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Sony HDR-PJ530
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Sony HDRPJ530EB Camcorder

9.2MP 1/5.8 325g Jan 2014
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Sony HDR-PJ530 Review

27 Reasons For

Excellent Expert Reviews

This medium sensor size camcorder received an expert rating of 100% from stuff.tv. The expert review sites think this video camera is one of the very best video cameras of a similar spec and age.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, HDR-PJ530 owners rated this camcorder 89%.

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Sony has good average reviews for its medium sensor size video cameras as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other manufacturers.

Good Quality Lens

Two customers wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-PJ530 had a good zoom. Stuff.tv mentioned in their review “Massive zoom”.

Good Product Quality

One Sony HDR-PJ530 owner reckoned that the product was good quality. Last year Pianofingers rated this camcorder 5 stars and wrote “That isn't all, this camcorder has within Sony's Bionz X chip and the picture quality is truly excellent” in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ530.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Sony HDR-PJ530 owner who bought this camcorder concluded that it was quiet. Pianofingers said “It is capable of producing 'quiet' pictures in low light dull conditions.” in their Sony HDR-PJ530 review.

Nice Design

One Sony HDR-PJ530 reviewer said in their reviews that it was good looking. Pianofingers said “For all its failings, all is forgiven, as it produces beautiful footage, turning novices into acceptable film makers”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who reviewed it considered that it had a good screen. Pianofingers wrote “An accessory to improve screen viewing in bright sunshine would be a welcome addition” in their review and scored the product 5 stars.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony HDR-PJ530 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-PJ530 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDR-PJ530 has an HDMI port. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-PJ530 also have an HDMI port.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

At 350 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ530 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDR-PJ530. Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDR-PJ530 the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 180x.

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The HDR-PJ530 has a built-in projector, unlike most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-PJ530 which do not have a built-in projector.

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Has Six Scene Modes

The Sony HDR-PJ530 has a greater number of scene modes than most medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camcorder has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on camcorders of this age and type. The scene modes "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Spotlight" and "Beach" are also found on this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Sony HDR-PJ530 has a built-in display.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p|720p 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 video camera has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is the most commonly found video format on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HDR-PJ530 is more than most medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Sony video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-PJ530. The white balance mode "Outdoor" is also found on this video camera.

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BIONZ Image Processor

This camcorder has a BIONZ image processor, which is the most frequently found image processor on medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

At 460,000 pixels, the HDR-PJ530 has a quite high display resolution compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-PJ530. Medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-PJ530 have display resolutions of between 96,000 pixels and 1,200,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 370,000 pixels.

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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 of a comparable age and type to it.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The minimum focal lengths of video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-PJ530 range from 1.8mm to 44mm, and the average minimum focal length is 30mm. With a minimum focal length of only 26.8 millimeters, the HDR-PJ530 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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8 Reasons Against

Not Robust

One person wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was not well made. Last year Pianofingers wrote on Amazon “The lens mount is near to fragile and this camera demands care”.

Only 1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

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

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony HDR-PJ530 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ530 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Heavy

Camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-PJ530 have weights of between 76g and 2.8kg, and the average weight is 320g. The HDR-PJ530 is quite heavy (325 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDR-PJ530.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDR-PJ530 are not 3D compatible. The HDR-PJ530 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not have a night mode. The HDR-PJ530 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-PJ530, the HDR-PJ530 is not waterproof.

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Only Has Two Cables Included

The HDR-PJ530 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Sony video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders of this age and type. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this video camera.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-PJ530

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this Sony camcorder was released.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HDR-PJ530 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ530.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 30 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ530 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDR-PJ530.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
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
Shoe Mounting Point
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Smartphone Remote Control
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
S-Video in Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
WiFi
Ethernet LAN Connection
Near Field Communication
Bluetooth
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Night Mode
Manual Focus
Spotlight
Aperture Range
Backlight
Integrated USB Cable
Electrical Viewfinder
Projector
Built-In Projector
Projector Brightness
Native Resolution
Minimum Projection Distance
Typical Contrast Ratio

Expert Reviews

(2)
13 July 2014

Sony PJ530 verdict Open Gallery If you feel the projector is a gimmick too far, by all means take a look at similarly-specced alternatives in the Sony range. But you might actually be...

Massive zoom
Superb, supersmooth video
Lightweight
Genuinely useful Builtin projector
Good range of connections
No internal memory
26 February 2014

Grundsätzlich spiegelt die HDR-PJ810 zweifellos feinste Camcordertechnologie wieder, die aus der Hand im Automatik-Modus erstaunliche Bilder ermöglicht. Hätte Sony nicht ein weiteres mal die...

User Reviews

(34)
Reviewed 23 April 2014 by IanW

The first thing you notice when opening the Sony HDR-PJ530E box is just how compact and stylish this camcorder is; as you would expect from Sony. Included in the pack are; an AC adapter/battery... Read more…

Reviewed 22 March 2014 by Socks

The recordings my family have produced off this so far look very smooth and extremely professional. This has included filming from a moving car, where the picture remains clear and smooth. The... Read more…

Reviewed 11 May 2014 by Durham James

I have been using this for filming student interviews as part of a school A-Level and it is providing crisp, clear picture and sound. The battery life is not amazing, but it managed 2-3 hours. The... Read more…

Reviewed 7 May 2014 by S. Greig

I am mostly used to using my iPad or iPhone for taking videos so I was looking for something significantly better than these to warrant carrying another device with me whilst out and... Read more…

Reviewed 6 September 2014 by Neale Photos

Previous reviews show the PJ350 is a very good camcorder as indeed it is. What a great shame that Sony themselves let it down by having such useless software-which you have to download... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrpj530, sony hdrpj530e, sony hdrpj530eb, sony hdrpj530et, sony hdrpj530etc, sony hdrpj530ebc, sony hdrpj530ebce, sony hdrpj530etce, sony hdrpj530etcen, sony hdrpj530ebcen, sony hdrpj530ebceh
Barcodes 04905524968828, 04905524968835, 04905524973433, 04905524973440, 05054230597927, 05054230767115, 05055189019539

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