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Sony DCR-PJ5
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Sony DCR-PJ5 Camcorder

0.8MP 230g CCD 57x Nov 2011
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9 Reasons For

Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Sony has good average reviews for its small total megapixels video cameras as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other manufacturers.

Quite Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 57 times zoom factor, the DCR-PJ5 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. Across all the camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the DCR-PJ5 the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x.

If this small total megapixels video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the HC-V510 (62x), or the SDR-S70 (70x) both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of camcorders that have been available for more than two years is 800x, and the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x. At 1,800 times zoom factor, the Sony DCR-PJ5 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HDC-HS80 (2,000x), or the Canon Legria FS406 (2,000x) which is also higher rated.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DCR-PJ5 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the DCR-PJ5 also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R46 both from Canon.

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The DCR-PJ5 has a built-in projector, which is unusual. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the DCR-PJ5 do not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with a built-in projector currently available that you might want to consider including the HDR-PJ220 (£185.00), the HDR-PJ320E (£329.99), or the HDR-PJ620 all from Sony which has better reviews.

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SDHC Compatible Memory Cards

SDHC compatible memory cards

The DCR-PJ5 supports an SDHC compatible memory cards which is better than the SD compatible memory cards supported by most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Sony camcorder also supports an MS Duo compatible memory cards. SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB. The worst memory card type of all camcorders of a comparable age and type to the DCR-PJ5 is MicroSD (Transflash) and the best is SDXC.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The DCR-PJ5 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the DCR-PJ5.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the Vivitar DVR426, or the Sony HDR-PJ320E (£329.99) which has better reviews.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This video camera has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and type.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This video camera has a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently found image formats supported on video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This small total megapixels video camera received a score of 60% from camcorder expert review website parentesis.com. If all the camcorders of this age and spec are ranked by average expert review score then this video camera is in the bottom 13%.

Does Not Have an HDMI

The DCR-PJ5 does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the DCR-PJ5 which have an HDMI.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have an HDMI which you might want to look at including the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R46 both from Canon or the JVC GZ-E105 which also has a higher rating.

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Not Full HD

The Sony DCR-PJ5 is not Full HD. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DCR-PJ5 are also not Full HD.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might also be worth considering include the HDR-CX190EB, or the HDR-PJ620 both from Sony or the Canon Vixia HF R400.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years, the DCR-PJ5 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens and we think the Sony HVR-Z7 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the worst maximum image resolution amongst all small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the DCR-PJ5.

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

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Only 720 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The DCR-PJ5 has a 720 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution found on most camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

This video camera's maximum video resolution (720 x 480 pixels) is in fact the worst maximum video resolution across all video cameras of this spec and age.

The best maximum video resolution across comparable types of video camera is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The DCR-PJ5 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the DCR-PJ5 also do not have a night mode.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a night mode that you might want to look at including the Legria FS406, or the Legria HF R36 both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30 which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DCR-PJ5, the DCR-PJ5 is not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-X909, or the Canon XF105 (£2,100.00) which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The DCR-PJ5 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DCR-PJ5 are also not waterproof.

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Only Digital Image Stabilizer Type

The DCR-PJ5 has a better image stabiliser type than most small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This video camera has a Digital image stabilizer type, whereas most similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it have an Optical image stabilizer type. Some compact cameras have digital Image stabilisation only, which simply boosts camera sensitivity (ISO) to obtain a faster shutter speeds to help prevent blur. No hardware is involved.

A Digital image stabilizer type is in fact the worst image stabiliser type amongst all video cameras of this spec and age.

Amongst similar types of video camera the best image stabiliser type is Optical.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

At 3 lux, the DCR-PJ5 has a quite big minimum illumination compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago. The minimum illuminations of small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.1lx to 7lx.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony DCR-PJ5

Released Over Five Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over five years.

Average Weight

At 230 grams, the DCR-PJ5 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the Sony DCR-PJ5 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the DCR-PJ5.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Legria HF M46 (3"), the Legria HF R46 (3"), or the Legria HF R66 (£199.99) (3") all from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 2.91 hours, the DCR-PJ5 has a relatively average video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DCR-PJ5.

Camcorders with a longer video recording time that might be worth looking at include the Vixia HF R42 (3h and higher rated), the Legria HF R406 (3h and higher rated), or the Legria HF R66 (£199.99) (3.15h and higher rated) all from Canon.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Battery
Video Recording Time
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
AV Output
Projector
Built-In Projector

Expert Reviews

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10 January 2013

This is the Sony DCR-PJ5 video camera, a device that we think will induce a ton of high-fives between dudes who use it. Why so? Let's just say this one hasc earned the FHM-approved tag.Check out... Read more…

El proyector es la adicin ms atractiva de esta cmara
La luz LED sirve para iluminar rostros o cuartos pequeos
La pantalla es brillante y de casi 3 pulgadas de tamao
El zoom es de 57x, por lo que podrs hacer acercamientos a objetos muy lejanos
Podra grabar en alta resolucin y tener una salida HDMI pero en realidad graba a 640 x 360 pixeles
Del mismo modo, el proyector podra ser un poco ms potente pero ofrece 10 lmenes
26 October 2011

La recomendamos si eres una persona a quien le gusta grabar videos en vacaciones o cuando sales a la calle y quieres compartirlos inmediatamente con toda la familia o las personas que están...

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dcrpj5, dcrpj5e, dcrpj5eb, sony dcrpj5, dcrpj5ebcen, dcrpj5ebcel, DCRPJ5EB.CEN, sony dcrpj5e
Barcodes 04905524850352, 04905524850369, 07501450761815

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