Sony HDR-CX550V Comparison
We must preface this comparison by reminding you that the Sony HDR-CX550V is last year’s model. Sony’s newest flagship is the HDR-CX700V and it has a boatload of new features (24p and 60p recording, ‘nuff said). We’ll be reviewing the CX700V soon (by the end of this month), so stay tuned for a more even comparison when we get the testing done on the new model.
For now, let’s look how the CX550V stacks up against the TM900. Since Panasonic didn’t improve on much with the TM900, this comparison looks a lot like the CX550V vs. the TM700. And, like we said last year, the HDC-TM900 beats out the HDR-CX550V in almost all of our testing categories. What the Sony has going for it, though, is its simple design and its standard definition record mode (in addition to HD). No, the CX550V doesn’t have the same amount of controls or features as the TM900, but its performance in auto mode is fantastic in general (and that’s what a lot of people are looking for).
The HDC-TM900 is the better camcorder, especially if your a pro or advanced user, but the CX550V is one of the best flagship models for those who, well, don’t know all that much about camcorders.