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Record Your Memories in HD
Capture stunning 1920 x 1080 high-definition video2 and 3-megapixel still images. The HDR-XR150 Handycam camcorder employs an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance and a 120GB1 internal hard disk drive. You can also capture remarkably smooth video, even while you're on the move via integrated SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode.

Record Life's Moment in Full HD
Preserve your memories in stunning 1920 x 1080 Full High-Definition resolution2. Additionally, this camcorder is capable of 1080/60p playback via HDMI®, so you can relive all the cherished moments on your compatible HDTV4 or monitor in brilliant detail and astonishing clarity.

Better Shots in Low Light
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with the newly developed, back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor. Designed specifically for compact cameras and camcorders, the "Exmor R" CMOS sensor is designed to let you shoot video in lower lighting conditions with better results.

Store and Share Your Memories
Now there's an easy way to transfer and store videos directly from your camcorder to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), without a computer. You can even use handy playback features of this camcorder to access the videos stored on your external drive and share your memories on a compatible HDTV or monitor.

Capture Smiling Faces
Face Detection technology and Smile Shutter technology makes shooting smiling faces a cinch. Face Detection with Face Priority lets you assign priority to a face and then automatically optimizes focus, color, exposure and Smile Shutter technology. Smile Shutter captures a smile the moment it happens and takes still photos, even when shooting video.

Go Beyond Auto Modes
Choosing the right setting can be a real task, but Intelligent Auto mode analyzes your shot and automatically selects the appropriate settings from 9 distinct scene modes (60 different combinations possible): Portrait, Smile Shutter, Backlight Control, Scenery, Night Scenery, High Sensitivity, Macro, Baby, Tripod and Low Light.

Get Closer to Your Subjects
Ideal for sporting events, wildlife, or distance shooting, a 25X optical zoom brings you closer to the action, so you can capture extremely tight shots, even from far away. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming (up to 300X) is clearer, with less distortion.

1920x1080 high definition video recording:
1920 x 1080 high definition resolution lets you record your memories in exceptional Sony® Full High Definition quality2. Capable of 1080/60p playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV4 providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories

1/4" back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor
A 1/4" "Exmor R" CMOS image sensor delivers bright, vivid, spectacularly detailed video footage, as well as 3 megapixel still images

2x faster Quick AF
With the new and improved autofocus (AF) system, Quick AF, the focusing speed is twice as fast compared to previous models. Whether in bright daylight or in dimly lit environment, Quick AF ensures fast, accurate, and consistent focus lock, enabling users to shoot in a wide range of scenes without missing any important moment. Especially when shooting night scenes where conventional AF might struggle to focus, thanks to the much improved AF algorithm in Quick AF, users can now capture crisp images, fast.

Smile Shutter technology for still and dual capture:
Smile Shutter technology lets the camcorder automatically take still photos when your subject smiles, even while shooting high definition video. You can also set the sensitivity and choose child, adult, or auto priority.

2.7" Clear Photo LCD (230 K) display3
The 2.7" Clear Photo LCD (230 K) display3 provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution (211K pixels). The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The convenient touch panel allows easy access to menus and additional functionality such as spot focus and spot metering.

25X Optical / 300X Digital Zoom:
25X optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that digital zooming (up to 300X) is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom.

Personalized Menu System
New user friendly interface uses touch screen technology to allow users to scroll through menus quickly and easily and even create a personalized -My Menu-to bring together the functions they use most. Users can spend more time recording memories and less time in menus.

Smooth Slow Record:
The Smooth Slow Record mode increases the record rate from 60 frames per second (fps) to 240 fps, allowing you to capture 3 seconds of fast motion and play the video back in 12 seconds. This is a great tool for analyzing a golf swing or a viewing a bird in flight. In addition, you record an audio track to narrate the video footage.

