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Sony Full HD Black Flash Memory Camcorder with Projector - HDR-PJ580V

Abt Model: HDRPJ580V | UPC Code: 027242842359
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1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p Recording/ Built-In Projector/ 32GB Flash Memory (Up To 11 Hours Recording In LP Mode)/ 20.4MP Still Image Capture/ Wide Angle G Lens/ "Exmor R" CMOS Sensor/ 20x Extended Zoom/ 3.0" Touch Screen Display/ Black Finish
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Sony Full HD Black Flash Memory Camcorder with Projector, Model HDRPJ580V

Why wait until you're in front of the TV to share your gorgeous new footage? With a built-in projector capable of projecting up to a 100" (diag.) image, you can turn practically any wall or flat surface into an impromptu movie screen with this HDR-PJ580V Handycam® camcorder. Powerful Clear Phase stereo speakers complete the experience with high-quality audio in this go-anywhere, mobile theater. Shoot in incredible Full HD quality, and save up to 11 hours of footage (HD LP mode) directly to the embedded 32GB flash memory1. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video. For extra creative control, use CinemaTone mode to deepen colors for a nostalgic, film-like feel–combined with a 24p recording option, you'll get rich cinematic footage.

Features

1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/20.4MP still image capture:
The Sony® HDR-PJ580V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p recording and playback via HDMI™ and compatible HDTV4 providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother playback of your memories.

Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture.

Wide Angle G lens to capture more of what you want
Experience the pinnacle of Sony® lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. In addition, the 26.8mm focal length in Photo and Video Modes offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting.

3.0" touch-screen Xtra Fine LCD™ display (921K) w/TruBlack™ technology
The 3.0" (16:9) Xtra Fine LCD™ screen (921K) displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene. TruBlack™ technology brings remarkably higher contrast delivering more natural, realistic colors and easier viewing in bright conditions by reducing glare.

Event Browse groups photos/videos for you for easy reference
Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing. The date range that Event Browse groups your pictures and videos is easily adjusted to suit your needs. When used with the Highlight Playback feature, making and sharing a highlight reel from your event is easy and fun.

Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver & NAVTEQ® maps7
A built-in GPS receiver7 makes the HDR-PJ580V an ideal choice for travelers. The receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations. Tagged videos and still images can be reviewed and played back using the Map Index function on the camcorder or once downloaded to your PC using the supplied PlayMemories Home software9. Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone.

Intelligent Auto (180 different scene combinations possible)
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction. There are 180 different combinations possible: Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Low light, Macro, Portait, Baby, Walk, Tripod, Wind Noise Reduction. Thie camcorder utilizes an advanced sound processor and sophisticated noise reduction algorithms to reduce wind noise by up to 10db compared to other models. In addition to reducing low frequency noise, iAuto also suppresses mid- and upper-frequency noise, resulting in clearer, more enjoyable sound.

Built-in High-Contrast Projector
The high-contrast projector built-in to the LCD panel gives you the freedom to share your favorite memories virtually anywhere. Powerful enough to project up to a 100" diagonal screen, this small mobile theater packs a powerful punch. Combined with advanced Clear Phase stereo speakers, your memories will come alive for you and those you're sharing with.

CinemaTone presets and 24p recording for cinematic quality video
For extra control over image expression, CinemaTone technology is used to deepen the color and recreate film-like color tones. Combined with 24p recording, you'll have some of the tools you need to fulfill your need for cinematic expression.

Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS sensor for superb low-light video
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor® R CMOS sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.

Tracking Focus follows selected subjects in/out of the frame
Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a touch of the LCD and have the focus follow the selected object, even if it leaves the frame and returns.

Expanded recording/monitoring with mic/headphone jack
Features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately).

Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you
Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pinpoint the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel.

Direct Copy to external HDD without PC13
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive13 (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV4, allowing you to utilize the camcorder's handy playback features.

