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5 Best Sony Camcorders in the UK - September 2019

Updated 23 August 2019 by Matthew
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5 best Sony camcorders

Which Are the Best Sony Camcorders?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best Sony camcorders? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best Sony camcorders are:


What Sony Camcorder to Buy in September 2019?

Sony is one of the most popular camcorder brands as well as being well known for it's digital cameras, TVs and headphones.

Sony are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders. Their camcorders start at £27 for the MHS-PM5 which has an optical zoom of 1x, a sensor size of 5MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and go up to £9,999 for the FDR-AX1 which has an optical zoom of 20x, a sensor size of 18.9MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K). The average price of a new Sony camcorder is £1,991.

Let's take a look at the top 5 Sony camcorders currently for sale in the UK, compared side by side:

Best Buy
Sony HDRCX405 Sony FDRAX33 Sony FDRAX53 Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDRPJ410
Sony HDRCX405 Sony FDRAX33 Sony FDRAX53 Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDRPJ410
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9.2MP
30x
OPTICAL ZOOM
190g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
0.92h
BATTERY LIFE
20.6MP
10x
OPTICAL ZOOM
700g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
0.25h
BATTERY LIFE
8.29MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
635g
5440 X 3056
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
3h
BATTERY LIFE
9.2MP
27x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1"
OPTICAL
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
190g
2.29MP
30x
OPTICAL ZOOM
235g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
1.17h
BATTERY LIFE
96
Reviews
717 Reviews
90
Features
Fully-Featured
96
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
80
Value for Money
Very Good
72
Age
4 Years Old
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
97
Reviews
473 Reviews + 1 Award
92
Features
Fully-Featured
96
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
73
Value for Money
Good
72
Age
4 Years Old
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
94
Reviews
172 Reviews
94
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
70
Value for Money
Good
77
Age
3 Years Old
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
94
Reviews
360 Reviews
88
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
79
Value for Money
Very Good
71
Age
5 Years Old
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
96
Reviews
213 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
94
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
77
Value for Money
Very Good
71
Age
4 Years Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Our review analysis indicates that this camcorder has a very great picture quality, good video quality and it's really easy to use. It's a best selling and critically acclaimed 30x optical zoom, 190g camcorder, with an extremely good spec and a good price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. A very popular and award winning 10x optical zoom, 700g video camera, with an extremely good spec and total megapixels. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. Owners report that this video camera has an excellent video quality, a very great picture quality and it's really easy to use. The highest scoring camcorder under £1,000, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. Customers report that it has a very great picture quality and an outstanding video quality, and image stabiliser. Our review analysis indicates that this camcorder has a really great audio quality, very great picture quality and it's really easy to use. It's a classic and best selling 27x optical zoom, 190g camcorder, with a very good spec and an affordable price. It has an image stabilizer and a face detection, supports HDMI and features smile detection. A classic and best selling 30x optical zoom, 235g video camera, with a very good spec and a cheap price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a built-in projector and supports HDMI. Our review analysis indicates that this video camera has a very great audio quality, really great picture quality and it's very easy to use.
13 Reasons For
20x Bigger Optical Zoom
73% Lighter
Bigger Digital Zoom
0.2 Lower Minimum Aperture Number
16.8mm Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Remote Operation
Night Mode
Better Kagoo Score
£70 Cheaper
More Shops Are Selling it
Has a Better OK Noise Level
Has a Better Screen or Viewfinder
Has a Better Lens
16 Reasons For
18.31MP Bigger Total Megapixels
44% Higher Effective Megapixels (Image)
6MP Higher Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Smile Detection
Built-in Flash
Slightly Larger Display Diagonal
Remote Operation
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Night Mode
One More Award
Expert Reviews Are Marginally Better
User Reviews Are Marginally Better
More Customers Recommend it
More Reliable
More Carefully Designed
16 Reasons For
Twice As High Maximum Video Resolution
Significantly Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
37% Faster Maximum Frame Rate
6MP Higher Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Smile Detection
Built-in Flash
A Little Larger Display Diagonal
Remote Operation
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Longer Maximum Battery Life
Night Mode
More Shops Are Selling it
13 Months Newer
Better Well Designed Technical Features
Has Many Recording Uses
11 Reasons For
Lighter
Slightly Lower Minimum Aperture Number
Smile Detection
30 Times Higher Still Image Resolution
More Popular
User Reviews Are Marginally Better
Has a Better Battery Life
A Better Size
Easier to Use
Better Great Video Quality
Better Great Audio Quality
14 Reasons For
A Lot Bigger Optical Zoom
40% Bigger Digital Zoom
42% Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
A Little Lower Minimum Aperture Number
Significantly Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
A Lot Higher Maximum Aperture Number
Smile Detection
Remote Operation
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Built-in Projector
Night Mode
User Reviews Are Slightly Better
Has a Better Price
24 Reasons Against
Vastly Smaller Total Megapixels
Lower Maximum Video Resolution
2.2 Lower Maximum Aperture Number
Slower Maximum Frame Rate
Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
Vastly Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Does Not Have a Built-in Flash
0.3" Smaller Display Diagonal
70% Shorter Maximum Battery Life
Over One Year Older
Less Popular
A Bit Lower Expert Review Score
A Bit Lower User Review Score
Less Customers Recommend it
Has a Worse Price
Less Reliable
Has a Worse Long Battery Life
A Worse Size
Has a Worse Design
Harder to Use
Has Worse Technical Features
Worse Great Video Quality
Worse Great Audio Quality
Has Many Recording Uses
25 Reasons Against
Vastly Smaller Optical Zoom
Heavier
Only 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels Pixels Resolution
66% Smaller Digital Zoom
70% Shorter Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
A Lot Longer Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
59% Slower Maximum Frame Rate
30 Times Lower Still Image Resolution
Shorter Maximum Battery Life
Not Waterproof
Worse Kagoo Score
£346 More Expensive
Less Retailers
Over One Year Older
Less Popular
Less Fairly Priced
Has a Worse Battery That Lasted a Long Time
A Worse Size
Harder to Use
Worse Nice Technical Features
Has a Worse Screen or Viewfinder
Has a Worse Lens That Was Good
Worse Great Video Quality
Worse Great Audio Quality
Has Many Recording Uses
25 Reasons Against
A Lot Smaller Optical Zoom
Heavier
12.31MP Smaller Total Megapixels
29% Smaller Digital Zoom
34% Shorter Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
A Little Higher Minimum Aperture Number
A Bit Lower Maximum Aperture Number
2.01MP Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
Not Waterproof
Worse Kagoo Score
£559 More Expensive
Less Popular
Lower User Review Score
Lower Overall Review Score
Less Customers Recommend it
Has a Worse Price
Less Solidly Made
Worse in Terms of Size
Less Nicely Designed
Harder to Use
Has a Worse Acceptable Noise Level
Has a Worse Screen or Viewfinder
Has a Worse Lens That Was Good
Worse Great Video Quality
Worse Great Audio Quality
16 Reasons Against
Slightly Smaller Optical Zoom
11.4MP Smaller Total Megapixels
Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Pixels Resolution
9% Smaller Digital Zoom
11% Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
Does Not Have a Built-in Flash
Slightly Smaller Display Diagonal
Worse Kagoo Score
Less Retailers
Over Two Years Older
Marginally Lower Overall Review Score
Less Customers Recommend it
Less Reasonably Priced
Worse Nice Technical Features
Has a Worse OK Noise Level
Has a Worse Lens
22 Reasons Against
45g Heavier
18.31MP Smaller Total Megapixels
8 Times Lower Maximum Video Resolution
78% Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
6MP Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
A Little Smaller Display Diagonal
Shorter Maximum Battery Life
Not Waterproof
Worse Kagoo Score
£70 More Expensive
Fewer Sellers
Over One Year Older
Less Popular
Slightly Lower Overall Review Score
Less Customers Recommend it
Less Robust
Worse in Terms of Size
Harder to Use
Worse Well Designed Technical Features
Has a Worse Acceptable Noise Level
Worse Great Video Quality
Worse Great Audio Quality
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Sony HDRCX405

