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Sony Camcorder 2013-2014 Model Lineup and Comparison

August 22, 2014 by  
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Sony Handycam Models Lineup 2013/2014 – This is a roundup of Sony Handycam camcorder models for 2013-2014. Sony consumer camcorders have some of the largest Imaging sensors available on camcorders today. These larger Exmor backlit imagers are more light sensitive than previous imagers. Sony for 2013-2014 introduced a breakthrough technology, called Balanced Optical SteadyShot™, which will greatly reduce image shake and blur in low light conditions. Available on the Sony HDR-PJ810 (2014 model), the HDR-PJ790V, the HDR-PJ650V, and the HDR-CX430V. The big news for 2014 is Sony’s introduction of the FDR-AX100 Compact 4K Camcorder. It takes video at four times the resolution of HD. All 2013-2014 models have a wide angle lens. Many of Sony Camcorders now have a built-in projector in the LCD door. See all the Sony models below and compare by price, reviews, imager size, and features.

Sony’s Top HD & 4K Camcorders for 2014
(Best rated models with the best features and largest imagers)

Sony Handycam FDR-AX100 4K Sony Handycam HDR-CX900/B Sony Handycam HDR-PJ810/B Sony Handycam HDR-PJ540
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12x optical zoom
Flash Memory
4K Ultra HD
20.1 megapixels
1-inch Imager
29mm Wide Lens
3.5-inch screen
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
f/2.8-4.5 Lens
WiFi and NFC
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p
4K @ 24p, 30p
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Optical Steadyshot®
EVF Viewfinder
2014 Model
Infrared NightShot®
12x optical zoom
Flash Memory
High Definition
20.1 megapixels
1-inch Imager
29mm Wide Lens
3.5-inch screen
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
f/2.8-4.5 Lens
WiFi and NFC
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p
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Optical Steadyshot®
EVF Viewfinder
2014 Model
Infrared NightShot®
12x optical zoom
32GB Dual Flash
High Definition
20.1 megapixels
1/3.95-inch Imager
26.8mm Wide Lens
3.0-inch screen
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
f/1.8-3.4 Lens
WiFi and NFC
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p
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Built-in Projector
Balanced Optical SteadyShot™
EVF Viewfinder
2014 Model
30x optical zoom
32GB Dual Flash
High Definition
9.2 megapixels
1/5.8-inch Imager
26.8mm Wide Lens
3.0-inch screen
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
f/1.8-4.0 Lens
WiFi and NFC
1080p @ 24p, 60p
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Built-in Projector
Balanced Optical SteadyShot™
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2014 Model

Sony’s Best HD Camcorders with Balanced Optical Steadyshot™
(Best rated models with the best features and largest imagers)

Sony Handycam HDR-PJ790V Sony Handycam HDR-CX430V Sony Handycam HDR-PJ540/B Sony Handycam HDR-PJ650V
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10x optical zoom
96GB Dual Flash
High Definition
24.1 megapixels
1/2.88-inch Imager
26.3mm Wide Lens
3.0-inch screen
External Mic Jack
f/1.8-3.4 Lens
Built-in GPS
1080p @ 60fps
1080p @ 24fps
Built-in Projector
HDMI projector input
Elevated Microphone
Balanced Optical SteadyShot™
EVF Viewfinder
2013 Model
Infrared NightShot®
30x optical zoom
32GB Dual Flash
High Definition
8.9 megapixels
1/3.91-inch Imager
26.8mm Wide Lens
3.0-inch screen
External Mic Jack
f/1.8-4.0 Lens
Built-in GPS
1080p @ 60fps
1080p @ 24fps
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Balanced Optical SteadyShot™
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2013 Model
30x optical zoom
32GB Dual Flash
High Definition
9.2 megapixels
1/5.8-inch Imager
26.8mm Wide Lens
3.0-inch screen
External Mic Jack
f/1.8-4.0 Lens
Built-in WiFi
1080p @ 60fps
1080p @ 24fps
Built-in WiFi
HDMI projector input
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Balanced Optical SteadyShot™
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2014 Model
12x optical zoom
32GB Dual Flash
High Definition
20.4 megapixels
1/3.91-inch Imager
26.8mm Wide Lens
3.0-inch screen
External Mic Jack
f/1.8-3.4 Lens
Built-in GPS
1080p @ 60fps
1080p @ 24fps
Built-in Projector
HDMI projector input
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Balanced Optical SteadyShot™
EVF Viewfinder
2013 Model

