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Sony HDR-PJ530

A critically acclaimed 9.2MP 1 camcorder with not bad features but high running costs
9.2MP 1" Yes 325g Jan 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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Sony HDR-PJ530 Review

With excellent reviews and very good features, we have ranked the Sony HDR-PJ530 number 173 across all camcorders.
95
38 Reviews
75
Good Features
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3 Years Old
Overall Score
59
Average

Why Has it Scored 59?

It has superb expert reviews and very good user reviews with an average overall rating of 95%, based on 38 reviews. Canon video cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
This camcorder is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer camcorders with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest video cameras 2017.
Customers report good product quality, nice design and good quality lens.
This Sony camcorder has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Features manual focus
Features smile detection
Does not support bluetooth
Only 1" optical sensor size

Sony HDR-PJ530 Video Reviews


Sony HDR-PJ530 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

This video camera received a rating of 100 out of 100 from expert review website stuff.tv. This means that video camera experts think this Sony video camera is one of the very best video cameras.

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Owner Reviews Are Good

Users have rated this video camera on average 89%. Over 91% of reviewers gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars.

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Users Report Excellent Product Quality

Eight people mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality.

Sony Has Very Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Based on 6,133 owner and expert reviews (including 1,986 verified purchases), Sony has very good reviews for its video cameras. 89% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Nice Design

Two people who bought it mentioned that it was smooth.

  • For all its failings, all is forgiven, as it produces beautiful footage, turning novices into acceptable film makers…
  • The recordings my family have produced off this so far look very smooth and extremely professional…
  • This has included filming from a moving car, where the picture remains clear and smooth…

Users Report a Good Quality Lens

Two owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good zoom.

Users Report That it is Robust

Two people wrote in their reviews that it was well made.

Users Report That it is Easy to Use

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use.

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Two people wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good value for money.

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two owners who reviewed the product considered that it had a good screen.


Features

Features Manual Focus

The HDR-PJ530 features manual focus, which is unusual. 88% of camcorders do not feature manual focus.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Sony HDR-PJ530's digital zoom of 350x is pretty average compared to most other video cameras. It is in the biggest 74% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Features Smile Detection

The HDR-PJ530 features smile detection, unlike 89% of video cameras which do not feature smile detection.

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Has a Built-In Projector

The HDR-PJ530 has a built-in projector. 96% of camcorders do not have a built-in projector.

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Has a Microphone in

The Sony HDR-PJ530 has a microphone in, which is unusual. 77% of video cameras do not have a microphone in.

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Supports HDMI

HDMI

The HDR-PJ530 supports HDMI. 67% of video cameras also support HDMI.

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Average Optical Zoom

The HDR-PJ530's optical zoom of 30x is fairly typical compared to most other video cameras. It is in the biggest 64% of all video cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Average Total Megapixels

The HDR-PJ530's total megapixels of 9.2MP is fairly average compared to most other video cameras. It is in the biggest 68% of all video cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-PJ530 has an image stabilizer. 66% of video cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Does Not Support Bluetooth

The Sony HDR-PJ530 does not support bluetooth. 97% of video cameras also do not support bluetooth.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-PJ530 is Full HD. 73% of video cameras also are Full HD.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The HDR-PJ530 has a shoe mounting point, which is unusual. 95% of video cameras do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Has a Face Detection

The HDR-PJ530 has a face detection, unlike 72% of video cameras which do not have a face detection.

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Features Wi-Fi

The HDR-PJ530 features wi-Fi. 77% of camcorders do not feature wi-Fi.

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Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1|1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Sony HDR-PJ530 of only 26.8mm is fairly short compared to most other camcorders. It is in the shortest 21% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature. Video cameras have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 1.8mm and 110mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 29mm.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The HDR-PJ530 does not have a built-in flash, although keep in mind that 86% of video cameras also do not have a built-in flash.

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Average Display Diagonal

The HDR-PJ530's display diagonal of 3" is relatively typical compared to most other camcorders. It is in the largest 38% of all video cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HDR-PJ530 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), unlike 88% of camcorders which do not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The HDR-PJ530 does not support PictBridge. 97% of camcorders also do not support PictBridge.

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Average Weight

The weight of the HDR-PJ530 of 325g is pretty standard compared to most other video cameras. It is in the heaviest 68% of all video cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camcorder was released in January 2014.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

sony hdrpj530ebceh

Barcodes:

04905524968828, 04905524968835, 04905524973433, 04905524973440, 05054230597927, 05054230767115, 05055189019539

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