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 22,000 user and expert reviews and 150+ awards from hundreds of different review sites.
Sony are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders. Their camcorders start at $100 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 $1,529.
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 $1,529
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 83% of expert reviews and 89% of user reviews for Sony camcorders are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 86% and 84% respectively across all Camcorder brands.
Purchasers of Sony camcorders frequently mentioned that the product was easy to use and had great audio quality. Their camcorders have also won 30+ 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 38 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 22,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony camcorders. over 190 of these reviews mention reliability of which 83% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Sony camcorder owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.
83% 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:
The Sony HDR-PJ200E is a tiny camcorder with a built in projector
The unit is well made
It is nicely built
Pros -Good Bass -Great Volume -Excellent Build Quality Cons -If your listening to anything
Is sturdy design
we have found them to be very robust
It was build rugged
I was able to improvise with my trusty mini gorillapod (bendy tripod) for test-filming while driving
is the lack of features built in the camcorder
broke in April of this year
in the end using heavy duty self adhesive Velcro
this isn't a heavy duty
feels very fragile
Put in a sturdy bag when not in use
the lens mount is near to 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 $948 is the Sony FDRAX43, which has a Kagoo Score of 78.
Features We Love:
Large optical sensor size (1/2.5")
Long maximum battery life (4h)
A fully featured and critically acclaimed 20x optical zoom, 510g video camera, with a fair price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. Multiple reviews mentioned that this video camera has a good video quality, good features and it's very easy to use.
Value for Money
Multiple reviews mentioned that Sony FDRAX43 has very good expert reviews and very good user reviews with 90% of buyers recommending this video camera to others.
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At only $149.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 86 the Sony HDRCX405 makes a great budget choice.
Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (9.2MP)
Very light (190g)
Big optical zoom (30x)
Big digital zoom (350x)
Multiple reviews mentioned that this camcorder has a very great picture quality, good video quality and it's really easy to use. It's a fully featured and classic 30x optical zoom, 190g camcorder, with a fair price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI.
Value for Money
Multiple reviews mentioned that Sony HDRCX405 has great user reviews with 94% of buyers recommending this video camera to others.
Sony HDRCX405 Review
The cheapest price that we could find for the HDRCX405 in the US is $149.99 and in total we found 5 prices for it.