Dynamic Range Optimizer:
The D-Range (Dynamic Range) Optimizer function adjusts the exposure and contrast of an image to counter the effects of high-contrast shooting condition, allowing for a great shot. The D-Range Optimizer suppresses “blackout” in dark areas such as shadows and “whiteout” in bright areas such as skies. As a result, the captured image appears as natural as the original scene.

Record and zoom controls on LCD frame:
The HDR-XR150V features an additional set of record and zoom buttons on the frame of the LCD screen, give you more control and flexibility when holding the camcorder, especially in overhead or low angle shots.

Media Card Slot
For convenient storage and sharing of your images and videos, the camera accepts Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media (sold separately) and SD/SDHC media.

3 megapixel still image capture:
3 megapixel still image capture lets you take high resolution digital photos.

Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with the newly developed, back-illuminated "Exmor R" sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the "Exmor R" sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.

Professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens:
The professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot™ image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.

Direct Copy to external HDD w/o PC13
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive13 (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.

Intelligent Auto (9 iAUTO modes)I
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from nine distinct scene modes (60 different combinations possible): Portrait Mode, Smile Shutter, Backlight Control, Scenery, Night Scenery Mode, High Sensitivity Mode, Macro Mode, Baby Mode, Tripod, and Low Light Mode.

Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software:
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD, AVCHD, and Blu-ray Disc media (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites (compatible PC and internet connection required)9.

Face Index function:
Face Index makes it easier than ever to find and play back the right video scene. Using Face Detection technology, Face Index indexes your video footage according to the faces detected in each scene. When it’s time to play back video, simply search for what you want by selecting from among the detected faces displayed in the index.

x.v. Color technology for superior color:
x.v. Color technology enables the HDR-XR200V to capture nearly twice (1.8x) as many viewable colors as the standard RGB color range, resulting in more natural, life-like images. You can even experience this expanded color range on the big screen when you connect your camcorder to x.v. Color capable displays, including a wide range of Sony® BRAVIA® HDTVs.

Hybrid Recording to HDD or Memory Stick Duo media:
Hybrid recording technology delivers a new level of flexibility of capturing and transferring your video footage and digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing devices. Record to 120GB1 hard disk drive or choose instead to record to removable Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media (sold separately). You can even select from various dubbing functions to easily copy video or still images from the HDD to the Memory Stick® media -- without using a PC.

BRAVIA Sync technology:
BRAVIA Sync technology5 offers greater ease of use in controlling compatible Sony products connected via an HDMI (CEC) connection. HDMI connectivity provides a simple; high-quality video and audio connection, with the ability to transmit HD video and up to 5.1 channel audio directly from the camcorder to compatible HDTVs via a single HDMI cable, sold separately. With BRAVIA Sync (CEC) technology, the HDMI connection also delivers the ability to control both the camcorder and HDTV using a single BRAVIA® TV remote5 and displays the camcorder’s playback menu on screen for easier navigation.

USB 2.0 interface:
A USB 2.0 interface provides an easy way to connect your camcorder to a compatible PC for fast transfer of video and still images for editing.

120GB1 hard disk drive:
A built-in 120GB1 hard disk drive can record and store up to 50 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode), or up to 30 hours of standard definition footage (SD HQ mode). In addition, HDD Smart Protection gives you peace of mind by helping to prevent any recorded video and images from being lost if the camcorder is accidentally dropped.

1080/60p playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV4
1080/60p playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV4 providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories.

Face Detection w/ Face Priority
With Face Priority, your camcorder optimizes focus, color, exposure, and Smile Shutter technology for the face you prioritize. Just touch the preferred face on the LCD display and the camcorder will assign it priority, even if it leaves and returns to the frame

Highlight Playback with Highlight Scenario playback
FPO - Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback uses several criteria - including Face Index, Smile Shutter technology, Dual Capture and time range - to identify and compile key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions.

SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode:
SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode represents the next step forward in Sony® image stabilization technology. Active Mode improves on existing SteadyShot image stabilization by allowing the camera lens to shift over a greater range of motion. This allows the HDR-XR150 to compensate for greater degrees of camera shake and deliver a stunning level of image smoothness.

