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Sony DCR-PJ5
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Sony DCR-PJ5 Camcorder

0.8MP 230g CCD 57x Nov 2011
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10 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, people who bought this camcorder rated it as 90 out of 100.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We checked 3,510 expert and user reviews for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its small sensor size camcorders range.

Easy to Use

One person who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to use. Myra said on Amazon two years ago “Brilliant great packaging really easy to use” in her Sony DCR-PJ5 review and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Good Technical Features

One Sony DCR-PJ5 owner wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had good features. Craig Paget rated the Sony DCR-PJ5 5 stars and he said “Brilliant camera, great features and was at my address within a couple of days of ordering it”.

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a fairly big optical zoom (57 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The average optical zoom of comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the DCR-PJ5 is 31x.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the HC-V510[pl_1944085_price] (62x), or the SDR-S70[pl_1122822_price] (70x) both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x. With a digital zoom of 1,800 times zoom factor, the DCR-PJ5 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price] (2,000x), or the Canon Legria FS406[plb_334116_price] (2,000x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The DCR-PJ5 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the DCR-PJ5 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon or the Sony HDR-PJ220[plb_1537009_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

Unlike most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the DCR-PJ5 which do not have a built-in projector, the DCR-PJ5 has a built-in projector.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], and the HDR-PJ320[pl_1582785_price] both from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also have a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vivitar DVR426[plb_2058978_price], or the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price].

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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10 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Video camera expert review site parentesis.com scored this video camera 60 out of 100. This puts this Sony camcorder in the bottom 20% of all the video cameras that were launched more than two years ago when ranked by average expert review score.

Not Full HD

Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the DCR-PJ5 are Full HD, however the DCR-PJ5 is not Full HD.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might also be worth looking at include the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], or the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The DCR-PJ5 does not have an HDMI port. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the DCR-PJ5 do have an HDMI port.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an HDMI port including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony DCR-PJ5 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the DCR-PJ5 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The DCR-PJ5 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less maximum image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution.

This video camera's maximum image resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is actually the worst maximum image resolution amongst all camcorders of a similar spec and age to the DCR-PJ5.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the best maximum image resolution is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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Only 720 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a higher maximum video resolution than most camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This video camera has a 720 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

A 720 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the worst maximum video resolution amongst all camcorders of this age and spec.

Amongst similar types of video camera the best maximum video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony DCR-PJ5 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the DCR-PJ5 also do not have a night mode.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have a night mode that you might want to consider including the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30[plb_361770_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The DCR-PJ5 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the DCR-PJ5 are also not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the DCR-PJ5, the DCR-PJ5 is not waterproof.

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Only Digital Image Stabiliser

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a better image stabiliser type than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Sony camcorder has a Digital image stabiliser, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it have an Optical image stabiliser. Some compact cameras have digital Image stabilisation only, which simply boosts camera sensitivity (ISO) to obtain a faster shutter speeds to help prevent blur. No hardware is involved.

A Digital image stabiliser is actually the worst image stabiliser type across all comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

An Optical image stabiliser is the best image stabiliser type amongst similar types of camcorder.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony DCR-PJ5

Released Over Five Years Ago

This small sensor size camcorder was released over five years ago.

Average Weight

The DCR-PJ5 has a relatively average weight (230 grams) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the DCR-PJ5.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 2.7 inches, the DCR-PJ5 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the DCR-PJ5.

If this small sensor size camcorder screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Legria HF M46[pl_234311_price] (3"), or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] (3") both from Canon or the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 2.91 hours, the DCR-PJ5 has a fairly typical video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the DCR-PJ5.

Video cameras with a longer video recording time that might also be worth looking at include the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price] (3h), the Vixia HF R42[pl_1542156_price] (3h), or the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] (3h) all from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
Battery
Video Recording Time
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
AV Output
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(2)
10 January 2013

This is the Sony DCR-PJ5 video camera, a device that we think will induce a ton of high-fives between dudes who use it. Why so? Let's just say this one hasc earned the FHM-approved tag.Check out... Read more…

El proyector es la adicin ms atractiva de esta cmara
La luz LED sirve para iluminar rostros o cuartos pequeos
La pantalla es brillante y de casi 3 pulgadas de tamao
El zoom es de 57x, por lo que podrs hacer acercamientos a objetos muy lejanos
Podra grabar en alta resolucin y tener una salida HDMI pero en realidad graba a 640 x 360 pixeles
Del mismo modo, el proyector podra ser un poco ms potente pero ofrece 10 lmenes
26 October 2011

La recomendamos si eres una persona a quien le gusta grabar videos en vacaciones o cuando sales a la calle y quieres compartirlos inmediatamente con toda la familia o las personas que están...

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dcrpj5, dcrpj5e, dcrpj5eb, sony dcrpj5, dcrpj5ebcen, dcrpj5ebcel, DCRPJ5EB.CEN, sony dcrpj5e
Barcodes 00027242785618, 04905524850352, 04905524850369, 07501450761815

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