Golf Shot
Building on the slow-motion capture capabilities of Smooth Slow Record, Golf Shot captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images, which can be viewed/printed individually or as a composite "sequence shot" image, perfect for analyzing the nuances of a golf swing, tennis serve, and other fast action.

32GB embedded Flash Memory for up to 11 hours of recording1
The built-in 32GB1 embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 11 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode).

Advanced controls with expanded focus, zebra, and peaking
The HDR-PJ580V provides advanced capture and control features that are often considered the domain of professional cameras including expanded focus for precise manual focus control, zebra and peaking for precision focus and exposure adjustments.

20x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 12x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.

5.1ch Surround mic for vivid and dynamic surround sound.
Dolby® Digital 5.1 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording.

Active Interface Shoe to attach intelligent accessories
The Active Interface Shoe lets you mount Intelligent Accessories, such as external lights and microphones, which can help extend the capabilities of your camcorder.

Clear Phase stereo speakers for true and dynamic sound
Bring your video alive with Clear Phase stereo speakers. Drawing on Sony's high-end audio expertise, renown S-Master™ digital amplifier technology is utilized to produce more true-to-life sound.

Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it's out of the way until you need it. Charging your camcorder is faster than ever now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time

Built-in Flash
The built-in flash will assist in shedding light on your subject when shooting still photos.

Specifications

Camera

  • Camera Type : Digital HD Video Camera Recorder

Optics/Lens

  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Movie Mode: 26.8mm - 321.6mm (16:9), 32.8mm-393.6mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 26.8mm - 321.6mm (16:9), 32.8mm-393.6mm (4:3)
  • Aperture : F1.8-3.4
  • Digital Zoom : 160x
  • Extended Zoom : 20x
  • Filter Diameter : 30mm
  • Focal Distance : f = 2.9mm - 34.8mm; f =1/8inch - 1 3/8inch
  • Lens Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Lens Type : G Lens™
  • Minimum Focus Distance : Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 50cm (Tele), Approx. 25cm (Tele Macro)
  • Optical Zoom : 12x
  • Steady Shot Mode:Active : 29.1-582.7mm

Exposure System

  • Auto Iris Control : F1.8 - F10
  • Backlight Compensation : Yes (Auto)
  • D-Range Optimizer : Yes
  • Exposure Settings : Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
  • Gain Control : Auto
  • LOW LUX Mode : Yes
  • Metering Modes : Multi-segment / Spot
  • Minimum Illumination : Standard: 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
  • Noise Reduction : Yes
  • Scene Mode(s) : Auto / Twilight / Twilight Portrait (Photo Mode only) / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
  • White Balance Mode : Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor

Projector

  • Endurance (Battery Life) : Approx. 85mim(Supplied Battery)
  • Resolution Output : 640x360
  • Throw Distance : 16ft (5m) (for 100"diagonal)

Interface

  • SD Output : Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable (supplied)); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (supplied)); S Video Out (A/V connecting cable with S Video (sold separately))
  • Remote Jack : Integrated into A/V Remote terminal
  • Remote Commander : Yes
  • A/V Remote Terminal : Video / Audio / Remote
  • Accessory Shoe : Yes (Active Interface Shoe)
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
  • DC IN : Yes
  • Direct Copy : Yes
  • HD Output : HDMI Out (mini) (supplied)
  • HDMI Terminal : Yes (mini)
  • Headphone Jack : Stereo Minijack
  • Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC media compatible
  • Microphone Input : Stereo Minijack
  • PhotoTV HD : Yes
  • USB Port(s) : TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
  • Imaging Sensor
  • Color Filter System : ClearVid™ array
  • Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 5020K pixels (16:9)
  • Imaging Sensor : 1/3.91" (4.6mm) Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Sensor
  • Pixel Gross : Approx. 5430K pixels
  • Processor : BIONZ™ Image processor

