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Sony HDR-PJ340 Camcorder

$269.97
9.2MP 1/5 215g Jan 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Excellent user reviews
Good product quality
Does not have a good screen
98 Reviews
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Reviews

Excellent User Reviews

Owners have rated this video camera on average 90%. Over 91% of reviewers gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

We checked 4,270 owner and expert reviews (including 383 verified purchases) for Sony camcorders and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its medium total megapixels camcorders range. 88% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Good Product Quality

Nineteen owners who purchased the product agreed that it was good quality. Prepre17 mentioned in their Sony HDR-PJ340 review “Great quality and all”. Profiledracing mentioned on Bestbuy.com “The video quality is MUCH better than a GoPro yet this camcorder is equally useful, since it is so small” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a rating of 8 stars. Two years ago Marina wrote on Bestbuy.com “Great price, Sony quality, easy finance option” in her review of this camcorder and rated it 8 stars.

Easy to Use

Thirty-one customers thought it was easy to use. Three years ago Bestbuy.com wrote “Easy to use; added features” but they rated the product 1 stars. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “Easy to use and works great under low light” in their review. Mykuhh1976 scored it 8 stars and wrote on Bestbuy.com two years ago “Easy to use and very user friendly” in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ340.

Four owners who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was easy to setup. Veesree wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ340 on Bestbuy.com two years ago “Very easy to set up and shoot”. Bkupfe said “Very nice camera that is easy to setup and use and is great for shooting youth sports games” and gave it a score of 8 stars.

Two owners who purchased this camcorder wrote that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Movielover7 mentioned in their Sony HDR-PJ340 review “I have a 10 year old camcorder that uses micro cassettes and I was comfortable using it.”. Lizrdel wrote in their review of this camcorder “Small enough to hold”.

One customer concluded that this camcorder was easy to handle. Wbb43 mentioned on Bestbuy.com three years ago “Handles low light better than a camcorder I've used that's twice it's price” in their review of this camcorder and scored it 8 stars.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus.

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Nice Design

One person concluded that this camcorder was good looking. Millie wrote three years ago “It takes beautiful pictures and videos” in her Sony HDR-PJ340 review and gave it a score of 8 stars. One customer mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was neat. Lbt5 said “I like this camcorder it is so neat the best thing is you can show it anywhere”.

Well Made

Five people said in their reviews that the Sony HDR-PJ340 was well made. Three years ago Bestbuy.com wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ340 “Built in projector”. Mdipad said “With the built in Wi-Fi it will connect to your smart tv without using cables” in their review of this camcorder. Bddaniel34 mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Bestbuy.com “Rock solid directions and menus” and rated this camcorder 6 stars.


Power

Good Battery Life

Four people who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it had a good battery life. Bestbuy.com said “Very light even with the larger battery on it” in their Sony HDR-PJ340 review but even so they gave it a score of 1 stars. Radiomike14 said on Bestbuy.com “Optional long life battery a requirement”. Bobby said on Bestbuy.com “The camera is easy to use once the battery is fully charged” in his review of this camcorder.


Weight & Dimensions

Lightweight

Four owners who purchased the product considered that it was compact. Nova said “This camcorder is small, compact and very easy to use” in her Sony HDR-PJ340 review. Three years ago Upn889 mentioned “Excellent picture quality from a compact platform”. Anmg1 mentioned on Bestbuy.com “Easy to use and compact”.

Three customers reckoned that it was lightweight. Bestbuy.com said in their review of this camcorder “Very lightweight” but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 20 out of 100. Bobbyk wrote on Bestbuy.com “Easy to use lightweight many great feature including a projection viewer”. Hair wrote in their Sony HDR-PJ340 review on Bestbuy.com “Easy to operate, lightweight versatile & priceless”.

Two people said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to carry around. Bestbuy.com wrote three years ago “Easy to carry and use”.

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Average Weight

At 215 grams, the HDR-PJ340 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

One customer who bought this camcorder reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Three years ago Upn889 said in their Sony HDR-PJ340 review on Bestbuy.com “Make sure you read the manual so you can take advantage of all the available features” however they gave it a score of 3 stars.


Features

Good Features

Eight customers who reviewed the Sony HDR-PJ340 concluded that it had good features. Bestbuy.com said in their Sony HDR-PJ340 review “Excellent features”. Ravi said on Bestbuy.com “This camera was a complete value for money with all features loaded” in their Sony HDR-PJ340 review and rated it 6 stars. Three years ago Mersd said on Bestbuy.com “A really nice camera with lots of great features” and gave the product a score of 6 stars.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-PJ340 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

Alternative Full HD video cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include a cheaper camcorder such as the HDR-AS100VR, or the HDR-AS200 ($220.56) both from Sony or you might consider a better rated camcorder such as the Sony HDR-AZ1 ($243.14).

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Lens System

Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of camcorders of this age and spec is 160x. The Sony HDR-PJ340 has one of the bigger digital zooms (350 times zoom factor) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder have optical zooms of between 1x and 60x, and the average optical zoom is 23x. At 30 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ340 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

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Supports Wide Angle Lens System

The HDR-PJ340 supports wide angle lens system. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera also support wide angle lens system.

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Other Features

Features Manual Focus

The Sony HDR-PJ340 features manual focus. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also feature manual focus.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The HDR-PJ340 features smile detection. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder also feature smile detection.

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Has a Face Detection

The Sony HDR-PJ340 has a face detection, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDR-PJ340 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDR-PJ340 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Good Zoom

Three owners who reviewed this camcorder mentioned that it had a good zoom. Bestbuy.com said “The zoom is great for getting far away pictures” in their Sony HDR-PJ340 review nonetheless they only gave it a rating of 1 stars. Bestbuy.com also wrote “60x zoom” in their review. Bigdog mentioned on Bestbuy.com “The zoom capability is very good” and gave it a score of 7 stars.

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good lens. One person who reviewed it considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Two years ago Stax wrote in their review of this camcorder “Takes great personal movies, image stabilization nice, easy to operate”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Dave wrote in his review of this camcorder on Bestbuy.com “The updated focus is intense”.

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Does Not Have a Good Screen

Two customers who bought it mentioned that it did not have a good screen. Bestbuy.com said “No touch screen”. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “View screen is small” in their review.


Display

Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The Sony HDR-PJ340 does not have a touchscreen. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type do have a touchscreen.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder have display resolutions (numeric) of between 91,000 pixels and 1,200,000 pixels. The HDR-PJ340 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Sony released the HDR-PJ340.


Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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