Sony HDR-PJ820
Sony HDR-PJ820
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Sony HDR-PJ820

An enormous 24.5MP 1 camcorder with fine features but a price that represents not very good value for money
24.5MP 1/3.95" Yes 460g Jan 2014
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Sony HDR-PJ820 Review

With average features, we have ranked the Sony HDR-PJ820 number 148 across all camcorders.
Average Features
3 Years Old
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 43?

Canon video cameras have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better video cameras are available. View the latest camcorders 2017.
This camcorder has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Has a shoe mounting point
Features manual focus
Only 1" optical sensor size

Sony HDR-PJ820 Video Reviews

Sony HDR-PJ820 In-Depth Analysis


Sony Has Very Good Video Camera Reviews

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.

Value For Money

Mediocre Value for Money

The product has mediocre features and is over 6 months old and at £659.99 it is more expensive than 68% of video cameras.



The weight of the HDR-PJ820 of 460g is quite heavy compared to most other video cameras. It is in the heaviest 24% of all video cameras when ranked by this feature. The weights of video cameras range from 50g to 7.5kg, and the average weight is 530g.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Sony HDR-PJ820 has a shoe mounting point, which is unusual. 95% of video cameras do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/3.95|1" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras.

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Features Manual Focus

The Sony HDR-PJ820 features manual focus, unlike 88% of camcorders which do not feature manual focus.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Sony HDR-PJ820's digital zoom of 160x is relatively standard compared to most other camcorders. It is in the biggest 48% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The HDR-PJ820's optical zoom of only 12x is in the smallest 23% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature. The smallest optical zoom of video cameras is 1x, the biggest is 78x, and the average optical zoom is 26x.

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Features Smile Detection

The HDR-PJ820 features smile detection. 89% of camcorders do not feature smile detection.

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Has a Face Detection

The HDR-PJ820 has a face detection. 72% of video cameras do not have a face detection.

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Has a Built-In Projector

The Sony HDR-PJ820 has a built-in projector, which is unusual. 96% of video cameras do not have a built-in projector.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-PJ820 is Full HD. 73% of video cameras also are Full HD.

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Fairly Big Total Megapixels

The HDR-PJ820's total megapixels of 24.5MP is in the biggest 2% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature. Video cameras have total megapixels of between 0.3MP and 210MP, and the average total megapixels is 8.2MP.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The HDR-PJ820 has a handheld remote control, unlike 93% of video cameras which do not have a handheld remote control.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-PJ820 in January 2014.

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