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Sony HDR-PJ650 Camcorder

20.4MP 1/3 450g Sep 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Owner reviews are excellent
Reasonably priced
Unacceptable noise level
36 Reviews

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Reviews

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

The average owner rating of this video camera is 90% based on 34 owner reviews. Over 96% of reviewers gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 4,270 user and expert reviews (including 352 verified purchases) for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its big total megapixels video cameras range. 91% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


White Balance

Features Onepush White Balance

The HDR-PJ650 features onepush white balance. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder also feature onepush white balance.

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Features Outdoor White Balance

The Sony HDR-PJ650 features outdoor white balance. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera also feature outdoor white balance.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The HDR-PJ650 features indoor white balance. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera also feature indoor white balance.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Sony released the HDR-PJ650.


Still Image

4512 X 3384 Still Image Resolution

The HDR-PJ650 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4512 x 3384. That's over seven times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080. Video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera still image resolution(s)s range from 640 x 480 to 5472 x 3648.

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6016 X 3384 Pixels Image Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum image resolution of 6016 x 3384 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Sony HDR-PJ650 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDR-PJ650 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Noisy

Three customers concluded that this camcorder was noisy. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Noise While Operating” in their Sony HDR-PJ650 review.

Phil said “I have used the camera extensively and the noise problem I mentioned is no problem”. Jack the Dancing Bear :) mentioned in his Sony HDR-PJ650 review three years ago “When just doing stills nice click noise flashes pic for a second” .

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Three customers concluded that this camcorder was noisy. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Noise While Operating” in their Sony HDR-PJ650 review. Phil said “I have used the camera extensively and the noise problem I mentioned is no problem”. Jack the Dancing Bear :) mentioned in his Sony HDR-PJ650 review three years ago “When just doing stills nice click noise flashes pic for a second” .


Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The HDR-PJ650 has a batteries included, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The Sony HDR-PJ650 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the HDR-PJ650 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen size video cameras to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the HDR-CX730E, and the HDR-PJ580E both from Sony is also worth considering.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-X920 (£679.99) (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Projector

Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The HDR-PJ650 has a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type do not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a built-in projector and we think the HDR-PJ580E, and the HDR-PJ810 both from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might also want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ820 (£659.99).

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Other Features

Features Manual Focus

The HDR-PJ650 features manual focus. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder also feature manual focus.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The HDR-PJ650 features smile detection, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Has a Face Detection

The HDR-PJ650 has a face detection, as do most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Sony HDR-PJ650 has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Light

The HDR-PJ650 has a built-in light, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Flash

The HDR-PJ650 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Four owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was good value for money. Seattle Michael gave it a rating of 7 stars and mentioned “I wanted Sony and I still rely on an eye level finder, so I was pleased to find this HD camcorder at a great price at B&H”. Videoshooter wrote “Overall seems like a good balance of size, price and performance”. Seattle Michael also mentioned “A reasonably priced Sony camcorder with an eye level viewfinder” in their review.

Three people who reviewed it concluded that it was expensive. Madflute mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “I went through $ -$ range Canon and Panasonic because Sony that has external mike input is more expensive” and gave the product a rating of 8 stars. Jklein said on Bhphotovideo.com “Although Sony make an XLR adapted handle with microphone inputs and holder, this one is as expensive or more so than the camera itself, making the Sony's decision here incomprehensible”. Captain Jim wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ650 on Bhphotovideo.com “I would rate the camera up there with those that are much more expensive” and gave the product a score of 8 stars.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-PJ650 is Full HD. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also are Full HD.

It may also be worth considering one of the other Full HD video cameras currently available including the Sony HDR-CX730E which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 720 x 576|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on similar spec camcorders that were released 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 camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HDR-PJ650 supports HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera also support HDMI.

We compared all the other video cameras which support HDMI to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E, and the Canon Legria Mini X is also worth considering.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Sony HDR-PJ650 has a DC-in jack. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder also have a DC-in jack.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The HDR-PJ650 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera also have a headphone outputs.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-PJ650 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E, and the Panasonic HX-DC3 is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder is 2x, the biggest is 1,500x, and the average digital zoom is 170x. The HDR-PJ650 has a quite big digital zoom (160 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

We compared all the other 160x (digital) video cameras to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ580E which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-W850 (1,500x and higher rated).

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Supports Wide Angle Lens System

The HDR-PJ650 supports wide angle lens system. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder also support wide angle lens system.

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Very High Maximum Aperture Number

When compared to other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder that we have assessed, the Sony HDR-PJ650's maximum aperture number of 10 is one of the highest. The maximum aperture numbers of comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera range from 1.6 to 11.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 12 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ650 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 12x (optical) video cameras currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ580E which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-W850 (20x and higher rated).

