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Sony HDR-PJ650
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Sony HDRPJ650V Camcorder

20.4MP 1/3.91 450g Apr 2013
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21 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Excellent

Users have rated this big sensor size camcorder on average 90%.

Sony Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Sony is one of the better rated video camera manufacturers according to average reviews from users and experts, and Sony also has good reviews for its big sensor size video cameras.

Easy to Use

A number of Sony HDR-PJ650 reviewers who purchased the Sony HDR-PJ650 concluded that it was easy to setup. Amazon Customer rated it as excellent and wrote “Sony seems to realise this as they have made this camcorder very easy to set up and use” in their review. E. Dale mentioned “Really love this, very easy to set up and use”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony HDR-PJ650 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder said that it had a good viewfinder. Art he said “Fast start up is good and the viewfinder is a must for me” in his review. One person said that this camcorder had a good screen.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony HDR-PJ650 reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good lens.

One Sony HDR-PJ650 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Amazon Customer said “The image stabiliser is amazing with all shots panning very smoothly” in their review of this camcorder.

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Good Technical Features

One person who bought the Sony HDR-PJ650 reckoned that it had good features. Art said on Amazon “Good camera with good features although some from my earlier Sony are missing” and scored this camcorder 80 out of 100.

Good Connectivity

One Sony HDR-PJ650 reviewer concluded that it was good in terms of USB connections. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon three years ago “Luckily I had an usb to mains doohicky that worked fine” and scored it 5 stars.

Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-PJ650, the HDR-PJ650 has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to consider including the HDR-PJ580[pl_409855_price], or the HDR-PJ760[pl_1509156_price] both from Sony which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-PJ650 is Full HD. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago also are Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including the HDR-PJ580[pl_409855_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDR-PJ650 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-PJ650.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available including because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ580[pl_409855_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-PJ650 is 2x, the biggest is 1,500x, and the average digital zoom is 160x. With a digital zoom of 160 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-PJ650 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-PJ650.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 160x (digital) camcorders currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ580[plb_409855_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the GZ-VX815[pl_1885721_price] (200x), or the GZ-R15[pl_2450097_price] (200x) both from JVC which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The HDR-PJ650 has a built-in projector, unlike most of the other camcorders of this type and age which do not have a built-in projector.

Other video cameras with a built-in projector currently available which you might want to consider include the HDR-PJ580[pl_409855_price], the HDR-PJ760[pl_1509156_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] all from Sony which has better reviews.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Sony HDR-PJ650 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to it. Most big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to it support an SDHC memory card. This Sony camcorder also support MS PRO Duo 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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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Very High Maximum Aperture Value

When compared to other video cameras that came out more than two years ago that we have checked, the HDR-PJ650's maximum aperture value of 10 is one of the highest. Across all the big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ650 the maximum aperture values range from 1.6 to 10, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.

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4512 X 3384 Still Image Resolution

The HDR-PJ650 supports a maximum still image resolution of 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 video cameras of this age and type the best still image resolution is 4608 x 3456 and the worst is 640 x 480.

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6016 X 3384 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This video camera has a maximum image resolution of 6016 x 3384 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and type, the HDR-PJ650 has a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price].

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Has One White Balance Mode

The Sony HDR-PJ650 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 Sony camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

At only 1.8, the HDR-PJ650 has a quite low minimum aperture compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. Across all the big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago the minimum apertures range from 1.1 to 11, and the average minimum aperture is 2.7.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder 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 on the market for around the same time as it.

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20 Extra/Smart Zooms

The HDR-PJ650 is a 20 times zoom factor Extra/Smart zoom video camera. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-PJ650 only have between 15 and 19 Extra/Smart zooms.

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDR-PJ650 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to consider including the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price], or the NEX-VG30[pl_1543923_price] all from Sony.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HDR-PJ650 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the HC-V707[pl_1350701_price], or the HC-X920[pl_1974849_price] both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony HDR-PJ650 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-PJ650 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ650, the HDR-PJ650 is not waterproof.

