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Model

Sony HDR-XR550VPanasonic HDC-DX1
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Manufacturer Sony Information on Sony

Panasonic Information about Panasonic

Name HDR-XR550VHDC-DX1
European name ?HDR-XR550VEHDC-DX1EG
US name ?HDR-XR550VHDC-DX1
lowest US price 960 $949 $
On the market since March 2010 March 2007
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?Good
Satisfactory
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? AVCHD
SD MPEG2
AVCHD
Recording Medium Built-in hard disk
SDHC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
MiniDVD 8cm
MiniDVD-DL 8cm
MiniDVD RAM 8cm
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
SD MPEG2 720 x 576
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
SD MPEG2 720 x 480
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
Max Bitrate ?24 Mbit/s13 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG2
MPEG4
MPEG4
on-board memory ?240 GB 
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?Sony
Leica
Optical Zoom ?10 x12 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?29,8 mm38,5 mm
Filter diameter ?37 mm43 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optical
ND Filter ?No
 
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?13
Size of image sensor ?1/2, 9 inches
1/4 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?4150000 Pixel 520000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CCD
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/10.0001/8.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/61/50
Apperture control ?auto
manual
 
Infrared recording ?  
Expanded Focus ?  
Peaking ?  
Signal Processing
Zebra ?No
 
Histogram ?No
 
adjustable sharpness ?  
Adjustable color ?  
Cinegamma ?  
Black Strech ?No
 
Knee ?No
 
Colorbars ?No
 
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
 
Custom Presets ?  
Set Time Code ?No
 
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
 
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
About Special Equipment
 
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
 
HDMI ? Out
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
- 
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Headphones ?3.5 mm mini-jack
 
Lanc ?No
 
Time-code interface ?No
 
Genlock ?No
 
Accessory shoe ? AI
 
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 510 g680 g
Weight (with battery) 590 g800 g
Battery type Sony NP-FV50
 
Battery capacity   
Charger ?internal
 
Remote control Yes
 
Size
Height 70 mm92 mm
Width 74 mm91 mm
Depth 143 mm163 mm
Relative Size ?713
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?Color
Color
Viewfinder format ?16:9 
Viewfinder pixels ?201600 Pixel 183000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,5 Inch3,0 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?921000 Pixel 251000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
 
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Zoom ring multi-assigned
 
Manual Focus ?Wheel
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
 
Manual Aperture ?Wheel
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
 
Focus switcher ?No
 
ND Filter ?No
 
Exp Lock ?No
 
Gain ?No
 
White balance ?No
 
Push AF ?No
 
Audio Levels ?No
 
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
No
 
Audio

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Audio Formats ?AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
Microphone ?Stereo internal
Mini-jack external
Stereo internal
Mini-jack external
Audio Control ?auto
 
Audio levels ?  
Still

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Recording Medium ?Memory Stick Duo
hard drive
SDHC card
SD Card
Medium included ?No
No
Effective pixels ?  
Resolutions ?4000 x 3000 - Max
1920x1080
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Specials GPS with geo-tagging functionality 
Product Shots

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Test results

Test pictures
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luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
 
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
 
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ?
 
Manufacturers URL Website SonyWebsite Panasonic
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Very goodGood
Resolution ?Very goodSatisfactory
Color performance ?GoodGood
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodGood
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ? Excellent Satisfactory
Configuration / image ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Configuration / sound ?PoorSufficient
Handling ?GoodSatisfactory
Portability ?Very goodGood
Photo function ?SatisfactorySufficient
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Satisfactory
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
390320
Pros + multi functional ring
+ focus and exposure control via touchscreen works well
+ good lowlight sensibility
+ wide angle
+ Display with high resoultion
+ Acceptable wide-angle
+ Good lowlight characteristics
Cons - image characteristics cannot be modified
- no focus or exposure assist
- No FullHD
-3CCDs with pixelshif do not result in full sharpness
- MiniDVD
Conclusion The wide angle (which shrinks a little with active image stabilization) as well as the low light performance is better than on all competing modells.But in terms of sharpness, manual control options and color reproduction the Sony is not quite on par with the class winners.The automatics work solidly in a Sony-typical way.Remarkably good is the high-resolving display, but a focus assist option is nevertheless missed when setting the focus manually.The MiniDVD as a recording medium does not strike us as particularly useful for HD , so the similar model SD1 is much more interesting.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
external reviews/tests   
Forum posts HDR-XR550VE and saving on external media
SonyHDR-XR550VE or Panasonic HDC-HS700?
SonyHDR-XR550VE or at Panasonic HDC-HS700
Data transmission from the Panasonic HDC-DX1
Panasonic HDC DX1 + Pinnacle 11.1 - read-only DVD-ROM possible?
no video output at Panasonic HDC-DX1 via AV cable
Data transmission of the Panasonic HDC-DX1 on the computer
Panasonic HDC-SD1 / DX1 officially announced ...
Panasonic DX100 Error 01 or 02
panasonic NV DX1 infos (manual, specs, grabs, footage) searched


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