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Sony HDR-PJ220
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Sony HDR-PJ220 Camcorder

2.39MP 1/5.8 210g Jan 2013
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17 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Sony is one of the superior video camera brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Sony also has good reviews for its small sensor size camcorders.

Full HD HD Type

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

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the HDR-PJ220 is Full HD.

Alternative Full HD camcorders currently available that you might want to look at include the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDR-PJ220 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-PJ220 also have an HDMI port.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HDR-PJ220 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-PJ220 also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price] both from Canon.

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Very Light

Camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HDR-PJ220 have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg. With a weight of only 210 grams, the HDR-PJ220 is quite light compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The Sony HDR-PJ220 has a built-in projector, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-PJ220 do not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price] is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDR-PJ220 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera also support MS PRO, MS PRO Duo 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ220.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Value

The average maximum aperture value of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-PJ220 is 4.9, and the maximum aperture values range from 1.8 to 22. With a maximum aperture value of 10, the HDR-PJ220 has a quite high maximum aperture value compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDR-PJ220.

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Very High Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ220 is 2.5MP. With a megapixel count of 8.9 megapixels, the HDR-PJ220 has one of the highest megapixel counts amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-PJ220, the HDR-PJ220 has a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price], and the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] is also worth considering.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony HDR-PJ220 is more than most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders of this spec and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 720 x 576|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

The Sony HDR-PJ220 has a quite high movie megapixel count (2.15 megapixels) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years. Camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-PJ220 have movie megapixel counts of between 0.41MP and 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 1.9MP.

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Very Low Typical Power Consumption

Across all the video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-PJ220 the typical power consumption range from 1.8W to 12W, and the average typical power consumption is 3.7W. With a typical power consumption of only 2.2 Watts, the HDR-PJ220 has a quite low typical power consumption compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the HDR-PJ220 does not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth considering other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-PJ220 is 1.4", the largest is 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9". With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the HDR-PJ220 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-PJ220, the Sony HDR-PJ220 does not have a night mode.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a night mode which you might want to consider including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ220 are not 3D compatible. The HDR-PJ220 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony HDR-PJ220 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

At only 230,000 pixels, the Sony HDR-PJ220 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years. The display resolutions of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ220 range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels.

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Only 32 Extra/Smart Zooms

Most camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HDR-PJ220 have between 32 and 66 Extra/Smart zooms, including the HDR-PJ220 which has 32 Extra/Smart zooms.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

Across all the video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-PJ220 the minimum illumination range from 0.1lx to 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 2.2lx. The Sony HDR-PJ220 has one of the bigger minimum illumination (6 lux) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-PJ220

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the HDR-PJ220.

Average Digital Zoom

At 350 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ220 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-PJ220.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] (400x), or the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price] (700x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

The HDR-PJ220 has a pretty typical optical zoom (27 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ220.

If this camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R46[plb_1542433_price] (32x) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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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
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Smile Detection
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
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Video & Photo Dual Shot
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
Night Mode
Typical Power Consumption
Manual Focus
Aperture Range
The Windows Operating System
Backlight
Extra/Smart Zoom
Integrated USB Cable
Power Cord Included
X.v.Color Support
Projector
Built-In Projector
Projected Screen Size
Projector Brightness
Native Resolution
Minimum Projection Distance
Typical Contrast Ratio

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrpj220, sony hdrpj220e
Barcodes 00905524924312, 04905524924299, 04905524924305, 04905524924312

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