Tested by experts 06d9a64036647e73500f0390c533b110047acb1d8dfcda07834106364a611f86
camcorders
  • Editors' Choice

Sony HDR-PJ710 Camcorder Review

Sony's new HDR-PJ710V is one of the most impressive camcorders we've reviewed this year.

$1,299.00
Advertisement

Introduction

This year we've seen a lot of slightly updated camcorders with one or two new features and no substantial improvement to image quality or performance. But the Sony HDR-PJ710V is one product that actually delivers. The camcorder has all the cool features that made the Sony HDR-CX700V great in 2011, but with drastically improved low light performance, better image stabilization, and a built-in projector that was only found on select Sony models last year.

Sony isn't just giving the HDR-PJ710V away for free, so you have to decide if this better performance is worth the cash. With an initial launch price of $1299 (too high), the camcorder has since dropped to $1149 on Sony's website. This puts it in roughly the same price range as the Canon HF G10, and just a bit more expensive than the Panasonic HC-X900M. If you have even more cash to blow, Sony does offer a step-up HDR-PJ760V Handycam for $1399. The PJ760V has three times as much internal memory (96GB) and includes an electronic viewfinder—otherwise it's the same as the HDR-PJ710V.

Video Review

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Sony Handycam HDR-PJ710V, take a look at these other camcorders.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Usability
  10. Ease of Use
  11. Handling
  12. Controls
  13. Features
  14. Recording Options
  15. Hardware
  16. Other Features
  17. Sony Handycam HDR-CX700V Comparison
  18. Panasonic HC-X900M Comparison
  19. Canon Vixia HF G10 Comparison
  20. Conclusion
  21. Photo Gallery

News and Features

Boston fireworks hero 2

Want Better Fireworks Photos? Just Shoot Video

For a frustration-free experience, set it and forget it.

Dsc02962

This Palm-Sized Quadcopter Is the Little Drone That Could

The Zano drone may fit in your hand, but it's got a big personality.

Nest cam hero

Nest Unveils a WiFi Security Camera for the 21st Century

Nest has released a revamped version of the Dropcam security camera.

Gopro hero lcd hero

GoPro Adds to Its Arsenal With the New Hero+ LCD

GoPro announces new Hero+ LCD, giving the low-cost Hero an LCD.

Red weapon hero

RED's 8K Cinema Camera Is Ahead of Its Time

With 8K capabilities, RED seems to be breaking all the rules.

Panasonic news hero

Panasonic Introduces New Action Cam, Pro 4K Camcorder, Firmware

Wearable action cams? 4K pro camcorder? GH4 firmware? Yes!

Canon hero

Canon Debuts New C300 Mark II, XC10 Camcorder

With two new cameras, Canon's 4K lineup is more versatile than ever.

Cat

Get a Cat's Eye View With Xiaomi's Yi Action Camera

Could GoPro's first real competitor come from China?

Lego camera hero

Is Your Camera Oscar-Worthy?

Ever wonder what cameras are used in Oscar-nominated films?