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Sony HDR-CX550VE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 reviews of Sony HDR-CX550VE. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and image quality. The portability and size also get good comments, whereas some have doubts about the zoom and battery.

usability, size, portability, image quality, design

battery, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-CX550VE is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Résumé des avis d’ sur Sony HDR-CX550VE


alaTest a collecté et analysé 11 avis de consommateurs sur pour le produit Sony HDR-CX550VE. La note moyenne du produit est 4.6 sur 5, tandis que les autres Caméscopes ont une note moyenne de 4.0 sur 5 sur

100% des avis sur donnent une note favorable à ce produit.

This summary is based on the products: Sony - HDR-CX550V - Caméscope à mémoire Flash 64 Go - Port SD/ Memory Stick - Full HD - 12 Mpix - NoirSony - HDR-CX550V - Caméscope à mémoire Flash 64 Go - Port SD/ Memory Stick - Full HD - 12 Mpix - Noir

Jun, 2017


Expert review by: (

Sony HDR-CX550VE


Der Sony HDR-CX550VE ist ein guter HD-Camcorder mit 64 GB Fest­speicher und Speicherkarte (ein Steck­platz). Klassische läng­liche Bauform (horizon­taler Camcorder). Sehr teuer. Liefert gute Videos (Note: 2,1). Sehr gute Bild­stabilisierung. Guter...

Qualitäts­urteil: gut (2,2) ; Video: gut (2,1) ; Foto: gut (1,8) ; Ton: befriedigend (2,8) ; Hand­habung: gut (2,1) ; Akku­lauf­zeit: befriedigend (2,9) ; Vielseitig­keit: gut (2,0)

Expert review by: AG (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550VE im Test: GPS-Camcorder mit Touchscreen


Im Vergleich zu den Vorgängern hat Sony bei seiner aktuellen Camcorder-Serie in puncto Optik kaum etwas geändert. Die zwei aktuellen Topmodelle des japanischen Herstellers hören auf die Namen Handycam HDR-CX550VE und HDR-XR550VE. Ersteres bringt einen...

manuelle Einstellungsmöglichkeiten; Geotagging mit GPS; zuverlässiger Autofokus

umständliche Bedienung; kein Windfilter, keine Audioeinstellungen; teuer

Mit Anschaffungskosten von 1100 Euro bietet der Sony Handycam HDR-CX550 ein besseres Preisleistungsverhältnis als sein 100 Euro teurerer HDD-Bruder XR550. Im Großen und Ganzen überzeugt der CX550, doch die Videos könnten etwas schärfer und das...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Redactie ZDNet (

Sony HDR-CX550VE


Een handige groothoeklens, schier oneindige opslagcapaciteit en een groter lcd-scherm zijn de belangrijkste troeven van deze topklasse camcorder.

Relatief ruisvrij bij weinig licht, opslagcapaciteit, bredere kijk op de wereld

Zorg altijd voor extra batterij

Negentig minuten bleek zowat het maximum tijdens onze proeven met ingeschakelde gps (waarmee je automatisch locatiegegevens aan je opnames hangt). Wetende dat je zo veel opslagcapaciteit hebt, ga je automatisch meer filmen en dus batterijen gebruiken....

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Smolmar (

The winner is................


Überbetonung der roten Farben

Expert review by: Thierry Philippon (

Sony HDR-XR550VE / HDR-CX550VE


A ma gauche, un modèle à disque dur AVCHD de 240 Go (!), j\'ai nommé le HDR-XR550VE, succédant au HDR-XR520. A ma droite, son homologue à mémoire embarquée de 64 Go, le Sony HDR-CX550VE, succédant au HDR-CX520. Le second vaut 200 euros de moins. En...

Consumer review by: David (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550VE


The quality of the image is excellent. My first filming challenge was at the wedding of my niece - a "must not fail" assignment. The camera surpassed my expectations

I bought two Vaio laptops in the past, and had truly terrible service from the manufacturers when they both went wrong. They had the effrontery to charge me more than a day's pay for looking at each machine and then sending them back, saying there was...

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: Michael (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550VE


"SteadyShot" is excellent. Large viewing screen. Videos and pictures can be downloaded to external WD HD. Good range of accessories.

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...

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: Mike (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550VE


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

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

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: Ilkka (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550VE


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...

"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...

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550VE


excellent picture quality

will l let you know soon

Jan, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing:No / Yes
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery life (max):1.55
Battery Type:NP-FV50


Minimum illumination:3
Playback zoom (max):Y


Colour of product:Black


Display diagonal:8.89
Touchscreen: Yes


Built-in Flash: Yes


Face detection: Yes

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):921600
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:12

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):29.8 - 298
Focal length range (f-f):3.8 - 38
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:10

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.4
Audio output:1 / Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:USB
Fader:Black / White
Interface:USB, HDMI
Lens system:Sony G
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.2
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1 / Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser (PMB)
Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1 / 3
DV port: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports: No
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/6 - 1/10000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):4000 x 3000 / 640 x 480,4000 x 3000


Internal storage capacity:64


HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:AVCHD, MPEG2


Viewfinder resolution:201600
Viewfinder screen size:0.27

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.4

White balance

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