Mid-Range Sony Camcorders
(Best rated models with good features and medium sized imager)

Sony Handycam HDR-PJ340 Sony Handycam HDR-PJ340
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Sony Handycam HDR-CX330 Sony Handycam HDR-CX330
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30x optical zoom
Dual Flash 16gb
High Definition
9.2 megapixels
1/5.8″ Imager
26.8mm Wide Lens
External Mic Jack
Built-in WiFi
F1.8-4.0 Lens
1080p @ 60fps
Built-in Projector
2014 Model
30x optical zoom
Dual Flash 16gb
High Definition
9.2 megapixels
1/5.8″ Imager
26.8mm Wide Lens
External Mic Jack
Built-in WiFi
F1.8-4.0 Lens
1080p @ 60fps
Built-in Projector
2014 Model
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30x optical zoom
Dual Flash 16gb
High Definition
9.2 megapixels
1/5.8″ Imager
26.8mm Wide Lens
External Mic Jack
Built-in WiFi
F1.8-4.0 Lens
1080p @ 60fps
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2014 Model
30x optical zoom
Dual Flash 16gb
High Definition
9.2 megapixels
1/5.8″ Imager
26.8mm Wide Lens
External Mic Jack
Built-in WiFi
F1.8-4.0 Lens
1080p @ 60fps
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2014 Model
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Low Priced Sony Camcorders
(Limited features and smaller sized imager)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX290/B Sony Handycam HDR-PJ230/B Sony Handycam HDRPJ275/B Sony Handycam HDR-CX240
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27x optical zoom
8GB Dual Flash
High Definition
8.9 megapixels
1/5.8″ Imager
F1.9- 4.0mm Lens
29.8mm Wide Lens
1080p @ 60fps
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2013 Model
27x optical zoom
8GB Dual Flash
High Definition
8.9 megapixels
1/5.8″ Imager
F1.9 – 4.0mm Lens
29.8mm Wide Lens
1080p @ 60fps
Built-in Projector
2013 Model
27x optical zoom
8GB Dual Flash
High Definition
9.2 megapixels
1/5.8″ Imager
F1.8 -F4.0 Lens
29.8mm Wide Lens
1080p @ 60fps
Built-in Projector
2014 Model
Built-in WiFi
27x optical zoom
Flash Memory
High Definition
9.2 megapixels
1/5.8″ Imager
F1.8 – 4.0mm Lens
29mm Wide Lens
1080p @ 60fps
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2014 Model
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SmartReview.com 2014 Sony Camcorder Lineup at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014)

