Sony HXR-MC50U Ultra Compact AVCHD Camcorder Reviews

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Sony HXR-MC50U Reviews
The Sony HXR-MC50U Ultra Compact Pro AVCHD Prosumer HD camcorder combines small form factor with professional design for a high-quality tool that can gather images practically anywhere without calling attention to itself.

Much like the consumer equivalent HDR-CX550V, the Sony HXR-MC50U AVCHD Prosumer HD camcorder captures 1920 x 1080 video at the full 24Mbps bit rate possible in the AVCHD format. That means smooth, high-resolution HD video that captures every detail recorded through the camera’s 10x wide-angle zoom lens.

Just a quick explanation of AVCHD, Advanced Video Coding High Definition. AVCHD is a high quality H.264/MPEG-4 compression system used in many professional AVCHD camcorder models but now showing up in our Prosumer camcorder reviews and even in the high end Consumer camcorders.

Further distinguishing the HXR-MC50U AVCHD Camcorder is the addition of an ECM shotgun microphone (with holder), a large lens hood and a high-capacity battery for extended shooting times.

The changes also extend to the inside, in the form of increased image control via an assignable dial that gives you manual control over focus, exposure, white balance, iris and shutter speed. USB 2.0 connectivity plus HDMI output to any HDTV let you easily edit and present your video to its best advantage.

FEATURES
* Wide angle professional quality Sony G Lens technology provides exceptional image fidelity
* 1/2.88″ back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor offers exceptional low-light sensitivity
* Quick AF system improves precise auto focus even in challenging situations
* Infrared NightShot night vision filming and photography
* Full raster 1920 x 1080i AVCHD high definition recording at up to 24Mbps


Customer Sony HXR-MC50U Reviews

Phenomenal Compact Full HiDef video camera!, March 31, 2011
By Stuart Namm 5.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Sony HXR-MC50U AVCHD Full HD 1080p Prosumer HD camcorder

We just returned from a 19 day safari to Botswana and Zambia (Victoria Falls). Like the user above, I too have a SONY PMW-EX3, which is an incredible professional camera, but it was too large to carry on the bush flights within Africa, where weight is very limited! This little camera did everything SONY said it would and could do, and more.

Carrying a laptop computer with me, I was able to transfer the day’s video clips each day on to the computer with ease using the SONY PMB program which comes with the camera. and the videos were of the highest poossible resolution, full 1920 hi def. With very little study, and an available user’s manual, I was able to master the lengthy menus which covered everything I needed to do to get great video in 793 clips.

I also found it to be very sturdy and easy to handle under the most adverse of conditions, although it would be nice if SONY offered a rain cover to custom fit the camera, as the generic Petro case. which purports to fit this camera, was virtually impossible to use, especially at the end of the rainy season when you are likely to run into heavy showers, not to mention the massive clouds of spray at Victoria Falls. In my opinion, it was money well spent!

5.0 out of 5 stars Sony MC50 Reviews
Video Quality is First-Rate!, March 25, 2011
By William Hughes (Baltimore, MD USA) (REAL NAME)
This review is from: Sony HXR-MC50U AVCHD Full HD 1080p Prosumer HD camcorder

I do a lot of shootings at demonstrations/protest type of events. Recently, I was at a rally in front of the White House. I was very pleased with the results. The video quality is first-rate and the mic/sound is more than adequate. In fact, for some of my scenes,

I was placed, via crowd control, pretty far away from the focus of the action. Yet, the zoom on the camcorder did its job in a remarkable fashion. I found this camcorder very easy to use even for a first time right out of the box user. Kudos to Sony!

1.0 out of 5 stars Lacking features, I wouldn’t buy one, October 24, 2010
By MediaBaron (Kona, Hawaii)
This review is from: Sony HXR-MC50U AVCHD Full HD 1080p Prosumer HD camcorder

Yes, I’m using one of these cameras, no I didn’t buy it. Someone at work bought it that doesn’t know much of anything about shooting video.

The pros are:
* Compact camera, easy to hold
* Big fold-out screen
* Lens hood
* Nice, sharp lens
* Battery lasts a long time
* Takes SDHC instead of just stupid Memory Sticks
* Has huge internal memory of 64GB

The cons are:
* Expensive considering the lack of features.
* No progressive modes (no 24p, no 30p)
* Poor low-light capability (just shot a night parade, and video came out pretty dark in non-nightshot mode)
* Many menu commands are buried deep and it’s hard to drill down to the command you want (you can set-up a favorites menu but it still sucks)
* In high humidity conditions the touchscreen controls don’t work properly, will often register a wrong choice.
* The ‘shotgun’ mic isn’t very good or directional. I have a Rode VideoMic which really outperforms the Sony mic
* Only one manual control knob so you can have it do manual focus or exposure compensation but not both, bad placement for when the camera is on a tripod unless you have tiny long fingers.
* Using the touchscreen means you’ll be jarring the camera while shooting.
* No hotshoe for accessories

The lack of a progressive mode is a real deal-killer. Do you want your videos to look like a weekend video guy or a filmmaker pro?

5.0 out of 5 starsSony MC50 Reviews
Great Cam, August 28, 2010
By G. Buzel “G” (San Diego, CA)(REAL NAME)

This review is from: Sony HXR-MC50U AVCHD Full HD 1080p Prosumer HD camcorder

I have had this cam right now for about 3 weeks. I was one of the first to buy it. Being a “pro” user (I have the PMW-EX3), I found a good niche for this cam. The real plus is the size and image quality you obtain for such a small form factor in this camcorder.

Pros:
Small SIze
Lightweight
Great video quality
Still mage quality better but still not as good as a DSLR
Steady shot is fabulous (makes many handheld shots look near or almost tripod steady! Best stabilization I have seen to date!)
Shotgun mic, directional picks up well
Touch screen LCD, 3″ large
Has EVF (not great but i has one)
64GB internal memory over 300mins at max quality of shooting time
External mic jack
Ext headphone jack
“nightshot” IR mode and cam has IR light illuminator
HDMI out (HDMI mini)
Great optics
Full HD chip

Cons:
Manual Control very limited and menu based
Audio adjustment is just 2 positions attenuated and normal
No audio metering
LCD is fingerprint prone and needs to be wiped down after a few uses
EVF very small, cannot be used for focus adjustments
no progressive video

Many have wrote to me and said the HXR-MC50U is very similar to the CX550. I never used one so I can’t say.
This cam is great for “run and gun” work, ENG, filmmakers, and news shooting. It should never be considered for your “primary” cam, but its a great derringer cam ready to be with you whenever.

And if your a still photo person, the still quality is the best I have seen for a camcorder, but it won’t replace a full JPG shot with w DSLR like a Canon or Nikon.
Over all this cam gets 5 stars since it works great for what I use it for…run and gun, it stealth and works great for it’s size. Thanks

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Product Specifications

Brand:Sony
Model : HXR-MC50U
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Wide angle professional quality Sony G Lens technology provides exceptional image fidelity

1/2.88" back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor offers exceptional low-light sensitivity

Quick AF system improves precise auto focus even in challenging situations

Infrared NightShot night vision filming and photography

Full raster 1920 x 1080i AVCHD high definition recording at up to 24Mbps

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