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Sony HDR-PJ580
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Sony HDR-PJ580 Camcorder

20.4MP 1/3.91 345g Sep 2013
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20 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this video camera is 82 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including log.com.tr and cnwintech.com.

Sony Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Based on 3,509 user and expert reviews, Sony has good reviews for its video cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically within its big sensor size video cameras range compared to other manufacturers.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The HDR-PJ580 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-PJ580 also have an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-PJ580 is Full HD. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ580 also are Full HD.

There are a number of other Full HD video cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony HDR-PJ580 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have an HDMI port.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 160 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-PJ580 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of camcorders that were launched more than two years ago is 2x, the biggest is 1,500x, and the average digital zoom is 160x.

If this big sensor size camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the GZ-GX1[pl_1286357_price] (200x), or the GZ-VX815[pl_1885721_price] (200x) both from JVC which also has a higher rating.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDR-PJ580 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. Most video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this Sony video camera support MS PRO Duo Mark 2 and MS Pro-HG Duo and SD 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 across all video cameras of this age and type.

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

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

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

Unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and type which do not have a built-in projector, the HDR-PJ580 has a built-in projector.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in projector and we think the HDR-PJ760[pl_1509156_price], and the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This camcorder has an optical image stabiliser, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the HDR-PJ580 is more than most big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Sony camcorder has a Snow scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on video cameras that were released more than two years ago. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Portrait", "Spotlight", "Sunrise", "Sunset" and "Twilight" are also found on this video camera.

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6016 X 3384 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum image resolution of 6016x3384 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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4512 X 3384 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Sony HDR-PJ580 is 4512 x 3384. That's over seven times the still image resolution of the most common still image resolution of 1920 x 1080. Across all big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-PJ580, the HDR-PJ580 has a built-in display.

There are a number of other camcorders with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to consider including the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite Large Internal Storage Capacity

The HDR-PJ580 has one of the larger internal storage capacities (32 gigabytes) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. The internal storage capacities of similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ580 range from 0.032GB to 65GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 13GB.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The HDR-PJ580 has a greater number of white balance modes than most big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDR-PJ580.

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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 the most commonly supported video resolution on big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has Three Cables Included

The HDR-PJ580 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it. This camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders of this type and age. The cables included "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this video camera.

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Very Small

Similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ580 have heights of between 22mm and 240mm. The Sony HDR-PJ580 is one of the smaller video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-PJ580 (only 58.5 millimeters) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The HDR-PJ580 has a fairly short minimum focal length (only 26.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type. Big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-PJ580 have minimum focal lengths of between 2.8mm and 40mm, and the average minimum focal length is 28mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

One Sony HDR-PJ580 owner said in their reviews that the Sony HDR-PJ580 did not have gps. Cnwintech.com mentioned “GPS difficult to locks area small battery power” in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ580.

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The maximum frame rates of similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-PJ580 range from 25fps to 120fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 52fps. The HDR-PJ580 has one of the slower maximum frame rates (only 25 frames per second) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-PJ580, the HDR-PJ580 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens to this camcorder and we think the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price], or the NEX-VG30[pl_1543923_price] all from Sony is also worth considering.

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Very Short Battery Life

The HDR-PJ580 has a fairly short battery life (only 1.41 hours) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The average battery life of big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-PJ580 is 8.4h.

Camcorders with a longer battery life that might also be worth looking at include the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] (4.5h) which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-PJ580 are not 3D compatible. The HDR-PJ580 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price].

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Very Low Video Capturing Speed

The average video capturing speed of big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ580 is 49fps, and the video capturing speeds range from 25fps to 120fps. At only 25 frames per second, the Sony HDR-PJ580 has a quite low video capturing speed compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-PJ580.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-PJ580, the HDR-PJ580 does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ580, the Sony HDR-PJ580 is not waterproof.

Camcorders which are waterproof that might be worth considering include the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which is also higher rated.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of only 13 ANSI lumens, the Sony HDR-PJ580 has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDR-PJ580. The average projector brightness of video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-PJ580 is 30 ANSI lumens, and the projector brightness range from 13 ANSI lumens to 50 ANSI lumens.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 5.02 megapixels, the HDR-PJ580 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. Camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDR-PJ580 have megapixel counts of between 2MP and 17MP, and the average megapixel count is 9.8MP.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

The Sony HDR-PJ580 has a fairly low movie megapixel count (only 5.02 megapixels) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago. Across all the big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago the movie megapixel counts range from 1.1MP to 17MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 8.6MP.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-PJ580

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This video camera was released over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HDR-PJ580 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ580.

If this Sony camcorder screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the NEX-EA50[pl_1464417_price] (3.5"), or the FDR-AX1[pl_1621641_price] (3.5") both from Sony or the Panasonic HC-X929[plb_1902118_price] (3.5").

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Average Weight

At 345 grams, the Sony HDR-PJ580 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HDR-PJ580.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the easypix DVC5127 Trip[plb_296709_price] (190g).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 12 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ580 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

If you want a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-W850[plb_2203540_price] (20x) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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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
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Mode
Video Capturing Speed
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
DV Port
S-Video in Port
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features
Projection Time
Projector
Projector Brightness
Native Resolution
Minimum Projection Distance
Typical Contrast Ratio

Expert Reviews

(3)
20 December 2012

In addition to a camcorder, this device can also display the recording due to the presence of an internal projector. Do not miss any special moments that so meaningful. There are times when you... Read more…

The Internal Projector support FullHD Dolby Surround 5.1 channel, memory relief
GPS difficult to locks area small battery power
24 September 2012

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1 April 2012

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrpj580, hdrpj580v, hdrpj580e, hdrpj580ve, sony hdrpj580, sony hdrpj580v, sony hdrpj580ve, sony hdrpj580vb, sony hdrpj580vec, sony hdrpj580vece, sony hdrpj580vecen
Barcodes 00017985623544, 03610170778257, 04905524856859, 04905524886559, 08029276070359

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