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Sony HDR-PJ650V
Sony HDR-PJ430V
Sony HXR-MC2000U
Sony HDR-TD30V
Sony Action Cam
Sony HDR-PJ650V High Definition Handycam Camcorder
Sony HDR-PJ430V High Definition Handycam Camcorder
Sony HXR-MC2000U Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder
Sony HDR-TD30V Full HD 3D Handycam Camcorder
Sony HDR-AS15 Wifi Action Video Camera
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Feb 2013
Jan 2013
Aug 2012
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition
High Definition
High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
HDD Size
32.0 GB
32.0 GB
64.0 GB
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
30.0 x
12.0 x
10.0 x
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
5.02 MegaPixels
8.9 MegaPixels
7.1 MegaPixels
20.4 MegaPixels
2.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
MPEG-4, MPEG-2, AVCHD
Flash Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
AVCHD
Flash Media, High Definition, MPEG-4
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video
Video

  • The PJ580 was priced below the PJ650V's competition, and had specs to match. The latest PJ-series camcorder is an upgrade, but it doesn't exceed what other manufacturers are doing. Ultimately, the choice you make among these three will have a lot to do with ergonomic preferences, specific feature needs, and/or the absolute need for 60p.


  • Not everyone will have a need for a camcorder. Yes, the PJ430V is heavier and pricier than a smartphone, but in our opinion it's worth it for the superior qualities and features if you're serious about video.


  • The Sony Action Cam is a solid first effort and worth its price, but some design shortcomings may be enough to put off some potential buyers.


  • The Sony Action Cam may not have everything we want from a wearable camcorder, but this is an excellent first step for Sony nonetheless. The Action Cam HDR-AS15 was built on some great ideasâ?? the WiFi functions work well, the slow motion options are easy to use and churn out decent videos, and the on-board menu system makes sense.

    Like most adventure cams, performance from the HDR-AS15 had its flaws.


  • The Sony Action Cam is one of the most affordable action cameras you can get, and while it's capable of shooting decent looking video at 1080p60, its video quality just isn't on the same level as some competitors.