£139.99
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Sony HDRCX405

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Sony HDRCX405
9.2MP
30x
OPTICAL ZOOM
190g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
0.92h
BATTERY LIFE
9.2 MP STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
2.29 MP STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
350x
(DIGITAL)
2.7"
SCREEN SIZE
HD

The Sony HDRCX405 has a Kagoo Score of 88. With a price tag of £139.99 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Sony HDRCX405 or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony camcorder.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (9.2MP)
Very light (190g)
Big optical zoom (30x)
Image stabilizer
Night mode

Our review analysis indicates that this camcorder has a very great picture quality, good video quality and it's really easy to use. It's a best selling and critically acclaimed 30x optical zoom, 190g camcorder, with an extremely good spec and a good price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI.

96
Reviews
717 Reviews
90
Features
Fully-Featured
96
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
80
Value for Money
Very Good
72
Age
4 Years Old
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Sony HDRCX405 has very good expert reviews and very good user reviews with 95% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others.

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13 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony HDRCX405

20x Bigger Optical Zoom

The Sony HDRCX405 has an optical zoom of 30x (as does the Sony HDRPJ410), but the Sony FDRAX33 is only a 10x optical zoom camcorder (20x smaller), the Sony FDRAX53 is only a 20x optical zoom camcorder (10x smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 27x optical zoom camcorder (3x smaller). More ...

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

73% Lighter

The Sony HDRCX405 is a 190g camcorder, and so does the Sony HDR-CX240. That's 510g lighter than the Sony FDRAX33 (700g), 445g lighter than the Sony FDRAX53 (635g) and 45g lighter than the Sony HDRPJ410 (235g). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Bigger Digital Zoom

The Sony HDRCX405 is a 350x (digital) camcorder, and so does the Sony HDRPJ410. That's 230x bigger than the Sony FDRAX33 (120x), 100x bigger than the Sony FDRAX53 (250x) and 30x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (320x). More ...

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

0.2 Lower Minimum Aperture Number

The Sony HDRCX405 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder (as do the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRPJ410), whereas the Sony FDRAX53 is a 2 minimum aperture camcorder (0.2 higher). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

16.8mm Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Sony HDRCX405 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 10mm (as do the Sony FDRAX53 and the Sony HDRPJ410), however the Sony FDRAX33 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (16.8mm longer). More ...

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

Remote Operation

The Sony HDRCX405 supports remote operation (as do the Sony FDRAX33, the Sony FDRAX53 and the Sony HDRPJ410), however the Sony HDR-CX240 does not support this feature. More ...

'Remote Operation' denotes whether the camcorder can be controlled (start/stop recording) by a separate remote, or whether all control has to happen on the device itself.

A remotely operated camera is helpful because it allows you to mount the camera on a tripod and be in your own movies.

Night Mode

The Sony HDRCX405 has a night mode (as do the Sony FDRAX33, the Sony FDRAX53 and the Sony HDRPJ410), however the Sony HDR-CX240 does not have this feature. More ...

'Night Mode' denotes whether the camcorder has a special mode for shooting video at night - it does this by upping the light taken in by the lens of the camcorder, leading to a brighter recorded image.

Camcorders usually struggle to record video in low-light conditions - a specially designed night mode fixes that.

Better Kagoo Score

The Sony HDRCX405 has received a Kagoo Score of 88, but the Sony FDRAX33 scored 87, the Sony FDRAX53 scored 86, the Sony HDR-CX240 scored 86 and the Sony HDRPJ410 scored 85.

£70 Cheaper

The Sony HDRCX405 costs £139.99, whereas the Sony FDRAX33 is £485.99, the Sony FDRAX53 is £699.00 and the Sony HDRPJ410 is £210.00.

More Shops Are Selling it

A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Has a Better OK Noise Level

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony HDRCX405 has a better OK noise level. More than 20 people thought that it was very quiet and three people thought that it also wasn't noisy.

Has a Better Screen or Viewfinder

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 has a better screen or viewfinder. More than 10 people thought that it had a good screen.

Has a Better Lens

The Sony HDRCX405 reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 has a better lens. Over 40 people thought that it had a good zoom and several people thought that it also had a brilliant lens, image stabiliser and had a good autofocus.

24 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony HDRCX405

Vastly Smaller Total Megapixels

The Sony HDRCX405 has a total megapixels of 9.2MP (as does the Sony HDR-CX240), however the Sony FDRAX33 is a 20.6MP camcorder (11.4MP bigger), the Sony FDRAX53 is an 8.29MP camcorder (0.91MP smaller) and the Sony HDRPJ410 is a 2.29MP camcorder (6.91MP smaller). More ...

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony HDRCX405 has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels (as are the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRPJ410), whereas the Sony FDRAX33 has a max video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels and the Sony FDRAX53 has a max video resolution of 5440 x 3056 pixels. More ...

Video resolution is the amount of pixels that make up each frame of the recorded video.

A higher video resolution means that each frame will be more detailed and sharper, with less blurring or smudging. This leads to a far higher quality video.

2.2 Lower Maximum Aperture Number

The Sony HDRCX405 is a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder, whereas the Sony FDRAX53 is a 3.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (2 higher) and the Sony HDRPJ410 is a 4 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.2 higher). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

Slower Maximum Frame Rate

The Sony HDRCX405 is a 60fps camcorder. That's 10fps faster than the Sony FDRAX33 (50fps) and 60fps slower than the Sony FDRAX53 (120fps). More ...

'Maximum Frame Rate' denotes how many frames per second (fps) are captured and displayed when recording video.