Glossary of Terms
Optical Zoom = This is the maximum zoom using the lens of the camcorder. A 10x zoom brings the action in about 10 times closer at its maximum.
Flash Memory = This refers to the way the camcorder records video. Flash memory camcorders normally record to memory cards (SDHC). There are some that have no card, and just have a fixed amount of internal memory such as the Flip Camcorders.
Dual Flash = This type of camcorder has both internal memory and can also record to memory cards.
Imager Size = This refers to the Imager of the camcorder, where the light hits from the lens. This is like the retina of the eye. The larger the imager, the better the quality of the video and better low light performance. High end camcorders generally have a larger imager. Larger is better. A 1/2.6-inch imager is double the size of a 1/5.2-inch imager.
WiFi and NFC = Sony 2014 camcorders have both WiFi and NFC. This allows you to control your camcorder remotely, transfer video, or backup using your smartphone or tablet. All of this is done wirelessly.
Low Light Lenses = Larger and faster lenses allow more light in for greater low light sensitivity. Lenses with low f stop specifications are considered fast lenses. The camcorders on this page all have fast low light lenses with an f stop of f2.8 or lower (lower is better).
Megapixels = This refers to the camera function in the camcorder. This is the amount of megapixels available to take a snapshot picture while using the camcorder.
1080p 720p 60i 24p 60p video = camcorders can record video at various resolutions. Many can record at several different rates. 1080p is the current highest (blu-ray quality). 720p has about half the resolution of 1080p. Also keep in mind the frame rate of the video. Normal video is shot at 30fps (frames per second). 1080@60i is 60 interlaced frames, which is roughly equivalent to 1080p@30fps. Movie film is shot at 24fps (24p). Some camcorders can shoot at 60fps (60p) which will make the movie silky smooth and can be used for slow motion as well.
4K Camcorder = For 2014, Sony has introduced a compact 4K camcorder. A 4K camcorder has 4x the resolution of regular HD. This is movie theater type resolution. A 4K camcorder shoots at 3840×2160 or 8 megapixels of resolution. Normal Full HD only has 2 megapixels of resolution. Sony has introduced its first compact 4K Ultra HD Camcorder named the Sony FDR-AX100 4K Camcorder which is available for 2014.
Infrared NightShot = Some Sony camcorders allow shooting in total darkness. They shoot in infrared. Some have a built-in IR illuminator to light up the area with invisible to the eye infrared light. You see these type of cameras being used in reality shows, such as ghost hunters. Nightshot is available on the Sony HDR-PJ790V (2013), and the Sony FDR-AX100 4K Camcorder (2014).
External Mic Jack = This means that this camcorder is equipped with an external microphone jack or terminal to input an external microphone. There are a wide range of external microphones to choose from including wireless, surround sound, and others. An external microphone will improve the sound recording of your video. It bypasses the built in microphones. This feature is not available in the low priced Sony models.
Wide Angle Lens = The wider the lens, the better. Sony has introduced wider angle lenses than previous year’s in its 2013-2014 models. A wider angle lens will allow you to get more of the scene in your videos than one that is not wide angle. This is important for indoor shots, when you want to get a whole group in the shot, or outdoors to get a panorama view of the landscape. So, for example, a 26mm lens is much wider than a 40mm lens. For Sony, the models with the widest lenses are the HDR-PJ810 (2014), the Sony HDR-PJ790 (2013), the Sony HDR-PJ650V (2013), and the Sony HDR-CX430V (2013) camcorders


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Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ = Sony for 2013-2014 introduced a new type of image stabilization that claims to be 13 times better at dampening camera shake than previous models. The sample footage looks extremely steady. This will allow you to zoom in on subjects without the typical bounce you see in videos, and can help in low light situations. It may replace a Steadycam for some situations. , and we feel it is a feature that will be much appreciated for handheld shots, especially in low light. Available on the Sony HDR-PJ810 (2014 model), the Sony HDR-PJ790V (2013), the Sony HDR-PJ650V (2013), and the Sony HDR-CX430V (2013) camcorders.

Built-in Projector = Sony for 2013-2014 has implemented a built-in projector on LCD door, which will allow you to project your videos onto a wall or other objects. This technology has more light output of last year’s models, allowing up to a 100-inch video image. Sony is the only camcorder manufacturer with this feature. Available on the Sony HDR-PJ810 (2014 model), Sony HDR-PJ340 (2014 model), the Sony HDR-PJ790 (2013), and the Sony HDR-PJ650V (2013) camcorders.
EVF Viewfinder = Most camcorders today do not have a viewfinder, but use their LCD screen to compose video. However, some high end camcorders do have an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF). The advantage of having an EVF is to use the viewfinder in bright sun, where the LCD may be hard to see. The Sony HDR-PJ810 (2014 model), and the 2013 models Sony HDR-PJ790 (2013), the Sony HDR-PJ650V (2013).
HDMI projector input = All 2013-2014 projector camcorders now have an HDMI input, so that you can project not the video on the camcorder, but content (such as movies, pictures, or documents) from your computer, tablet, or smart phone. This includes the Sony HDR-PJ810 (2014 model), the Sony HDR-PJ790V (2013), and the Sony HDR-PJ650V (2013) camcorders.
Elevated 5.1 Channel Microphone = The 2013 Sony HDR-PJ790 has a new Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound microphone that is elevated above the body of the camcorder. This helps to keep the microphone from picking up sounds from the camcorder, such as autofocus and handling sounds. It also allows you to place a furry wind screen (included) over the microphone, which cuts wind noise outside by 90%.


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