Sony HDR-XR200 Handycam

Sony HDR-XR200 Handycam

I tried out the Sony XR100 back in April and now we got an upgraded model in the series, the Sony HDR XR-200. This little handycam can record 120GB of Full HD 1080i videos in one go.

sony xr 200

The XR-200 sports a hybrid storage option — via Memory Stick or the built-in 120GB hard disk drive. The 0.2-inch “Exmor” CMOS Sensor can also take a maximum of 4MP still images. The lens is a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T with a filter diameter of 37mm.


If the older 80GB XR-100 can record up to 33 hours of video at 5Mbps, the 120GB XR-200 adds 50% more capacity (up to 50 hours).


Supported video codec is MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 and has a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080i. The 15x optical zoom and 180x digital zoom is demonstrated in this video clip I took using the camera:

See more sample footages here. Note though that YouTube HD doesn’t fully support 1080p playback (I read somewhere it’s still in beta and experimental).

son xr-200

Sony HDR-XR200 Handycam has a suggested retail price of Php64,999.

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19 Responses

  1. Nicely done. I really love these HD cameras!

  2. chris says:

    Very handy but powerful.

  3. Powerful and pricey indeed

  4. Rodney Garcia says:

    I am planning to get a HD camera for ministry purposes and hope to broadcast either on cable TV or via the internet.

    I think this HD camera can be a good choice.

    Is the file type compatible for iMovie or Apple Final Cut without conversion?

  5. berkano says:

    Yuga though the 1080p version of the Youtube videos maybe in beta, one can actually hover over the “HD” option and select 1080p.

    Downloaded the 720p Youtube version and it looked slick enough :)

  6. yuga says:

    @rodney – yup, it’s compatible as long as you have the codecs installed.

    @berkano – didn’t notice that earlier. thanks for pointing it out!

  7. daddy joey says:

    ‘having a hard time uploading vids from my jvc picsio hd cam. a simple 2 mins video is already more than 200MB in size which makes it hard to upload.

  8. petken says:

    @yuga is this better than canon vixia hf20? I bought an hf20 from amazon because it is one of the best sellers and it is only $624 when I bought it with free class4 8GB SD card. It will arrive a few days before xmas through and forex world.

  9. petken says:

    @yuga is this better than canon vixia hf20? I bought an hf20 from amazon because it is one of the best sellers and it is only $624 when I bought it with free class4 8GB SD card. It will arrive a few days before xmas through poboxph and forex world.

  10. ariel says:

    siguro maganda to videocam na to pang shoot ng amateur porn ano? joke lang hehehe

  11. ariel says:

    Now im posting thru yuga tech mobile very nice

    -Sent via YugaTech Mobile

  12. rsa1 says:

    sir, how much po sya hmmm na-tempt ako =)

  13. anonymous says:

    i’d love to own one of those! may i know the difference between 1080i and 1080p?

  14. Dectech says:

    Alot of hot talk but I just found pout that this HDRXR200 has a small problem.
    Its software is not compatible with the old imac system. If your imac is running Leopard 10.5.6 you will also need the codec and imovie09 to get full HD compatible download to burn or watch on your imac. Some imacs will not run Leopard 10.5.6 so make sure you’ve done your homework before buying this little beauty. Sony has not got a hotfix for this problem at the posting of this message.

  15. Jun says:

    i have a brand new Sony Handycam HDR-XR200. im selling it for php54,999.00 only with lots of freebies. text or call me 0927-7813838 (Mr. Jun Baltazar)

  16. Jun says:

    pls check my tipidpc and sulit posts for those interested to Sony Handy HDR-XR200..good day to all!!!

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