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Model

Sony HDR-TD10 (3D)Sony HDR-CX550V
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Manufacturer Sony Information on Sony

Sony Information on Sony

Name HDR-TD10 (3D)HDR-CX550V
European name ?HDR-TD10 (3D)HDR-CX550VE
US name ?HDR-TD10 (3D)HDR-CX550V
lowest US price (1599) $1899 $
On the market since April 2011 March 2010
Test preview

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

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Video formats ? AVCHD
MVC 3D
AVCHD
SD MPEG2
Recording Medium SD Card
SDHC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
built-in flash memory
SDXC card
SDHC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
built-in flash memory
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
SD MPEG2 720 x 576
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
SD MPEG2 720 x 480
Max Bitrate ?28 Mbit/s24 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
MPEG2
MPEG4
on-board memory ?64 GB64 GB
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?Sony
Sony
Optical Zoom ?10 x10 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?34,4 mm29,8 mm
Filter diameter ?- mm37 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optically and electronically
ND Filter ?No
No
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?21
Size of image sensor ?1/4 inch
1/2, 9 inches
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?2000000 Pixel 4150000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
auto
manual
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/auto
1/10.000
Maximum shutter time ?auto
1/6
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Infrared recording ?No
 
Expanded Focus ?No
 
Peaking ?No
 
Signal Processing
Zebra ?No
No
Histogram ?No
No
adjustable sharpness ?No
 
Adjustable color ?No
 
Cinegamma ?No
 
Black Strech ?No
No
Knee ?No
No
Colorbars ?No
No
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
No
Custom Presets ?No
 
Set Time Code ?No
No
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
About Special Equipment
About Special Equipment
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ?Out mini
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
3.5 mm mini-jack
Lanc ? No
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ? AI
AI
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 645 g440 g
Weight (with battery)  490 g
Battery type Sony NP-FV70
Sony NP-FV50
Battery capacity 1960 mAh 
Charger ?internal
internal
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 74 mm66 mm
Width 86 mm74 mm
Depth 148 mm143 mm
Relative Size ?96
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?No
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?- Color
Viewfinder format ?- 16:9
Viewfinder pixels ? 201600 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,5 Inch3,5 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?1229000 Pixel 921000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
Yes
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Rocker
Zoom ring multi-assigned
Manual Focus ?bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Wheel
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Manual Aperture ?bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Wheel
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Focus switcher ?No
No
ND Filter ?No
No
Exp Lock ?No
No
Gain ?No
No
White balance ?No
No
Push AF ?No
No
Audio Levels ?No
No
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
No
No
Audio

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Audio Formats ?AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
Microphone ?Stereo internal
Mini-jack external
Stereo internal
Mini-jack external
Audio Control ?auto
2 steps
auto
Audio levels ?Screen
 
Still

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Recording Medium ?Memory Stick Duo
SD Card
built-in flash memory
SDHC card
SDXC card
Memory Stick Duo
hard drive
SDHC card
Medium included ? No
Effective pixels ?3540000 Pixel  
Resolutions ?3072 x 2304 - Max
4000 x 3000 - Max
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Specials 3D Full HD recording with 2 separate lenses / signal transducersGPS 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 Sony
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Very goodVery good
Resolution ?GoodVery good
Color performance ?GoodGood
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ?Good Excellent
Configuration / image ?SufficientSatisfactory
Configuration / sound ?PoorPoor
Handling ?GoodGood
Portability ?GoodVery good
Photo function ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
344390
Pros - Good display
+ multi functional ring
+ focus and exposure control via touchscreen works well
+ good lowlight sensibility
+ wide angle
+ Display with high resoultion
Cons - Image characteristics can not be changed
- few image control options
- image characteristics cannot be modified
- no focus or exposure assist
Conclusion The high resolution of its 3D images is a real novelty in this price range.In automatic mode, beautiful 3D images can be made quickly and easily.Manual control, however, is scarce.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.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
HDR-TD10 Review
external reviews/tests   
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