Recording

  • Still Image Size 4:3 : Movie mode: 15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512x3384); Photo mode: 15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512x3384)
  • Video Mode : HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps
  • Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 5.1ch, Dolby®Digital 5.1Creator; Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
  • Dual Record : 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384); 10.0 megapixels 16:9 (4224x2376); 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
  • Internal Media : Flash Memory 32GB
  • Media Type : Internal Flash Memory; Memory Stick PRO Duo ™ (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo ™; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
  • Mic Level Control : Yes (2steps)
  • Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear Phase Stereo Speaker
  • Photo Capture from Movie : 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640x480); 0.2 megapixels pixels 16:9 (640x360)
  • Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(2ch) : HD PS: Approx. 2h20m (Approx. 2h20m); HD FX: Approx. 2h45m (Approx. 2h45m); HD FH: Approx. 3h50m (Approx. 2h45m); HD HQ: Approx. 6h50m (Approx. 6h10m); HD LP: Approx. 11h55m (Approx. 7h5m); STD HQ: Approx. 7h5m (Approx. 6h35m)
  • Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(5.1ch) : HD PS: Approx. 2h20m; HD FX: Approx. 2h45m; HD FH: Approx. 3h45m; HD HQ: Approx. 6h40m; HD LP: Approx. 11h35m; STD HQ: Approx. 6h55m
  • Still Image File Format : DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 20.4 megapixels
  • Still Image Mode : JPEG
  • Still Image Size 16:9 : Movie mode: 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384); Photo mode: 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384)
  • Video Actual (Pixel) : Approx.5,020K pixels(16:9), Approx.3,760K pixels(4:3)
  • Video Format : HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60p:original format); STD: MPEG2-PS
  • Video Resolution : HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 24p, 60i (FX, FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i
  • Video Signal : NTSC color, EIA standards
  • Wind Noise Reduction : Yes (Off /On)

Focus Control

  • AF Illuminator : Yes
  • AF Modes : Auto / Manual (Touch Panel / Dial)
  • Focus Area : Full range Focus / Spot Focus
  • Focus Features : Tracking Focus
  • Focus System : Contrast AF
  • Manual Focus Assist : Magnified display for precise manual focus; Peaking Display

Flash

  • Flash Compensation : Yes (3 steps)
  • Flash Coverage : Approx. 0.3m - 2.0m
  • Flash Metering System : Pre-flash TTL
  • Flash Modes : Auto / Forced / Prohibited
  • Flash Type : Built-in Flash

Advanced Features

  • Tracking Focus : Yes
  • Assignable Dial : Yes (Focus / Exposure / Iris / Shutter Speed / AE Shift / WB Shift Set)
  • Audio Level Display : Yes
  • CinemaTone Gamma/Color : Yes
  • Embedded GPS : Yes (Current Position Display (Your Location))
  • Face Detection : Yes
  • Golf Shot : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Intelligent Auto : Portrait/Baby/Walk/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape/Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light/Auto wind noise reduction
  • Priority Setting (for Face Detection) : Auto / Child Priority / Adult Priority
  • S-Master : Yes
  • Smile Shutter™ technology : Dual Capture / Always On / Off
  • Smooth Slow Rec : Yes
  • x.v.Color™ : Yes

LCD Display

  • Angle Adjustment : Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
  • Brightness Control : Yes (Menu)
  • Coverage : 1
  • Grid Display : Guide Frame
  • LCD Type : 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD™ display (921K) w/ TruBlack™ technology
  • Touch Panel : Yes

Drive System

  • Shutter Speeds : Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. (Still Image/ Golf Shot); Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/60 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed Auto Control Range: 1/8 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed (Smooth Slow Rec): 1/250 - 1/10000 (Standard); Scene Selection: 1/8 - 1/10000; LOW LUX: 1/30 - 1/10000
  • Drive Mode : Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
  • Self-timer : 10sec.(Still Image/Golf Shot)

