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Sony HDRPJ540B
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Sony HDRPJ540B Camcorder

$549.00
9.2MP 1/5 325g Jan 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Good user reviews
Easy to use
Good battery life
29 Reviews
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Reviews

Good User Reviews

On average, people who bought this medium total megapixels video camera rated it as 87 out of 100. Over 86% of reviewers gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 87% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Based on 4,270 expert and owner reviews (including 383 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its video cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its medium total megapixels camcorders compared to other manufacturers. 88% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Easy to Use

Nine customers who bought the product considered that it was easy to use. Two years ago Dr. Bell mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Easy-to-use and handy”. Gdhorse said in their review of this camcorder “Simple to use to record and playback”. Gjc gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said “It's easy to use too”.

Two owners who reviewed it said that it was easy to use the menus. Technobabble said in their review of this camcorder two years ago “The three custom touch screen buttons you can program so your most used settings are easy to get to”. Dr. Bell mentioned “The touch menu works smoothly and navigation is quite clear” in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ540.

One owner concluded that it was easy to handle. Ozz mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The handling is great”.

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Robust

Three customers reckoned that it was well made. Technobabble wrote two years ago “I am pleasantly surprised at the brightness of the built in projector”. Technobabble also wrote “I like that it has a built in USB cable.” in their review.

One customer reckoned that the product was strong and durable. Three years ago Kas said “This feature just seems to be sort of an awkward design, plus I worry about how durable it will be” in their review of this camcorder but despite that they only gave this camcorder a score of 3 stars out of 5.

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Good Quality

Seven people who purchased it wrote that it was good quality. Bhphotovideo.com said two years ago “Great Picture Quality” in their review of this camcorder. Rob in Ca he wrote on Bhphotovideo.com in the same month “The image quality is adequate.” in his review of this camcorder. Tpet03 rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote “Very light and great quality pictures”.

Smooth

Five owners who bought this camcorder considered that it was good looking. Rick mentioned two years ago “It's got pretty good review on @, so I pulled the trigger when B&H put it on sale” but despite that he gave this camcorder a score of 3 stars out of 5. Rick also mentioned “The projector is pretty cool for playing videos on the go” in his review. Technobabble said “However, I was able to show a video of our camping trip on the side of a motor home, outside, just before dusk and everyone could see pretty clearly” in their review of this camcorder and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

Three owners who purchased this camcorder thought it was smooth. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Zoom Is Smooth” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Rob mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “I can walk while filming and the video remains very smooth” and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Two years ago Gjc gave this camcorder a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “I was pleasantly surprised how well the zoom button works, nice and smooth”.

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Power

Good Battery Life

One person reckoned that it had a good battery life. Jimmy Vaswani mentioned “Awesome battery (wish it could be little more” .


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Two people who bought it thought it had good technical guidance. Dr. Bell wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Instructions were clear enough to get me going on the basics” in their Sony HDR-PJ540 review. Llight in the Dark Studio said “Sony cameras offer the best in manual controls.”.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One owner who reviewed this camcorder thought it was quiet. One customer who purchased it considered that it was noisy.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDR-PJ540 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDR-PJ540 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also have a built-in microphone.

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Good Zoom

Ten owners concluded that this camcorder had a good zoom. Bhphotovideo.com said “Zoom rangeperformance” in their review of this camcorder. Rob in Ca wrote in his review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “The 30X optical zoom is great, especially with the optical image stabilization”. Rob wrote on Bhphotovideo.com in the same month “The other feature I love is the 60x zoom” in his review of this camcorder.

Five people thought it had a good image stabiliser. Two years ago Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Good Image Stabilization”. Rob in Ca wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The optical image stabilization is fantastic” in his review of the Sony HDR-PJ540 and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Soccer Dad mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The balanced optical stabilization is really amazing” in their review of this camcorder and rated this camcorder a maximum of 5 stars.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two people who bought this camcorder thought it was compact. Two years ago Technobabble wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The camera is compact enough it fits easily into my camera bag in one of the lens slots”. Jimmy Vaswani mentioned in his review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com last year “Compact Easy to handle 5” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One owner who reviewed the product said that it was heavy and bulky. Chris wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “There is no way to turn off or turn down the external mic to eliminate or reduce capturing the noise when filming in heavy wind” and scored it 4 stars out of 5.

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Average Weight

At 325 grams, the HDR-PJ540 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder.

We compared all the other 325g weight video cameras to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ530 is also worth considering.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ420E (345g).

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Features

Good Technical Features

Three customers agreed that it had good features. Rob in Ca gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and he mentioned in his review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “However, I found that I love the other features as well”. Ian mentioned “This camera is great with all the features it has built into it.”.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-PJ540 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other Full HD video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ530.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ420E.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of camcorders of this type and age is 160x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,800x. At 350 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-PJ540 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera.

Alternative 350x (digital) camcorders currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ530 which has better reviews.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

At 30 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ540 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder. Medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 1x and 60x.

Other 30x (optical) camcorders currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ530.

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Supports Wide Angle Lens System

The HDR-PJ540 supports wide angle lens system. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera also support wide angle lens system.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The HDR-PJ540 has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The HDR-PJ540 features smile detection. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago also feature smile detection.

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Has a Face Detection

The Sony HDR-PJ540 has a face detection, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Other Features

Features Manual Focus

The HDR-PJ540 features manual focus, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The Sony HDR-PJ540 has a touchscreen. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder also have a touchscreen.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-PJ540 in April 2017.


Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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