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Sony HDR-PJ650
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Sony HDR-PJ650 Camcorder

20.4MP 1/3.91 450g Apr 2013
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Expert Reviews Are Excellent

This Sony video camera received an expert rating of 93 out of 100 from camcorderinfo.com. This puts this big sensor size camcorder in the top 10% of all the camcorders of this type and age when ranked by average expert review score.

User Reviews Are Excellent

The average user rating of this Sony video camera is 90 out of 100 based on 34 user reviews.

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Based on 3,510 owner and expert reviews, Sony has good reviews for its camcorders. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its big sensor size video cameras compared to other manufacturers.

Easy to Use

A few Sony HDR-PJ650 owners who reviewed the Sony HDR-PJ650 reckoned that it was easy to setup. Three years ago Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Sony seems to realise this as they have made this camcorder very easy to set up and use” and scored the product 5 stars. In the same month E. Dale said in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ650 on Amazon “Really love this, very easy to set up and use”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony HDR-PJ650 reviewer who reviewed the product thought it had a good screen. One Sony HDR-PJ650 owner who bought it thought it had a good viewfinder. Art wrote on Amazon “Fast start up is good and the viewfinder is a must for me” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony HDR-PJ650 owner considered that the Sony HDR-PJ650 had a good image stabiliser. Amazon Customer gave it a score of 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon two years ago “The image stabiliser is amazing with all shots panning very smoothly”.

One person said in their reviews that it had a good lens.

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Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed it wrote that it had good features. Two years ago Art rated the Sony HDR-PJ650 80 out of 100 and he mentioned in his review of this camcorder “Good camera with good features although some from my earlier Sony are missing”.

Good Connectivity

One Sony HDR-PJ650 reviewer wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good in terms of USB connections. Amazon Customer gave the Sony HDR-PJ650 a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “Luckily I had an usb to mains doohicky that worked fine”.

Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ650, the HDR-PJ650 has an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], and the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price] both from Sony or the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-PJ650 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-PJ650 also are Full HD.

There are a number of alternative Full HD video cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], or the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price] both from Sony or the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDR-PJ650 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this video camera and we think the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], and the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price] both from Sony or the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The Sony HDR-PJ650 has one of the bigger digital zooms (160 times zoom factor) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. Across all the big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ650 the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,500x, and the average digital zoom is 160x.

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The Sony HDR-PJ650 has a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-PJ650 do not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in projector to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price] is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDR-PJ650 supports a better memory card type than most big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Sony camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this video camera support MS PRO Duo and MS Pro-HG Duo and SD 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 camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ650.

Across similar types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MS Pro-HG.

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

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Very High Maximum Aperture Value

At 10, the HDR-PJ650 has a very high maximum aperture value compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-PJ650. Big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago have maximum aperture values of between 1.6 and 10, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.

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4512 X 3384 Still Image Resolution

The Sony HDR-PJ650 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4512 x 3384. That's 84% more still image resolution than the most frequently found still image resolution of 3840 x 2160. The best still image resolution of all video cameras of this spec and age is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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6016 X 3384 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This video camera has a maximum image resolution of 6016 x 3384 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDR-PJ650 has a built-in display, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-PJ650.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in display to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], and the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price] both from Sony or the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_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-PJ650 is more than most video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This video camera 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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Very Low Minimum Aperture

Across all the comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-PJ650 the minimum apertures range from 1.1 to 11, and the average minimum aperture is 2.7. At only 1.8, the HDR-PJ650 has a quite low minimum aperture compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-PJ650.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 720 x 576|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not have an interchangeable lens. The HDR-PJ650 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to consider including the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HDR-PJ650 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDR-PJ650 are also not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony HDR-PJ650 does not have a night mode. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDR-PJ650 are not waterproof. The Sony HDR-PJ650 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-PJ650

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the HDR-PJ650.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HDR-PJ650 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ650.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-VG20[plb_1137845_price], or the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price].

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Average Weight

The HDR-PJ650 has a pretty typical weight (450 grams) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ650.

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1/3.91" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/3.91" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 12 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ650 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-PJ650.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
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
Geotagging
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
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
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Other Features
Night Mode
Manual Focus
Aperture Range
BRAVIA Sync
Backlight
Extra/Smart Zoom
Integrated USB Cable
Electrical Viewfinder
Power Cord Included
Projector
Built-In Projector
Projector Brightness
Native Resolution

Expert Reviews

19 June 2014

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LCD with smooth onscreen image, even in low light
Builtin USB cable
5.1 audio recording
Manual settings dial
Builtin light
No electronic level
LCD screen is a little small
Picture quality isn't as sharp as the Panasonic 920
Battery life could be better (approx
1 hour)
7 September 2013

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27 February 2013

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User Reviews

(33)
Reviewed 22 December 2014 by Jklein
Jklein would recommend the Sony HDR-PJ650 (Verified Purchase)

I was looking at the NX30 as a possibility for our news operations, due to the floating lens assembly. At first I thought this may be a gimmick, like so many others you can find in camera world, I... Read more…

Reviewed 19 May 2013 by Bill
Bill would recommend the Sony HDR-PJ650 (Verified Purchase)

My new Sony Handycam is much superior to the old one which I used successfully for ten years. The new one is much more accurate, easier to zoom, easier to copy pictures to the computer. I am... Read more…

Reviewed 11 January 2015 by Seattle Michael
(Verified Purchase)

This is an end of an era camcorder, a reasonably priced Sony camcorder with an eye level viewfinder. This replaces my older XR500 and is very similar. I do miss that the PJ650 won't let you use a... Read more…

Reviewed 5 March 2014 by Phil
Phil would recommend the Sony HDR-PJ650 (Verified Purchase)

I have only had the camera for 10 days so I am still experimenting. While very easy to use I have noted more noise from the camera than I expected. This is picked up on the card and can be heard... Read more…

Reviewed 9 March 2015 by Ben
Ben would recommend the Sony HDR-PJ650 (Verified Purchase)

I'm pretty impressed with this camera so far. I use it in a low light setting in the church at which I work. I've been very impressed with the quality of video even when lighting can and should be... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Great Zoom
No Composite Output
Limited Zoom
Poor Still Image
Complicated Connection
Complicated File System
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony 204, hdrpj650, sony 204m, hdrpj650e, sony pj650, sony pj790, sony 204mp, sony rmtvp1, sony pj650v, sony pj790v, sony rmtvp1k, sony hdrpj650, 4905524924701, HDRPJ650VE.CEN, sony hdrpj650v, sony hdrpj650ve, HDRPJ650VEDI.YG, sony hdrpj650ved, sony hdrpj650vedi, sony hdrpj650vediy, sony hdrpj650vediyg
Barcodes 00027242863521, 00689466815382, 00905524924701, 04905524924701, 05013493231597

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