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Japanese multinational Sony, has brought out some pretty convenient HD camcorders with more than 20x optical zoom and capable of acting as music players or projectors too. Our list of the best Sony camcorders under $300 is limited to the top rated models between $200 and $300, released by Sony over the last year. Some of these models are even able to record your content in 1080p while giving you a decent size LCD screen and a viewfinder.

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Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55

Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 HD Camcorder


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Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 HD
Sony Handycam DCR-PJ5E
Sony Handycam HDR-CX130
Sony Bloggie MHSFS3
Sony DCR-SX45
Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 HD Camcorder
Sony Handycam DCR-PJ5E Camcorder
Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 Camcorder
Sony Bloggie HD MHS-FS3 3D Camcorder
Sony DCR-SX45E Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2012
Mar 2012
Jan 2011
Jan 2011
Jan 2011
HDD Size
8.0 GB
8.0 GB
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media
AVCHD, MPEG-2, HDD, High Definition
MPEG-4, AVC, H.264, High Definition, Flash Media
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Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital, 3D
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Memory Still Resolution
12.8 MegaPixels
0.56 MegaPixels
3.3 MegaPixels
5.0 MegaPixels
0.56 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
MPEG-4
MPEG-2
High Definition, Hard Drive, AVC, AVCHD
MPEG-4, AVC, H.264
SD card, Memory Stick PRO Duo card, Flash Card
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Video
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  • The Bloggie Live's benefits include a lower price tag and a simpler feature set. It's a dedicated camcorder, so you don't have to worry about all the other features, apps, and costs associated with owning a smartphone. Then again, if you already have a smartphone that can record and transfer video wirelessly, then there's really no good reason to buy a Bloggie Live.


  • The Sony Bloggie Live is an excellent pocket camcorder with groundbreaking wireless features, but it's a tough sell in the age of do-everything smartphones.


  • Without a doubt, the Sony Bloggie Live is the most versatile pocket camcorder we've tested in terms of wireless streaming, peer-to-peer sharing, and still-image resolution. Admittedly, it lacks a couple of useful features found in Kodak's Zi8, such as a mic-in port, a dedicated macro/landscape toggle, and removable storage. Is it a compelling alternative to a higher-end smartphone? That depends on whether you already own a smartphone, and on how much you value the Bloggie's live-streaming skills.


  • DCR-PJ5E handycam camcorder comes with ClearPhoto LCD screen, which gives you better visibility for both indoors and outdoors with high resolution, sharper contrast and more accurate color reproduction. With such display power, the image does not wash out even in bright sunlight and you can check the framing and subject color tones in details. Overall, with this handycam camcorder from Sony, you can easily capture beautiful moments for forever and can share your joy with your loved ones anytime, anywhere you wish to.


  • Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card.


  • The Handycam HDR-CX130 is an HD camcorder released by Sony, forming one half of the HD lineup. The other half is the higher-end HDR-XR160 model, and while both camcorders share the same improved "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and high zoom capabilities, the HDR-CX130 functions on flash memory while the HDR160 records to an internal hard drive. Improved and more sensitive than before, the HDR-CX130's "Exmor R" CMOS sensor promises better footage in dim lighting conditions, such as indoors or at night.


  • The Flip is heading for extinction but it's not the end of the camcorder world. There are tons of options available such as the new Sony CX130, a video maker that blows Flips and their kindred spirits out of the water. Now let's see if it's worth more than twice the price.


  • The Sony Bloggie 3D (MHS-FS3) is a portable digital video recorder built with a minimalist design that can comfortably fit in a pocket. This is related to the Sony Bloggie Duo (MHS-FS2), but uses two sensors to record 3D content and only has the one screen.

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    If grab-it-and-go 3D appeals to you then look no further than Sony's 3D Bloggie HD.


  • We're still not fans of Flip-type cameras. We feel you're compromising too much on the picture and video side of the equation, especially compared to the cheaper, competing Sony WX9 digicam, for example. And the 3D portion of the Bloggie 3D isn't ready for prime time. Yeah, we know all about the pluses of quick image uploads, but if that's your game, just use your cellphone. If you care even a teensy bit about quality, there are tons of other options.


  • Sony's Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 standard-definition camcorders pack a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model.


  • The Sony Handycam DCR-SX45 is one of three flash memory-based digital camcorders (DCR-SX85, DCR-SX65 and DCR-SX45) released together in early 2011. It features a 60x optical zooms lens with support for a 70x extended zoom, a touch-screen display, and a variety of expansion options like Memory Stick and SD/SDHC.

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    Sony DCR-SX45 is a Handycam Camcorder with 70x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action, 3.0" touch-screen , Professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode, and Intelligent Auto. People are very happy with such a camcorder.


Top 5 sony camcorder under $300:

  1. Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 HD Camcorder
  2. Sony Handycam DCR-PJ5E Camcorder
  3. Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 Camcorder
  4. Sony Bloggie HD MHS-FS3 3D Camcorder
  5. Sony DCR-SX45E Camcorder