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Sony HDR-PJ530 Camcorder

£504.42
£429.00 £75.42 cheaper than 27 days ago
9.2MP 1/5 325g Jan 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Excellent expert reviews
Price drop of 18%
Does not have good technical guidance
36 Reviews
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Does Not Have Good Technical Guidance

Eight customers who reviewed this camcorder thought it did not have good technical guidance. Newegg.com said “Manual didn't state which ram slots to put in dual channel or single channel just how to put ram in” in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ530. Newegg.com also said “VERY poor documentation and setup instructions” in their review. Newegg.com also mentioned “The instructions could be more specific” in their review.


Reviews

Excellent Expert Reviews

This Sony camcorder received an expert rating of 100 out of 100 from stuff.tv. This puts this camcorder in the top 1% of all the camcorders of a comparable age and type when ranked by average expert review score.

Good User Reviews

Owners have rated this medium total megapixels video camera on average 89%. Over 91% of reviewers gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We checked 4,270 expert and user reviews (including 383 verified purchases) for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically for its medium total megapixels camcorders. 88% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Good in Terms of Connectivity

One person said in their reviews that it was good in terms of connectivity. Newegg.com wrote “So much connectivity”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Two owners concluded that it had a good battery life. Paz rated the product 7 stars and she mentioned in her review of this camcorder three years ago “The battery life is very good on this you get about 3 hours of use in a full charge”. In the same month Ianw mentioned “Included in the pack are; an AC adapter/battery charger”.


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Released Over Three Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Sony HDR-PJ530 has a pretty standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Sony HDR-PJ530 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDR-PJ530 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The HDR-PJ530 has one of the bigger digital zooms (350 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The average digital zoom of medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 160x.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The HDR-PJ530 has one of the bigger optical zooms (30 times zoom factor) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age. The smallest optical zoom of video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder is 1x and the biggest is 60x.

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Supports Wide Angle Lens System

The HDR-PJ530 supports wide angle lens system. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also support wide angle lens system.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 1.8mm to 40mm. The Sony HDR-PJ530 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 26.8 millimeters) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-PJ530 is Full HD. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera also are Full HD.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been around for 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 comparable spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Sony HDR-PJ530 supports HDMI. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera also support HDMI.

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Has a Microphone in

The Sony HDR-PJ530 has a microphone in, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The HDR-PJ530 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago also have a headphone outputs.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HDR-PJ530 has a composite video out. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera also have a composite video out.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the HDR-PJ530 does not support PictBridge.

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Projector

Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The Sony HDR-PJ530 has a built-in projector, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera do not have a built-in projector.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HDR-PJ530 supports near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this camcorder also support near Field Communication (NFC).

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Does Not Support Bluetooth

The HDR-PJ530 does not support bluetooth. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder also do not support bluetooth.

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Features Wi-Fi

The Sony HDR-PJ530 features wi-Fi. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder also feature wi-Fi.

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Other Features

Features Manual Focus

The Sony HDR-PJ530 features manual focus. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder also feature manual focus.

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White Balance

Features Outdoor White Balance

The HDR-PJ530 features outdoor white balance. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder also feature outdoor white balance.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The Sony HDR-PJ530 features indoor white balance, 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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Features Onepush White Balance

The HDR-PJ530 features onepush white balance. Most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder also feature onepush white balance.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The HDR-PJ530 has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago also have a shoe mounting point.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The HDR-PJ530 does not have a built-in light, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The HDR-PJ530 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder also do not have a built-in flash.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Sony HDR-PJ530 features smile detection, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Has a Face Detection

The HDR-PJ530 has a face detection, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony HDR-PJ530 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HDR-PJ530 has a batteries included, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Sony HDR-PJ530 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony HDR-PJ530 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Quiet

Five people who reviewed it considered that it was quiet. Newegg.com said “Plays all of my HD movies perfectly, runs completely silent” in their review of this camcorder. Newegg.com also wrote “It's cheap, small, uses a small amount of power, is silent due to no fan” in their review. Newegg.com also wrote “Silent card that doesn't produce much heat” in their review.


Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

The average weight of video cameras that have been around for more than two years is 400g. At 325 grams, the HDR-PJ530 is quite heavy compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Good Structurally

Two people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony HDR-PJ530 was good structurally. Amazon.co.uk wrote in their review of this camcorder “Qualtity construction”.

Two customers who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was compact. Amazon Customer rated this camcorder 7 stars and said in their Sony HDR-PJ530 review “Nice and compact and great zoom in”. Ianw wrote “The first thing you notice when opening the Sony HDR-PJ530E box is just how compact and stylish this camcorder is; as you would expect from Sony”.

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Massive Zoom

Eight customers who purchased the product considered that it had a good zoom. Stuff.tv said “Massive zoom” in their review of this camcorder yet they rated the product 1 stars. Reviewify.co.uk mentioned “The zoom stabilization is brilliant, I went to Gadget Show Live last year” in their Sony HDR-PJ530 review and gave it a rating of 7 stars. Socks mentioned “The zoom is exceptionally good with no blurring” in their review of this camcorder.

Two owners mentioned that it had a good lens. Skip from Cheshire mentioned “Excellent camera with amazing stabilisation function - the lens literally floats within it casement so the camera shake is much reduced” in their review of this camcorder.

One owner said in their reviews that this camcorder had a good image stabiliser.

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Good Screen

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Newegg.com said in their Sony HDR-PJ530 review “Temp display on board” nonetheless they only scored the product 1 stars. Newegg.com also wrote “Integrates well with my OBG display adapter, allowing me to run 3 monitors flawlessly” in their review. Newegg.com also said “The on board post code display ("Dr” in their review.

One customer who bought it thought it had a good viewfinder. Pianofingers mentioned on Amazon “The screen is useless in bright sunshine and a viewfinder is a must” in their review of this camcorder.

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Price

Price Has Gone Down by £75.42 (15%)

The price has dropped from £504.42 to £429 in the last 27 days. Our unique forecasting algorithm looks at historic price trends and predicts the most likely price change over the next 2 weeks. There is a 72% chance that the price will go back up. However the future is never certain and there remains a 28% chance that the price will actually go down further.

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Not Cheap

We checked 33 camcorders of a similar age and spec and they range in price from £24 to £4,074. We think that this video camera looks expensive compared to other camcorders of a similar age and spec.

Good Value for Money

Eighteen people who reviewed it reckoned that it was good value for money. Newegg.com wrote two years ago “Small fits any case I have put it in too and cheap” in their review of this camcorder. Amazon.co.uk wrote “Given that NOTHING on the market, at any price, offered my full wish list”. Amazon.co.uk also said “I liked this board because it had all the bells and whistles for a good price” in their review.

One owner who purchased this camcorder thought it was expensive. Socks said on Amazon.co.uk “It stands up well alongside far more expensive options”.

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Design

Easy to Damage or Scratch

One person said that it was easy to damage or scratch. Newegg.com said “No Pros at the moment board was damaged on receipt” but in spite of that they only scored it 20 out of 100.

Good Quality

Twenty-three customers reckoned that this camcorder was good quality. Newegg.com said in their Sony HDR-PJ530 review “Quality MOBO upon first look its just beautiful” but in spite of that they gave this camcorder a rating of 20 out of 100. Newegg.com also wrote “Love this bord, great quality you can feel right out if the box” in their review. Amazon.co.uk said in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ530 “Good quality audio circuitry”.

Good Looking

Fifteen owners who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it was good looking. Newegg.com mentioned in their Sony HDR-PJ530 review “When it works, this mobo is pretty sweet”. Newegg.com also said “Looks aesthetically amazing” in their review. Newegg.com also said “Having owned ASUS Gigabyte boards most of my life, my expectations were always set pretty high” in their review.