A higher fps means that the camcorder is recording far more frames for every second of footage, leading to a far smoother and more fluid video - the action will be less jerky and look of a higher quality.

Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Sony HDRCX405 is a 2.29MP camcorder, and so does the Sony HDRPJ410. That's 8.01MP lower than the Sony FDRAX33 (10.3MP), 6MP lower than the Sony FDRAX53 (8.29MP) and 6.91MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX240 (9.2MP). More ...

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Vastly Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)

The Sony HDRCX405 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.29MP (as does the Sony HDRPJ410), however the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony FDRAX53 are both 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorders (6MP higher). More ...

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

Does Not Have a Built-in Flash

The Sony HDRCX405 does not have a built-in flash (As does the the Sony HDR-CX240), whereas the Sony FDRAX33, the Sony FDRAX53 and the Sony HDRPJ410 have this feature. More ...

'Built-in Flash' denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

0.3" Smaller Display Diagonal

Sony HDRCX405 is only 2.7" screen size (as do the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRPJ410), but the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony FDRAX53 are both 3" screen size camcorders (0.3" larger). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

70% Shorter Maximum Battery Life

The Sony HDRCX405 is a 0.92h battery life camcorder. That's 0.67h longer than the Sony FDRAX33 (0.25h), 2.08h shorter than the Sony FDRAX53 (3h) and 0.25h shorter than the Sony HDRPJ410 (1.17h). More ...

'Maximum Battery Life' indicates how long the camcorder is capable of recording video for, measured in hours.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Over One Year Older

The Sony HDRCX405 is older than the Sony FDRAX53 by 13 months. The Sony HDRCX405 is the same age as the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony HDRPJ410.

Less Popular

The Sony HDRCX405 is a less popular choice amongst buyers.

A Bit Lower Expert Review Score

The Sony HDRCX405 has an average expert rating of 90%, but the Sony FDRAX33 has an average expert rating of 92% (based on 4 reviews).

A Bit Lower User Review Score

The Sony HDRCX405 has an average user rating of 88%, but the Sony FDRAX33 has an average user rating of 89% (based on 469 reviews), the Sony HDR-CX240 has an average user rating of 89% (based on 359 reviews) and the Sony HDRPJ410 has an average user rating of 89% (based on 213 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 65.5% of 719 customers recommend the Sony HDRCX405, however 80.3% of 477 customers recommend the Sony FDRAX33.

Has a Worse Price

The Sony HDRCX405 reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 has a worse price.

Less Reliable

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony HDRCX405 was less reliable.

Has a Worse Long Battery Life

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 has a worse long battery life.

A Worse Size

The Sony HDRCX405 reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 was a worse size.

Has a Worse Design

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 has a worse design.

Harder to Use

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 was harder to use.

Has Worse Technical Features

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 has worse technical features.

Worse Great Video Quality

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony HDRCX405 was worse great video quality.

Worse Great Audio Quality

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony HDRCX405 was worse great audio quality.

Has Many Recording Uses

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 has many recording uses.

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Sony FDRAX33

£485.99
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Sony FDRAX33

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Sony FDRAX33
20.6MP
10x
OPTICAL ZOOM
700g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
0.25h
BATTERY LIFE
640X480)
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3"
SCREEN SIZE
120x
(DIGITAL)

The Sony FDRAX33 has a Kagoo Score of 87. With a price tag of £485.99 this camcorder is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Sony FDRAX33 or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony camcorder.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (20.6MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Night mode

A very popular and award winning 10x optical zoom, 700g video camera, with an extremely good spec and total megapixels. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. Owners report that this video camera has an excellent video quality, a very great picture quality and it's really easy to use.

97
Reviews
473 Reviews + 1 Award
92
Features
Fully-Featured
96
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
73
Value for Money
Good
72
Age
4 Years Old
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Owners report that Sony FDRAX33 has excellent expert reviews and great user reviews with 93% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others. Sony FDRAX33 has received an industry award from Digital Versus.

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16 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony FDRAX33

18.31MP Bigger Total Megapixels

The Sony FDRAX33 has a total megapixels of 20.6MP, whereas the Sony FDRAX53 is only an 8.29MP camcorder (12.31MP smaller), the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 are both only 9.2MP camcorders (11.4MP smaller) and the Sony HDRPJ410 is only a 2.29MP camcorder (18.31MP smaller). More ...

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

44% Higher Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Sony FDRAX33 is a 10.3MP camcorder. That's 2.01MP higher than the Sony FDRAX53 (8.29MP), 1.1MP higher than the Sony HDR-CX240 (9.2MP) and 8.01MP higher than the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 (2.29MP). More ...

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

6MP Higher Effective Megapixels (Movie)

The Sony FDRAX33 is an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (as does the Sony FDRAX53), whereas the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 are both only 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorders (6MP lower). More ...

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

Smile Detection

The Sony FDRAX33 features smile detection, and so do the Sony FDRAX53, the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRPJ410, however the Sony HDRCX405 does not. More ...

Smile detection is a system to automatically detect when people in the camcorder's shot are smiling, and pull focus towards them to make sure they're always in full focus.

Built-in Flash

The Sony FDRAX33 has a built-in flash, and so does the Sony FDRAX53, however the Sony HDR-CX240, the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 do not. More ...

'Built-in Flash' denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

Slightly Larger Display Diagonal

The Sony FDRAX33 has a display diagonal of 3" (as does the Sony FDRAX53), however the Sony HDR-CX240, the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 are all only 2.7" screen size camcorders (0.3" smaller). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Remote Operation

The Sony FDRAX33 supports remote operation (as do the Sony FDRAX53, the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410), whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 does not support this feature. More ...

'Remote Operation' denotes whether the camcorder can be controlled (start/stop recording) by a separate remote, or whether all control has to happen on the device itself.

A remotely operated camera is helpful because it allows you to mount the camera on a tripod and be in your own movies.

Wi-Fi

The Sony FDRAX33 features Wi-Fi, and so do the Sony FDRAX53 and the Sony HDRPJ410, however the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 do not. More ...

'Wi-Fi' denotes whether the camcorder is capable of connecting to the net via wifi, in order to upload videos and images.

A wireless connection on your camcorder allows you to easily transfer videos to your computer, store them on the cloud or upload them to Facebook, all without having to worry about connecting via a wire.

Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony FDRAX33 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), and so do the Sony FDRAX53 and the Sony HDRPJ410, but the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 do not. More ...

Near Field Communications (NFC) allows the camcorder to wirelessly communicate with smartphones over very short distances (<1m).

NFC can be used to transfer videos and photos from your camcorder direct to your phone, where you can then share them with friends or upload to Facebook/Twitter/etc.

