Summary: I got my Sony CX550 back in late 2010. More than four years later, I still love its picture/sound quality, performance and functionality. The LCD monitor is large and the image stabilization system is effective at reducing camera shake.
Good but lens has visible chromatic aberration at high zoom
Amazoner Stallion "Mikey", Amazon
28 November 2013
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.
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.
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 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.
Summary: Camera is a good choice for video students--It allows them to start learning video techniques and also allows them some manual overrides to make & study various adjustments to the shooting process. I definitely recommend it for beginning video students. The SD mode renders very nice footage as well.