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 28,000 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 $70 for the MHS-TS10 which has an optical zoom of 1x, a sensor size of 13MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and go up to $8,998 for the PXW-FS7 which has an optical zoom of §x, a sensor size of §MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 4096 x 2160. The average price of a new Sony camcorder is $2,031.
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.
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%.
However Sony camcorders tend to be more expensive than most other camcorder brands making them a less popular choice with consumers. Whilst Sony have a number of interesting features including Time Lapse, overall they tend to be less feature rich than their competitors.
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price $908
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price $2,031
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 camcorder 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.
Looking at just the expert reviews, 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 given to 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 28,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Sony camcorders. 340+ of these reviews that 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:
The Sony HDR-PJ200E is a tiny camcorder with a built in projector
The unit is well made
It is nicely built
built in projector that you can set up in seconds to share photos or videos immediately
This camera is so awesome it has a built in projector so you can watch what you shot on pretty much any flat surface
ND filter built in Cons
There is a built in microphone housed at the top of the camcorder which I've found to be excellent
Not so well built
As with all electronics it is fragile
the lens mount is near to fragile
From being a very loyal sony customer in 1990-2005 I seriously look for other dependable brand Please do not waste your precious money for this overly priced poor camcorder
The only small problem is that the case in front of the lens is more of less easy to scratch
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 $599 is the Sony FDRAX33, which has a Kagoo Score of 85.
Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (20.6MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Multiple reviews mentioned that this video camera has an excellent video quality, a very great picture quality and it's really easy to use. It's a fully featured and award winning 10x optical zoom, 700g video camera, with a low price and total megapixels. It has an image stabilizer and a night mode, supports HDMI and is Full HD.
473 Reviews + 1 Award
Value for Money
Customers report that Sony FDRAX33 has outstanding expert reviews and very good user reviews with 93% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others.
Sony FDR-AX33 Review
Sony 4K HD FDR-AX33 Handycam Camcorder Review - FDRAX33
The cheapest price that we could find for the FDRAX33 in the US is $599.00 and in total we found 7 prices for it.
At only $112.33 and with a Kagoo Score of 88 the Sony HDRCX405 makes a great budget choice.
Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (9.2MP)
Very light (190g)
Big optical zoom (30x)
A critically acclaimed and fully featured 30x optical zoom, 190g video camera, with a low price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a very great picture quality, good video quality and it's really easy to use.
Value for Money
Multiple reviews mentioned that Sony HDRCX405 has great expert reviews and great user reviews with 95% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others.
Sony hd video recording hdrcx405 handycam camcorder review
The cheapest price that we could find for the HDRCX405 in the US is $112.33 and in total we found 8 prices for it.