Four people wrote in their reviews that the product was well designed. Newegg.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “Simplistic design with very few third party controllers (less can go wrong”. Newegg.com also wrote “It was easy to assembly the computer in the Fractual Design 5 case” in their review. Amazon.co.uk said “Clean Aesthetic Design” in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ530.

Three owners agreed that this camcorder was neat. Amazon.co.uk said three years ago “Dual UEFI is neat and all, board features are acceptable” in their Sony HDR-PJ530 review. Ianw mentioned “The USB charging cable is permanently attached and tucks neatly away in the handgrip; if using the mains charger the USB extension cable can be used if necessary”. Ianw also mentioned “The card slot, which is suitable for either format, is behind the monitor in a neatly covered compartment which also houses the HDMI” in their review.

Three people who bought it concluded that it was smooth. Weblet wrote on Amazon.co.uk “It gives a very smooth picture when zooming in” and rated this camcorder 8 stars. Socks mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “This has included filming from a moving car, where the picture remains clear and smooth” in their review of this camcorder. Socks also mentioned “The recordings my family have produced off this so far look very smooth and extremely professional” in their review.

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Easy to Use

Sixteen owners who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. Newegg.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “NA wasn't able to use”. Three years ago Amazon.co.uk said “BIOS are intuitive and modern”. Newegg.com also said “Both of these worked with Ubuntu 15.10; except there is no zoom control on the webcam” in their review.

Three owners agreed that it had a good interface. Newegg.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “Nice BIOS interface (but not for everyone” . Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this camcorder “Easy Bios configs and interface, overclocking was a breeze with all sorts of fine tuning if you like to twea”. Lp gave the product a rating of 8 stars and said on Amazon.co.uk “Simple, outstanding video quality, easy interface with tablet” in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ530.

Two customers thought it was easy to assemble. Amazon.co.uk wrote “I used this to build a Fractal Node 304” although they scored it 1 stars. Two years ago Newegg.com wrote “I dont know because i have parts backordered to build my system”.

Two owners who reviewed it thought it was easy to use the menus. Amazon.co.uk mentioned three years ago “It was very stable at stock settings and temperatures were low” yet they rated the product 1 stars. Ianw mentioned “The extensive options menu allows manual”.

One customer mentioned that it was easy to handle. Amazon.co.uk said “Flexibility in handling powerheatnoise” nonetheless they rated it 18.8 out of 100. One person who reviewed this camcorder mentioned that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Well Made

Thirty-two customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was well made. Newegg.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Built in BIOS speaker” nonetheless they rated it 1 stars. Newegg.com also mentioned “Solid build, no flex in any of the compo” in their review. Newegg.com also mentioned “Current build” in their review.

Seven people wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-PJ530 was strong and durable. Newegg.com mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ530 “Board looks great and is very sturdy” although they gave this camcorder a rating of 1 stars. Newegg.com also mentioned “Board is extremely sturdy, no flexing” in their review. Newegg.com also said “Great looking, sturdy motherboard” in their review.

One person said that it was easy to damage or scratch. Newegg.com said “No Pros at the moment board was damaged on receipt” but in spite of that they only scored it 20 out of 100.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. Amazon.co.uk said “M.2 slot support, 10 SATA, SLI and Crossfire, premium audio (at least for onboard), powerreset buttons, 2 NICs (one Intel, simple and reliable” in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ530 although they gave it a rating of 18.8 out of 100.

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Features

Good Features

Twenty-three owners who reviewed the product said that it had good features. Newegg.com mentioned “This motherboard offers lots of great features”. Newegg.com also mentioned “Debugging features are useful, I can't speak to the rest as my board shipped with faulty video-out functions” in their review. Amazon.co.uk said “All the bells and whistles in a small form factor -- USB type C, wifi, support for M.2 drives” but even so they only gave it a score of 18.8 out of 100.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrpj530ebceh, sony hdrpj530ebcen, sony pj530e
Barcodes 04905524968828, 04905524968835, 04905524973433, 04905524973440, 05054230597927, 05054230750780, 05054230767115, 05055189019539

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