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 27,000 user and expert reviews and 170+ awards from hundreds of different review sites.
Sony are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders. Their camcorders start at $146 for the HDR-AZ1 which has an optical zoom of 1x, a sensor size of 11.9MP 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 $1,156.
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. 1 best camcorder brand.
Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Sony is the actually best camcorder brand out there.
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.
All camcorder Brands
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 84%.
The average review score for a Sony camcorder is 84%.
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 $963
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price $1,156
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 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 88% of user reviews for Sony camcorders are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 85% and 84% 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.
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.
We checked over 27,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony camcorders. over 340 of these reviews mention reliability of which 86% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Sony camcorder owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.
86% 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:
It is nicely built
The unit is well made
The Sony HDR-PJ200E is a tiny camcorder with a built in projector
it is very dependable
Rumor has it that there is a timer built in
has very good Built quality I
with the built in steady shot
It is sturdy
Glad the Sony broke
The only small problem is that the case in front of the lens is more of less easy to scratch
projecting the video at a live event is badly broken
feels very fragile
First thing I thought was the lense had to be broke
Almost feels fragile
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.
A great mid range choice, priced at $639.95 is the Sony FDRAX33, which has a Kagoo Score of 79.
Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (20.6MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
A total megapixels and fully featured 10x optical zoom, 700g video camera, with a good price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. Customers report that this video camera has a very great picture quality, a brilliant video quality and it's really easy to use.
Value for Money
The cheapest price that we could find for the FDRAX33 in the US is $639.95 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.
At only $178 and with a Kagoo Score of 87 the Sony HDRCX405 makes a great budget choice.
Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (9.2MP)
Big optical zoom (30x)
Very light (190g)
A fully featured and affordable 30x optical zoom, 190g video camera. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. Owners report that it has a very great picture quality, good video quality and it's really easy to use.
Value for Money
The cheapest price that we could find for the HDRCX405 in the US is $178.00 and in total we found 6 prices for it.