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Should You Buy a Sony Camcorder?

Matthew
Updated 05 September 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 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.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
5,688 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
1,693 reviews
#3
GoPro
93%
93%
2,370 reviews
#4
Japan
89%
89%
163 reviews
#5
Ricoh
82%
82%
441 reviews
#6
Vivitar
79%
79%
80 reviews
#7
Blackmagic Design
77%
77%
52 reviews
#8
Zoom
77%
77%
118 reviews
#9
JVC
Japan
77%
77%
31 reviews
#10
ION
76%
76%
14 reviews
#11
Nikon
Japan
74%
74%
43 reviews
#12
Polaroid
74%
74%
421 reviews
#13
Kodak
73%
73%
75 reviews
#14
KitVision
72%
72%
93 reviews
#15
Veho
72%
72%
413 reviews
#16
GE
United States
70%
70%
108 reviews
#17
Toshiba
Japan
69%
69%
318 reviews
#18
DJI
69%
69%
438 reviews
#19
HP
United States
68%
68%
5 reviews
#20
Garmin
68%
68%
76 reviews
#21
TomTom
67%
67%
49 reviews
#22
ACTIVEON
67%
67%
6 reviews
#23
South Korea
67%
67%
75 reviews
#24
Xiaomi
66%
66%
98 reviews
#25
Narrative
66%
66%
48 reviews
#26
360fly
65%
65%
67 reviews
#27
Midland
62%
62%
2 reviews
#28
Cobra
60%
60%
0 reviews
#29
Motorola
58%
58%
0 reviews
#30
VTech
58%
58%
0 reviews
#31
Naxa
57%
57%
0 reviews
#32
DataVideo
57%
57%
0 reviews
#33
Coby
57%
57%
1 review
#34
Memorex
55%
55%
0 reviews
#35
Praktica
54%
54%
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 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
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $7,999
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$1,156
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $6,999
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
78
4 stars
85
3 stars
36
2 stars
1
1 star
0
Sony logo

User Reviews

5 stars
3,250
4 stars
1,269
3 stars
303
2 stars
148
1 star
159
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.

Average Review Score Sony Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh
CNET.com logo
77%
19 reviews
73%
12 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
68%
10 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
100%
4 reviews
50%
3 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
80%
1 review
PC Mag logo
58%
5 reviews
77%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
stuff.tv logo
100%
4 reviews
100%
3 reviews
93%
3 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
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
4 reviews
85%
2 reviews
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
86%
1 review
84%
3 reviews
85%
1 review
89%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
85%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
83%
3 reviews
70%
2 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
83%
3 reviews
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
2 reviews
94%
1 review
53%
1 review
gadgetspeak.com logo
71%
4 reviews
84%
1 review
72%
1 review
altomdata.dk logo
83%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
95 reviews
69%
61 reviews
80%
55 reviews
72%
54 reviews
76%
36 reviews
Average
80%
197 reviews
79%
149 reviews
85%
86 reviews
72%
74 reviews
72%
58 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
3
Trusted Reviews logo
2
5
reviewed.com logo
2
5
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
5
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
2
2
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
Digital Versus logo
4
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
pcactual.com logo
1
1
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
gagadget.com logo
1
1
PC Mag logo
2
chip.com.my logo
2
vido.com.ua logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
10
5
10
6
3
Total
40
34
19
7
7

How Reliable Are Sony Camcorders?

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:

RELIABLE

It is nicely built
akihabaranews.com
The unit is well made
electronicsme.com
The Sony HDR-PJ200E is a tiny camcorder with a built in projector
Good Gear Guide.com.au
it is very dependable
Bestbuy.com
Rumor has it that there is a timer built in
johnlewis.com
has very good Built quality I
Bhphotovideo.com
with the built in steady shot
Amazon
It is sturdy
Walmart.com

NOT RELIABLE

Glad the Sony broke
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
feels very fragile
amazon.co.uk
First thing I thought was the lense had to be broke
Bhphotovideo.com
Almost feels fragile
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 ($729), the Sony FDRAX700 ($1,315) and the Sony FDRAX43 ($748).

What is the Best Mid-Range Sony Camcorder?

Sony FDRAX33

$639.95
CW Media Pro
Sony FDRAX33
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Sony FDRAX33
20.6MP
10x
OPTICAL ZOOM
700g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
0.25h
BATTERY LIFE
640X480)
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3"
SCREEN SIZE
120x
(DIGITAL)

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")
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Night mode

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.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
74
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

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.

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What is the Best High End Sony Camcorder?

Sony PXWZ90V

$2,599.00
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Sony PXWZ90V
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Sony PXWZ90V
14.2MP
12x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1"
OPTICAL
4K
RESOLUTION
1.4kg
4.4h
BATTERY LIFE
48x
(DIGITAL)
3.46"
SCREEN SIZE

If you're looking for a high end Sony camcorder then the Sony PXWZ90V takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 74, but is a bit more expensive at $2,599.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (14.2MP)
Large optical sensor size (1")
Long maximum battery life (4.4h)
Image stabilizer
Large display diagonal (3.46")

A fully featured but 3 year old 12x optical zoom, 1.4kg video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a face detection, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the PXWZ90V in the US is $2,599.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Sony Camcorder?

Sony HDRCX405

$178.00
Adorama
Sony HDRCX405
Buy Now
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 $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)
Image stabilizer
Night mode

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.

87
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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.

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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 High End Sony Camcorder?
What is the Best Budget Choice Sony Camcorder?

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