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Sony DCR-SX22/B Camcorder

8.9MP 1/8 195g Oct 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Very big optical zoom
Poor expert reviews
Does not support HDMI

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Reviews

Poor Expert Reviews

This medium total megapixels video camera received a score of 60% from expert review website parentesis.com. That puts this video camera in the bottom 19% of all the camcorders of this spec and age.

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 4,268 expert and owner reviews (including 409 verified purchases) for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its medium total megapixels camcorders range. 88% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Four Years Ago

This camcorder was released in October 2012.


Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

Across all the camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder the optical zooms range from 1x to 60x, and the average optical zoom is 24x. At 60 times zoom factor, the Sony DCR-SX22/B has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

When compared to other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the digital zoom of the DCR-SX22/B of 1,800 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The digital zooms of camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera range from 2x to 1,800x.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DCR-SX22/B has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

Alternative camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at include the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Sony HDR-PJ330, or the Samsung HMX-QF30WN which all of have better reviews.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.3 to 34, and the average maximum aperture number is 4.7. At 6, the DCR-SX22/B has a quite high maximum aperture number compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Sony DCR-SX22/B is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Sony HDR-CX330, or the Olympus LS-20M.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

With a bitrate at maximum video resolution of only 9 megabits per second, the DCR-SX22/B has a fairly small bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 31 Mbit/s.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Support HDMI

The DCR-SX22/B does not support HDMI, unlike most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

It is worth considering other camcorders which also support HDMI including the Vixia HF S30, or the EOS C500 (£9,954) both from Canon or the Sony HDR-CX330.

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Supports PictBridge

The DCR-SX22/B supports PictBridge. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years do not support PictBridge.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The DCR-SX22/B has a composite video out. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder also have a composite video out.

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Image Sensor

Only 1.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has an 1/8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The DCR-SX22/B has a very low effective megapixels (movie) (only 0.49 megapixels) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder. The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 0.49MP and the highest is 10MP.

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8.9 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is an 8.9 megapixels sensor video camera.

We compared all the other 8.9MP sensor camcorders to this video camera and we think because of their better review scores, the HDR-PJ260E, and the HDR-CX260V both from Sony are also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger total megapixels then you might want to look at the HDR-CX400E (9.2MP and higher rated), or the HDR-PJ340 (£279.99) (9.2MP and higher rated) both from Sony or the Samsung HMX-R10 (9MP and higher rated).

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 195 grams, the DCR-SX22/B has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Sony DCR-SX22/B has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera.

There are a number of other 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available that you might want to consider including the Samsung F70, or the Sony PJ200E which both of have better reviews.

If this Sony camcorder display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the HDR-PJ530 (£429) (3" and higher rated), or the HXR-MC2500E (£1,198.80) (3" and higher rated) both from Sony or the Toshiba Camileo X150 (£79) (3" and higher rated).

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The Sony DCR-SX22/B does not have a touchscreen. Most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera do have a touchscreen.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The DCR-SX22/B features back light compensation, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera.

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Still Image

Only 640 X 480 Pixels Image Resolution

The DCR-SX22/B has a maximum maximum image resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 84% less maximum image resolution than the most common maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the worst maximum image resolution across all video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

The best maximum image resolution across similar types of video camera is 6784 x 3816 pixels.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Light

The DCR-SX22/B has a built-in light, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera, the DCR-SX22/B does not have a built-in flash.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The Sony DCR-SX22/B has a face detection. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder also have a face detection.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The Sony DCR-SX22/B has a batteries included. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have a batteries included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The DCR-SX22/B has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Sony DCR-SX22/B has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The DCR-SX22/B has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony dcrsx22ebcen, dcrsx22s, dcrsx22b
Barcodes 04905524901115, 04905524901122, 04905524901139, 05054230140048, 05060319630720

Sony DCR-SX22/B Review Sources

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