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Compare the 10 Best Sony CamcordersJanuary 2018(Last Updated 12 January 2018)

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HDR-CX405

Sony HDR‑CX405

939 Reviews
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£189.99

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HDR-PJ410

Sony HDR‑PJ410

147 Reviews
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£246.50

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HDR-CX405

Sony HDR‑CX405

939 Reviews
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£198.00

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HDR-CX450

Sony HDR‑CX450

70 Reviews
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£229.99

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HDR-PJ410

Sony HDR‑PJ410

147 Reviews
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£246.99

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An excellently reviewed but 2 year old 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a good price and good features

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HDR-CX240

Sony HDR‑CX240

457 Reviews
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£143.95

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An affordable and best selling 27x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features

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FDR-X1000

Sony FDR‑X1000

10 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£294.00

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An award winning and fully featured 1x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with a fair price and an spectacularly light 89g weight

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HDR-CX240

Sony HDR‑CX240

457 Reviews
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£149.99

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A fully featured and low cost 27x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder

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FDR-X3000

Sony FDR‑X3000

125 Reviews + 6 Awards
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£442.10

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A multi award winning and best selling 1x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with a gold award from one expert review website and 5 further awards from other expert sites

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HDR-AS200

Sony HDR‑AS200

850 Reviews
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£251.09

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A classic and extremely light weight 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features and a fair price

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FDR-AX53

Sony FDR‑AX53

145 Reviews
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£699.00

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The highest rated video camera under £1,000, with excellent user reviews but representing only middle of the road value for money

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FDR-AX33

Sony FDR‑AX33

758 Reviews + 1 Award
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£499.99

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A very popular and high image quality 10x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with an industry award and fantastic features

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HDR-MV1

Sony HDR‑MV1

88 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£204.99

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An award winning but moderately out of date 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a good price and good features

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HDR-AS30

Sony HDR‑AS30

86 Reviews
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£170.20

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An astonishingly light weight and fully featured 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a low price

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HDR-CX625B

Sony HDR‑CX625B

12 Reviews
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£349.00

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A best selling and top-rated 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features and a good price

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HDR-CX900

Sony HDR‑CX900

207 Reviews
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£721.77

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A positively reviewed and top of the range 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with a huge 20.9MP total megapixels but representing only average value for money

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FDR-AX100

Sony FDR‑AX100

643 Reviews + 7 Awards
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£649.99

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A top-quality and multi award winning 12x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with an enormous 1" optical sensor size but representing only moderate value for money

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HDR-CX625

Sony HDR‑CX625

13 Reviews
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£339.00

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HDR-PJ340

Sony HDR‑PJ340

98 Reviews
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£279.99

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HXR-MC2500E

Sony HXR‑MC2500E

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is an 'action camcorder'?
AAn action camcorder is a very small recording device meant to be worn on clothing or attached to a helmet. It's normally used to film extreme sports or give a 'first person' view of what the subject sees.
QWhat's the difference between 'optical' and 'digital' zoom?
AOptical zoom uses the hardware of the camcorder to physically move the lenses, enlarging the captured picture. Digital zoom uses software to further enlarge the picture. This means digital zooms can go far beyond the range of optical zooms, but the quality is much worse, and degrades sharply as the image is zoomed in.
QWhat is an 'image stabiliser'?
AAn image stabiliser detects and compensates for small judders and shakes while filming, meaning the resulting video is far smoother and still.
QWhy is a big sensor size important?
AA larger optical sensor produces better quality videos, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

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Camcorder Buying Guide

Although VHS players are long gone, everybody still wants to preserve their best memories. Pictures are great ways to do that, but for many occasions you really need a video to put yourself in the moment again. Or perhaps you are a film maker looking for a professional camera that is not too bulky? Do you post video diaries on YouTube during your trips? Whatever you like to do, there's a camcorder for that.

Of course, this isn't 1997 anymore, and your choices are not limited to Super 8 and VCR. Before buying a camcorder, you need to look at what kind of video camera and quality do you need, how often you will use it and how you plan to watch the videos.

By knowing your needs and matching them to the options available, you will be able to shoot your family videos, that great football match, the concert ever of your favourite band and your YouTube blog too!

