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Sony HDR-PJ580

Sony HDR-PJ580
alaScore 85

26 reviews

Feb, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of Sony HDR-PJ580. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-PJ580 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (

Great Camera, Minor Software Improvements Needed


Overall I am very happy with the video camera and would recommend to buy because I think that the performance at this price is worth it compared to other cameras (despite the cons to follow).

HD, Frame Rate, Convenience, Projector

Movie/Picture Management, Slightly Noisy in Dark, Slightly Satured in Dark

Dec, 2012

Consumer review (

HDR-PJ580v, Great Camcorder for anyone!


So, I've had this camera for about 4 months and L O V E it! The super slow mo is a very cool feature that records in 240i but only for 3 sec. The projector quality is way better than i expected and very handy when showing a large crowd a video. The...

Picture quality, smoothness when taking videos, projector, super slowmo, quick, optical steady shot, wide angle, battery

AVCHD format, price

Sep, 2012

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It's a wonderful camera.. Build in light is very useful... PROJECTION is superb... Kids get sooo excited watching themselves on the walls, sofas, etc.... Its a great feature... IT"S A EXCELLENT CAMERA GUYS.. GO FOR IT...



Apr, 2012

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This product is awesome!


I have had this camera for about a little over a month now and love it. It is a great product for amature movie makers (such as my self). The projector is an amazing part, you can shoot it on any wall around you and boom instant movie!

The Digital Zoom, The HD support, Battery life, golf shot, slow motion, and projector

bad in low light, the HD can only be viewed on an HD equiped computer

Apr, 2012

Consumer review (

Excellent Camera


Great device, upgraded from a HDR-HC1. The new camera is smaller, more responsive, has the GPS component and has the advantages of flash memory. The optics are great, sound quality (5.1) is awesome! I do not have any complaints with this camera!

Rapid record turn on time, my prior Sony HD cam corder would require 10-15 seconds to prepare for recording


Mar, 2012

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Good camera, good service


It is a great camera. The projection feature is great. My kids love it.

Easy to Use ; Good Image Stabilization ; Good in Low Light ; Great Picture Quality ; Great Sound ; Great Zoom ; Large Clear LCD ; Zoom range/performance

Mar, 2012

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Good camera, good service


It is a great camera. The projection feature is great. My kids love it.

Easy to Use ; Good Image Stabilization ; Good in Low Light ; Great Picture Quality ; Great Sound ; Great Zoom ; Large Clear LCD ; Zoom range/performance

Mar, 2012

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Shan Alam



Consumer review (



Great so far. Very simple and easy to use. Has some great features like a built in USB plug. Zooms really well and has an excellent picture quality. Built in light is really bright. Doubles as a flash light in the dark. :)

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV50


3D compatibility: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Geotagging: Yes
Minimum illumination:3


Color of product:Black


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):921000
Touch screen: Yes


Built-in flash: Yes
Built-in light: No


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual / Manual
Smile detection: Yes

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):5.02 / 5020000
Effective megapixels (movie):5.02 / 5020000
Optical sensor size:1 / 3.91
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:20.4

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.06 - 12.7
Digital Zoom:160
Filter size:1.18
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.06 - 12.7
Focal length range (f-f):0.114 - 1.37
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable Lens: No
Maximum aperture number:3.4
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):15.5
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.06
Optical Zoom:12

Light Exposure

Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset, Twilight

Other Features

Integrated USB cable: Yes
Projection time:85

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:PlayMemories Home
Cables included:AC, AV, HDMI, USB / AV, HDMI, USB

Ports & interfaces

Composite video out:1
DV port: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video in: No
S-Video out:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Built-in Projector: Yes
Contrast ratio (typical):1500:1
Minimum projection distance:19.7
Native Resolution:640 x 360
Projector brightness:13


Camera shutter speed:0.125 - 0.0001 / 1/8 - 1/10000

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:6016 x 3384
Still image resolution(s):4512 x 3384


Camcorder media type:Memory Card / Memory card, NAND
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo Mark 2, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Flash memory:32
Internal storage capacity:32


Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28
Capture modes:FH, HQ, LP
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:25
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video compression format:AVCHD, H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVCHD,H.264,MPEG2,MPEG4
Video Resolutions:720 x 576,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder: No
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto