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Sony DCR-PJ5 Camcorder

0.8MP 57x 1,800x Nov 2011
Total Megapixels Full HD Optical Zoom Digital Zoom Release Date
Very big optical zoom
Good zoom
Expert reviews are poor

Available used and from international sellers only

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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This Sony video camera received an expert rating of 60% from parentesis.com. This means that experts really don't rate this video camera very highly.

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 4,268 user and expert reviews (including 23 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its video cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically within its small total megapixels video cameras range. 100% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Good Zoom

One Sony DCR-PJ5 reviewer considered that it had a good zoom. Fhm.com.ph said “El zoom es de 57x, por lo que podrs hacer acercamientos a objetos muy lejanos”.


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Released Over Five Years Ago

This video camera was released in November 2011.


Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

The DCR-PJ5 has one of the bigger optical zooms (57 times zoom factor) amongst camcorders of this age. The optical zooms of small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 30x.

We compared all the other 57x (optical) video cameras to this camcorder and we think the Sony DCR-SR21 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the HC-V510 (62x and higher rated), the HC-V10 (63x and higher rated), or the SDR-S70 (70x and higher rated) all from Panasonic.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The DCR-PJ5 has a fairly big digital zoom (1,800 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera. The digital zooms of video cameras of this age and spec range from 1.5x to 3,500x.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Panasonic HDC-HS80K (2,000x and higher rated), or the Canon Legria FS406 (2,000x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DCR-PJ5 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have an image stabilizer.

Other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at include because of their better review scores, the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V250.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The DCR-PJ5 is Full HD, as are most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD video cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Canon Vixia HF M40, the Sony HXR-NX3/1, or the Panasonic HDC-TM900.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the DCR-PJ5 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

If this video camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the ION DashCam (2.7165369" and higher rated), the Canon HF-M46 (3" and higher rated), or the JVC GZ-RX110 (3" and higher rated).

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Projector

Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a built-in projector, which is unusual. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera do not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think because of their better review scores, the HDR-PJ220, the HDR-PJ230/B, and the HDR-PJ620 all from Sony are also worth considering.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Sony DCR-PJ5 supports PictBridge, unlike most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera which do not support PictBridge.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a DC-in jack. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder also have a DC-in jack.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Light

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a built-in light, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera do not have a built-in light.

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Still Image

Only 640 X 480 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the DCR-PJ5 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less maximum image resolution than the most common maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the worst maximum image resolution across all similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

Across comparable types of camcorder the best maximum image resolution is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The DCR-PJ5 has a face detection, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The DCR-PJ5 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The DCR-PJ5 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a batteries included. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder also have a batteries included.

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Battery

Very Short Video Recording Time

The video recording times of camcorders that have been available for more than two years range from 1h to 95h, and the average video recording time is 18h. With a video recording time of only 2.91 hours, the DCR-PJ5 has a quite short video recording time compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a longer video recording time then you might want to look at the Legria HF R406 (3h and higher rated), the Vixia HF R42 (3h and higher rated), or the Legria HF G30 (3.1h and higher rated) all from Canon.

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Image Sensor

0.8 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 0.8 megapixels sensor video camera.

If this Sony camcorder total megapixels is too small for you then you might want to look at the Sony HVR-Z7 (1.12MP and higher rated), the Coby CAM3001 (1.3MP and higher rated), or the L-Link LL-CAM-123 (1.3MP and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers DCRPJ5EB.CEN, sony dcrpj5e, dcrpj5ebcel
Barcodes 04905524850352, 04905524850369, 07501450761815

Sony DCR-PJ5 Review Sources

To prepare this Sony DCR-PJ5 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,263 product attributes, 23,823 camcorder reviews and 1,763,100 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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