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Sony HDR-PJ220
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Sony HDR-PJ220 Camcorder

2.39MP 1/5.8 210g Jan 2013
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Sony Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Sony is one of the better rated camcorder manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Sony also has good reviews for its small sensor size camcorders.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony HDR-PJ220 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have an HDMI port.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available that you might want to consider including the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-PJ220 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this camcorder and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HDR-PJ220 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HDR-PJ220 also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to look at including the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R406 both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Very Light

The Sony HDR-PJ220 is one of the lighter camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-PJ220 (only 210 grams) amongst video cameras of this age. The average weight of video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-PJ220 is 500g, and the weights range from 57g to 3.9kg.

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The Sony HDR-PJ220 has a built-in projector, unlike most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-PJ220 which do not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ320.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDR-PJ220 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. In addition, this video camera support MS PRO, MS PRO Duo and MS Pro-HG Duo and SDHC memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of video camera.

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

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Value

The HDR-PJ220 has one of the higher maximum aperture values (10) amongst camcorders of this age. The lowest maximum aperture value of small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-PJ220 is 1.8 and the highest is 22.

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Very High Megapixel Count

Across all the camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-PJ220 the megapixel counts range from 1.1MP to 10MP. The Sony HDR-PJ220 has one of the highest megapixel counts (8.9 megapixels) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony HDR-PJ220 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HDC-TM900 is also worth considering.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The HDR-PJ220 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-PJ220.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 720 x 576|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Fairly High Movie Megapixel Count

The lowest movie megapixel count of video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDR-PJ220 is 0.41MP and the highest is 3MP. With a movie megapixel count of 2.15 megapixels, the Sony HDR-PJ220 has one of the higher movie megapixel counts amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Very Low Typical Power Consumption

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ220 the typical power consumption range from 1.8W to 12W, and the average typical power consumption is 3.7W. At only 2.2 Watts, the HDR-PJ220 has a fairly low typical power consumption compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ220.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years, the HDR-PJ220 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think the Sony HVR-Z7 ($5,775.99) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The Sony HDR-PJ220 has a quite small screen size (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDR-PJ220. The screen sizes of comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-PJ220 range from 1.4" to 4.3".

Video cameras with a larger screen size that might also be worth looking at include the JVC GZ-RX110 (3").

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDR-PJ220 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDR-PJ220 also do not have a night mode.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF M52 which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-PJ220, the HDR-PJ220 is not 3D compatible.

If you want a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Canon XF105 ($2,499.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony HDR-PJ220 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-PJ220 are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The HDR-PJ220 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 230,000 pixels) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The average display resolution of video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-PJ220 is 360,000 pixels.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The HDR-PJ220 has one of the bigger minimum illumination (6 lux) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The average minimum illumination of video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDR-PJ220 is 2.1lx, and the minimum illumination range from 0.1lx to 7lx.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-PJ220

Released Over Three Years Ago

This small sensor size camcorder has been on the market for over three years.

Average Digital Zoom

The HDR-PJ220 has a fairly average digital zoom (350 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

If this small sensor size camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF G30 (400x and higher rated), or the Panasonic HDC-TM900 (700x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

The Sony HDR-PJ220 has a pretty standard optical zoom (27 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

If this small sensor size camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF R46 (32x) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Capture Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Night Mode
Typical Power Consumption
Aperture Range
Extra/Smart Zoom
Projector
Projected Screen Size
Projector Brightness
Native Resolution
Minimum Projection Distance
Typical Contrast Ratio

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrpj220, hdrpj220e
Barcodes 00905524924312, 04905524924299, 04905524924305, 04905524924312
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