Night Mode

The Sony FDRAX33 has a night mode (as do the Sony FDRAX53, the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410), whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 does not have this feature. More ...

'Night Mode' denotes whether the camcorder has a special mode for shooting video at night - it does this by upping the light taken in by the lens of the camcorder, leading to a brighter recorded image.

Camcorders usually struggle to record video in low-light conditions - a specially designed night mode fixes that.

One More Award

The Sony FDRAX33 has received 1 award, whereas the Sony FDRAX53 has received no awards, the Sony HDR-CX240 has received no awards, the Sony HDRCX405 has received no awards and the Sony HDRPJ410 has received no awards.

Expert Reviews Are Marginally Better

Based on 4 expert reviews, the average review score of the Sony FDRAX33 is 92%, however the average rating of the Sony HDRCX405 is 90% (based on 1 review).

User Reviews Are Marginally Better

Based on 469 user reviews, the average review score of the Sony FDRAX33 is 89%, however the average rating of the Sony FDRAX53 is 84% (based on 169 reviews) and the average rating of the Sony HDRCX405 is 88% (based on 716 reviews).

More Customers Recommend it

80.3% of 477 customers recommend the Sony FDRAX33, whereas only 15% of 294 customers recommend the Sony HDRPJ410.

More Reliable

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony FDRAX33 was more reliable. Several people thought that it was well made, was very strong and durable and was reliable.

More Carefully Designed

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony FDRAX33 was more carefully designed. Over 20 people thought that it was really good-looking and two people thought that it also had a good form factor.

25 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony FDRAX33

Vastly Smaller Optical Zoom

The Sony FDRAX33 has an optical zoom of 10x, however the Sony FDRAX53 is a 20x optical zoom camcorder (10x bigger), the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 27x optical zoom camcorder (17x bigger) and the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 are both 30x optical zoom camcorders (20x bigger). More ...

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Heavier

The Sony FDRAX33 is a 700g camcorder. That's 65g heavier than the Sony FDRAX53 (635g), 510g heavier than the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 (190g) and 465g heavier than the Sony HDRPJ410 (235g). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Only 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels Pixels Resolution

The Sony FDRAX33 has a max video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels pixels, but the Sony FDRAX53 has a max video resolution of 5440 x 3056 pixels. More ...

Video resolution is the amount of pixels that make up each frame of the recorded video.

A higher video resolution means that each frame will be more detailed and sharper, with less blurring or smudging. This leads to a far higher quality video.

66% Smaller Digital Zoom

Sony FDRAX33 is only 120x (digital). That's 130x smaller than the Sony FDRAX53 (250x), 200x smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (320x) and 230x smaller than the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 (350x). More ...

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

70% Shorter Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Sony FDRAX33 is a 298mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 358mm shorter than the Sony FDRAX53 (656mm) and 686mm shorter than the Sony HDRPJ410 (984mm). More ...

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

A Lot Longer Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Sony FDRAX33 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder, whereas the Sony FDRAX53, the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 are all 10mm minimum focal length camcorders (16.8mm shorter). More ...

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

59% Slower Maximum Frame Rate

The Sony FDRAX33 is a 50fps camcorder. That's 70fps slower than the Sony FDRAX53 (120fps) and 10fps slower than the Sony HDRCX405 (60fps). More ...

'Maximum Frame Rate' denotes how many frames per second (fps) are captured and displayed when recording video.

A higher fps means that the camcorder is recording far more frames for every second of footage, leading to a far smoother and more fluid video - the action will be less jerky and look of a higher quality.

30 Times Lower Still Image Resolution

The Sony FDRAX33 supports a still image resolution of 640 x 480 (16:9 (6048x3400)| 4:3 (4528x3400)| 16:9 (4288x2408)| 4:3 (3216x2408)| 16:9 (1920x1080)| 4:3 (640x480)), which is 30 times lower still image resolution as the Sony HDR-CX240 (4032 x 2272). More ...

Image resolution is a measurement of how many pixels make up a single image taken with the camcorder.

A higher image resolution means that the photos taken with the camcorder will be more detailed and sharper, and you'll be able to pick out smaller detailed far better. They will also far more suited to being enlarged, and can be blown up to larger sizes without blurring or losing detail.

Shorter Maximum Battery Life

Sony FDRAX33 is only 0.25h battery life. That's 2.75h shorter than the Sony FDRAX53 (3h), 0.67h shorter than the Sony HDRCX405 (0.92h) and 0.92h shorter than the Sony HDRPJ410 (1.17h). More ...

'Maximum Battery Life' indicates how long the camcorder is capable of recording video for, measured in hours.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Not Waterproof

The Sony FDRAX33 is not waterproof (As do the the Sony FDRAX53 and the Sony HDRPJ410), whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 are. More ...

'Waterproof' denotes whether the camcorder is resistant against liquid - so can be safely immersed in water without causing problems.

Waterproof cameras allow you to safely take your camera out on a boat or to the beach without worrying about damage. It also allows for some visually stunning underwater videos!

Worse Kagoo Score

The Sony FDRAX33 has received a Kagoo Score of 87, however the Sony HDRCX405 scored 88.

£346 More Expensive

The Sony FDRAX33 is more expensive than the Sony HDR-CX240 by £345, more expensive than the Sony HDRCX405 by £346 and more expensive than the Sony HDRPJ410 by £276.

Less Retailers

Only 8 retailers sells the Sony FDRAX33, whereas 9 retailers sell the Sony FDRAX53 and 9 sellers sell the Sony HDRCX405. More ...

Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Over One Year Older

The Sony FDRAX33 is older than the Sony FDRAX53 by 13 months. The Sony FDRAX33 is the same age as the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410.

Less Popular

The Sony FDRAX33 is a less popular choice amongst buyers.

Less Fairly Priced

Our analysis of the Sony FDRAX33 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX33 was less fairly priced.

Has a Worse Battery That Lasted a Long Time

Our analysis of the Sony FDRAX33 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX33 has a worse battery that lasted a long time.

A Worse Size

The Sony FDRAX33 reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX33 was a worse size.

Harder to Use

Our analysis of the Sony FDRAX33 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX33 was harder to use.

Worse Nice Technical Features

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony FDRAX33 was worse nice technical features.

Has a Worse Screen or Viewfinder

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony FDRAX33 has a worse screen or viewfinder.

Has a Worse Lens That Was Good

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony FDRAX33 has a worse lens that was good.

Worse Great Video Quality

Our analysis of the Sony FDRAX33 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX33 was worse great video quality.

Worse Great Audio Quality

Our analysis of the Sony FDRAX33 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX33 was worse great audio quality.

Has Many Recording Uses

The Sony FDRAX33 reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX33 has many recording uses.

