Sony's HDR-XR550E 240GB Handycam PAL Camcorder provides up to 100 hours of high def recording to an internal hard disk drive (HDD), and a myriad of other features and functions. In addition to the large HDD, Sony also gave the XR550E the ability to record to proprietary Memory Stick media, or to SD/SDHC memory cards. Transfer video and still images from the HDD to removable media for easy uploading, and to free up space on the camera when you can't get to a PC.
The XR550E captures 1920 x 1080i HD video and 12MP stills. The camera also offers up 1080p output to HDTV, and features like Dual Recording that allow you to record video and take a still shot at the same time. Other options such as 24Mbps AVCHD video capture help you to get the most out of your memories.
At the core of the XR550E you'll find a 1/2.88" back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, a generous 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD display, a 0.27" color viewfinder, and other functions like 10x optical zoom, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, and a Wide Angle G-Lens. Other features like Sony's BIONZ Image Processor, BRAVIA Sync technology, and an HDMI connection all come into play as well.
Among the other many user-features, the XR550E offers up the ever popular Face Detection, Smile Shutter, and Sony's Intelligent Auto modes. Other functions like an Assignable Dial and the customizable "My Menu" system help you set the camera to functions you use most often. And let's not forget external microphone and headphone connections, along with the Active Interface Shoe, which allow you to add optional accessories for enhancing your production value.