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Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder - HDR-CX550V

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1920 X 1080 High Definition Video Recording/ 12 Megapixel Still Image Capture/ 64GB Flash Memory/ 3.5 " Wide Xtra Fine TruBlack LCD/ Hybrid Recording/ Geotagging With Built-In GPS Receiver/ Golf Shot/ Smile Shutter/ Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization With Active Mode/ 10X Optical Zoom/ 120X Digital Zoom/ Black Finish
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Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder - HDRCX550V

Features:

  • 1920 x 1080 high definition video recording: : 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution lets you record your memories in exceptional Sony® Full High Definition quality2. Capable of 1080/60p playback via HDMI™ and compatible HDTV4 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.
  • 64GB1 Flash memory : The built-in 64GB1 embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 26 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode), or up to 48 hours of standard definition footage (SD LP mode).
  • 1/2.88” ”Exmor R” CMOS Sensor : 1/2.88” "Exmor R" CMOS image sensor with ClearVid™ array: 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. In addition, "Exmor R" technology captures images with high resolution and high sensitivity, while the advanced Sony® BIONZ™ image processor improves camera response time and screens out noise to help ensure that the signal from each pixel is as pure as possible.
  • 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 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. 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 in photo mode and 29.8mm in video mode. The six bladed iris allows for superb shallow depth of field photography.
  • 2x faster Quick AF : With the new and improved autofocus (AF) system, Quick AF, the focusing speed is twice as fast compared to previous models. Whether in bright daylight or in dimly lit environment, Quick AF ensures fast, accurate, and consistent focus lock, enabling users to shoot in a wide range of scenes without missing any important moment. Especially when shooting night scenes where conventional AF might struggle to focus, thanks to the much improved AF algorithm in Quick AF, users can now capture crisp images, fast.
  • 1080/60p playback via HDMI™ and compatible HDTV4 : 1080/60p playback via HDMI™ and compatible HDTV4 providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories.
  • 3.5” Wide3 Xtra Fine TruBlack LCD (921K) plus viewfinder : TruBlack™ technology brings remarkably higher contrast and brightness to the camcorder’s 3.5” Wide3 Xtra Fine TruBlack LCD display, delivering more natural, realistic colors and easier viewing in bright conditions by reducing glare. An adjustable .27” 3 Color Viewfinder (201k) allows you to capture video and frame your shots with the LCD closed.
  • Geotagging7 with built-in GPS receiver & NAVTEQ maps: : A built-in GPS receiver7 makes the HDR-CX550V 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.
  • Up to 24Mbps AVCHD2 video : The HDR-CX550V can capture video at up to 24Mbps for amazing clarity and detail, ideal for recording on to Blu-ray® media since the AVCHD2 codec is highly compatible with the Blu-ray format.
  • Assignable Dial (Iris/Shutter/Exposure/WB/Focus) : Get the most out of your 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. There are a total of 6 settings are available:Focus, Exposure, AE Shift, WB Shift, Iris control, and Shutter speed control.
  • 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.
  • Dedicated Mic and Headphone inputs: : The HDR-CX550V features dedicated mic and headphone inputs (external microphones and headphones sold separately).
  • Intelligent Auto (iAUTO) : Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes (90 different combinations possible): 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 Priority : With Face Priority, your 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.
  • 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 22 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.
  • Direct Copy to External Hard Disk Drive13 : Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive13 (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.
  • 10X Optical / 120X Digital Zoom : 10X optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that digital zooming (up to 120x) is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom.
  • Smile Shutter™ technology for still and dual capture: : Smile Shutter™ technology lets the camcorder automatically take still photos when your subject smiles, even while shooting high definition video. You can also set the sensitivity and choose child, adult, or auto priority.
  • Power On by opening LCD display: : Power on your camcorder by simply opening the LCD display.
  • Easy Playback Options : Four, easy to use Playback indexing formats allow users to easily find and playback scenes at any time Film Roll Index - scene indexes at specified display intervals, Face Index uses Face Detection technology to organize your video footage based on the faces detected in each scene, Map Index uses the GPS to easily find a desired scene based on location, and Date Indexing organizes scenes based on the time and date they were recorded.
  • Highlight Playback: : Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback uses several criteria - including Face Index, Smile Shutter™ technology, Dual Capture and time range - to identify and compile key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions.
  • Hybrid Recording to Flash memory or Memory Stick Duo™ media: : Hybrid recording technology delivers a new level of flexibility of capturing and transferring your video footage and digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing devices. Record to 64GB1 of internal flash memory or choose instead to record to removable Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media (sold separately). You can even select from various dubbing functions to easily copy video or still images from the HDD to the Memory Stick® media -- without using a PC.
  • Dual Record with 8.3MP still image capture: : Dual record capability lets you capture 8.3MP still images while shooting high definition video, so you can capture those special moments without having to switch recording modes.
  • Includes 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™ media (sold separately), 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) 9.
  • Smooth Slow Record: : The Smooth Slow Record mode 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. In addition, you record an audio track to narrate the video footage.
  • x.v. Color™ technology for superior color: : x.v. Color™ technology enables the HDR-CX550V to capture nearly twice (1.8x) as many viewable colors as the standard RGB color range, resulting in more natural, life-like images. You can even experience this expanded color range on the big screen when you connect your camcorder to x.v. Color capable displays, including a wide range of Sony® BRAVIA® HDTVs.
  • BIONZ™ Image Processor: : The BIONZ™ Image Processor works in conjunction with the "Exmor R" CMOS image sensor with ClearVid™ array technology for pristine imaging. The BIONZ image processor provides Data Noise Reduction, Faster Image processing, and Data compression to preserve videos and images. In addition, the BIONZ™ image processor enables Face Detection technology and Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimizer for both video and still image capture. The higher processing speed also allows Dual Recording to capture still images while recording video.
  • Record and zoom controls on LCD: : The HDR-CX550V features an additional set of record and zoom buttons on the LCD screen, give you more control and flexibility when holding the camcorder, especially in overhead or low angle shots.
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ technology: : BRAVIA® Sync™ technology5 offers greater ease of use in controlling compatible Sony products connected via an HDMI™ (CEC) connection5. HDMI connectivity provides a simple; high-quality video and audio connection, with the ability to transmit HD video and up to 5.1 channel audio directly from the camcorder to compatible HDTVs via a single HDMI cable, sold separately. With BRAVIA Sync (CEC) technology, the HDMI connection also delivers the ability to control both the camcorder and HDTV using a single BRAVIA® TV remote5 and displays the camcorder’s playback menu on screen for easier navigation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Built-in Intelligent Flash: : For added clarity and detail when taking pictures in low-light situations, the built-in flash improves pictures and reduces shadows.
    Auto Lens Cover: : An Auto Lens Cover protects the lens when the camcorder is powered off.
  • HDMI™ connection: : The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as a compatible camcorder, Blu-ray Disc™ player, a personal computer, a video game console, or an AV receiver to a compatible digital audio device and/or video monitor such as a digital television (DTV).
  • Media card slot : For convenient storage and sharing of your images and videos, the camera accepts Memory Stick Duo™ / Memory Stick PRO Duo™ / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ media (sold separately) and SD/SDHC media.
  • USB 2.0 interface: : A USB 2.0 interface provides an easy way to connect your camcorder to a compatible PC for fast transfer of video and still images for editing.