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Sony FDRAX53

£699.00
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Sony FDRAX53

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Sony FDRAX53
8.29MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
635g
5440 X 3056
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
3h
BATTERY LIFE
16.6 MP STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3"
SCREEN SIZE
250x
(DIGITAL)

The Sony FDRAX53 has a Kagoo Score of 86. However with a price tag of £699.00 this camcorder is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Sony FDRAX53 or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony camcorder.

Features We Love:
Time Lapse
5440 x 3056 pixels resolution
Large optical sensor size (1/2")
Long maximum battery life (3h)
Image stabilizer

The highest scoring camcorder under £1,000, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. Customers report that it has a very great picture quality and an outstanding video quality, and image stabiliser.

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Reviews
172 Reviews
94
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
70
Value for Money
Good
77
Age
3 Years Old
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Sony FDRAX53 has great user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this video camera to others.

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16 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony FDRAX53

Twice As High Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony FDRAX53 has a max video resolution of 5440 x 3056 pixels pixels, however the Sony FDRAX33 only has a max video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels and the Sony HDR-CX240, the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 have a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels. More ...

Video resolution is the amount of pixels that make up each frame of the recorded video.

A higher video resolution means that each frame will be more detailed and sharper, with less blurring or smudging. This leads to a far higher quality video.

Significantly Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Sony FDRAX53 is 10mm minimum focal length (as do the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410), but the Sony FDRAX33 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (16.8mm longer). More ...

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

37% Faster Maximum Frame Rate

The Sony FDRAX53 is a 120fps camcorder. That's 70fps faster than the Sony FDRAX33 (50fps) and 60fps faster than the Sony HDRCX405 (60fps). More ...

'Maximum Frame Rate' denotes how many frames per second (fps) are captured and displayed when recording video.

A higher fps means that the camcorder is recording far more frames for every second of footage, leading to a far smoother and more fluid video - the action will be less jerky and look of a higher quality.

6MP Higher Effective Megapixels (Movie)

Sony FDRAX53 is 8.29MP (movie mode) (as does the Sony FDRAX33), but the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 are both only 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorders (6MP lower). More ...

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

Smile Detection

The Sony FDRAX53 features smile detection, and so do the Sony FDRAX33, the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRPJ410, whereas the Sony HDRCX405 does not. More ...

Smile detection is a system to automatically detect when people in the camcorder's shot are smiling, and pull focus towards them to make sure they're always in full focus.

Built-in Flash

The Sony FDRAX53 has a built-in flash, and so does the Sony FDRAX33, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240, the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 do not. More ...

'Built-in Flash' denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

A Little Larger Display Diagonal

The Sony FDRAX53 is a 3" screen size camcorder (as does the Sony FDRAX33), whereas the Sony HDR-CX240, the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 are all only 2.7" screen size camcorders (0.3" smaller). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Remote Operation

The Sony FDRAX53 supports remote operation (as do the Sony FDRAX33, the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410), but the Sony HDR-CX240 does not support this feature. More ...

'Remote Operation' denotes whether the camcorder can be controlled (start/stop recording) by a separate remote, or whether all control has to happen on the device itself.

A remotely operated camera is helpful because it allows you to mount the camera on a tripod and be in your own movies.

Wi-Fi

The Sony FDRAX53 features Wi-Fi, and so do the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony HDRPJ410, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 do not. More ...

'Wi-Fi' denotes whether the camcorder is capable of connecting to the net via wifi, in order to upload videos and images.

A wireless connection on your camcorder allows you to easily transfer videos to your computer, store them on the cloud or upload them to Facebook, all without having to worry about connecting via a wire.

Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony FDRAX53 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), and so do the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony HDRPJ410, however the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 do not. More ...

Near Field Communications (NFC) allows the camcorder to wirelessly communicate with smartphones over very short distances (<1m).

NFC can be used to transfer videos and photos from your camcorder direct to your phone, where you can then share them with friends or upload to Facebook/Twitter/etc.

Longer Maximum Battery Life

The Sony FDRAX53 has a maximum battery life of 3h. That's 2.08h longer than the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony HDRCX405 (0.92h) and 1.83h longer than the Sony HDRPJ410 (1.17h). More ...

'Maximum Battery Life' indicates how long the camcorder is capable of recording video for, measured in hours.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Night Mode

The Sony FDRAX53 has a night mode (as do the Sony FDRAX33, the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410), but the Sony HDR-CX240 does not have this feature. More ...

'Night Mode' denotes whether the camcorder has a special mode for shooting video at night - it does this by upping the light taken in by the lens of the camcorder, leading to a brighter recorded image.

Camcorders usually struggle to record video in low-light conditions - a specially designed night mode fixes that.

More Shops Are Selling it

A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

13 Months Newer

The Sony FDRAX53 is 13 months newer than the Sony FDRAX33, two years newer than the Sony HDR-CX240, 13 months newer than the Sony HDRCX405 and 13 months newer than the Sony HDRPJ410

Better Well Designed Technical Features

The Sony FDRAX53 reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX53 was better well designed technical features. More than 20 people thought that it had very good features.

Has Many Recording Uses

Our analysis of the Sony FDRAX53 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX53 has many recording uses. Over 10 people thought that it is good for low-light recording.

25 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony FDRAX53

A Lot Smaller Optical Zoom

The Sony FDRAX53 has an optical zoom of 20x, whereas the Sony FDRAX33 is a 10x optical zoom camcorder (10x smaller), the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 27x optical zoom camcorder (7x bigger) and the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 are both 30x optical zoom camcorders (10x bigger). More ...

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Heavier

The Sony FDRAX53 is a 635g camcorder. That's 65g lighter than the Sony FDRAX33 (700g), 445g heavier than the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 (190g) and 400g heavier than the Sony HDRPJ410 (235g). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

12.31MP Smaller Total Megapixels

The Sony FDRAX53 has a total megapixels of 8.29MP, but the Sony FDRAX33 is a 20.6MP camcorder (12.31MP bigger), the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 are both 9.2MP camcorders (0.91MP bigger) and the Sony HDRPJ410 is a 2.29MP camcorder (6MP smaller). More ...

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

29% Smaller Digital Zoom

The Sony FDRAX53 has a digital zoom of 250x. That's 130x bigger than the Sony FDRAX33 (120x), 70x smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (320x) and 100x smaller than the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 (350x). More ...

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

34% Shorter Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Sony FDRAX53 is only 656mm maximum focal length. That's 358mm longer than the Sony FDRAX33 (298mm) and 328mm shorter than the Sony HDRPJ410 (984mm). More ...