Power On by opening LCD display:
Power on your camcorder by simply opening the LCD display.

Film Roll Index:
Like chapters in a book, Film Roll Index helps you easily find desired scenes in video footage. When using this feature, the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and can create scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes).

BIONZ Image Processor:
The BIONZ Image Processor works in conjunction with the "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for pristine imaging. The BIONZ image processor also provides Data Noise Reduction, Faster Image processing, and Data compression to preserve videos and images. In addition, the BIONZ™ image processor enables Face Detection technology and Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimizer for both video and still image capture. The higher processing speed also allows Dual Recording to capture still images while recording video.

One Touch Disc Burn:
Easily burn a DVD copy of your footage using the supplied PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software9. Simply connect the camcorder to your compatible PC via a USB cable and press the One Touch Disc Burn Button (DVD media sold separately) 12.

HDMI connection output:
The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as a compatible camcorder, Blu-ray Disc player, a personal computer, a video game console, or an AV receiver to a compatible digital audio device and/or video monitor such as a digital television (DTV).

1.120GB equals 120 billion bytes. A portion of the total storage is used for system management and/or application files. The capacity that a user can use is approximately 119GB.

2.This camcorder captures high definition footage in the AVCHD format. High Definition AVCHD discs can be created using standard DVD media, the supplied software and a compatible PC. DVD media containing AVCHD footage may be played on a compatible Blu-ray Disc player/recorder, PC with supplied software or PLAYSTATION®3 devices. DVD media containing AVCHD footage should not be used with standard DVD based players, as the DVD player may fail to eject the media and may erase its contents without warning.

3.Viewable area measured diagonally.

4.HD viewing requires compatible HDTV and HDMI cable, both sold separately.

5.Requires BRAVIA Sync feature in each product, including a compatible BRAVIA® HDTV. Please refer to owner’s manual to determine compatibility.

6.By using Picture Motion Browser software, supplied with certain Sony cameras and camcorders*, a PC and a broadband Internet connection, your photos can be shown on an online map service. The online map service is currently provided courtesy of Google, and is subject to change or termination without notice.

7.Requires Microsoft Windows XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/ Windows 7. Not supported by Mac OS.

8.10. Smooth Slow Record captures 3 seconds of video which play back over 12 seconds.

9.12. One Touch Disc Burn feature requires DVDirect burner or compatible PC with supplied PBM software (sold separately).

10.13. Requires USB 2.0 connection via VMC-UAM1 cable (sold separately), AC power for camcorder, and hard drive formatted in FAT-32. Connection via USB-hub not supported. External HHD/USB media should be less than 2TB(Terabytes).

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.5 stars
(based on 13 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to use(13), Good in low light(7), Great picture quality(13), Great sound(4), Image stabilization(9)
Best Uses:
HD shooting(9), Home movies(11), Low light(6), Travel(10), Weddings(6)
Describe Yourself:
Casual user(11)
Was this a gift?:
No(11)
 
Beautiful
By PaulVerified Purchaser from Philadelphia, pa on 1/25/2011
Pros:
Easy to Use, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD
Best Uses:
Home Movies, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-XR150 HD Handycam Camcorder:

Love the camera nothing negitive. Takes nice still pictures as well.

 
Great Product. I would purchase again!
By JasonVerified Purchaser from Pittsburgh, PA on 1/5/2011
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD
Best Uses:
HD Shooting, Home Movies
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-XR150 HD Handycam Camcorder:

I haven't used the camcorder a whole lot yet but so far I love it!

 
Great product! Clear videos and compact
By AZChemVerified Purchaser from Tucson, AZ on 1/3/2011
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Picture Quality
Best Uses:
HD Shooting, Home Movies, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-XR150 HD Handycam Camcorder:

Easy to handle and compact.

