The Sony HDR-PJ620 is a full HD camcorder shooting video at 50Mbps, this ensures image quality and detail. The camera is lightweight and small enough to handhold at arm’s length. The construction is of course mostly plastic but the front has a metal ring surrounding the lens.
The camcorder records to XDSC micro SD cards upto 64GB in capacity. You will however need a U3 card to use the camera at XAVCS @50Mbps.
There is a proprietary shoe for mounting accessories like a light or more importantly an external microphone, don’t forget to budget for one as the built in microphones of almost every consumer camera are bloody awful! The PJ620 has a microphone input through a 3.5mm socket that supplies power so you can use a microphone that does not use a battery and therefore no need to worry about forgetting to turn it on (or off) or worrying about how much battery life you have left.
As a sound recordist, my first priority when buying a camcorder is having an external microphone input and that you can adjust the gain level manually. Also on the top at the rear of the camcorder you can find the zoom rocker and the still photo button, which is positioned right in the way of the zoom rocker…
The screen is a 3 inch flip out design that most will be familiar with however it also houses the projector so you can project your footage or footage from another device via the projector socket. On the inside of the screen door at the top is the projector focus control slider.
You can adjust your mic level by looking for the microphone settings in the menus.
The camera also has a rather excellent image stabilisation method called Balanced Optical Steadyshot or BOSS for short.
The lens is the Sony G lens and not the Zeiss glass found in some models but images are sharp and detailed while auto focus seems snappy. There is a filter thread for 46mm filters, I will never recommend using a UV filter, but I would recommend using a circular polariser and an ND filter for most other daylight shooting outdoors. ND filters are especially useful at controlling bright conditions.
Power is from the widely used NP-FV series of batteries so you will have no worries there. Power consumptions seems to be low so even with the tiny NP-FV50 (980mAh) (supplied) you can also purchase the NP-FV70 (1960mAh) and the NP-FV100 (3410 mAh) from a number of different places.
Charging is via the USB cable in the handle and this connects to the included mains socket charger, though there is also the Sony standard charging socket on the rear panel just below the record button.
Sony multi in.
Out put sockets are:
Also inside the screen door you will find:
My voice cancellation button ( designed to remove the bias of sound coming from the camera operator at the rear).
SDXC card slot.
This camcorder is small and enough to be carried in a camera bag for a photographer that also wants some video of her/himself for their SEO video content or for vloggers etc alike.
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