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Sony HDR-PJ230/B Camcorder

2.1MP 1/5 210g Jul 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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Full HD
Only 1" optical sensor size

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Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

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


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Released Over Three Years Ago

It was July 2013 when Sony released the HDR-PJ230/B.


Battery

Average Battery Life (max)

At 3.16 hours, the HDR-PJ230/B has a relatively typical battery life (max) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

We compared all the other 3.16h battery life camcorders to this video camera and we think the Canon Legria HF G30 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a video camera with a longer battery life (max) then you might want to look at the JVC GZ-R310 (£267.99) (5h).

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDR-PJ230/B has an image stabilizer. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this video camera and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40, and the Sony HVR-Z7 which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 320 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ230/B has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ620 (350x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 27 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ230/B has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

If this video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ620 (30x and higher rated), or the Canon Vixia HF R40 (32x and higher rated).

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Supports Wide Angle Lens System

The HDR-PJ230/B supports wide angle lens system. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also support wide angle lens system.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture Number

Similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.1 and 3.1. The Sony HDR-PJ230/B has a quite high minimum aperture number (1.9) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-PJ230/B is Full HD. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years also are Full HD.

Other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might want to consider include the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews.

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Features Dual Shot (video & Photo)

The HDR-PJ230/B features dual shot (video & photo), as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 720 x 480|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

The HDR-PJ230/B is one of the lighter small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago (only 210 grams) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg, and the average weight is 450g.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HDR-PJ230/B supports HDMI. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder also support HDMI.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The Sony HDR-PJ230/B has a composite video out. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera also have a composite video out.

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Has a Microphone in

The HDR-PJ230/B has a microphone in. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder also have a microphone in.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The HDR-PJ230/B has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (image)

The Sony HDR-PJ230/B has a very high effective megapixels (image) (8.9 megapixels) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The lowest effective megapixels (image) of video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder is 1.1MP and the highest is 16MP.

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2.1 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 2.1 megapixels sensor camcorder.

If you would prefer a bigger total megapixels then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ620 (2.29MP and higher rated).

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of camcorders that were launched more than two years ago is 2.9". At only 2.7 inches, the HDR-PJ230/B has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder.

If you want a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Canon Vixia HF R40 (3" and higher rated).

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Has a Touchscreen

The HDR-PJ230/B has a touchscreen, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the HDR-PJ230/B has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) amongst camcorders of this age. The average display resolution (numeric) of video cameras of this age and type is 350,000 pixels.

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Projector

Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The HDR-PJ230/B has a built-in projector. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder do not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ620 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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White Balance

Features Onepush White Balance

The HDR-PJ230/B features onepush white balance, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Features Outdoor White Balance

The Sony HDR-PJ230/B features outdoor white balance. Most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder also feature outdoor white balance.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The HDR-PJ230/B features indoor white balance, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Design

Tripod Mountable

The HDR-PJ230/B is tripod mountable. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera also are tripod mountable.

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Other Features

Features Manual Focus

The HDR-PJ230/B features manual focus. Most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera also feature manual focus.

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Features Photo Mode

The HDR-PJ230/B features photo mode. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera also feature photo mode.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The HDR-PJ230/B features smile detection, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a Face Detection

The Sony HDR-PJ230/B has a face detection, as do most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

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Audio

Has a Wind Filter

The HDR-PJ230/B has a wind filter, as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDR-PJ230/B has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDR-PJ230/B has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the HDR-PJ230/B does not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Sony HDR-PJ230/B does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also do not have a built-in flash.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony HDR-PJ230/B has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HDR-PJ230/B has a batteries included, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Camera

Features Progressive Scan

The Sony HDR-PJ230/B features progressive scan. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also feature progressive scan.

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Features Back Light Compensation

The HDR-PJ230/B features back light compensation, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

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Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The HDR-PJ230/B supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder is 0.05lx and the biggest is 1,400lx. At 6 lux, the HDR-PJ230/B has a quite big minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrpj230b
Barcodes 04905524924503, 04905524924510, 05013493231573

Sony HDR-PJ230/B Review Sources

To prepare this Sony HDR-PJ230/B 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 139,287 product attributes, 24,577 camcorder reviews and 2,150,700 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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