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Sony DCR-PJ5
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Sony DCR-PJ5 Camcorder

0.34MP 230g CCD 57x Sep 2011
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11 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, people who bought this Sony video camera rated it as 90 out of 100.

Good Brand

We calculated the average reviews for all Sony video cameras and also specifically for Sony small sensor size camcorders and found that in both cases Sony had good reviews.

Easy to Use

One person who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to use. Myra said on Amazon two years ago “Brilliant great packaging really easy to use” in her Sony DCR-PJ5 review and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Good Technical Features

One Sony DCR-PJ5 owner wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had good features. Craig Paget rated the Sony DCR-PJ5 5 stars and he said “Brilliant camera, great features and was at my address within a couple of days of ordering it”.

Quite Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 57 times zoom factor, the DCR-PJ5 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst video cameras of this age. The average optical zoom of comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DCR-PJ5 is 31x.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the HC-V510[pl_1944085_price] (62x), or the SDR-S70[pl_1122822_price] (70x) both from Panasonic which is also higher rated.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

At 1,800 times zoom factor, the DCR-PJ5 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the DCR-PJ5. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the DCR-PJ5 the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x.

If you would prefer a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price] (2,000x), or the Canon Legria FS406[plb_334116_price] (2,000x) which is also higher rated.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the DCR-PJ5 has an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available including the HVR-Z7[pl_1728777_price], or the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price] both from Sony or the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

Unlike most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DCR-PJ5 which do not have a built-in projector, the Sony DCR-PJ5 has a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with a built-in projector currently available including the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ320[pl_1582785_price] both from Sony which has better reviews.

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SDHC Memory Card

SDHC memory card

The Sony DCR-PJ5 supports a better memory card type than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. This video camera supports an SDHC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it support an SD memory card. In addition, this Sony video camera supports an MS Duo memory card. SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB. The best memory card type of all video cameras that came out around the same time as the DCR-PJ5 is SDXC and the worst is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and type, the DCR-PJ5 has a built-in display.

Alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might want to look at include the L-Link LL-CAM-123[plb_1997574_price], or the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price] which has better reviews.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on camcorders of this type and age.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This video camera received a score of 60% from video camera expert review site parentesis.com. Experts don't rate this camcorder very highly.

Not Full HD

The Sony DCR-PJ5 is not Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type do are Full HD.

If you would prefer a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], or the JVC GZ-EX515[plb_1876080_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

Most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the DCR-PJ5 have an HDMI port, however the DCR-PJ5 does not have an HDMI port.

Other camcorders which also have an HDMI port that you might also want to consider include the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price], or the JVC GZ-EX515[plb_1876080_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The DCR-PJ5 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the DCR-PJ5 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less maximum image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution.

This camcorder's maximum image resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is in fact the worst maximum image resolution across all camcorders of this age and type.

Across comparable types of camcorder the best maximum image resolution is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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Only 720 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The DCR-PJ5 has a 720 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution found on most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

A 720 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the worst maximum video resolution amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the DCR-PJ5.

The best maximum video resolution across comparable types of camcorder is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders that are a comparable age to the DCR-PJ5 do not have a night mode. The DCR-PJ5 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

Alternative camcorders which also have a night mode that you might want to consider include the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30[plb_361770_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DCR-PJ5, the Sony DCR-PJ5 is not 3D compatible.

If you want a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the DCR-PJ5 is not waterproof.

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Only Digital Image Stabiliser

The DCR-PJ5 has a Digital image stabiliser which is better than the Optical image stabiliser found on most comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. Some compact cameras have digital Image stabilisation only, which simply boosts camera sensitivity (ISO) to obtain a faster shutter speeds to help prevent blur. No hardware is involved.

This camcorder's image stabiliser type (Digital) is actually the worst image stabiliser type amongst all comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the DCR-PJ5.

The best image stabiliser type across comparable types of camcorder is Optical.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony DCR-PJ5

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Sony released the DCR-PJ5.

Average Weight

The DCR-PJ5 has a pretty standard weight (230 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DCR-PJ5.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the DCR-PJ5 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

If this Sony camcorder screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Legria HF M46[pl_234311_price] (3"), or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] (3") both from Canon or the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 2.91 hours, the DCR-PJ5 has a pretty standard video recording time compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

If you would prefer a longer video recording time then you might want to look at the Legria HF R48[pl_1488031_price] (3h), the Vixia HF R42[pl_1542156_price] (3h), or the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] (3h) all from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Flash
Built-In Flash
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Playback
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Still Image
Image Format
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
USB 3.0 Port
Battery
Video Recording Time
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Interface
Projector

Expert Reviews

(2)
10 January 2013

This is the Sony DCR-PJ5 video camera, a device that we think will induce a ton of high-fives between dudes who use it. Why so? Let's just say this one hasc earned the FHM-approved tag.Check out... Read more…

El proyector es la adicin ms atractiva de esta cmara
La luz LED sirve para iluminar rostros o cuartos pequeos
La pantalla es brillante y de casi 3 pulgadas de tamao
El zoom es de 57x, por lo que podrs hacer acercamientos a objetos muy lejanos
Podra grabar en alta resolucin y tener una salida HDMI pero en realidad graba a 640 x 360 pixeles
Del mismo modo, el proyector podra ser un poco ms potente pero ofrece 10 lmenes
26 October 2011

La recomendamos si eres una persona a quien le gusta grabar videos en vacaciones o cuando sales a la calle y quieres compartirlos inmediatamente con toda la familia o las personas que están...

User Reviews

(4)
Reviewed 14 November 2014 by Craig Paget
(Verified Purchase)

Brilliant camera, great features and was at my address within a couple of days of ordering it.

Reviewed 7 October 2014 by NICHOLAS BRIGGS
(Verified Purchase)

OK PRODUCT.

Reviewed 25 September 2014 by Myra
(Verified Purchase)

Brilliant great packaging really easy to use.

Reviewed 1 September 2014 by MOH Of Wimbledon
(Verified Purchase)

Perfect just what I wanted.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dcrpj5, dcrpj5e, dcrpj5eb, dcrpj5ebcen, sony dcrpj5, dcrpj5black, dcrpj5ebcel, DCRPJ5EB.CEN, sony dcrpj5e
Barcodes 04905524850352, 04905524850369, 07501450761815

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