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Key Camcorder Features

Resolution

The image resolution determines the number of pixels the image you shoot contains. In most cases, this is the most important factor to look at when choosing a camcorder. Today, a good camera will have a resolution between 1080p and 4K. These are also known as Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) and Ultra High Definition (3840 x 2160 pixels). Although a 4K camera sounds attractive, it is only worth the higher cost if you have the ability to view the result on a 4K screen. TVs and monitors that work at 4K UHD are becoming more widely available and 4K recording will become more widespread in the future too.

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Sensor Size

The larger the resolution on a camera, the larger the sensor needs to be in order to capture the video in good quality. While most cameras with the same output resolution will have a similar sensor size, sometimes there are differences. Some 4K cameras for example use 1” sensors but others used 1/2.3” sensors. While a smaller sensor will work for average recording conditions, a larger sensor will show its worth in low-light scenes as it allows it to capture more light.

Bit Rate

In terms of image quality, the bit rate is usually the third item to look at when comparing two cameras that have the same resolution and sensor size. The bit rate describes the amount of data that is generated by the camera when it records. The more data it produces per second of film, the better the image quality will be. A difference between a 24 MBPS (megabytes per second) camera and a 28 MBPS one will be very subtle, but still noticeable. The bit rate is also important for another reason: file storage. At 25 MBPS it takes about one hour to fill up a 16GB card. Recording at a higher bit rate means your memory card will fill up more quickly.

When recording at a higher bit rate it is usually a good idea to invest in a memory card with higher capacity or download the content onto a computer at regular intervals.

Image Stabilisation

Unless you are filming from a tripod or have very steady hands, having a camera with good image stabilisation is essential to prevent your recordings turning blurry, particularly when using zoom. There are two main types: optical and digital image stabilisation.

Optical Image Stabilisation

Optical image stabilisation is the most effective type to keep your videos sharp. Small gyro-sensors inside the lens shift moveable glass elements to offset the motion of the camcorder.

Digital Image Stabilisation

Digital image stabilistaion uses software to calculate the best way to avoid shaky images. It might mean that only certain pixels of the camcorder’s sensor are used for the final image. Digital stabilisation is not as effective as optical stabilisations and it is worth checking the type used before buying a camcorder that id not specific about the stabilisation type it uses.

Zoom

A good optical zoom can make a big difference when you are recording. If you are shooting sports, wildlife, airplanes, concerts and anything else, which is a considerable distance away, a minimum of 25x optical zoom is recommended. Filming people only a few metres away can be done with 10x or even 5x zoom. Optical zoom is always preferred to digital zoom because it captures the full frame at the highest quality. Digital zoom simply crops and enlarges a portion of the image reducing the resolution of the result.

Aperture

This is especially important if you are going to shoot in low-light environments like concert halls, caves and at night. The aperture of a camera defines how big the opening in the camera lens is which allows light in. The larger the opening, the more light is allowed in and the higher the quality of a low-light image will be. Aperture is measured in f-stops, with a smaller number representing a larger opening. For example, f1.8 is great for low-light settings whereas f5.6 and higher might result in an image that is too dark.

Audio Quality

Good quality audio is essential to capture the atmosphere of a football match or the music of a concert. It is important to check the quality of the built in microphone when buying a camcorder. Most budget options will have a mono microphone, which records only one channel. This can make the audio feel lifeless and flat and a high quality stereo microphone will be a much better option. If you are after the highest sound quality, using an external microphone will give the best results.

Memory

Most cameras will offer a certain amount of internal memory. Some camcorders used to have and internal hard disk drive (HDD) but this is now becoming less common as flash memory has become cheaper and takes up less space.

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The internal memory can be extended by inserting an SD card. If you use your camera for short scenes or are downloading files to your computer frequently, a relatively small SD card will be sufficient. To shoot hours of video at a time will require a large SD card or even multiple cards that can be exchanged when full.

WiFi

Being able to connect to your camcorder wirelessly opens up a lot of possibilities which you may or may not find useful. WiFi can allow some cameras to connect to a smartphone, which can then be used as a remote control.

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Battery Life

If you plan to record for a long time, or be outside and away from a plug, a long battery life is essential. Battery life can vary between camcorders so it is worth checking the manufacturer’s specifications before making your decision. Batteries can be replaced on some camcorder models allowing to extend recording times. You can replace the camcorder battery with a spare one when it runs out and continue recording straight away.

