Updated on 2 August 2013 by

Sony is one of the oldest camcorder manufacturers in the world and has a history of launching in-house standards for the latest video and audio technologies. This often results in Sony products being incompatible with a wide range non-Sony accessories. Case in point is the Flash Memory format - while all other manufacturers use SD cards to store the same, Sony uses its proprietary Memory Stick format. Memory Stick format though has found little support outside of Sony's camcorders as SD Card is a more affordable and better performing (in terms of read/write speeds) technology.

The best Sony camcorders are some of the affordable offerings (around $500) in the consumer camcorder category. These are great portable tools for outdoor shooting and provide features like MPEG movie mode for quick online sharing. Sony is also a reputed brand for Hard Disk Drive based camcorders.


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Sony HDR-PJ650V
Sony HDR-PJ430V
Sony HXR-MC2000U
Sony HDR-TD30V
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
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Feb 2013
Jan 2013
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 Format
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition
High Definition
High Definition
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
5.02 MegaPixels
8.9 MegaPixels
7.1 MegaPixels
20.4 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
MPEG-4, MPEG-2, AVCHD
Flash Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
AVCHD
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video
Average Rating
 4.6 stars
 4.2 stars
 4.8 stars
 4.8 stars