 
Good Camera, Good Price
By ECFVerified Purchaser from Ohio on 1/1/2011
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
Best Uses:
Home Movies, Indoors/Low Light, Movies/Short Films, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Video Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-XR150 HD Handycam Camcorder:

I was looking for a new camera, to replace my mini-dv camera (tired of the cassettes to store movies on). Have been looking for a hard-disk camera for a while, but was waiting for the HD cameras to come down on price, since they have the better picture quality. I did my research, and the Sony HDR-XR150 was the best to fit my price range ($400-$600). The camera has worked great. It is small, compact, but the 2.7 screen is big enough for all menu functions. The picture taking is great and clear. Battery life is excellent. Price was perfect, since Ritz Camera had a Christams/Sony special going on for under [$]. Was a great Christmas gift.

 
Good Stuff.
By JHVerified Purchaser from Kennewick, WA on 12/31/2010
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Zoom range/performance
Best Uses:
HD Shooting, Home Movies, Indoors/Low Light, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-XR150 HD Handycam Camcorder:

The camera takes excellent video and is easy to use. I am very happy with it.

 
Little camera with great video quality
By HelpfulVerified Purchaser from San Jose on 12/20/2010
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Picture Quality, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
Best Uses:
HD Shooting, Indoors/Low Light, Kids activity, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-XR150 HD Handycam Camcorder:

I was looking for good picture quality camera which should be portable and easy to use. This is really a good production in terms of video quality, portabiliy . I was very much impressed when I saw its recorded video on TV. Its very easy to operate.The best feature is the super slow motion setting.The video in this mode is very clear.

 
Worth the Money
By TexVerified Purchaser from Big Island Hawaii on 9/29/2010
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
Cons:
Poor Sound
Best Uses:
HD Shooting, Home Movies, Indoors/Low Light, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-XR150 HD Handycam Camcorder:

Great camera for the price. Only negative is the sound from wind can be strong. Would definitely buy the same camera for the price.

 
Great camera
By DDUBVerified Purchaser from Anchorage Alaska on 9/29/2010
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD
Best Uses:
HD Shooting, Home Movies, Indoors/Low Light, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-XR150 HD Handycam Camcorder:

Camera is very user friendly,takes great video and pictures.Compact size is easy to use and carry around.

 
Great camera; easy to use!
By MttopperVerified Purchaser from Woodbridge, VA on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom
Best Uses:
HD Shooting, Home Movies, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Video Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-XR150 HD Handycam Camcorder:

Very easy to use right out of the box. Most controls are intuitive. Hard to believe so much performance is packed into such a small case.

 
So far so good
By pgVerified Purchaser from boston on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy to Use, Great Picture Quality
Cons:
No External Mic Input
Best Uses:
Home Movies, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-XR150 HD Handycam Camcorder:

For a casual user this has met the needs. I do not have a lot of time to spend "learning" the camera but this camera let me open the box and get startedd right away. At some point it will be useful to open the manual but for now it is serving it's purpose.

 
AWASOME
By RobertVerified Purchaser from San Antonio, TX on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD
Best Uses:
HD Shooting, Home Movies, Indoors/Low Light, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-XR150 HD Handycam Camcorder:

very intuitive to use. great in low light. very good stabilization.

 
This is a great camcorder! Easy to use!
By SportsmomVerified Purchaser from Orlando, FL on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
Best Uses:
Sports events
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-XR150 HD Handycam Camcorder:

This is a great camcorder for recording basketball games!

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Good Picture Quality/Easy to use
By Taking Family ShotsVerified Purchaser from St. Louis, MO on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy to Use, Great Picture Quality
Best Uses:
HD Shooting, Home Movies, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-XR150 HD Handycam Camcorder:

Easy to use and play back. Hard drive is the way to go. No disks, tapes, etc. I'll never go back to a non-hard drive camcorder.

Like every camera, it has a million features that I don't use. The only feature I use is fade in/fade out and you have to press about three buttons to enable it. Why can't they make it easier.

Also, The camera has an automatic on/off function when you open up the screen, but it often turns on by itself when it is in my case and bumps up against something. I simply turned that feature off and use the manual on/off switch.

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