Good but lens has visible chromatic aberration at high zoom
Amazoner Stallion "Mikey", Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: Very good camcorder. Fast, light and of course using FLASH instead of tape is wonderful. My only complaint is Sony having switched away from Carl Zeiss lenses to their own "Lens G" technology. The lens is not as good and shows noticeable chromatic aberration at high zoom. (It's fine at low or no zoom.) This unit is several years old at this point so maybe they've improved things. Do your homework on this issue before going with Lens G.
Summary: I love everything about this camera. The video quality is amazing, even in low light conditions. [...] It's got great slow motion quality, good sound, and I like all of the features. My one concern is the lens cover mechanism is really delicate. On the first day of filming with the camera, the lens cover got jammed open, so now it only closes halfway. I wasn't rough or careless with it, but it is still like that now.
Summary: This is a very good item that I know.Before this time, I have a complete of Nikon N.50 camera kit .When i known about this item, I changed my mind .I bought total 1 item for me and 3 for my family ( included 1 in VietNam ). Every bodies happy with HDR-CX550V Handycam. Great!!!!! I like this item because it is small body but full functions, images very clear with FX mode , even in low light or in dime room.For me, it is best of all.I don't think I will change my mind...
Summary: Because an image worth a thousands words, check out my video I did with the same camera on youtube /watch?v=aa7og434IoM, overall it's a very good camera very solide and have quick response, lots of feature for custom movies, the quality of the image is excellent!
Summary: I have a lot of hope for this camcorder, but after using it for 2 days, I was dissappointed. Positive: wide angle lens, viewfinder, and 3.5" LCD. Negative: low resolution video and photo. Video only 1080i, my old Canon Vixia HF S200 has better video quality and picture!! Need Sony software to download video and photo.
Summary: I got this camcorder on the first day they were available and had some time to use it. Mine use mostly is for kids, vacations, travel, hiking so I needed good quality camcorder that would recorder on the moments notice with out waisting time on setups. The items that sold me on it and did not disappoint: 1. Wide angle - first Sony's camcorder that I would not have to carry this annoying wide angle lens and no loss of quality as well out of microphone range. 2.
Pros: Wide lens. Touchscreen easy to use. Viewfinder nice to have. Image stabilization top notch. Compact size and weight.
Cons: Lens cover mechanism. Image quality when played back on HDTV not as great as expected. Windcutter helped with wind noise reduction. Occasional infamous blue dot problem. Photos- eh. PMB software limitations. Could use lens hood accessory.