Sony Handycam HDR-XR100
Released March, 2009
The Pros:Form factor is noticeably smaller than previous Sony models. Intuitive menu layout via touchscreen. Video indexing option is very convenient, especially face recognition indexing.
The Cons:Image quality tends to display shaking. Lacks optical viewfinder, many comparable models have this. Low-light recording leads to noticeable noise.
The Sony Handycam HDR-XR100 is a high definition camcorder from Sony's 2009 lineup. The camcorder features full 1080p high definition video recording, 4-megapixel still image capture, and a built-in 80 GB hard drive to store up to 32 hours of high definition footage.
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It is designed with a 2.7" touch LCD screen that rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles. The HDR-XR100 includes a professional Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar zoom lens for 10x optical and 120x digital zoom. It utilizes advanced recording technology including Sony's SteadyShot image stabilization, Smile Shutter, and face detection technology. The HDR-XR100 also records audio in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and has a built-in zoom microphone for realistic sound. The camcorder differs from Sony's Handycam HDR-XR200V since it has a smaller hard drive and lacks the Navteq map-based GPS feature that comes with the HDR-XR200V.
- Full 1920x1080 high-definition video recording
- 4-megapixel still image capture
- 2.7" Touch LCD screen
- Screen rotates up to 270 degrees
- Built-in 80GB hard drive (up to 32 hrs)
- Improved Optical Steady Shot with Active Mode stabilization
- Smile Shutter™ technology
- Face detection technology
- SteadyShot image stabilization
- Professional Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® zoom lens
- 10x optical zoom/120x digital zoom
- Records in Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround sound with built-in zoom microphone
- HDMI output
User Reviews (1)
Form factor is noticeably smaller than previous Sony models
Intuitive menu layout via touchscreen
Video indexing option is very convenient, especially face recognition indexing
Decent quality and resolution 4.0-MP still photos, for a video camera
Very compact form factor may be more convenient for carrying around than comparable full-body models
Image quality tends to display shaking
Lacks optical viewfinder, many comparable models have this
Low-light recording leads to noticeable noise
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