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

A Little Higher Minimum Aperture Number

The Sony FDRAX53 has a minimum aperture number of 2, however the Sony HDR-CX240, the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 are all 1.8 minimum aperture camcorders (0.2 lower). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

A Bit Lower Maximum Aperture Number

The Sony FDRAX53 has a maximum aperture number of 3.8, however the Sony HDRCX405 is a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (2 lower) and the Sony HDRPJ410 is a 4 maximum aperture value camcorder (0.2 higher). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

2.01MP Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Sony FDRAX53 is an 8.29MP camcorder. That's 2.01MP lower than the Sony FDRAX33 (10.3MP), 0.91MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX240 (9.2MP) and 6MP higher than the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 (2.29MP). More ...

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Not Waterproof

The Sony FDRAX53 is not waterproof (As do the the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony HDRPJ410), but the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 are. More ...

'Waterproof' denotes whether the camcorder is resistant against liquid - so can be safely immersed in water without causing problems.

Waterproof cameras allow you to safely take your camera out on a boat or to the beach without worrying about damage. It also allows for some visually stunning underwater videos!

Worse Kagoo Score

The Sony FDRAX53 has received a Kagoo Score of 86, whereas the Sony FDRAX33 scored 87 and the Sony HDRCX405 scored 88.

£559 More Expensive

The Sony FDRAX53 is more expensive than the Sony FDRAX33 by £213, more expensive than the Sony HDR-CX240 by £558, more expensive than the Sony HDRCX405 by £559 and more expensive than the Sony HDRPJ410 by £489.

Less Popular

The Sony FDRAX53 is a less popular choice amongst buyers.

Lower User Review Score

The average user rating of the Sony FDRAX53 is 84%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony FDRAX33 is 89% (based on 469 reviews), the Sony HDR-CX240 is 89% (based on 359 reviews), the Sony HDRCX405 is 88% (based on 716 reviews) and the Sony HDRPJ410 is 89% (based on 213 reviews).

Lower Overall Review Score

The average overall rating of the Sony FDRAX53 is 84%, whereas the average overall rating of the Sony FDRAX33 is 92% (based on 473 reviews), the Sony HDR-CX240 is 89% (based on 360 reviews), the Sony HDRCX405 is 89% (based on 717 reviews) and the Sony HDRPJ410 is 89% (based on 213 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 1.1% of 266 customers recommend the Sony FDRAX53, but 80.3% of 477 customers recommend the Sony FDRAX33, 62.4% of 447 customers recommend the Sony HDR-CX240, 65.5% of 719 customers recommend the Sony HDRCX405 and 15% of 294 customers recommend the Sony HDRPJ410.

Has a Worse Price

On average reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX53 has a worse price.

Less Solidly Made

Our analysis of the Sony FDRAX53 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX53 was less solidly made.

Worse in Terms of Size

Our analysis of the Sony FDRAX53 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX53 was worse in terms of size.

Less Nicely Designed

Our analysis of the Sony FDRAX53 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX53 was less nicely designed.

Harder to Use

Our analysis of the Sony FDRAX53 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX53 was harder to use.

Has a Worse Acceptable Noise Level

On average reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX53 has a worse acceptable noise level.

Has a Worse Screen or Viewfinder

The Sony FDRAX53 reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX53 has a worse screen or viewfinder.

Has a Worse Lens That Was Good

Our analysis of the Sony FDRAX53 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX53 has a worse lens that was good.

Worse Great Video Quality

The Sony FDRAX53 reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX53 was worse great video quality.

Worse Great Audio Quality

The Sony FDRAX53 reviewers thought the Sony FDRAX53 was worse great audio quality.

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Sony HDR-CX240

£141.00
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Sony HDR-CX240

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Sony HDR-CX240
9.2MP
27x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1"
OPTICAL
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
190g
4032 X 2272
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
2.7"
SCREEN SIZE
320x
(DIGITAL)

The Sony HDR-CX240 has a Kagoo Score of 86. With a price tag of £141.00 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Sony HDR-CX240 or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony camcorder.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (9.2MP)
Big optical zoom (27x)
Very light (190g)
Image stabilizer
Big digital zoom (320x)

Our review analysis indicates that this camcorder has a really great audio quality, very great picture quality and it's really easy to use. It's a classic and best selling 27x optical zoom, 190g camcorder, with a very good spec and an affordable price. It has an image stabilizer and a face detection, supports HDMI and features smile detection.

94
Reviews
360 Reviews
88
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
79
Value for Money
Very Good
71
Age
5 Years Old
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Sony HDR-CX240 has great user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others.

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11 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony HDR-CX240

Lighter

The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 190g camcorder, and so does the Sony HDRCX405. That's 510g lighter than the Sony FDRAX33 (700g), 445g lighter than the Sony FDRAX53 (635g) and 45g lighter than the Sony HDRPJ410 (235g). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Slightly Lower Minimum Aperture Number

Sony HDR-CX240 is 1.8 minimum aperture (as do the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410), but the Sony FDRAX53 is a 2 minimum aperture camcorder (0.2 higher). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

Smile Detection

The Sony HDR-CX240 features smile detection, and so do the Sony FDRAX33, the Sony FDRAX53 and the Sony HDRPJ410, however the Sony HDRCX405 does not. More ...

Smile detection is a system to automatically detect when people in the camcorder's shot are smiling, and pull focus towards them to make sure they're always in full focus.

30 Times Higher Still Image Resolution

The Sony HDR-CX240 supports a still image resolution of 4032 x 2272, which is 30 times higher still image resolution as the Sony FDRAX33 (640 x 480). More ...

Image resolution is a measurement of how many pixels make up a single image taken with the camcorder.

A higher image resolution means that the photos taken with the camcorder will be more detailed and sharper, and you'll be able to pick out smaller detailed far better. They will also far more suited to being enlarged, and can be blown up to larger sizes without blurring or losing detail.

More Popular

The Sony HDR-CX240 is a more popular choice amongst buyers.

User Reviews Are Marginally Better

Based on 359 user reviews, the average review score of the Sony HDR-CX240 is 89%, however the average rating of the Sony FDRAX53 is 84% (based on 169 reviews) and the average rating of the Sony HDRCX405 is 88% (based on 716 reviews).

Has a Better Battery Life

The Sony HDR-CX240 reviewers thought the Sony HDR-CX240 has a better battery life. More than 10 people thought that the Sony HDRCX240 had a superb battery life and four people thought that it was also very quick to charge.

A Better Size

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDR-CX240 was a better size. Over 10 people thought that the Sony HDRCX240 was lightweight and several people thought that it was also compact, was a good size and was really easy to carry around.

Easier to Use

Our analysis of the Sony HDR-CX240 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony HDR-CX240 was easier to use. Over 300 people thought that the Sony HDRCX240 was really easy to use and nine people thought that it was also very easy to setup.

Better Great Video Quality

Our analysis of the Sony HDR-CX240 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony HDR-CX240 was better great video quality. More than 300 people thought that the Sony HDRCX240 had a very great picture quality and over 20 people thought that it also had a good video quality.

