Sony HDR-CX550V 64GB HD Handycam Camcorder Reviews

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Overview

Sony HDR-CX550V


Capture stunning 1920 x 1080
high-definition video and 12 Megapixel still images with the Sony HDR-CX550V HD video camera, which employs an “Exmor R” CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance and 64GB of embedded flash memory.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode and 3-way Shake Canceling enables you to capture remarkably smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting.

1920×1080 Full HD Recording

1920 x 1080 high definition resolution of the Sony HDR-CX550V HD camcorder HD camcorder lets you record your memories in exceptional Sony Full High Definition quality.

Capable of 1080/60p playback via HDMI cable (sold separately) and compatible HDTV providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories.


12 Megapixel still image capture w/ Dual Record

12 Megapixel still image capture lets you take stunning, high resolution digital photos while the Dual record capability lets you capture 8.3 MP still images while shooting high definition video, so you can capture those special moments without having to switch recording modes.


64GB embedded Flash memory

The built-in 64GB embedded Flash memory of the Sony HDR-CX550V HD digital video camera can record and store up to 26 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode), or up to 16 hours of standard definition footage (SD HQ mode).


1/2.88″ “Exmor R” CMOS Sensor

A 1/2.88″ “Exmor R” CMOS image sensor delivers bright, vivid, spectacularly detailed video footage, as well as 12 Megapixel still images.

With 6 Megapixel (effective) video resolution, the image sensor actually captures video at four times the density of high definition resolution resulting in a sharper and more detailed 1920 x 1080 HD picture.


Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor

Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with the newly developed, back-illuminated “Exmor R” sensor.

Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the “Exmor R” sensor of the Sony HDR-CX550V HD digital video camera relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.


Optical SteadyShot w/ Active Mode (Wide to Tele)

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for.


Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor

Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with the newly developed, back-illuminated “Exmor R” sensor.

Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the “Exmor R” sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.


Optical SteadyShot w/ Active Mode (Wide to Tele)

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode on the Sony HDR-CX550V HD video camera compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting.

In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture.


Wide Angle G-Lens (26.3mm)

Experience the pinnacle of Sony lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens of the Sony HDR-CX550V HD digital video camera.

Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images.

In addition, a short, 26.3mm focal length offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting.


1080/60p playback via HDMI cable and compatible HDTV

1080/60p playback via HDMI cable (sold separately) and compatible HDTV providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories.

3.5″ Xtra Fine LCD display (921K) w/TruBlack technology

TruBlack technology brings remarkably higher contrast and brightness to the camcorder’s 3.5″ Xtra Fine LCD display, delivering more natural, realistic colors and easier viewing in bright conditions by reducing glare.


Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver & NAVTEQ maps

A built-in GPS receiver7 makes the Sony HDR-CX550V HD video camera
an ideal choice for travelers.

 

The receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as “tag” your shooting locations.


Tagged videos and still images can be reviewed and played back using the Map Index function on the camcorder or once downloaded to your PC using the supplied PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software9.


Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder’s clock to the proper time zone.


Assignable Dial (Iris/Shutter/Exposure/WB/Focus)

Get the most out of your Sony HDR-CX550V HD camcorder with enhanced manual controls.


The assignable dial allows for control of focus, exposure, white balance, iris, and shutter speed.


Adjusting the iris lets you control depth of field, while shutter speed allows for control motion blur.



Intelligent Scene Recognition (11 iAuto modes)

Intelligent Auto mode of the Sony HDR-CX550V
goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from eleven distinct scene modes: Portrait Mode, Smile Shutter, Backlight Control, Scenery, Night Scenery Mode, High Sensitivity Mode, Macro Mode, Baby Mode, Walk Detection, Tripod, and Low Light Mode.


Face Detection Technology w/ Face Touch

With Face Touch, your Sony HDR-CX550V HD
camcorder optimizes focus, color, exposure, and Smile Shutter technology for the face you prioritize.

Just touch the preferred face on the LCD display and the camcorder will assign it priority, even if it leaves and returns to the frame.


Mic/Headphone jack

The Sony HDR-CX550V HD digital video camera features dedicated mic and headphone inputs (external microphones and headphones sold separately).

Active Interface Shoe

The Active Interface Shoe lets you mount Intelligent Accessories, such as external lights and microphones, which can help extend the capabilities of your camcorder.


Dolby Digital 5.1ch recording with Built-in Zoom Mic

Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording.


The Built-In Zoom Mic focuses audio recording on your subjects in sync with the camera’s zoom lens.

Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software

Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC.


In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD, AVCHD, and Blu-ray Disc media2, as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites (compatible PC and internet connection required).

Smooth Slow Record

The Smooth Slow Record mode in the Sony HDR-CX550V HD digital video camera increases the record rate from 60 frames per second (fps) to 240 fps, allowing you to capture 3 seconds of fast motion and play the video back in 12 seconds.


This is a great tool for analyzing a golf swing or a viewing a bird in flight.


Dynamic Range Optimizer

The D-Range (Dynamic Range) Optimizer function adjusts the exposure and contrast of an image to counter the effects of high-contrast shooting condition, allowing for a great shot every time.


The D-Range Optimizer suppresses “blackout” in dark areas such as shadows and “whiteout” in bright areas such as skies.


As a result, the captured image appears as natural as the original scene.


Golf Shot

Building on the slow-motion capture capabilities of Smooth Slow Record, Golf Shot captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 17 still images, which can be viewed/printed individually or as a composite “sequence shot” image, perfect for analyzing the nuances of a golf swing, tennis serve, and other fast action.



Up to 24Mbps AVCHD video

The Sony HDR-CX550V HD digital video camera can capture video at up to 24Mbps for amazing clarity and detail, ideal for recording on to Blu-ray Disc media since the AVCHD codec is highly compatible with the Blu-ray Disc format.


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Product Specifications

Brand:Sony
Model : HDR-CX550V
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1920x1080 Full HD Recording2 w/12MP still image
64GB1 embedded Flash memory
1/2.88" 6MP back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor
Optical SteadyShot¿ image stabilization w/ Active Mode
Wide Angle G-Lens (26.3mm) with 10x Optical zoom

Reviews

>Sony HDR-CX550V 64GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder at Amazon.com
Average Rating: 5.0
R. Rivera Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

Most Recent Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Weir's (ABC News) HDR-CX550V in the Amazon I'm been using miniDV tapes to shoot my expedition Walking the Amazon and recently Bill Weir came out from ABC News to do a feature. Read more Published 1 day ago by E. STAFFORD


5.0 out of 5 stars Solid camera - excellent quality This camera was my 4th attempt at a camcorder in a reasonable price range. I've tried Canon, Panasonic, and a different Sony. Read more Published 1 month ago by SVdWH


5.0 out of 5 stars Camera is fine, disregard the "blue dot" post above Im a pro photographer. The blue dot the person above is refering to is NORMAL for shooting into direct sunlight. It's called flare and my 9000,00 Nikon 400 2. Read more Published 1 month ago by D. Veneri

3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Dot Appears When Filming In Sunlight Be aware there is a possible problem with this model. Please visit AVS forums and do a search for 'BLUE DOT'. Read more Published 1 month ago by Slapp Happy
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