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Sony HDRPJ420E Camcorder

£499.99
8.9MP 1/3 345g Sep 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Sony has good reviews for its camcorders
Quite large display diagonal
Full HD
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Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 4,270 owner and expert reviews (including 383 verified purchases) for Sony camcorders and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically within its medium total megapixels camcorders range. 88% 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 April 2017 when this Sony camcorder was released.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HDR-PJ420E supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders which support HDMI currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£429) which has better reviews.

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Has a Microphone in

The HDR-PJ420E has a microphone in, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Sony HDR-PJ420E has a headphone outputs. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera also have a headphone outputs.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder range from 1.5" to 4", and the average display diagonal is 2.8". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the HDR-PJ420E has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Touchscreen

The HDR-PJ420E has a touchscreen, as do most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the Sony HDR-PJ420E has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age. Medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera have display resolutions (numeric) of between 91,000 pixels and 1,200,000 pixels.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-PJ420E has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£429) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

At 350 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ420E has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. Across all the medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 160x.

We compared all the other 350x (digital) video cameras to this camcorder and we think the HDR-PJ530 (£429), and the HDR-PJ540 (£439.99) both from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 30 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-PJ420E has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

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Supports Wide Angle Lens System

The HDR-PJ420E supports wide angle lens system. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also support wide angle lens system.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Number

The HDR-PJ420E has one of the higher maximum aperture numbers (10) amongst camcorders of this age. The lowest maximum aperture number of camcorders of this age and spec is 1.8 and the highest is 34.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture Number

The HDR-PJ420E has a fairly low minimum aperture number (only 1.8) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years. The average minimum aperture number of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2.4, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.1 to 6.8.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of medium total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago range from 1.8mm to 40mm. At only 26.8 millimeters, the HDR-PJ420E has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-PJ420E is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder also are Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ540 (£439.99), and the HDR-PJ530 (£429) both from Sony is also worth considering.

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Features Dual Shot (video & Photo)

The HDR-PJ420E features dual shot (video & photo), as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

The weights of camcorders of a similar spec and age to this camcorder range from 50g to 3.3kg, and the average weight is 400g. With a weight of 345 grams, the Sony HDR-PJ420E is fairly heavy compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Price

Expensive

We think this Sony camcorder looks expensive compared to other camcorders of this age and type. We checked 33 camcorders of this age and type and they range in price from £24 to £4,074.


Projector

Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The HDR-PJ420E has a built-in projector, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec 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 the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£429) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The HDR-PJ420E has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years also have a shoe mounting point.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the Sony HDR-PJ420E does not have a built-in flash.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The Sony HDR-PJ420E features indoor white balance. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also feature indoor white balance.

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Features Outdoor White Balance

The Sony HDR-PJ420E features outdoor white balance. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera also feature outdoor white balance.

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Features Onepush White Balance

The HDR-PJ420E features onepush white balance, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Other Features

Features Manual Focus

The HDR-PJ420E features manual focus. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder also feature manual focus.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Sony HDR-PJ420E features smile detection. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years also feature smile detection.

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Has a Face Detection

The Sony HDR-PJ420E has a face detection. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder also have a face detection.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HDR-PJ420E has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HDR-PJ420E has a batteries included, as do most of the other video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Sony HDR-PJ420E has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDR-PJ420E has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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Still Image

3984 X 2240 Still Image Resolution

The HDR-PJ420E supports a maximum still image resolution of 3984 x 2240. That's over four times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080. In addition, this Sony camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 2992 x 2240. Across all similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The HDR-PJ420E features back light compensation, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The Sony HDR-PJ420E has a quite big minimum illumination (6 lux) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the camcorders of this spec and age the minimum illuminations range from 0.3lx to 15lx, and the average minimum illumination is 4.2lx.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/3.91" optical sensor size, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrpj420e
Barcodes 00905524924954, 04905524924954, 04905524924961, 05013493231580

Sony HDR-PJ420E Review Sources

To prepare this Sony HDR-PJ420E review we compared this camcorder to 575 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 138,449 product attributes, 23,573 camcorder reviews and 1,484,300 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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