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Sony HDR-PJ580
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Sony HDR-PJ580 Camcorder

20.4MP 1/3.91 345g Jan 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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19 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on two expert reviews from sites including log.com.tr and cnwintech.com the average expert rating of this camcorder is 82 out of 100.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony video cameras and also specifically for Sony big sensor size video cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings compared to other brands.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony HDR-PJ580 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDR-PJ580 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-PJ580 is Full HD, as are most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-PJ580.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-PJ580, the Sony HDR-PJ580 has an HDMI port.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The HDR-PJ580 has a fairly big digital zoom (160 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-PJ580. Across all the video cameras of this age and spec the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,500x.

If this Sony camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the GZ-GX1[pl_1286357_price] (200x), or the GZ-VX815[pl_1885721_price] (200x) both from JVC which also has a higher rating.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Sony HDR-PJ580 supports a better memory card type than most big sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this Sony video camera support MS PRO Duo Mark 2 and MS Pro-HG Duo and SD memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDR-PJ580.

Across similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MS Pro-HG.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Built-In Projector

has a built-in projector

The HDR-PJ580 has a built-in projector. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years do not have a built-in projector.

It may also be worth considering one of the other camcorders with a built-in projector currently available including the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony which has better reviews.

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This video camera has an optical image stabiliser, which is the most commonly found image stabiliser on big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as it. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The Sony HDR-PJ580 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. This video camera has a Snow scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on video cameras of this spec and age. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Portrait", "Spotlight", "Sunrise", "Sunset" and "Twilight" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony HDR-PJ580 has a built-in display, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ580.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] is also worth considering.

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4512 X 3384 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HDR-PJ580 is 4512 x 3384. That's 84% more still image resolution than a 3840 x 2160 camcorder, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by comparable spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years. The best still image resolution of all camcorders of this age and type is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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6016 X 3384 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum image resolution of 6016x3384 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Large Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of 32 gigabytes, the Sony HDR-PJ580 has a fairly large internal storage capacity compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-PJ580. The average internal storage capacity of big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HDR-PJ580 is 13GB.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the HDR-PJ580 is more than most camcorders of this age and spec. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDR-PJ580.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 720 x 576|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on camcorders of this age and type.

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Has Three Cables Included

The Sony HDR-PJ580 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras of this age and type. This Sony camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDR-PJ580. The cables included "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this video camera.

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Very Small

The smallest camcorder of a similar age and type to the HDR-PJ580 is 22mm high and the biggest is 240mm. The HDR-PJ580 is quite small (only 58.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ580.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The shortest minimum focal length of video cameras of this age and type is 2.8mm and the longest is 40mm. With a minimum focal length of only 26.8 millimeters, the Sony HDR-PJ580 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

One Sony HDR-PJ580 owner said in their reviews that the Sony HDR-PJ580 did not have gps. Cnwintech.com mentioned “GPS difficult to locks area small battery power” in their review of the Sony HDR-PJ580.

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The HDR-PJ580 has one of the slower maximum frame rates (only 25 frames per second) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. Video cameras of this spec and age have maximum frame rates of between 25fps and 120fps.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDR-PJ580 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens and we think the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Very Short Battery Life

The battery lifes of big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-PJ580 range from 1.2h to 40h. The Sony HDR-PJ580 has a fairly short battery life (only 1.41 hours) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

If you are looking for a longer battery life then you might also want to look at the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] (4.5h and higher rated).

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony HDR-PJ580 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDR-PJ580 are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price] which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Video Capturing Speed

The HDR-PJ580 has a fairly low video capturing speed (only 25 frames per second) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago. The lowest video capturing speed of big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 25fps and the highest is 120fps.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HDR-PJ580 do not have a night mode. The HDR-PJ580 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders of this age and type are not waterproof. The HDR-PJ580 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is waterproof then you might also want to consider the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The projector brightness of big sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 13 ANSI lumens to 50 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 30 ANSI lumens. With a projector brightness of only 13 ANSI lumens, the Sony HDR-PJ580 has a quite dim projector brightness compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-PJ580.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The HDR-PJ580 has a fairly low megapixel count (only 5.02 megapixels) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. Across all the big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-PJ580 the megapixel counts range from 2MP to 17MP, and the average megapixel count is 9.9MP.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

The lowest movie megapixel count of video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-PJ580 is 1.1MP and the highest is 17MP. The HDR-PJ580 has a quite low movie megapixel count (only 5.02 megapixels) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-PJ580

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-PJ580 over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Sony HDR-PJ580 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-PJ580.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Sony FDR-AX1[plb_1621641_price] (3.5"), or the Panasonic HC-X929[plb_1902118_price] (3.5").

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Average Weight

With a weight of 345 grams, the HDR-PJ580 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the easypix DVC5127 Trip[plb_296709_price] (190g).

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1/3.91" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/3.91" optical sensor size, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 12 times zoom factor, the HDR-PJ580 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-PJ580.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-W850[plb_2203540_price] (20x) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Flash Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Geotagging
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
DV Port
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out Port
S-Video Out
S-Video in
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Integrated USB Cable
Projection Time
Projector
Built-In Projector
Projector Brightness
Native Resolution
Minimum Projection Distance
Contrast Ratio (typical)

Expert Reviews

(2)
20 December 2012

In addition to a camcorder, this device can also display the recording due to the presence of an internal projector. Do not miss any special moments that so meaningful. There are times when you... Read more…

The Internal Projector support FullHD Dolby Surround 5.1 channel, memory relief
GPS difficult to locks area small battery power
24 September 2012

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrpj580, hdrpj580v, hdrpj580e, hdrpj580ve, sony hdrpj580, sony hdrpj580v, sony hdrpj580vb, sony hdrpj580ve, sony hdrpj580vec, sony hdrpj580vece, sony hdrpj580vecen
Barcodes 00017985623544, 03610170778257, 04905524856859, 04905524886559, 08029276070359

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