Package Content:

  • AC adaptor (AC-L200)
  • Rechargable Battery Pack (NP-FV50)
  • Remote Commander (RMT-835)
  • Component A/V Cable
  • A/V Connecting Cable
  • Lithium Battery (CR2025)
  • Application Software / USB Driver / (CD-ROM)
  • USB Cable

Specifications:

Audio

  • Recording Format : Dolby® Digital 5.1
  • Microphone : Built-in Zoom Microphone

Convenience

  • Face Detection : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Low Light Capability : Yes
  • Smile Shutter™ technology : Yes
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer : Yes
  • Embedded GPS : Yes
  • Quick On : Power On by LCD
  • x.v.Color™ : Yes
  • Removable Flash Media Compatibility : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ MARK2 Media and SD/SDHC (Class 4) media (Sold Separately)
  • Dual Record : 8.3 megapixel
  • Face Index : Yes
  • Film Roll Index : Yes
  • Still Image Mode(s) : JPEG
  • Hybrid : Yes
  • Fader Effect(s) : Black, White
  • Exposure : Yes (Touch Panel)
  • Scene Mode(s) : Auto, Twilight, Sunrise & Sunset, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Beach, Snow
  • Photo Capture from Movie : Yes
  • Slide Show Mode : Yes
  • Accessory Shoe : Yes (Active Interface Shoe)
  • Direct Copy : Yes
  • Golf Shot : Yes
  • Intelligent Auto : Yes (Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Low light, Macro, Portrait, Baby, Walk, Tripod)
  • White Balance : Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, One Push (via Touch panel)

