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Sony HDR-PJ620 Camcorder

2.29MP 1/5.8 308g Jan 2015
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Enjoy fresh perspectives on life's precious moments with the new HDR-PJ620 Handycam. Balanced Optical SteadyShot keeps even handheld, wide-angle and zoom shots extra-stable. AVCHD and Advanced... More
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Owner Reviews Are Excellent

This video camera has an exceptional average owner rating based on 57 owner reviews.

Good Quality Lens

A number of Sony HDR-PJ620 owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had a good zoom. Cj wrote on Amazon “This Sony camcorder shoots great quality full HD video and has a 30x zoom, so its capable in most situations”. Martian Invader mentioned in their Sony HDR-PJ620 review on Amazon “It is a limited app - all it provides is zoom and start/stop record.”. Martian Invader also wrote “It works well and provides nice zoom - some might say a bit slow.”.

A few people thought this camcorder had a good lens. Bob Sherunkle rated the product 5 stars and he said on Amazon “Price should really come with a proper lens cover or UV filter to protect the lens - it will accept any 47 mm UV filter (I'm going to buy one”. Stuart wrote in his review “Fortunately, you have a lens filter ring thread so you can easily fit a simple UV filter to protect it from the elements”.

A few customers who bought the Sony HDR-PJ620 thought it had a good image stabiliser. Martian Invader said in their Sony HDR-PJ620 review “The optical stabilisation is superb”. Martian Invader also said “The main reason for purchasing this camera which give it advantage over others is the optical stabilisation, which is excellent It has a 46mm thread so you can fit filters”.

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Robust

Ten Sony HDR-PJ620 reviewers who reviewed the product wrote that it was well made. Amazon Customer scored it very highly and wrote on Amazon “Optical steady shot is rock solid- Unfortunately for Amazon this is available for”. Andybsg said on Amazon “The other BIG plus it has is the image stabilising it has built in” in their review of this camcorder. Andybsg also mentioned “Another selling point is the built in projector”.

Good Size

Several Sony HDR-PJ620 reviewers who purchased this camcorder agreed that it was compact. Bob Sherunkle wrote “This is the first time I've seen a compact with a built-in projector (or, for that matter” in his review of the Sony HDR-PJ620. Cj said “In addition, if you really want a compact camcorder, there are much cheaper options than this one which will offer similar or better performance” in their Sony HDR-PJ620 review yet they gave this camcorder a score of 3 stars. In January last year Libe Hast said on Amazon “Compact and easy to handle”.

Several Sony HDR-PJ620 owners wrote in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Cj wrote on Amazon “Charging is easy as it is performed via a USB connection, so there's no chunky charger needed”.

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that the Sony HDR-PJ620 was lightweight. Kevin Russell rated it 80 out of 100 and he wrote “TV • Good Low light recording • Lightweight” in his review. Kevin Russell also mentioned “• Lightweight and compact • Screen flips to front view – perfect for Vloggers • Good in low-light conditions • 30x Optical Zoom • NFC transfer from camera to Mobile Phone • Image stabilization • Projector”.

One Sony HDR-PJ620 reviewer who bought this camcorder reckoned that it was thin. Andybsg said “Also it has quite a narrow viewing angle and is a fairly low resolution so you wouldn't want to be using it for playback too much”.

One customer who reviewed the Sony HDR-PJ620 reckoned that it was good physically. Andybsg wrote in their review “A simple tap of the record button(thankfully it's a nice big physical button rather than a touch screen option)” and rated the product 80 out of 100.

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Good Product Quality

Several Sony HDR-PJ620 reviewers who bought it thought it was good quality. Amazon Customer rated it 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “+ Excellent camera, fantastic picture quality, although a big smeary in lo light, quick to start recording” in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ620. Andybsg wrote on Amazon “Excellent Picture Quality With Some Minor Cosmetic gripes” in their review of this camcorder. Andybsg also mentioned “It seems of quite high quality although the little strap that goes round your hand could do with being a bit bigger”.

Easy to Use

Twelve customers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use. Andybsg wrote on Amazon “It is pretty slow so i'd only bother using that if I didn't have a USB cable handy for some reason” in their Sony HDR-PJ620 review. Andybsg also wrote “Smooth zoom function that is simple to use”. Dizzy Rascal said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Nice camcorder with good quality footage and easy to use” and gave it a very good rating.