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

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6 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-PJ650

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

This Sony camcorder was released over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the HDR-PJ650 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDR-PJ650.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 3" screen size video cameras and we think the Sony HDR-PJ580[plb_409855_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-X920[plb_1974849_price] (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

The HDR-PJ650 has a relatively average weight (450 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDR-PJ650.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Sony HDR-PJ650 has a relatively typical optical zoom (12 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ650.

Other 12x (optical) video cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ580[plb_409855_price].

If this video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-W850[plb_2203540_price] (20x) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras of this age and type.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
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
S-Video Out Port
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Other Features
Night Mode
Aperture Range
BRAVIA Sync
Extra/Smart Zoom
Projector
Projector Brightness
Native Resolution

Expert Reviews

(4)

Keeping up with the Joneses Thus far, we've spilled a lot of virtual ink comparing the PJ650V to its compatriots from Canon and Panasonic. And what have we learned? Mostly, we've determined that...

Cran LCD fluide, mme en faible lumire
Cble USB intgr
Captation sonore en 5.1
Molette de rglage pour mode manuel
Torche intgre
Pas de niveau lectronique, cran LCD un peu petit
Prcision de l'image en retrait par rapport au 920 de Panasonic
Autonomie de la batterie un peu juste 1 heure environ)
Viseur lectronique peu agrable
Projecteur vido peu puissant
19 June 2014

Sony HDR-PJ650VE là m?t máy quay r?t t?t v?i m?t lo?t các ch?c n?ng và tính n?ng nh?: GPS, zoom 12x, âm thanh 5.1, c?ng c?m mic và tai nghe, tích h?p máy chi?u, quay video SD ghi...

LCD with smooth onscreen image, even in low light
Builtin USB cable
5.1 audio recording
Manual settings dial
Builtin light
No electronic level
LCD screen is a little small
Picture quality isn't as sharp as the Panasonic 920
Battery life could be better (approx
1 hour)
7 September 2013

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27 February 2013

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User Reviews

(33)
Reviewed 22 December 2014 by Jklein
Jklein would recommend the Sony HDR-PJ650 (Verified Purchase)

I was looking at the NX30 as a possibility for our news operations, due to the floating lens assembly. At first I thought this may be a gimmick, like so many others you can find in camera world, I... Read more…

Reviewed 19 May 2013 by Bill
Bill would recommend the Sony HDR-PJ650 (Verified Purchase)

My new Sony Handycam is much superior to the old one which I used successfully for ten years. The new one is much more accurate, easier to zoom, easier to copy pictures to the computer. I am... Read more…

Reviewed 11 January 2015 by Seattle Michael
(Verified Purchase)

This is an end of an era camcorder, a reasonably priced Sony camcorder with an eye level viewfinder. This replaces my older XR500 and is very similar. I do miss that the PJ650 won't let you use a... Read more…

Reviewed 5 March 2014 by Phil
Phil would recommend the Sony HDR-PJ650 (Verified Purchase)

I have only had the camera for 10 days so I am still experimenting. While very easy to use I have noted more noise from the camera than I expected. This is picked up on the card and can be heard... Read more…

Reviewed 9 March 2015 by Ben
Ben would recommend the Sony HDR-PJ650 (Verified Purchase)

I'm pretty impressed with this camera so far. I use it in a low light setting in the church at which I work. I've been very impressed with the quality of video even when lighting can and should be... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Great Zoom
No Composite Output
Limited Zoom
Poor Still Image
Complicated Connection
Complicated File System
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrpj650, sony 204, sony 204m, hdrpj650e, sony 204mp, 4905524924701, sony hdrpj650, sony hdrpj650v, HDRPJ650VE.CEN, HDRPJ650VEDI.YG, sony hdrpj650ve, sony hdrpj650ved, sony hdrpj650vedi, sony hdrpj650vediy, sony hdrpj650vediyg
Barcodes 00027242863521, 00905524924701, 04905524924701, 05013493231597

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