Convenience Features

  • Multiple Language Display : Yes
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes

Display

  • LCD Screen : 3.5” Xtra Fine LCD™ display (921K)3 w/TruBlack™ technology
  • Viewfinder : Wide (color 201k)

General

  • Imaging Device : 1/2.88" back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor
  • Processor : BIONZ™ image processor
  • Pixel Gross : 6631K
  • Video Actual : 4150K Pixels (16:9), 3110K Pixels (4:3)
  • Video Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Still Actual : 4500K Pixels (16:9), 6000K Pixels (4:3)
  • Still Picture Resolution : 12 megapixel
  • Recording Media : 64GB Embedded Flash Memory Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media and SD/SDHC (Class 4) media (Sold Separately)
  • Recording and Playback Times : 64GB Embedded Flash Memory: High Definition: FX= up to 360 min., FH = up to 465 min., HQ = up to 935 min., LP = up to 1595 min. Standard Definition: HQ = up to 965 min.

Hardware

  • Assignable Dial : Yes
  • Light/Flash : Yes
  • Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Auto
  • Media Card slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media and SD/SDHC (Class 4) media
  • S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes

Inputs and Outputs

  • Audio/Video Remote Terminal : Video / S Video / Audio / Component Out / Remote
  • Analog Audio/Video Output(s) : Included (via A/V Remote Terminal)
  • Digital Audio/Video Output(s) : HDMI
  • USB Port(s) : Hi-speed (2.0 compliant)
  • Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s) : Supplied (via A/V Remote jack)
  • HDMI™ Connection Output(s) : Yes (mini)
  • Headphone Jack : Yes
  • Microphone Input : Yes
  • S-Video Output(s) : Sold separately (via A/V Remote jack)
  • Active Interface Shoe : Yes

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type : G Lens™
  • 35mm Equivalent : Photo: 28.7 - 287mm (16:9), 26.3 - 263mm (4:3); Movie: 29.8 - 298mm (16:9), 36.5 - 365mm (4:3)
  • Aperture : F1.8-3.4
  • Digital Zoom : 120x
  • Filter Diameter : 37mm
  • Focal Distance : 3.8 - 38.0mm
  • Focus : Full range Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
  • Shutter Speed : Scene Selection, 1/8-1/1500; STD, 1/60-1/1500; LOW LUX, 1/30-1/1500; Smooth Slow Rec., 1/240-1/1500
  • Minimum Illumination : STD 11 lux@1/60 Shutter Speed LOW LUX 3 lux@1/30 Shutter Speed Nightshot 0 lux@1/60 shutter speed
  • Optical Zoom : 10x

Power

  • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FV50)
  • Power Requirements : 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
  • Power Consumption (in Operation) : 3.4W

Software

  • Supplied Software : PMB Ver.5.00 Supports Windows XP Service Pack3 (SP3)(32bit), Windows Vista Service Pack2 (SP2)(32bit/64bit), Windows 7. Not supported by Mac OS.
  • Operating System Compatibility : "Windows XP SP3 * /Windows Vista SP2 ** /Windows7 * 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported.The Windows Image Mastering API(IMAPI)Ver.2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs. ** Starter (Edition) are not supported. Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment. "

Video

  • Format : HD: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; SD: MPEG2
  • Video Signal : HD: 1920 x 1080/60i (FX & FH modes); SD: NTSC color, EIA standards

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 2.62"
  • Height: 3"
  • Depth: 5.75"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.94 lbs
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturers Warranty(authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
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Storage TypeFlash Memory/HD
LCD Screen Size (inches)3.5"
ViewfinderYes
Total Pixel Count6631000
Effective Pixel Count4,150,000/3,110,000
Manual FocusingNo
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom120x
Night ModeYes
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto, Outdoor, Indoor, One Push (via Touch Panel)
Built In Video LightNo
Mic InputYes
Max Recording Time With Battery64GB Embedded Flash Memory: High Definition: FX= up to 360 min., FH = up to 465 min., HQ = up to 935 min., LP = up to 1595 min. Standard Definition: HQ = up to 965 min.
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still4,500,000/6,000,000
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityYes
Included Removeable MemoryYes
Weight With Battery (pounds)0.94 lbs
Width (inches)2.62"
Height (inches)3"
Depth (inches)5.75"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty90 Days
  

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Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder
 
4.0

(based on 81 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (6)
  • Image stabilization (6)
  • Great picture quality (5)
  • Wide angle lens (5)
  • Low light (3)

Cons

  • Price (3)

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Almost perfect camcorder..

