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Sony HDR-PJ200
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Sony HDR-PJ200 Camcorder

5.3MP 1/5.8 210g May 2012
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Easy to use Full HD camcorder with powerful zoom and built-in projector Built-in projector: Let everyone enjoy your videos straight after shooting: project image onto a screen, wall, ceiling or... More
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27 Reasons For

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Sony camcorders and also specifically for Sony medium sensor size video cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good reviews compared to other brands.

Good Product Quality

A number of Sony HDR-PJ200 reviewers who bought the product concluded that it was good quality. Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ200 “Its capture quality is more than decent” and gave the product a score of 4 stars. Good Gear Guide.com.au wrote in their review of this camcorder “Good quality recording”.

Robust

A number of Sony HDR-PJ200 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony HDR-PJ200 was well made. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned “The Sony HDR-PJ200 is an entry-level digital camcorder with a fun and easy-to-use projector built right in.” in their Sony HDR-PJ200 review. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au said “The Sony HDR-PJ200E is a tiny camcorder with a built in projector” in their review of this camcorder.

Nice Design

One Sony HDR-PJ200 reviewer who bought the product concluded that it was neat. Goodgearguide.com.au wrote in their Sony HDR-PJ200 review on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au four years ago “Capture some neat footage during the day, then at night project the results on an empty wall wherever you happen to be s”.

Easy to Use

One Sony HDR-PJ200 owner said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use. Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned in their Sony HDR-PJ200 review “Built-in projector is fun to use” and rated it 4 stars.

Good Technical Features

One Sony HDR-PJ200 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it had good features.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HDR-PJ200 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-PJ200.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to look at including the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price], the Sony HDR-GW66[plb_1550614_price], or the Samsung HMX-QF20[plb_1387760_price] which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-PJ200 is Full HD, as are most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-PJ200.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price], the Rollei Movieline Live 100[plb_1670928_price], and the Toshiba Camileo BW10[plb_1432168_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDR-PJ200 has an HDMI port. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years also have an HDMI port.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price], the Olympus LS-20M[plb_1691558_price], and the Toshiba Camileo X150[plb_1474876_price] is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDR-PJ200 supports a better memory card type than most medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it support an SD memory card. This Sony camcorder also support MS PRO Duo Mark 2 and MS Pro-HG Duo and SDHC memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-PJ200.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MicroSDXC.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The Sony HDR-PJ200 has a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age do not have a built-in projector.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with a built-in projector currently available including the HDR-PJ240[pl_2109550_price], or the HDR-PJ330[pl_2109562_price] both from Sony or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] which has better reviews.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The Sony HDR-PJ200 has a greater number of scene modes than most similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This Sony camcorder has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on video cameras of this type and age. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Night", "Snow", "Spotlight", "Sunrise" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of 1,320 millimeter, the Sony HDR-PJ200 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths amongst camcorders of this age. The maximum focal lengths of medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ200 range from 4mm to 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 760mm.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDR-PJ200 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HDR-PJ200 also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in display to this video camera and we think the HMX-R10[pl_2479666_price], and the QF20[pl_2140623_price] both from Samsung or the Sony HDR-CX240[plb_2109552_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on video cameras of this type and age.

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG2|MPEG4 video format, which is the most frequently found video format on medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the HDR-PJ200 is more than most camcorders of this age and spec. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ200.

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BIONZ Image Processor

This camcorder has a BIONZ image processor, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 720 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Has Three Cables Included

The HDR-PJ200 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of this age and type. The most frequently found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this video camera. The cables included AC, AV and HDMI are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Very Low Typical Power Consumption

The typical power consumption of video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDR-PJ200 range from 2.1W to 13W, and the average typical power consumption is 4.2W. At only 2.1 Watts, the HDR-PJ200 has a fairly low typical power consumption compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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12 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this Sony video camera is 67% based on three expert reviews from sites including PC Mag, Good Gear Guide.com.au and parentesis.com.