Two people who bought the product thought it was easy to use the menus. Two years ago Bob Sherunkle mentioned on Amazon “The screen and menus are very easy to navigate”. Stuart mentioned on Amazon “Annoying if you need to make a quick menu change”.

One customer concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Jpfa said on Amazon “It does seem to hold up to the test” in their review of this camcorder.

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Reasonably Priced

Some Sony HDR-PJ620 reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it was good value for money. Two years ago Bob Sherunkle wrote in his review “That would cost you a fair amount”. Dm rated it 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Great price, very neat & compact”. J. H. Leckie gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review “Excellent value and great service”.

One Sony HDR-PJ620 owner who reviewed it considered that it was a bargain for the price. Cj mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ620 on Amazon “Obviously takes better photographs into the bargain” however despite that they scored this camcorder 60 out of 100.

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Good Brand

Small total megapixels camcorders manufactured by Sony have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just small total megapixels camcorders) and found that Sony also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Nice Design

A few Sony HDR-PJ620 reviewers who reviewed it mentioned that it was smooth.

A number of Sony HDR-PJ620 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was a good design. Andybsg mentioned in their review “It has some minor design flaws and a few superfluous extras such as the projector, wifi file transfer”. Bob Sherunkle scored it 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon two years ago “Cutting edge design and manufacture, exceeding my expectations”.

One Sony HDR-PJ620 reviewer who purchased it mentioned that it was neat.

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Good Connectivity

A few Sony HDR-PJ620 owners thought the product was good in terms of USB connections. Andybsg said “One feature is that it has a short USB cable attached” . Stuart wrote on Amazon “Windows users can just transfer easily by USB” in his review of the Sony HDR-PJ620 and rated the product as excellent.

A number of Sony HDR-PJ620 reviewers considered that this camcorder was wifi compatible. Two years ago Cj wrote “As the camcorder has built-in wi-fi you can somewhat do this on the fly” but in spite of that they rated it 60 out of 100. In the same month Stuart mentioned “Built in WiFi that allows wireless transfer to PC” in his review and scored it 5 stars.

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Good Battery Life

Three Sony HDR-PJ620 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony HDR-PJ620 had a good battery life. Bob Sherunkle mentioned in his Sony HDR-PJ620 review “The battery performance is good for its class, though it could be better (OK, you could buy a longer life battery.”. Two years ago Jpfa mentioned in their Sony HDR-PJ620 review on Amazon “Battery is excellent” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Kevin Russell said in his review of the Sony HDR-PJ620 on Amazon “Easy to use • Optional External Microphone • Good battery life Now that I have played with it for a few weeks, here are my findings” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

Good Technical Features

A few customers who bought this camcorder reckoned that it had good features. Bob Sherunkle rated the product as very good and he wrote “The price is justified, as it has the features you'd expect from a camera costing up to” in his review of the Sony HDR-PJ620. Cj mentioned in their review “This device features a built-in projector”. Derek Alan Grundy mentioned in his review “Nice features”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several customers who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good screen. Bob Sherunkle rated it 5 stars and he wrote “Touch screen colour is vivid”. Dizzy Rascal wrote in their Sony HDR-PJ620 review on Amazon “It was an ex display camera at only £249.00”. Jpfa said “From turning on (by flicking out the screen) to recording is lightning quick, though there is some slowdown when the memory card gets a bit full” and rated it as very good.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Frame Rate

The maximum frame rates of small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-PJ620 range from 25fps to 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 39fps. With a maximum frame rate of 50 frames per second, the HDR-PJ620 has a quite fast maximum frame rate compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-PJ620.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-PJ620 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDR-PJ620 are not Full HD.

Other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might want to consider include the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Sony HDR-PJ620 has an HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-PJ620 also have an HDMI.

We compared all the other camcorders with an HDMI to this video camera and we think the Canon Vixia HF R40[plb_1633221_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDR-PJ620 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also have an image stabilizer.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an Optical image stabilizer type, which is the most frequently found image stabilizer type on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

Unlike most of the other camcorders of this type and age which do not have a built-in projector, the HDR-PJ620 has a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ410[pl_2697188_price] both from Sony is also worth considering.

