Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V Camcorder Review

Larger than its predecessor, but loaded with features, controls, and stronger performance.



Sony's flagship 2010 model, the HDR-CX550V, is a larger camcorder than its predecessor, but it is loaded with a wide angle lens, new manual controls, and stronger performance. With a $1049 price tag, the CX550 is also one of the cheaper high-end models on the market.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Ease of Use
  12. Handling
  13. Controls
  14. Features
  15. Recording Options
  16. Hardware
  17. Other Features
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  21. Conclusion
  22. Photo Gallery