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Should You Buy a Sony Camcorder?

Matthew
Updated 15 June 2020
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should you buy a Sony Camcorder?

Sony is one of the most popular camcorder brands as well as being well known for its digital cameras, TVs and headphones.

If you are wondering how Sony camcorders compare to other brands, our guide below collates all the key info in a single place. We've compared 790+ camcorders by objectively and impartially analysing over 26,000 user and expert reviews and 180+ awards from hundreds of different review sites.

Sony are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders. Their camcorders start at $120 for the HDR-CX240 which has an optical zoom of 27x, a sensor size of 9.2MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and go up to $7,549 for the PXW-X200 which has an optical zoom of 17x, a sensor size of §MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). The average price of a new Sony camcorder is $1,562.

Sony are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders.

Is Sony the Best Camcorder Brand?

So are Sony camcorders any good? We give every camcorder a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all camcorders we are able to impartially rank all the camcorder brands.

Sony is ranked the No. 2 best camcorder brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Sony is the 2nd best camcorder brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
1,689 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
5,660 reviews
#3
GoPro
91%
91%
2,082 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
164 reviews
#5
Zoom
83%
83%
117 reviews
#6
Ricoh
82%
82%
440 reviews
#7
Vivitar
81%
81%
80 reviews
#8
JVC
Japan
78%
78%
31 reviews
#9
Blackmagic Design
77%
77%
51 reviews
#10
ION
76%
76%
14 reviews
#11
DJI
75%
75%
433 reviews
#12
Kodak
73%
73%
75 reviews
#13
Nikon
Japan
73%
73%
43 reviews
#14
ACTIVEON
71%
71%
6 reviews
#15
Veho
71%
71%
411 reviews
#16
Polaroid
70%
70%
421 reviews
#17
GE
United States
70%
70%
108 reviews
#18
Midland
69%
69%
2 reviews
#19
Garmin
68%
68%
76 reviews
#20
South Korea
67%
67%
93 reviews
#21
Bushnell
66%
66%
146 reviews
#22
Xiaomi
66%
66%
98 reviews
#23
KitVision
65%
65%
93 reviews
#24
360fly
65%
65%
67 reviews
#25
HTC
65%
65%
159 reviews
#26
HP
United States
63%
63%
7 reviews
#27
Motorola
59%
59%
0 reviews
#28
VTech
58%
58%
0 reviews
#29
Coby
58%
58%
1 review
#30
Memorex
54%
54%
0 reviews
#31
Praktica
53%
53%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Sony camcorders compare to the other camcorder brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All camcorder Brands
Sony Camcorders

There's a wide selection of Sony camcorders available compared to other camcorder brands, with over 40 Sony camcorders currently on the market in the US. Sony also have better reviews than the typical camcorder brand, with the average rating of a Sony camcorder being 85%.

The average review score for a Sony camcorder is 85%.

Sony have a number of great features including Time Lapse which sets them apart from the competition.

However Sony camcorders tend to be more expensive than most other camcorder brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$888
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $14,499
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No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$1,562
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $6,499
Price Distribution of Sony Camcorders

What Do the Sony Camcorder Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Sony camcorder to work out the average distribution of reviews for Sony and then compared this to the other camcorder brands.

Sony logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
77
4 stars
86
3 stars
36
2 stars
1
1 star
0
Sony logo

User Reviews

5 stars
3,263
4 stars
1,266
3 stars
285
2 stars
135
1 star
151
Sony has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews for its camcorders than most other brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews are actually lower.

Over 82% of expert reviews and 89% of user reviews for Sony camcorders are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 85% and 85% respectively across all Camcorder brands.

Purchasers of Sony camcorders frequently mentioned that the product was easy to use, had great audio quality and was solidly made. Their camcorders have also won 40+ awards.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Sony camcorders by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other camcorder brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Sony Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh
CNET.com logo
77%
19 reviews
73%
12 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
100%
5 reviews
50%
3 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
68%
10 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
80%
3 reviews
76%
16 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
68%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
67%
3 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
4 reviews
84%
9 reviews
80%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
88%
5 reviews
84%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
Digital Versus logo
85%
8 reviews
70%
4 reviews
60%
1 review
PC Mag logo
58%
5 reviews
77%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
stuff.tv logo
100%
4 reviews
100%
3 reviews
95%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
73%
2 reviews
78%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
4 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
88%
4 reviews
70%
2 reviews
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
85%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
85%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
2 reviews
94%
1 review
53%
1 review
T3.com logo
80%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
86%
1 review
84%
3 reviews
85%
1 review
91%
1 review
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
77%
3 reviews
70%
1 review
78%
2 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
83%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
93 reviews
69%
62 reviews
79%
53 reviews
72%
52 reviews
76%
37 reviews
Average
80%
197 reviews
78%
148 reviews
83%
85 reviews
72%
74 reviews
72%
57 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Sony Camcorders Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 40 industry awards for Sony camcorders. This means that Sony has more awards for its camcorders than any other brand. The table below compares the number of awards received by Sony to other popular camcorder brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Sony has more awards for its camcorders than any other brand.

