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The Sony Handycam HDR-XR100 is a high definition camcorder from Sony's 2009 lineup.

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Intuitive menu layout via touchscreen

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Very compact form factor may be more convenient for carrying around than comparable full-body models

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Video indexing option is very convenient, especially face recognition indexing

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Form factor is noticeably smaller than previous Sony models

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Decent quality and resolution 4.0-MP still photos, for a video camera

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Lacks optical viewfinder, many comparable models have this

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Image quality tends to display shaking

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Low-light recording leads to noticeable noise

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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.  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
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