Only 1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDR-PJ200 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-PJ200 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think the HS900[pl_1047313_price], or the HDC-SD90[pl_1121383_price] both from Panasonic or the CamOne Fly Cam One[plb_2481410_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The HDR-PJ200 has a fairly dim projector brightness (only 10 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago the projector brightness range from 10 ANSI lumens to 25 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 17 ANSI lumens.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

At only 500 milliamperes * hour, the HDR-PJ200 has a quite low battery capacity compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-PJ200. Camcorders of this spec and age have battery capacities of between 500mAh and 5,400mAh.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-PJ200 the battery capacity range from 3.6Wh to 7Wh, and the average battery capacity is 6Wh. The HDR-PJ200 has a fairly small battery capacity (only 3.6 watt-hours) compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-PJ200.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 1.31 megapixels, the Sony HDR-PJ200 has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago. The average megapixel count of medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-PJ200 is 6.3MP.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

The average movie megapixel count of camcorders of this type and age is 3.8MP. With a movie megapixel count of only 1.31 megapixels, the HDR-PJ200 has a quite low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-PJ200.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony HDR-PJ200 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ200 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the HDC-SD90[pl_1121383_price], or the HDC-Z10000E[pl_1670403_price] both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDR-PJ200 do not have a night mode. The HDR-PJ200 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

It is worth considering alternative video cameras which also have a night mode including the Panasonic HDC-SD90[plb_1121383_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ330[plb_2109562_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony HDR-PJ200 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-PJ200 are also not waterproof.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is waterproof then you might also want to look at the GE DV1[plb_1687216_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

The HDR-PJ200 has a quite long minimum focal length (36 millimeters) compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-PJ200. The minimum focal lengths of comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-PJ200 range from 1.8mm to 44mm.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-PJ200

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camcorder was released over four years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

At 300 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-PJ200 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-PJ200.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 300x (digital) video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M32[plb_89683_price], or the Samsung HMX-H304[plb_140536_price].

If this camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the HDR-CX290[pl_2080143_price] (320x), the HDR-PJ240[pl_2109550_price] (320x), or the HDR-CX240[pl_2109552_price] (320x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

The HDR-PJ200 has a relatively standard optical zoom (25 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the HDR-CX290[pl_2080143_price] (27x), the HDR-PJ240[pl_2109550_price] (27x), or the HDR-CX240[pl_2109552_price] (27x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Sony HDR-PJ200 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDR-PJ200.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M32[plb_89683_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a video camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the HDR-PJ260[pl_363188_price] (3"), or the HDR-CX130[pl_1355831_price] (3") both from Sony or the Toshiba Camileo P20[plb_2251043_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

At 210 grams, the HDR-PJ200 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Progressive Scan
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Battery Capacity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Night Mode
Typical Power Consumption
Manual Focus
Backlight
Extra/Smart Zoom
AV Output
Integrated USB Cable
Projection Time
Projector
Built-In Projector
Projector Brightness
Native Resolution
Minimum Projection Distance
Typical Contrast Ratio

Expert Reviews

(3)
20 June 2012

The Sony HDR-PJ200 is an entry-level digital camcorder with a fun and easy-to-use projector built right in, but video quality lags behind competitors...

Built-in projector
25x optical zoom
Tiene un proyector incorporado para que ya no tengas que descargar los videos a tu computadora para compartirlos, sino, simplemente pongas la cmara en una superficie plana, apagues las luces y proyect
Soft, grainy video
Mediocre low-light performance
Las fotografas de 5.3 megapixeles que puedes tomar con la cmara no se ven bien
Aunque es una funcin extra, se esperara que el resultado fuese de buena calidad

Sony's Handycam HDR-PJ200E is a capable video camera that's tiny and barely a hassle to carry while on long trips. Its capture quality is more than decent and it features a built-in projector so...

Small size
Good quality recording
Built-in projector is fun to use
Uncomfortable to use due to its size
9 May 2012

Esta cámara es una excelente opción para todos aquellos que quieren grabar los momentos importantes, proyectarlos y compartirlos desde un mismo dispositivo...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrpj200, sony hdrpj200s
Barcodes 00027242842250, 00027242842267, 03610170780915, 04905524856460, 04905524856477, 04905524856484, 07501450771029, 08427247081074

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