Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V 64 GB Camcorder - Black
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Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V 64 GB Camcorder - Black

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  • Media Format: Flash Media Flash card
  • Recording System: NTSC
  • Type: Standard
  • Storage Type: Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)
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Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V 64 GB Camcorder - Black

Shoot gorgeous 1920 x 1080 high-definition video and 12.0 megapixel still images. Boasting 64GB of embedded Flash memory, the HDR-CX550V Handycam camcorder is outfitted with a professional-quality Sony G lens and an "Exmor R" CMOS image sensor for superior low-light performance. This fully-loaded camcorder also features a built-in GPS receiver, Face Detection with Face Priority and Smile Shutter technology. This camcorder is also equipped with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with active mode and 3-way shake canceling which enables you to capture remarkably smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. Plus, capture your memories in 24Mbps and record brilliant AVCHD video with amazing clarity and enhanced detail.

Product Review Summary

Based on 6 user reviews
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  • Compact (3)
  • Good Value (2)
  • Easy to Use (2)
  • Quality Construction (2)
  • Great Design (2)
  • Good Auto focus Ssytem (1)
  • Lightweight (1)
  • Rechargeable (1)
  • Intuitive (1)
  • Good Memory Support (1)
  • Poor Sound (2)
  • Short Battery Life (2)
  • Heavy (1)
  • Big (1)
  • Weak Zoom (1)
  • None (1)
  • Not Full HD (1)
Good For
  • Special Events (2)
  • Home Movies (2)
  • Travel (2)
  • Professionals (1)
  • Everyday Use (1)
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Consumer Reviews


This is one of the best camera I have every used

bynotaloser222 Oct 22, 2010
Helpful? 1 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Lightweight, Compact, Easy to Use
Cons Short Battery Life, Poor Sound
Recommended it? Yes

This is one of the best video camers I have every used.  It is so intuitive and easy to use.  The moment I turned it on I could record quality video and sound.  This camera restored my faith in being able to record one my own.  If you want lightweight camera which is of quality... Read full review »


Wonderful camcorder works well with Mac

bynjronbo Oct 10, 2010
19 Helpfuls 20 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Closes the gap between consumer and prosumer camcorders.  Outstanding video.
Cons Limited 10x optical lens. No Carl Zeiss lens
Recommended it? Yes

I purchased the very first consumer HD video camcorder that Sony introduced back in 2005, the HC1.  It was a beautiful well-built camcorder that I never thought I would end up parting with.

The problem with the original HC1 camcorder was that it was tape based and it didn't reproduce... Read full review »


Great action camera

byjdrantz Oct 8, 2010
Helpful? 1 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Compact
Cons None
Recommended it? Yes

This camera is amazing.  I could not video my son's games without it.  I use it all the time.  It is everything I expected it to be and more.  It keeps a clear picture even during high action.  It has quality construction, materials, and design.  I... Read full review »

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Product Details and Features


Night Mode Yes
Shooting Modes Digital Photo Mode

Other Features

High Definition Video Support 1080i
Additional Features Still Shot Capability • Color Viewfinder • Smile Detection technology • face-priority AF function • face detection • Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording • accessories hot shoe • USB 2.0 Compatibility • Dynamic Range Optimizer • Built-In GPS • Golf Shot Function • Built-In Speaker • Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) Recording • Backlight Compensation • Takes Photos While Movie Recording • Intelligent Scene Selector • Touch-Screen Control
Face Detection Yes
Widescreen Video Capture Yes

File Format

Still Image Format JPEG
Digital Video Format MPEG-2 • AVCHD


Battery Form Factor Manufacturer specific

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Supported MS Windows 7 • MS Windows Vista • MS Windows XP SP3


HDMI Output Yes


Microphone Technology Electret condenser
Microphone Operation Mode Surround


Display Type LCD
Display Rotation Rotating


Viewfinder Type Electronic

Memory / Storage

Recording Speed HQ • LP
Supported Flash Memory SDXC Memory Card • Memory Stick PRO Duo • SDHC Memory Card • Memory Stick Duo • Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo • SD Memory Card

Camera Flash

Flash Modes Auto Mode
Flash Type Built-in flash


Exposure Modes Automatic • Manual • Program

Lens System

Lens Type Zoom lens
Auto Focus type TTL contrast detection
Lens System Features Built-in lens shield
Focus Adjustment Automatic • Manual

Optical Sensor

Sensor Type Exmor R CMOS • CMOS

Key Features

Media Format Flash Media • Flash card
Recording System NTSC
Type Standard
Storage Type Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)

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