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Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 168 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE. 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. Opinions about the zoom and size are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the battery.

usability, image quality, portability, size, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE from The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the viewfinder and durability. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but reviews about the price and battery are mixed.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRXR550VEB High Definition Handycam Camcorder With Built-In 240GB Hard Disc DriveSony HDRXR550VEB High Definition Handycam Camcorder With Built-In 240GB Hard Disc Drive

Jun, 2018

Product Specifications


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


Battery life (max):1.75
Battery Type:NP-FV50


Minimum illumination:3
Playback zoom (max):Y


Composite Input: No
Composite Output: Yes
Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
Line-In Audio: Yes
S-Video Inputs: No
S-Video Output: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Black


Display diagonal:8.89 / 88.9
Screen Resolution:921600 pixels
Screen Size:3.5 in
Screen Type:LCD
Touchscreen: Yes


Web Cam Function: No


Built-in Flash:Y / Yes


Face detection: Yes

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Effective mega pixels:4.1 megapixels
Effective Pixels:4.1 megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Still Picture Resolutions:4000x2250, 4000x3000, 640x480 pixels
Total MegaPixels:6.6 megapixels

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):921600
Optical sensor size:1/0.114 / 25.4 / 2.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:12

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3.7 / 37
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):29.8 - 298
Focal length range (f-f):3.8 - 38
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Optical Zoom:10


Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-3.4
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:120 x
Filter Size:37 mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv):36.5-365 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):3.8-38 mm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Optical)
Manual Focus: Yes
Night Shot: Yes
Optical Zoom:10 x
Shutter speeds:1/6-1/10000 s
White Balance:Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, One-push


Dimensions (HxWxD):70x71x143 mm
Weight:510 g

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.4
Audio output:1 / Y
Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Cable Type:USB
Fader:Black / White / Black/White
Interface:USB, HDMI
Lens system:Sony G
Manual Focus:Y / Yes
Night mode:Y / Yes
Noise Reduction:Y / Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.5
Spotlight:Y / Yes
Twilight:Y / Yes
Video Out:1 / Y

Packaging Content

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

Ports & interfaces

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

Power source

Battery Type:InfoLithium


Sensor Size:1/2.9 in
Sensor Type:CMOS


Camera shutter speed:1/6 - 1/10000

Still image

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


Built-in Memory: Yes
Built-in Storage Size:240 GB
External Memory Type:Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark II, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital, SDHC
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Internal storage capacity:240


HD Recording:HD 1080p
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Recording Format:Hard drive / Memory Stick / SecureDigital / SDHC
Video formats supported:MPEG2
Video Resolution:1920x1080, 1440x1080


Viewfinder resolution:201600
Viewfinder screen size:0.27 / 6.86

Viewfinder, display

Viewfinder Colour:Color
Viewfinder resolution:201600 pixels
Viewfinder Size:0.5

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:14.1 / 14.3 / 143
Height :7.4 / 74
Width:7 / 70

White balance

Indoor white balance:Y / Yes
Onepush white balance:Y / Yes
Outdoor white balance:Y / Yes