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Design

Good Quality

Eleven owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good quality. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Great Picture Quality” in their review of this camcorder. Nickpouellette gave this camcorder a score of 7 stars and wrote “Very impressed so far! Great image quality, decent low light performance”. Texmant mentioned “It has nice high quality HD footage and also has a slow motion mode that is cool” in their review of this camcorder.

Nice Design

Five people said in their reviews that the product was good looking. Nickpouellette scored it very highly and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The projector is pretty great too” in their review of this camcorder. Peter said on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “The sound is pretty good”. Peter also wrote “The 1080p 60fps video looks absolutely gorgeous” in his review.

Robust

Two people wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-PJ650 was well made. Two years ago Peter wrote “It feels pretty solid in the hand” and scored it 6 stars. Jklein said “Sound is also and issue - the 5.1 surround sound microphone (built in) is superb in its performance.” and gave it a score of 7 stars.

Tripod Mountable

The Sony HDR-PJ650 is tripod mountable, as are most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera.

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Easy to Use

Eight customers who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was easy to use. Phil rated it 8 stars and he mentioned in his Sony HDR-PJ650 review on Bhphotovideo.com “While very easy to use I have noted more noise from the camera than I expected”. Nealzo wrote two years ago “You also have all the control available for any special set-ups” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Nealzo also mentioned “The image stabilization is fantastic and all the auto programing makes it easy for anyone to use” in their review.

Three customers considered that this camcorder was easy to setup. Two years ago Videoshooter gave it a rating of 8 stars and mentioned “Easy to set up the manual controls”. Four years ago Amazon Customer wrote “Sony seems to realise this as they have made this camcorder very easy to set up and use” in their Sony HDR-PJ650 review and rated it 9 stars. E. Dale mentioned on Amazon in the same month “Really love this, very easy to set up and use”.

One owner concluded that the product was easy to use the menus. Videoshooter wrote on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Still easy to navigate the menus” in their review of this camcorder.

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Power

Good Battery Life

One owner who bought the Sony HDR-PJ650 considered that it had a good battery life. Two years ago Texmant wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Great battery life”.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One owner thought it had gps. Phil wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “I am impressed with the GPS feature which I have found helpful in pinpointing locations when I shift locations on a long trip”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two owners considered that it had good features. Old Football Video Guy mentioned “It has great features”. Art gave it a score of 8 stars and he mentioned in his Sony HDR-PJ650 review on Amazon “Good camera with good features although some from my earlier Sony are missing”.


Good Image Stabiliser

Ten people who bought it agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Bhphotovideo.com said “Good Image Stabilization” although they gave the Sony HDR-PJ650 a score of 20 out of 100. Phil mentioned three years ago “Color is great and the stabilization works well” in his review of this camcorder. Two years ago Peter said in his review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “The optical image stabilization is amazing”.

Seven customers who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good zoom. Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “Zoom rangeperformance” but they gave it a score of 20 out of 100. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “Great Zoom” in their review. Two years ago Videoshooter said in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “Zoom controls seem too sensitive”.

One owner who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good lens.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Four people who purchased it mentioned that it had a good screen. Videoshooter said “LCD screen is nice and image stabilization works good” and scored the Sony HDR-PJ650 6 stars. Videoshooter also wrote “The responsiveness of the touch screen could be better” in their review. Captain Jim wrote in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “Love the touch screen option”.

One person who purchased it mentioned that it had a good viewfinder. Art wrote in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “Fast start up is good and the viewfinder is a must for me” and gave this camcorder a score of 6 stars.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two customers agreed that this camcorder was compact. Jklein gave it a rating of 7 stars and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “The compact size of the PJ650-V is a real asset in dynamic news gathering where speed, agility”. Laz wrote in their Sony HDR-PJ650 review on Bhphotovideo.com “It's compact”.

Two people who purchased the product concluded that it was lightweight. Jklein mentioned three years ago “I have had this camera for a number of weeks and it has performed flawlessly as a lightweight, pocket friendly option for our mobile reporters” and gave the product a score of 7 stars.

One person considered that it was heavy and bulky. Three years ago Jack the Dancing Bear :) mentioned “Well laid out design heavier that i expected balance carriage i guess”.

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Average Weight

The Sony HDR-PJ650 has a relatively average weight (450 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/3.91" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrpj650vediyg, HDRPJ650VE.CEN, 4905524924701, sony 204mp, hdrpj650e
Barcodes 00027242863521, 00905524924701, 04905524924701, 05013493231597

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