Compare all award winning camcorders

Number of Awards Sony Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
4
reviewed.com logo
2
5
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
6
Trusted Reviews logo
2
5
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
2
2
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
Digital Versus logo
4
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
Pocket Lint logo
1
2
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
PC Mag logo
2
vido.com.ua logo
1
1
chip.com.my logo
2
agdlab.pl logo
2
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
gagadget.com logo
1
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
pcactual.com logo
1
1
pcauthority.com.au logo
1
Other Expert Sites
10
6
10
5
3
Total
40
35
20
7
7

How Reliable Are Sony Camcorders?

We checked over 26,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony camcorders. over 330 of these reviews mention reliability of which 87% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Sony camcorder owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

87% of reviewers think Sony camcorders are reliable.

So, most people think that Sony camcorders are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Sony camcorders that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

The Sony HDR-PJ200E is a tiny camcorder with a built in projector
Good Gear Guide.com.au
The unit is well made
electronicsme.com
It is nicely built
akihabaranews.com
it would be a risk damaging your expensive phone
Amazon
states built in usb cable
amazon.co.uk
feels solidly built
Bhphotovideo.com
Very Durable Product
Bestbuy.com
the build quality is good
Argos.co.uk
Well made
johnlewis.com

NOT RELIABLE

Broke my other headphones these are my third set
Bestbuy.com
The only small problem is that the case in front of the lens is more of less easy to scratch
johnlewis.com
projecting the video at a live event is badly broken
Amazon
Flimsy construction
Bhphotovideo.com
seems fragile
Walmart.com
Put in a sturdy bag when not in use
Argos.co.uk

Features to Look Out For On Sony Camcorders

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Sony camcorders that set them apart from the competition. These include Time Lapse.

Sony Time Lapse

Sony camcorders that feature Time Lapse include the Sony FDRAX53 ($650) and the Sony FDRAX700 ($1,315).

What is the Best Mid-Range Sony Camcorder?

Sony FDRAX700

$1,314.99
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Sony FDRAX700
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Sony FDRAX700
14.2MP
12x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1kg
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
12 MEGAPIXELS
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3.46"
SCREEN SIZE
192x
(DIGITAL)

A great mid range choice, priced at $1,314.99 is the Sony FDRAX700, which has a Kagoo Score of 79.

Features We Love:
Time Lapse
Big total megapixels (14.2MP)
Large optical sensor size (1")
Image stabilizer
Large display diagonal (3.46")

A very highly rated and fully featured 12x optical zoom, 1kg camcorder, with a fair price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. Purchasers report that it has a very great picture quality, good video quality and it's well made.

93
Reviews
18 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Popularity
Quite Popular
70
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Sony FDRAX700 has great user reviews with an average user rating of 85%, based on 13 reviews.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Sony Camcorder?

Sony HDRCX405

$118.69
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Sony HDRCX405
9.2MP
30x
OPTICAL ZOOM
190g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
0.92h
BATTERY LIFE
9.2 MP STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
2.29 MP STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
2.7"
SCREEN SIZE
350x
(DIGITAL)
HD

At only $118.69 and with a Kagoo Score of 87 the Sony HDRCX405 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (9.2MP)
Very light (190g)
Big optical zoom (30x)
Image stabilizer
Night mode

A classic and fully featured 30x optical zoom, 190g camcorder, with a fair price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. Purchasers report that it has a good video quality, really great picture quality and it's very easy to use.

95
Reviews
693 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Owners report that Sony HDRCX405 has very good user reviews with 96% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others.

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Sony HDRCX405 9.2MP HD Handycam Camcorder unboxing ???? ????????? zooming ??? ?????
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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Sony Camcorder?
Is Sony the Best Camcorder Brand?
What Do the Sony Camcorder Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Sony Camcorders Received?
How Reliable Are Sony Camcorders?
Features to Look Out For On Sony Camcorders
Sony Time Lapse
What is the Best Mid-Range Sony Camcorder?
What is the Best Budget Choice Sony Camcorder?

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