Camcorder Types Explained

After checking the specifications, you probably have an idea of what you need in a camera. This brings us to the next step: finding the type of camera that has all the features you need. Most camcorders fall into one of four categories:

Mainstream Camcorders

These are the workhorses of the family. Here you will find the camcorders that pack all the basic features, can record footage at good quality and will serve the regular home user very well. Examples here include the low-ends of the Canon VIXIA, Sony CX and Panasonic V ranges. Despite being relatively simple, most mainstream camcorders will work for sport events, concerts, family videos and much more while having a lower price tag than other options. These are the best choice unless you have more specific requirements.

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Advanced & Professional Camcorders

At some point the good old family camera may not make the grade, and then comes the time to look for models that pack in some high-end features. You will only be in this situation if you have specific requirements for which the good old mainstream camcorder wasn't made for. This includes very low light capture, 4K capability, image stabilisation, HD audio and other specific features. Each advanced camcorder has a different range of features, but most will give you high end results that can benefit both professional and demanding amateur users.

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Pocket Camcorders

These small camcorders allow you to take them with you wherever you go without having to take a bag, and they are usually very affordable too. One of the downsides are a usually a compromise in image quality. While you can still find good options in this range, there are physical limitations to the size of sensor that can be built into a small camera. For the usual blogger who just needs a basic camera with low-end HD options, this will do. If you need more options or features (including handles), look at mainstream camcorders instead.

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Wearable/Action Camcorders

If you are planning to attach your camera to something that will move, shake, turn or swim, you definitely need an action camera. The most popular and recognised camera in this niche is the GoPro series, but there are alternatives from Sony and other brands too. Most action cams are waterproof making them ideal for surfing, swimming, snowboading and diving.

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Finding the Right Camcorder for Every Situation

Home Videos

Taking home videos of your children and family can be done in reasonable quality with a less expensive camcorder but you might still prefer Full HD resolution to less detailed alternatives.

Sports

If you like filming sports, particularly ones played in arenas and other settings where lighting may not be ideal, a camcorder with a good low-light performance is crucial. Look for a long zoom lens and optical image stabilsation to make sure you can capture the action without losing focus.

Video Blogging

If you tend to record mostly at home, a pocket camcorder might be all you need. This is an inexpensive way to get started. You could even consider using a good quality webcam. If you plan to film outside you might require more features like a good optical zoom and image stabilisation.

Film & Documentaries

With YouTube, Vimeo and other online streaming services allowing Ultra High Definition Uploads, a 4K camcorder might be worth considering to make sure you achieve the highest possible quality and prepare for the future. For the best results, look for good image stabilisation, a big aperture and a large sensor that can handle low-light shots. A powerful zoom wouldn't go amiss either if the action is happening further out. Alternatively, if you are working on a set where you have the ability to adjust the lighting and prevent unexpected camera movement, a high-end 1080p camera on a stable mount might be adequate.

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Sony Camcorder Prices

The price range of Sony camcorders is from £143 to £16,980 and in total we found prices for 44 Sony camcorders. The average price of a new Sony video camera is £2,280 and 80% of Sony video cameras are priced between £190 and £5,799. The Sony NEX-VG30 is the most expensive Sony video camera that we found at £16,980, and the Sony HDR-CX240 is the cheapest at only £144.

Price Range of Sony Camcorders

The average price of Sony video cameras is £2,280 which is the highest average price of all camcorder brands. Sony video cameras range in price from £144 to £16,980.

Average Rating of Sony Camcorders

We have evaluated 912 expert reviews and 21,820 user reviews for camcorders from across the internet and used this data to calculate an average rating for camcorders of 86%. This makes Sony the 5th best rated video camera brand.

When Are Most New Sony Video Cameras Released?

Most new Sony video cameras tend to be released between January and February. That means that most of the latest Sony video camera technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. February was the biggest month last year for new Sony camcorders, with four new Sony camcorders released that month. The biggest month in 2016 for new Sony video camera releases was January, with five new Sony camcorders released that month. In 2015 most new Sony video cameras were released in September, with five new Sony video cameras released that month.

How Fast Do Sony Video Camera Prices Drop After Release?

Sony camcorders tend to depreciate faster than most camcorders. Most camcorders drop in price by 6% in the first 6 months after release. On average, in the first 6 months after release, Sony video cameras drop in price by 10%. That means a saving of £100 on a typical £1,004 new Sony camcorder if you wait 6 months before buying.