.
Good range of accessories.
Bad points:
An i.LINK (IEEE 1394) connection would be useful.
The camcorder developed a fault after 3 months. It will not record after 3 minutes and displays "Buffer Overflow".
It has been sent to a Sony Service Centre for warranty investigation.
I have several other Sony Camcorders and this is the only one that has had a problem.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Jun 2011

Ilkka, Helsinki Professional videographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Fast to operate, you can rely on it´s automatic sound recording, "big" CMOS image sensor, for being such a small camera it has excellent sensitivity - "it sees in the dark", it´s image stabilizer is far ahead of it´s rivals - you are able to perform smooth camera moves without any extra gear, it´s great internal flash memory and beside SD memory card; overall capable fist size package.
Bad points:
"Odd" mini size hot shoe - which you can be overcome with an extra adapter - but not really bad points for what it is. Of course, manual sound recording is missing but who cares. It´s meant to be quickly ready camera without cumbersome adjusting. More demanding sound recording is for other, bigger and heavier cameras.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Jan 2011

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
excellent picture quality
Bad points:
will l let you know soon
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Jan 2011

john, ALCESTER Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
very good on most things
Bad points:
battery on standerd supply would be better with type 70
instruction manual not the best user for first time user
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Jan 2011

rex, llanfyllin Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
amazing picture quality and the steadyshot are second to none
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Dec 2010

Mike, Kirkcaldy Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
1. Large clear screen
2. Separate viewfinder for strong light conditions
3. Outstanding image quality
4. 'Steady Shot' function works well
5. Good in low light conditions
6.Wide range of menu options
Bad points:
1. On screen menu manipulation can be fiddly, - taking a while, sometimes, to find the correct function.
2. Battery life in typical use seems distinctly shorter than my previous Handycam which recorded on Mini DV tape
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Mar 2011

Martin, Bath

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Image quality , sound, reasonably ease of use.
Bad points:
Battery life bit rubbish, menu goes on a bit, could have longer telephoto lens, but other than that it's a dam good piece of kit!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Dec 2010

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format Hard disk drive
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 120
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 64
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/10000
Weight (g) 440
Screen size (Inches) 3.5
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.4
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 29.8
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 298
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2010-03-16

Also known as: "Sony Handycam HDR-CX550VE, Sony HDR-CX550V

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