First off, lets start with good things coming from this little camcorder. Sony makes good camcorders and there is no double about that. These days, it can be tough to weigh out all...Read complete review

First off, lets start with good things coming from this little camcorder. Sony makes good camcorders and there is no double about that. These days, it can be tough to weigh out all the options and choose one that mostly fits your wish list. You can be exhausted from having endless hours of reading & research online :-)). For me, there are a few features like wide angle lens, great stabilization, lowlight performance which swayed my decision towards this Sony model. Ive also owned a prosumer Sony DV camcorder, but due to the bigger size and bulky-packed accessories, it has kept me from carrying the camcorder with me most of the time. So, I wanted to have a lot smaller camcorder but still give me the best possible image quality to carry around my kids and on vacation trips. Having a wide angle lens is necessary for me because I was able to get more image in the each shot and in tight spaces. I generally dont abuse zooming control when shooting, so 10x optical zoom is enough for me. Picture quality produced by this camcorder is just great. The color and exposure are automatically balanced quite well for both outdoor lighting and indoor lighting conditions. The iAuto works wonderfully, especially if you are shooting children activities. Lowlight noise level is very low for a small CMOS (smallest in its class), in my opinion. Auto white balance works pretty sleek. Ive noticed it gradually adjusts (which I like) when lighting condition is changed from indoor to outdoor and back to indoor. Auto focus is quick and accurate. Motion capture works nicely in good light condition and produces not too blurry moving images. Image stabilization with active mode works so great for a small camcorder like HDR-CX550v. If you have a steady hand, you can still make smooth video while walking. Sony IS Active Mode really helps making some of my shots are viewable, which otherwise would be hard to watch without it. Im glad Sony decided to add electronic view finder back to this model. I like to have EVF as a backup to LCD and know it can be useful in certain shooting situations. The 3.5 high-resolution LCD screen is another good upgrade for this camera class. Touch screen navigation is easy and responsive. Id like how small platform and clean design of this flash model. I like the layout of the inputs & outputs with protective covers (accept the SDHC/Memory stick cover).
Manual controls are so limited I dont bother trying it all but manual focus. Partly because auto mode works fine in most cases, so lack of manual control is not a huge miss for me. Thought, Id just like to have some control of the image when needed instead of full auto all the time. In addition, Sony is behind in this flagship line when it comes to native progressive mode. It makes sense when some people point out that Sony holds back on these features to protect their professional lines. I wonder how much longer they can hold while other rivals are doing those things for awhile. Having an ultra-wide angle lens might have caused a bit unusual lens flare (referred as laser-like blue dot in different forums) in certain shooting conditions as Ive experienced. It would be great if Sony can provide (free of charge) a simple lens hood to help reduce the problem. I hope its not too much to ask for a camcorder in this price range. I know Panasonic include one in the package. In conclusion, Sony HDR-CX550v is still a great camera despite a few shorts. I have owned a few Sony electronics and trusted their quality products. But Sony still needs to take this high-end consumer race seriously for being the in the lead. Other big names are about to pass and close to passing Sony. It was a little tough but I made my decision. And hopefully, I wont be regretting soon.

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Not Worth The High Price

I don't know what the other reviewers were saying about poor video quality, but at 1080P the quality was great. Perhaps they couldn't figure out how to set the camera to 1080P because the...Read complete review

I don't know what the other reviewers were saying about poor video quality, but at 1080P the quality was great. Perhaps they couldn't figure out how to set the camera to 1080P because the interface is confusing. Overall the camera would be fine for the average consumer if the price was around $650-$700. I would recommend this camera to a friend but I would tell them to wait till it comes down in price.

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5.0

love this!