Better Great Audio Quality

Our analysis of the Sony HDR-CX240 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony HDR-CX240 was better great audio quality. More than 200 people thought that the Sony HDRCX240 had a very great audio quality.

16 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony HDR-CX240

Slightly Smaller Optical Zoom

The Sony HDR-CX240 has an optical zoom of 27x, however the Sony FDRAX33 is a 10x optical zoom camcorder (17x smaller), the Sony FDRAX53 is a 20x optical zoom camcorder (7x smaller) and the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 are both 30x optical zoom camcorders (3x bigger). More ...

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

11.4MP Smaller Total Megapixels

The Sony HDR-CX240 has a total megapixels of 9.2MP (as does the Sony HDRCX405), whereas the Sony FDRAX33 is a 20.6MP camcorder (11.4MP bigger), the Sony FDRAX53 is an 8.29MP camcorder (0.91MP smaller) and the Sony HDRPJ410 is a 2.29MP camcorder (6.91MP smaller). More ...

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Pixels Resolution

The Sony HDR-CX240 has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels (as are the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410), but the Sony FDRAX33 has a max video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels and the Sony FDRAX53 has a max video resolution of 5440 x 3056 pixels. More ...

Video resolution is the amount of pixels that make up each frame of the recorded video.

A higher video resolution means that each frame will be more detailed and sharper, with less blurring or smudging. This leads to a far higher quality video.

9% Smaller Digital Zoom

Sony HDR-CX240 is only 320x (digital). That's 200x bigger than the Sony FDRAX33 (120x), 70x bigger than the Sony FDRAX53 (250x) and 30x smaller than the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 (350x). More ...

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

11% Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 9.2MP camcorder. That's 1.1MP lower than the Sony FDRAX33 (10.3MP), 0.91MP higher than the Sony FDRAX53 (8.29MP) and 6.91MP higher than the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410 (2.29MP). More ...

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Does Not Have a Built-in Flash

The Sony HDR-CX240 does not have a built-in flash (As does the the Sony HDRCX405), but the Sony FDRAX33, the Sony FDRAX53 and the Sony HDRPJ410 have this feature. More ...

'Built-in Flash' denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

Slightly Smaller Display Diagonal

The Sony HDR-CX240 has a display diagonal of 2.7" (as do the Sony HDRCX405 and the Sony HDRPJ410), however the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony FDRAX53 are both 3" screen size camcorders (0.3" larger). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Sony HDR-CX240 has received a Kagoo Score of 86, however the Sony FDRAX33 scored 87 and the Sony HDRCX405 scored 88.

Less Retailers

Only 2 stores sells the Sony HDR-CX240, whereas 8 retailers sell the Sony FDRAX33, 9 sellers sell the Sony FDRAX53, 9 sellers sell the Sony HDRCX405 and 6 stores sell the Sony HDRPJ410. More ...

Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Over Two Years Older

The Sony HDR-CX240 is older than the Sony FDRAX33 by one year, older than the Sony FDRAX53 by two years, older than the Sony HDRCX405 by one year and older than the Sony HDRPJ410 by one year.

Marginally Lower Overall Review Score

The Sony HDR-CX240's average overall rating is 89%, however the Sony FDRAX33's is 92% (based on 473 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 62.4% of 447 customers recommend the Sony HDR-CX240, whereas 80.3% of 477 customers recommend the Sony FDRAX33 and 65.5% of 719 customers recommend the Sony HDRCX405.

Less Reasonably Priced

Our analysis of the Sony HDR-CX240 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony HDR-CX240 was less reasonably priced.

Worse Nice Technical Features

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony HDR-CX240 was worse nice technical features.

Has a Worse OK Noise Level

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDR-CX240 has a worse OK noise level.

Has a Worse Lens

The Sony HDR-CX240 reviewers thought the Sony HDR-CX240 has a worse lens.

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Sony HDRPJ410

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Sony HDRPJ410

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Sony HDRPJ410
2.29MP
30x
OPTICAL ZOOM
235g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
1.17h
BATTERY LIFE
9.2 MP STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
2.29 MP STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
2.7"
SCREEN SIZE
350x
(DIGITAL)

The Sony HDRPJ410 has a Kagoo Score of 85. With a price tag of £210.00 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Sony HDRPJ410 or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony camcorder.

Features We Love:
Big optical zoom (30x)
Image stabilizer
Night mode
Supports HDMI
Big digital zoom (350x)

A classic and best selling 30x optical zoom, 235g video camera, with a very good spec and a cheap price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a built-in projector and supports HDMI. Our review analysis indicates that this video camera has a very great audio quality, really great picture quality and it's very easy to use.

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213 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
94
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
77
Value for Money
Very Good
71
Age
4 Years Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Owners report that Sony HDRPJ410 has very good user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this video camera to others.

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14 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony HDRPJ410

A Lot Bigger Optical Zoom

The Sony HDRPJ410 has an optical zoom of 30x (as does the Sony HDRCX405), whereas the Sony FDRAX33 is only a 10x optical zoom camcorder (20x smaller), the Sony FDRAX53 is only a 20x optical zoom camcorder (10x smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 27x optical zoom camcorder (3x smaller). More ...

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

40% Bigger Digital Zoom

The Sony HDRPJ410 has a digital zoom of 350x, and so does the Sony HDRCX405. That's 230x bigger than the Sony FDRAX33 (120x), 100x bigger than the Sony FDRAX53 (250x) and 30x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (320x). More ...

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

42% Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Sony HDRPJ410 is 984mm maximum focal length. That's 686mm longer than the Sony FDRAX33 (298mm) and 328mm longer than the Sony FDRAX53 (656mm). More ...

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

A Little Lower Minimum Aperture Number

The Sony HDRPJ410 has a minimum aperture number of 1.8 (as do the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405), however the Sony FDRAX53 is a 2 minimum aperture camcorder (0.2 higher). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

Significantly Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Sony HDRPJ410 is 10mm minimum focal length (as do the Sony FDRAX53 and the Sony HDRCX405), but the Sony FDRAX33 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (16.8mm longer). More ...

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

A Lot Higher Maximum Aperture Number

The Sony HDRPJ410 has a maximum aperture number of 4, however the Sony FDRAX53 is only a 3.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (0.2 lower) and the Sony HDRCX405 is only a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.2 lower). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

Smile Detection

The Sony HDRPJ410 features smile detection, and so do the Sony FDRAX33, the Sony FDRAX53 and the Sony HDR-CX240, whereas the Sony HDRCX405 does not. More ...

Smile detection is a system to automatically detect when people in the camcorder's shot are smiling, and pull focus towards them to make sure they're always in full focus.

Remote Operation

The Sony HDRPJ410 supports remote operation (as do the Sony FDRAX33, the Sony FDRAX53 and the Sony HDRCX405), but the Sony HDR-CX240 does not support this feature. More ...

