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Sony DCR-PJ5

Sony DCR-PJ5
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Reviews
7 Reviews
71
Features
Good Features
63
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
79
Value for Money
Very Good
62
Age
7 Years Old
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Our Verdict:
An affordable and classic 230g, 0.8MP camcorder, with a good spec and one of the biggest optical zooms on the market.
57x 230g 0.8MP 720 X 480 Pixels Nov 2011
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With outstanding reviews and representing very good value for money, we have ranked the Sony DCR-PJ5 number 259 across all camcorders.

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85
Reviews
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Features
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Age

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Kagoo Score

Why Has it Scored 74?

It has very good user reviews but below average expert reviews with an average overall rating of 68%. Looking across the entire GoPro camcorder range, the average reviews for all GoPro camcorders are also excellent.
This camcorder is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better camcorders are available. View the latest video cameras 2018.
It has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Has an image stabilizer
Very big optical zoom
Smaller than average total megapixels
Smaller than average display diagonal

What is the Kagoo Score?

We calculate the Kagoo Score for each camcorder by looking at its reviews, features, popularity, age and value for money.

The Kagoo Score is an easy way to understand whether the camcorder is recommended.

The Kagoo Scores are constantly being updated. As newer, higher spec camcorders come to market, the older camcorders will gradually have their Kagoo Score reduced.

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Average Review Score

3.4 stars (7 reviews).

43%

of Customers Would Recommend
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What Are People Saying About the Sony DCR-PJ5?

How Good Are Sony Camcorders?

We have analysed 2,761 expert reviews and 36,535 user reviews for camcorders available online and used this information to evaluate an average rating for Sony camcorders of 85%. This makes Sony the 2nd best camcorder brand according to customer reviews.

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Features

Key Features

Smaller Than Average Total Megapixels
720 X 480 Pixels Resolution
Very Big Optical Zoom
Average Weight
Has an Image Stabilizer
Smaller Than Average Display Diagonal
Does Not Support HDMI
Bigger Than Average Digital Zoom
Average Video Recording Time
Supports PictBridge
Smaller Than Average Total Megapixels

The Sony DCR-PJ5's total megapixels of only 0.8MP is in the smallest 4% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature. The smallest total megapixels of video cameras is 0.3MP, the biggest is 50MP, and the average total megapixels is 7.8MP.

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720 X 480 Pixels Resolution

The DCR-PJ5 has a maximum maximum video resolution of 720 x 480 pixels. That's 83% lower maximum video resolution than a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. §.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of video cameras is 1x, the biggest is 78x, and the average optical zoom is 19x. The Sony DCR-PJ5's optical zoom of 57x is very big compared to most other video cameras. It is in the biggest 2% of all video cameras when ranked by this feature.

What does "optical zoom" mean? Less Edit
Average Weight
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The weight of the DCR-PJ5 of 230g is fairly typical compared to most other camcorders. It is in the heaviest 44% of all video cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DCR-PJ5 has an image stabilizer, as do 60% of camcorders.

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Smaller Than Average Display Diagonal

The DCR-PJ5's display diagonal of only 2.7" is in the smallest 22% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature. The display diagonals of video cameras range from 1.3" to 8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

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Does Not Support HDMI

The Sony DCR-PJ5 does not support HDMI. 63% of video cameras do support HDMI.

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Bigger Than Average Digital Zoom

Video cameras have digital zooms of between 1x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 400x. The digital zoom of the DCR-PJ5 of 1,800x is bigger than average when compared to most other video cameras. It is bigger than 94% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature.

What does "digital zoom" mean? Less Edit
Average Video Recording Time
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The video recording time of the DCR-PJ5 of 2.91h is pretty typical compared to most other video cameras. It is in the longest 49% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Supports PictBridge

The DCR-PJ5 supports PictBridge, unlike 97% of video cameras which do not support PictBridge.

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Full HD
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The DCR-PJ5 is Full HD. 57% of video cameras also are Full HD.

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Has a Built-in Microphone
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The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a built-in microphone. 51% of video cameras also have a built-in microphone.

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Has a Face Detection

The DCR-PJ5 has a face detection. 74% of video cameras do not have a face detection.

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Has a Built-in Projector
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The DCR-PJ5 has a built-in projector, unlike 96% of camcorders which do not have a built-in projector.

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Does Not Have a Built-in Flash

The DCR-PJ5 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth noting that 85% of video cameras also do not have a built-in flash.

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Release Date

Sony released the DCR-PJ5 in November 2011.

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3.4 Stars

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Sony DCR-PJ5 Specification

Key Features
Optical Zoom
Weight
Total Megapixels
Max Video Resolution
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Focal Length Range (F-F)
Video
Full HD
Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Storage
Memory Slots
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
3D
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Camera Playback
Design
Colour
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-in Microphone
Built-in Speaker(s)
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
PictBridge
DC-in Jack
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out
Battery
Video Recording Time
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
AC Adapter Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Projector
Built-in Projector
Other Features
Interface
AV Output

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers

sony dcrpj5e, DCRPJ5EB.CEN, dcrpj5ebcel

Barcodes

04905524850352, 04905524850369, 07501450761815

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