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Sony HDR-PJ820
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Sony HDR-PJ820 Camcorder

£659.99
24.5MP 1/3 460g Jan 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Sony camcorders have good reviews
Full HD
Fairly big digital zoom
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Reviews

Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

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


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-PJ820 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder also are Full HD.

It may also be worth considering one of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-X920 (£679.99).

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Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

At 160 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-PJ820 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder. The average digital zoom of camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder is 170x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,500x.

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Supports Wide Angle Lens System

The Sony HDR-PJ820 supports wide angle lens system, as do most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Sony HDR-PJ820 has a fairly standard optical zoom (12 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this camcorder.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 12x (optical) video cameras currently available including the Panasonic HC-X920 (£679.99) which has better reviews.

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Other Features

Has an Spotlight

The HDR-PJ820 has an spotlight. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder do not have an spotlight.

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Features Manual Focus

The HDR-PJ820 features manual focus, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The HDR-PJ820 features smile detection. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also feature smile detection.

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Has a Face Detection

The HDR-PJ820 has a face detection, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The HDR-PJ820 has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The HDR-PJ820 has a handheld remote control. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder also have a handheld remote control.

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Projector

Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The HDR-PJ820 has a built-in projector, unlike most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera which do not have a built-in projector.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The HDR-PJ820 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDR-PJ820 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDR-PJ820 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this camcorder was released.


Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

The HDR-PJ820 has a pretty typical weight (460 grams) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

Alternative camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Panasonic HC-X920 (£679.99) (189g) which also has a higher rating.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

The HDR-PJ820 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1". That's 11% more optical sensor size than a 1.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size.

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Other Camcorders to Consider

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Sony HDR-PJ340 vs Sony HDR-PJ820
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£ 279.99 £659.99
£380 Cheaper
2x Lighter
60% Bigger Optical Zoom
190x Bigger Digital Zoom
691,000 Pixels Lower Display Resolution
Does Not Have an Electrical Viewfinder

Panasonic HC-V270EB vs Sony HDR-PJ820

Panasonic HC-V270EB vs Sony HDR-PJ820
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£ 179.99 £659.99
£480 Cheaper
Significantly Lighter
Bigger Digital Zoom
38x Bigger Optical Zoom
Five Months Older
Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

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£ 249.99 £659.99
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Vastly Smaller Digital Zoom
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