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Has Six Scene Modess

The Sony HDR-PJ620 has a greater number of scene modes than most comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most frequently found scene modes found on small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago. The scene modess "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Portrait", "Beach" and "Snow" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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Very Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

Small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ620 have bitrate at maximum video resolutions of between 2.5 Mbit/s and 50 Mbit/s. When compared to other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the HDR-PJ620's bitrate at maximum video resolution of 50 megabits per second is one of the biggest.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HDR-PJ620, the HDR-PJ620 has a built-in display.

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Very Bright Projector Brightness

Across all the camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HDR-PJ620 the projector brightnesss range from 13 ANSI lumens to 25 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 16 ANSI lumens. When compared to other video cameras of this type and age, the projector brightness of the HDR-PJ620 of 25 ANSI lumens is one of the brightest.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years the display resolution (numeric)s range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 460,800 pixels, the Sony HDR-PJ620 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-PJ620.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

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

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MS Micro (M2) Compatible Memory Cards

MS Micro (M2) compatible memory cards

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

At 2.29 megapixels, the HDR-PJ620 has a fairly high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The effective megapixels (movie)s of similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-PJ620 range from 0.41MP to 1,300,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 19,000MP.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (image)

Across all the small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-PJ620 the effective megapixels (image)s range from 1.1MP to 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.4MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of 2.29 megapixels, the HDR-PJ620 has a quite high effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-PJ620.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camcorder has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The HDR-PJ620 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 26.8 millimeters) amongst camcorders of this age. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-PJ620 is 10mm and the longest is 44mm.

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Has Three White Balances

The HDR-PJ620 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ620. The white balances "Outdoor" and "Indoor" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)

This video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 4032x2272| 3024x2272| 1920x1080| 640x480, which is the most commonly supported still image resolution(s) on small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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6 Reasons Against

Poor Support

A number of people said in their reviews that the Sony HDR-PJ620 did not have good technical guidance. Martian Invader said in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ620 “This is definately a "set it up and then leave it alone " camera - what I mean is that using any manual mode is not really practical”.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago, the Sony HDR-PJ620 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens to this camcorder and we think the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDR-PJ620 do not have a night mode. The HDR-PJ620 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price], or the Panasonic HC-V500[plb_406538_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The HDR-PJ620 is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HDR-PJ620 are also not 3D.

If you want a camcorder that is 3D then you might also want to look at the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Not Waterproof

The HDR-PJ620 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ620 are also not waterproof.

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Only Has Two Cables Includeds

The HDR-PJ620 has a greater number of included cables than most small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. This Sony camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-PJ620. The cables included "HDMI" is also found on this video camera.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-PJ620

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Sony released the HDR-PJ620.

Average Display Diagonal

The Sony HDR-PJ620 has a pretty average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 350 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ620 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R66[plb_2848576_price] (1,140x), or the Panasonic HC-V160[plb_2749040_price] (2,500x).

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Average Weight

The HDR-PJ620 has a pretty standard weight (308 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 30 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ620 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ620.

If this Sony camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF R66[plb_2848576_price] (32x), or the Panasonic HC-V160[plb_2749040_price] (38x).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Supported Aspect Ratios
Self-Timer Delay
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Capturing Speed
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Warranty Card
Projector
Built-In Projector
Screen Size Compatibility
Projector Brightness
Native Resolution
Minimum Projection Distance
Technical Details
USB Charging

Expert Reviews

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User Reviews

(36)
Reviewed 14 April 2015 by Ken123

Brilliant video quality. Easy to use menu system. Really good steady shot system. Coupled with John Lewis service, and they give a 2 year warranty...

Reviewed 24 June 2016 by J. H. Leckie
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent value and great service...

Reviewed 3 June 2016 by Frank Furlong
(Verified Purchase)

Fantastic piece of kit, great pictures easy to use. only let down was not the camera but the bundle and the wrong memory card being offered, sold, sent and will have to be returned. The camera... Read more…

Reviewed 29 May 2016 by Mike
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent quality.

Reviewed 16 May 2016 by Libe Hast
(Verified Purchase)

So versatile - yet small and compact will put it to the test on next holiday thanks for quick service...

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