Sony HDR-XR200V reviews: Hard disk drive storage Full HD camcorder

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

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8.6 out of 10 based on 60 reviews.
Sony HDR-XR200V: Horizontally held, 15x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick Duo card. See full product description

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behrouz, didcot Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Smashing recording quality,ease of use and the GPS is one of the many good thing about this camcorder. Face detection is very good.
Bad points:
The only let down with this camcorder is the low meg pixle camera!
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Mar 2010

pete, slough Experienced amateur

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
I have to remember that the HDR-XR200VE is a handy cam for taking moving picture. It does this very well, but for a difficult menu system for turning things on and off, the touch screen I would say this is a first rate camera.
Yes I use the word camera as it takes reasonable stills as well ,with a tripod good wallpaper images are very nearly possible and maybe with more time I will improve and learn new technique to over come. The 4 mega pixel imaging I quickly learned is inadaquate but good photos are possible for internet use or stills to be incuded in a film. Personaly speaking this is an expensive camera opposed to a well priced handy cam, with a little more thought by the devs a ground braking product is available.

Example: I took a very nice picture of a woman walking her dog on a "good to be alive day", I asked the woman if she minded, she said fine. So I took a very good picture on a perfect day, but the picture framing was not quite right and no amount of carfull croping will make this picture as good as it could have been due to the 4mp imaging. You have to get right first time, so take plenty of shots, there's plenty of room on the hard drive. The hard drive is a winner here, combined with the possibility of SD card as well, this department is excellent.

Another good point for the photographers out there is the swivel screen, you can take ground level shots with such ease, unusual angles are the flavour of the day with this product. All in all, I use this as a camera with the video ability secondary and it works for me. Having used SLR's most of my life, the swivel screen is a real bonus.

I did not buy this cam to because I needed a camera, I bought it because I wanted a camcorder. Trouble is it could'nt do what I bought it for, filming wild life, yes it's small enough but not versatile enough. So it gets used a camera that slips into my jacket pocket and is light enough to forget. You will need a lens hood as flare is a very real problem, a rubber lens hood combined with a 49mm skylight filter pilfered from my SLR bag and it's complete.



Bad points:
gripes: well there always are. No manual focus ring for the still camera, this is the biggest let down as close up photography is very interesting, depth of field playing such a strong part of the photographers bag, the menu driven item is useless . I did achieve some good results, but the time it takes the autofocus to ajust, good job I can laugh. The infared hand controller only works when pointed at the front of the cam, this is a design error for me, I understand there thinking here, it's neatly designed into the overall package, but it's a no no. My idea of secret filming of birds nesting has been halted, they make the cam small enough, but not versatile enough.

This is a typical Japanese product, well made, well put together and excellent quality. The let down is the gimmick driven menu screen, who needs it. There is a GPS but no manual focus for the camera, sorry but I cannot understand the reasoning here. This product is OK, a little better than an expensive toy, but I am already thinking about replacing it after 6 months use, enough said.

Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 6.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Apr 2011

charlie, wendover Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The camera is light to hold, super quick to start up and shoot. I never missed a thing when using it on land or underwater and had to catch a passing sea ray or turtle or something. I did have the sport pack housing which worked superbly. The ease of finding, playback and navigation is excellent. It's simple to use as a camcorder and overall the speed and functionality is more than adequate to all of your camcorder needs. Hard-Drive - great, no changing flash cards or running out of space, it just had more and more room, so you can shoot loads footage without worring about running out of memory.
Bad points:
The standard battery has a small recording capacity so upgrading that to a N-70 solves that. The lense can be a little to long focused and for objects nearer or closer to you a wide angle lense purchase is a must. The night vision is ok, not very powerful and the GPS is sort of useful / gimmicky. It struggled to find my location in some part of the world, but handy as a extra map reference tool if you should need it. For me though these are small bad points, overall the camera is in a league of it's own compared to any others on the market.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Apr 2010

Robert, Aylesford Just point and shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
The "Easy" button and ant-shake are two of my favourite features followed closely by the amount of storage space that is ontained in this compact piece of equipment but then again there are so many other features as one would expect from a Sony video camera.The HDR-XR200VE is my 4th Sony video camera that I have owned since about 1988

Bad points:
No eye-piecenot always easy to view the screen in bright sunlight so I have to shoot and hope for the best (unless of course there is a featrue that deals with that, that I haven't found yet
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Review date: 16 Oct 2010

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Realy good Image Quality.
Bad points:
Battery life only an hour. If you want to record the movies on DVD in SD you need relly good and fast computer.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 4.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 May 2010

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
good all round camera great quality hd video easy to use decent battery life
Bad points:
poor stills shots low light video not very good
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Apr 2010

Ron, Llangollen, UK Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
There are so many good things that I don't know where to start!
The hand-strap when adjusted to your size places the camera in the most comfortable and practical position for use.
All to controls are conveiently placed and the large, bright screen gives a clear view of what you are recording.
It takes a little while to get used to the menu lay-out but the touch-screen makes it very quick and easy when you get used to it.
The optical zoom range allows some very impressive shots and the added range when using the digital zoom is truly fantastic!
Bad points:
There is only one bad point as far as I am concerned but it is a big one! Why oh why did Sony not provide a co-axial socket for an external/extension microphone?
They did offer an adapter for the "hot shoe" that allowed the use of such a mic (part number VMC-K100 I understand) but this is apparently no longer available - great pity!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Aug 2012

This Sony HDR-XR200V is reviewed on PC Advisor

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 15
Media format Hard disk drive
Connections USB
Type of memory card Memory Stick Duo
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 180
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 120
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/800
Weight (g) 390
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.6
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 49
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 735
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2009-02-19

Also known as: Sony HDR-XR200VE, SONY HDRXR200V, HDR-XR200V, HDRXR200VE, XR200V, SONY HDRXR200VE.CEH, Sony Handycam

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Manufacturer's Description

Extra-long record time, very high picture quality and smart features

Up to 50hr Full HD on 120GB HDD, 15x optical zoom, 5.1 sound

- Keep shooting for longer
- Crisp HD video and still images
- Less camera shake even when you’re walking

Long HD recording, smart features
Beautifully styled and easy to use with incredible image quality. Extra-long Full HD recording on internal 120GB hard disk drive, GPS, Optical SteadyShot Active Mode, GPS, 5.1 surround sound and Face Detection.

No more camera shake
Wobbly pictures caused by unsteady hands are a common problem when you’re shooting without a tripod. Optical SteadyShot Active Mode Image stabilization cuts the effects of camera shake for clear, steady results, even if you’re walking along

More smiles every time
Wouldn’t it be great having a photographer by your side, capturing great still pictures of happy faces while you’re shooting video of a party or another special event? Smile Shutter automatically shoots still photos whenever your subject smiles, without interrupting video recording.

More smiles every time
Wouldn’t it be great having a photographer by your side, capturing great still pictures of happy faces while you’re shooting video of a party or another special event? Smile Shutter automatically shoots still photos whenever your subject smiles, without interrupting video recording.

Natural looking faces every time
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 coloured. The camcorder fine-tunes focus, exposure and skin tone for more natural looking faces.

Know where you are… And were you’ve been
GPS tracks your position as you travel. See the exact location of your clips and still images with maps on the LCD screen. Then review your journey when you’re back home with online Google Maps on your PC


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