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Sony HDR-XR200
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Sony HDR-XR200 Camcorder

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Oct 2013
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15 Reasons For

One Industry Award

EISA.eu gave this video camera an "EISA Best Product" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Nine experts from sites including PC Advisor.co.uk, CNET.de, Good Gear Guide.com.au and CNET.com.au have rated this Sony video camera on average 75 out of 100.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Sony camcorders have good ratings on average and across all video cameras Sony is one of the superior manufacturers.

Good Quality Lens

A number of Sony HDR-XR200 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-XR200 had a good image stabiliser. Expert review site Pcauthority.com.au mentioned “Sony is pitching Active SteadyShot as a sort of super stabilisation, proudly proclaiming it to b”. Cnet.com.au said “It's the active image stabilisation system that finally makes shooting lengthy handheld movies or on-the-go videos a viable option, which elevates this camera from average to good” in their review of this camcorder. Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote “Active image stabilisation removes all shake, bar earthquakes” in their Sony HDR-XR200 review but they only gave the product a rating of 50 out of 100.

Good Product Quality

Three Sony HDR-XR200 owners concluded that this camcorder was good quality. Expert website Electronicsme.com wrote “The unit is well made, compact and easy to operate”. Pcworld.com_techhive.com said “Good video quality under bright light” in their review of this camcorder. Pcworld.com_techhive.com also mentioned “Stunning Full HD picture quality”.

Good Technical Features

Several people considered that it had good features. Pcadvisor.co.uk said eight years ago “HDR-XR200V The GPS-enabled Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V certainly sports innovative features.”. Seven years ago Pcworld.com_techhive.com mentioned in their review “120GB hard drive, inbuilt GPS and geo-tagging, plenty of modes and features” although they only rated this camcorder 50 out of 100.

Good Connectivity

Several customers who bought it mentioned that it had gps. Expert review site Pcauthority.com.au said in their review of the Sony HDR-XR200 “The Sony HDR-XR200VE stands out because in addition to a built-in GPS receiver to tag your videos”. Pcauthority.com.au also wrote “Has an inbuilt GPS receiver”. Goodgearguide.com.au said on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au also eight years ago “In addition to built-in GPS and geo-tagging”.

Good Geotagging

A few people who reviewed the product reckoned that it had good geotagging.

Robust

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was well made.

Good Size

One Sony HDR-XR200 owner reckoned that it was compact.

Easy to Use

One Sony HDR-XR200 owner thought it was easy to use. One Sony HDR-XR200 reviewer wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use the menus. Eisa.eu said six years ago “Menu tactile plus simple”.

Reasonably Priced

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was good value for money. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review “It also has a prohibitive price tag to match” . One person who bought the product said that it was cheap. Pcworld.com_techhive.com said seven years ago “No 3.5mm microphone jack, too expensive” .

Good Support

One person who purchased the product wrote that it had good technical guidance. Six years ago Eisa.eu wrote on EISA.eu “The HDR-AX2000E combines a complete range of easy to use manual functions with pro-style XLR connectors” in their review of the Sony HDR-XR200.

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-XR200 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-XR200 are not Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Unlike most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-XR200 which do not have an HDMI, the Sony HDR-XR200 has an HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with an HDMI currently available including the Sony HDR-CX730E which has better reviews.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago do not have an image stabilizer. The Sony HDR-XR200 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

Alternative video cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might also want to look at include the Sony HDR-CX730E which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years do not have an interchangeable lens. The Sony HDR-XR200 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Sony HDR-XR200 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-XR200.

It is worth also looking at alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display including the Sony HDR-CX730E.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-XR200, the HDR-XR200 is not waterproof.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-XR200, the HDR-XR200 is not 3D.

If you want a video camera that is 3D then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-TD20VE which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of this age and spec do not have a night mode. The Sony HDR-XR200 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have a night mode that you might also want to consider including the Sony HDR-CX730E which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sony HDR-XR200 does not have a built-in projector, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-XR200 also do not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might want to look at including the HDR-PJ420E (£499.99), or the HDR-PJ820 (£659.99) both from Sony.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony HDR-XR200

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-XR200 over three years ago.

Specification

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1 Award

EISA.eu EISA Best Product

Expert Reviews

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1 January 2011

EISA.eu

Never before has an advanced consumer camcorder been so similar to its professional counterpart. The HDR-AX2000E combines a complete range of easy to use manual functions with pro-style XLR... Read more…

Pluses
Compatible with SD cards and Memory Stick
Simplified touchscreen menu
Good sensitivity
29.5 mm wide angle
Minuses
Disappointing sharpness
AVCHD format not so good for postediting
White balance is magentadominant
Piqu d'image dcevant

The Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V is a disappointing performer, and its GPS capabilities aren't as useful as they could be...

Good video quality under bright light
Smile Shutter shoots stills as subjects smile
Stunning Full HD picture quality
120GB hard drive, inbuilt GPS and geo-tagging, plenty of modes and features
Active image stabilisation removes all shake, bar earthquakes
Bad lowlight video
Expensive for what you get
No 3.5mm microphone jack, too expensive
How about 24Mbps recording Sony
4-megapixel claim is a lie
30 October 2009

If you're looking for an HD camcorder with plenty of storage, the XR200V makes an excellent choice. The unit is well made, compact and easy to operate. The hybrid storage option is a big plus, as...

7 October 2009

The Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V isn't a bad camcorder, but its main draw might be its fancy extras rather than its output. Jim Feeley...

The Sony HDR-XR200 is a gadget-laden show-stopper of a camcorder. It provides more functionality than any entry-level HD camcorder on the market ? but it also has a prohibitive price tag to match...

31 March 2009

It's the active image stabilisation system that finally makes shooting lengthy handheld movies or on-the-go videos a viable option, which elevates this camera from average to good...

20 March 2009

The Sony HDR-XR200VE mini cam uses gyros to provide image stabilisation, and has an inbuilt GPS receiver...

21 January 2009

A loccasion du CES 2009, Sony a dévoilé son lot de nouveautés en matière de caméscope numérique. Trois nouveaux modèles verront ainsi le jour dès le mois de Mars 2009, les HDR-XR105E,... Read more…

11 May 2009

GPS-delen i Sony er en sjov feature, men kameraet er så godt, at det er pengene værd uden denne funktion!

11 May 2009

Kameraer med indbygget GPS har været på markedet i noget tid, og nu har Sony også bygget en GPS ind i et videokamera. Men hvad skal man så bruge det til? Først og fremmest kan man se, hvor... Read more…

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