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from Tampa, Florida

Comments about Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder:

great quality, and so light weight, also very easy to use,

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5.0

Great Camera

By 

from East Brunswick, NJ

Comments about Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder:

When I first turned on the camera I had no idea how amazing the quality was until I actually replayed the images on my 60" HD TV. I am an artist and was looking for a good camera to help me document my process in creating my sculptures and installations. I was completely blown away by how steady the picture was compared to the other models I have tested. I have tested this camera outdoors and in very low light and it truly performs. I am very happy to find that Sony is focusing on making technology that truly competes and separated itself from the smartphones that are out there. This camera truly reminds us why it is important and worthwhile to spend money on good quality products. I feel that Sony truly stepped up on this one. The price is just icing on the cake. Look for my videos coming soon @ www.LuisRPoveda.com

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4.0

handycam quality

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from Southern Florida

Comments about Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder:

I have had a good quality handheld cam corder from a reputable manufacturer from Japan but this new Sony HD Handycam device is easier to use and the picture qualiity appears far better This could be a matter of new technology eclipse the old but it seems more simple to use and more sophisticated as well The zoom lens has a very good response and image stability and image quality My first impression is that this is a very good device for the average person to use with ordinary day to day recording, the only caveat is to remember to select the HD video or, the MP4 video for a recording format, The MP4 is for things like Facebook and other social networking sites

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2.0

dissapointment all around

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from new york area

Pros

  • Good video

Cons

  • does NOT work with I movie
  • Large

Best Uses

    Comments about Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder:

    this is an expensive and big dissapointment that does not work with i movie despite what they say. It requires a converter in order to work and even then sometimes does not transfer over. this is a lot of money for such low return. I will be selling this for a Canon product that is much better with i movie.

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    5.0

    This is a great camera

    By 

    from Boston, MA

    Pros

    • Clarity
    • Great images
    • Hard Drive Space
    • Portability
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • two tiny sound glitches

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder:

      This camera is amazing. I've done weddings, travel, photos riding an AmTrak train, macro images. The firewire allows me to simply copy the video clips to an external hard drive and/or my comuter video files. You may need to purchase software that "read" the HD mts clips. Photos have stunning clarity. Very pleased. wish it was on sale when I purchased it.

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      4.0

      Possibly worth it.

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      from Melbourne, Australia

      Pros

      • easy to use; surprisingly good picture.

      Cons

      • touch screen annoyingly small & seemingly fragile; external audio source required.

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder:

        Have "grown up" on Sony: from TRV900 through to XDCam. Budget restraints forced this purchase, and the picture quality and ease of use has blown away client & DoP respectively. Virtually a point & shoot camera when on auto settings, it has passable low lux capture as well. Given Apple's Final Cut Pro updated codecs, the footage is converted straight off of the camera through "Batch Capture" in fcp 2 upwards (many thanks to Wade at TVNZ for pointing this out, saving me numerous hours on TOAST conversions).

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        4.0

        good easy to use family camcorder

        By 

        from indiana

        Pros

        • Image Stabilization
        • Low light quality

        Cons

        • 24p
        • 60p
        • No 1080p

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder:

          good picture quality but not as sharp as competing models .
          for the price sony should give lens hood to avoid blue dot in sun light and firmware upgrade to record 1080p,60p,24p. or atleast make them available for purchase for the people who want them.we dont buy camcorders every year to get these upgrades

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          1.0

          what do you want me to put in here?

          By 

          from Littleton, CO

          Pros

          • when it works it might be OK!?

          Cons

          • what do you want me to put in here?

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder:

            Anyway, this is the forth time I installed the software, I come back and could not find it twice the first time, but this time I cannot download the previous videos from it because it does not even know it has those videos stored in the memory. It only sees the present pictures!?

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            5.0

            Works perfect with Imovie 11

            By 

            from NY

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Good manual control
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • none worth writing about

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder:

              Wasn't informed enough from the get go about the incompatibility with Mac. Talked to Sony for an hour which resulted in removing SD content off the camera which was inhibiting the HD content from downloading on my Mac. That worked for a day. Called Apple, they suggested downloading Imovie 11 from the AP store. Works flawlessly now!!! I moved, ( not copied) all my projects and events to my external, which they suggested before installing the $15 upgrade. Thanks Apple

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              5.0

              works great on Mac

              By 

              from NY

              Pros

              • Excellent picture quality

              Cons

              • ?

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder:

                works great on Mac. Imports right into the most recent iMovie with no problem.

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                Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder

                Sony Black 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder

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