Create beautiful 1920 x 1080 high-definition videos with the HDR-XR550V Handycam camcorder. Record your memories and snap 12.1-megapixel photos directly to the massive 240GB hard disk drive (HDD). An "Exmor R" CMOS sensor delivers superior low-light shooting performance while Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode and 3-way Shake Canceling enables you to capture remarkably smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. A professional-quality Sony G Lens provides brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. And with Direct Copy, you can copy videos directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer.
1920x1080 Full HD Recording
1920 x 1080 high
definition resolution lets you record your memories in
exceptional Sony Full High Definition quality.
Capable of 1080/60p playback via HDMI and compatible
HDTV providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed
playback of your memories.
1/2.88" back-illuminated "Exmor
R" CMOS sensor
A 1/2.88 "Exmor R" CMOS
image sensor 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.
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.
3.5 Xtra Fine LCD display
(921K) w/TruBlack technology plus viewfinder
brings remarkably higher contrast and brightness to the
camcorders 3.5 Xtra Fine LCD display (921K),
delivering more natural, realistic colors and easier
viewing in bright conditions by reducing glare. An
adjustable .27 Color Viewfinder (201k) allows you to
capture video and frame your shots with the LCD closed.
Intelligent Auto (10 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.
Dedicated Mic and Headphone
The HDR-XR550V features
dedicated mic and headphone inputs (external microphones
and headphones sold separately).
Up to 24Mbps AVCHD video
The HDR-XR550V can
capture video at up to 24Mbps for amazing clarity and
detail, ideal for recording on to Blu-ray media since
the AVCHD codec is highly compatible with the Blu-ray
Power On by opening LCD
Power on your camcorder
by simply opening the LCD display.
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.
Dual Record with 8.3MP still
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.
x.v. Color technology for
x.v. Color technology
enables the HDR-XR550V 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
BRAVIA Sync technology:
BRAVIA Sync technology
offers greater ease of use in controlling compatible
Sony products connected via an HDMI (CEC) connection.
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
remote and displays the camcorders playback menu on
screen for easier navigation.
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.
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
240GB Hard Disk Drive
A built-in 240GB hard
disk drive can record and store up to 100 hours of high
definition video footage in long play mode (HD LP mode).
In addition, HDD Smart Protection gives you peace of
mind by helping to prevent any recorded video and images
from being lost if the camcorder is accidentally
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
1080/60p playback via HDMI
and compatible HDTV
1080/60p playback via
HDMI and compatible HDTV providing stunning clarity and
incredibly detailed playback of your memories.
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 cameras zoom lens.
Direct Copy to external HDD
Store your memories in a
whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your
camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (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
camcorders handy playback features.
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.
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.
Hybrid Recording to HDD or
Memory Stick Duo media:
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 240GB hard disk drive 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.
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.
Record and zoom controls on
The HDR-XR550V features
an additional set of record and zoom buttons on the LCD
screen giving you more control and flexibility when
holding the camcorder, especially in overhead or low
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.
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).
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.
Back-illuminated "Exmor R"
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.
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
Geotagging with built-in GPS
receiver & NAVTEQ
A built-in GPS receiver
makes the HDR-XR550V 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) software.
Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your
camcorder's clock to the proper time zone.
Face Detection technology w/
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.
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.
10X Optical / 120X Digital
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.
Personalized "My Menu"
New user friendly
interface uses touch screen technology to allow users to
scroll through menus quickly and easily and even create
a personalized My Menu to bring together the functions
they use most. Users can spend more time recording
memories and less time in menus.
Adjustable .27 Color
The HDR-XR550V features
an adjustable .27 color viewfinder (201k pixels) that
lets you record and review video and still images with
the LCD display closed.
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 DVD, 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
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
Sonys Dynamic Range Optimizer for both video and still
image capture. The higher processing speed also allows
Dual Recording to capture still images while recording
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. 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.
Auto Lens Cover:
An Auto Lens Cover
protects the lens when the camcorder is powered off.
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.