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Sony HDR-PJ540

72

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Sony HDR-PJ540

Sony HDR-PJ540
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A classic and good spec 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
30x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 9.2MP 1" Jan 2014
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Sony HDR-PJ540 Review

With excellent reviews and very good features, we have ranked the Sony HDR-PJ540 number 325 across all camcorders.
92
Reviews
700 Reviews
77
Features
Good Features
65
Age
4 Years Old
72
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 72?

It has very good user reviews with 88% of buyers recommending this video camera to others. Looking across the entire GoPro video camera range, the average reviews for all GoPro camcorders are also excellent.
This camcorder is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer video cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest video cameras 2018.
Customers report excellent product quality, great battery life and it is easy to use. However they also report unacceptable noise level.
This Sony camcorder has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Bigger than average total megapixels
Bigger than average optical zoom
Very small optical sensor size

Sony HDR-PJ540 Video Reviews

Sony HDR-PJ540 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Good User Reviews

People who bought this video camera rated this camcorder 85 out of 100 on average. Over 84% of reviewers gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 88% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Customers Report Good Product Quality

90 people reckoned that this camcorder was good quality.

Customers Report Superior Battery Life

41 owners who bought the product thought it had a good battery life and two people mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was quick to charge.

Customers Report That it is Easy to Use

39 customers who purchased the Sony HDR-PJ540 agreed that it was comfortable and easy to hold, 28 customers considered that it was easy to use and six owners who purchased this camcorder concluded that it was easy to setup. three customers who bought it thought it was easy to use the menus.

Customers Report Unacceptable Noise Level

Nine owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was noisy.

Customers Report a Good Quality Lens

Nine owners who bought the Sony HDR-PJ540 thought it had a good zoom and eight customers said in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser.

Very Good Brand

We checked 9,795 expert and owner reviews (including 3,082 verified purchases) for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has very good reviews. 90% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Helpful Technical Guidance

Four people who bought the Sony HDR-PJ540 thought it had good technical guidance.

  • Instructions were clear enough to get me going on the basics…
  • After figuring out which set of the provided ear "wings" to use and how to set them on the ear buds properly (there are instructions), these little gems have worked well…
  • The instructions clearly say that to get the best sound you need to find the right fit with the different sized buds…
  • This product was a bit complicated to get set up, lots of detailed instructions…
    Gammer (Bestbuy.com) - January 2015

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good screen.

Users Report Good Technical Features

Three people mentioned that it had good features.

Users Report Nice Design

26 customers who bought the Sony HDR-PJ540 thought it was good looking and six owners who bought it reckoned that it was well designed.

Users Report That it is Robust

18 customers who reviewed the Sony HDR-PJ540 reckoned that it was well made and three owners who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was strong and durable.

Users Report That it is a Good Size

Six owners wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-PJ540 was lightweight and five customers who purchased it reckoned that it was compact.

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

21 people wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money, however 19 customers mentioned that it did not have a reasonable price. and 11 customers who bought it thought it was not good value for money. eight people said in their reviews that the product was expensive.

Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-PJ540 in January 2014.

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Features

Bigger Than Average Total Megapixels

The HDR-PJ540's total megapixels of 9.2MP is in the biggest 32% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature. The smallest total megapixels of video cameras is 0.3MP, the biggest is 50MP, and the average total megapixels is 7.8MP.

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Bigger Than Average Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of camcorders range from 1x to 70x, and the average optical zoom is 19x. The optical zoom of the HDR-PJ540 of 30x is bigger than average when compared to most other video cameras. It is bigger than 73% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Very Small Optical Sensor Size

The smallest optical sensor size of video cameras is 0.12", the largest is 1.8", and the average optical sensor size is 0.38". The optical sensor size of the Sony HDR-PJ540 of only 0.172" is smaller than average when compared to most other video cameras. It is smaller than 90% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Average Weight

The weight of the HDR-PJ540 of 325g is relatively standard compared to most other video cameras. It is heavier than 36% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Resolution

This video camera has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders.

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Bigger Than Average Digital Zoom

The digital zoom of the HDR-PJ540 of 350x is bigger than 70% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature. The smallest digital zoom of video cameras is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 460x.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-PJ540 is Full HD, as are 70% of video cameras.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The HDR-PJ540 has a shoe mounting point, which is unusual. 95% of camcorders do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Has a Face Detection

The HDR-PJ540 has a face detection, which is unusual. 70% of video cameras do not have a face detection.

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Features Smile Detection

The HDR-PJ540 features smile detection, which is unusual. 89% of camcorders do not feature smile detection.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony HDR-PJ540 has a built-in microphone. 54% of camcorders also have a built-in microphone.

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Features Manual Focus

The HDR-PJ540 features manual focus. 88% of video cameras do not feature manual focus.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

sony hdrpj540w, sony hdrpj540b

Barcodes:

00027242877511, 00617689595231, 04905524962536

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