'Remote Operation' denotes whether the camcorder can be controlled (start/stop recording) by a separate remote, or whether all control has to happen on the device itself.

A remotely operated camera is helpful because it allows you to mount the camera on a tripod and be in your own movies.

Wi-Fi

The Sony HDRPJ410 features Wi-Fi, and so do the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony FDRAX53, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 do not. More ...

'Wi-Fi' denotes whether the camcorder is capable of connecting to the net via wifi, in order to upload videos and images.

A wireless connection on your camcorder allows you to easily transfer videos to your computer, store them on the cloud or upload them to Facebook, all without having to worry about connecting via a wire.

Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony HDRPJ410 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), and so do the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony FDRAX53, however the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 do not. More ...

Near Field Communications (NFC) allows the camcorder to wirelessly communicate with smartphones over very short distances (<1m).

NFC can be used to transfer videos and photos from your camcorder direct to your phone, where you can then share them with friends or upload to Facebook/Twitter/etc.

Built-in Projector

The Sony HDRPJ410 has a built-in projector, but the Sony FDRAX33, the Sony FDRAX53, the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 do not. More ...

'Built-in Projector' denotes whether the camcorder has an internal projector or not.

A built-in projector allows you to easily show off the videos you've recorded, without having to hook the device up to a monitor or TV first.

Night Mode

The Sony HDRPJ410 has a night mode (as do the Sony FDRAX33, the Sony FDRAX53 and the Sony HDRCX405), but the Sony HDR-CX240 does not have this feature. More ...

'Night Mode' denotes whether the camcorder has a special mode for shooting video at night - it does this by upping the light taken in by the lens of the camcorder, leading to a brighter recorded image.

Camcorders usually struggle to record video in low-light conditions - a specially designed night mode fixes that.

User Reviews Are Slightly Better

Based on 213 reviews, the average user review score of the Sony HDRPJ410 is 89%, whereas the average rating of the Sony FDRAX53 is 84% (based on 169 reviews) and the average rating of the Sony HDRCX405 is 88% (based on 716 reviews).

Has a Better Price

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRPJ410 has a better price.

22 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony HDRPJ410

45g Heavier

The Sony HDRPJ410 is a 235g camcorder. That's 465g lighter than the Sony FDRAX33 (700g), 400g lighter than the Sony FDRAX53 (635g) and 45g heavier than the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 (190g). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

18.31MP Smaller Total Megapixels

The Sony HDRPJ410 has a total megapixels of 2.29MP, but the Sony FDRAX33 is a 20.6MP camcorder (18.31MP bigger), the Sony FDRAX53 is an 8.29MP camcorder (6MP bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 are both 9.2MP camcorders (6.91MP bigger). More ...

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

8 Times Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony HDRPJ410 has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels (as are the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405), however the Sony FDRAX33 has a max video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels and the Sony FDRAX53 has a max video resolution of 5440 x 3056 pixels. More ...

Video resolution is the amount of pixels that make up each frame of the recorded video.

A higher video resolution means that each frame will be more detailed and sharper, with less blurring or smudging. This leads to a far higher quality video.

78% Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Sony HDRPJ410 is a 2.29MP camcorder, and so does the Sony HDRCX405. That's 8.01MP lower than the Sony FDRAX33 (10.3MP), 6MP lower than the Sony FDRAX53 (8.29MP) and 6.91MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX240 (9.2MP). More ...

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

6MP Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)

Sony HDRPJ410 is only 2.29MP (movie mode) (as does the Sony HDRCX405), but the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony FDRAX53 are both 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorders (6MP higher). More ...

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

A Little Smaller Display Diagonal

The Sony HDRPJ410 is a 2.7" screen size camcorder (as do the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405), whereas the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony FDRAX53 are both 3" screen size camcorders (0.3" larger). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Shorter Maximum Battery Life

The Sony HDRPJ410 has a maximum battery life of 1.17h. That's 0.25h longer than the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony HDRCX405 (0.92h) and 1.83h shorter than the Sony FDRAX53 (3h). More ...

'Maximum Battery Life' indicates how long the camcorder is capable of recording video for, measured in hours.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Not Waterproof

The Sony HDRPJ410 is not waterproof (As do the the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony FDRAX53), but the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDRCX405 are. More ...

'Waterproof' denotes whether the camcorder is resistant against liquid - so can be safely immersed in water without causing problems.

Waterproof cameras allow you to safely take your camera out on a boat or to the beach without worrying about damage. It also allows for some visually stunning underwater videos!

Worse Kagoo Score

The Sony HDRPJ410 has received a Kagoo Score of 85, whereas the Sony FDRAX33 scored 87, the Sony FDRAX53 scored 86, the Sony HDR-CX240 scored 86 and the Sony HDRCX405 scored 88.

£70 More Expensive

The Sony HDRPJ410 is more expensive than the Sony HDR-CX240 by £69 and more expensive than the Sony HDRCX405 by £70.

Fewer Sellers

Only 6 sellers sells the Sony HDRPJ410, but 8 stores sell the Sony FDRAX33, 9 retailers sell the Sony FDRAX53 and 9 shops sell the Sony HDRCX405. More ...

The smaller the number of retailers that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
Over One Year Older

The Sony HDRPJ410 is older than the Sony FDRAX53 by 13 months. The Sony HDRPJ410 is the same age as the Sony FDRAX33 and the Sony HDRCX405.

Less Popular

The Sony HDRPJ410 is a less popular choice amongst buyers.

Slightly Lower Overall Review Score

The average overall rating of the Sony HDRPJ410 is 89%, whereas the average overall rating of the Sony FDRAX33 is 92% (based on 473 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 15% of 294 customers recommend the Sony HDRPJ410, but 80.3% of 477 customers recommend the Sony FDRAX33, 62.4% of 447 customers recommend the Sony HDR-CX240 and 65.5% of 719 customers recommend the Sony HDRCX405.

Less Robust

Our analysis of the Sony HDRPJ410 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony HDRPJ410 was less robust.

Worse in Terms of Size

Our analysis of the Sony HDRPJ410 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony HDRPJ410 was worse in terms of size.

Harder to Use

Our analysis of the Sony HDRPJ410 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony HDRPJ410 was harder to use.

Worse Well Designed Technical Features

The Sony HDRPJ410 reviewers thought the Sony HDRPJ410 was worse well designed technical features.

Has a Worse Acceptable Noise Level

Our analysis of the Sony HDRPJ410 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony HDRPJ410 has a worse acceptable noise level.

Worse Great Video Quality

Our analysis of the Sony HDRPJ410 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony HDRPJ410 was worse great video quality.

Worse Great Audio Quality

The Sony HDRPJ410 reviewers thought the Sony HDRPJ410 was worse great audio quality.

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