Convenience Features

  • Built-in USB Cable : Yes (USB Charge Available)
  • Date / Time Stamp : Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info, Coordinates)
  • Erase/Protect : Yes / Yes
  • Fader Effect(s) : White / Black
  • Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Auto
  • Media/Battery Indicator : Yes (recordable time, free and used media space) / Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
  • Multiple Language Display : English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish
  • One Touch Disc Burn : Yes (Menu)
  • Power Save Mode : Auto Shut-off(1minute) Eco mode "MAX"; Auto Shut-off(2minutes) Eco mode "Standard"
  • Quick On : Yes (Power On by LCD)
  • Red-Eye Reduction : Yes (On / Off)
  • S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes (Touch Panel)
  • Still Image Playback Options : Slide Show
  • Video Playback Options : Highlight Playback (HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share (Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase); Highlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
  • View & Index : Event / MAP

Software

  • Supplied Software : PC: PlayMemories Home Lite (built-in; for PC only); PlayMemories Home (by download); Music Transfer(by download); MAC:Music Transfer(by download); PlayMemories Online Uploader(by download)
  • Operating System Compatibility : Windows XP SP3 * /Windows Vista SP2 ** /Windows7 * 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. The Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver. 2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs. ** Starter (Edition) are not supported. Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment.

Power

  • Power Consumption (in Operation) : HD: 3.1W; STD: 2.9W
  • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FV50)
  • Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation) : HD: 3.0W; STD: 2.8W
  • Power Requirements : 6.8V/7.2 (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
  • Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation) : HD:3.0W; STD:2.8W

In The Box

  • Lens Hood (1)
  • Power Cord (1)
  • USB Connection Support Cable (1)
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV50) (1)
  • A/V Connecting Cable (1)
  • Remote Commander(RMT-835 with Battery(CR2025)) (1)
  • AC adaptor (AC-L200) (1)
  • HDMI(mini) Cable (1)
  • operating guide (1)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Unit: 3.63" x 3.25" x 6"
Approximate Weight:
  • Unit: 12.16 oz
  • Shipping: 2 lbs
Warranty Information:
  • Manufacturer Warranty(authorized online retailer): 90 days Labor 1 Year parts.

Footnotes:

1. 1GB equals 1 billion bytes, a portion of which is used for data management functions

4. Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold sep.

7. Map service provided by Google and subject to change without notice.

9. For PC: Requires Microsoft® Windows® XP SP3/ Windows V ista® SP2/Windows 7. For Mac: Requires Mac OSX (v10.5-10.7)

13. Requires via VMC-UAM1 cable (sold separately), AC power for camcorder, and hard drive formatted in FAT-32. USB-hub not supported. External HHD/USB media should be less than 2TB(Terabytes)

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Storage TypeFlash Memory
LCD Screen Size (inches)3"
ViewfinderNo
Total Pixel Count5430K pixels
Effective Pixel Count5020K pixels
Manual FocusingYes
Optical Zoom12x
Digital Zoom160x
Night ModeNo
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Built In Video LightYes
Mic InputYes
Max Recording Time With Battery85min
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still20.4 megapixels
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityYes
Included Removeable MemoryNo
Weight With Battery (pounds)14.99 oz
Width (inches)3.63"
Height (inches)3.25"
Depth (inches)6"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty90 Days
  

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Sony Full HD Black Flash Memory Camcorder with Projector
 
4.5

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Amazing Dream Come True! Couldn't Be Happier!

This is simply one of the most amazing devices I've ever used! This easy-to-use video camera records in 60p (not 60i of cheaper models) which is double the normal frame rate of 30...Read complete review

This is simply one of the most amazing devices I've ever used! This easy-to-use video camera records in 60p (not 60i of cheaper models) which is double the normal frame rate of 30 fps NTSC (USA). Records to AVCHD in a single file. It easily fits in my front pocket of my shorts. The movie screen projector is really much better than I could have imagined coming from such a small device. All friends, everyone, is totally amazed at that, as am I! Built-in GPS shows maps and shows where your videos and photos were taken in the real world. Best controlled by the included, refined IR Remote Controller, which can zoom, record, pause, playback, photos, arrow keys, and more. Another selling point for me is the 5.1 Dolby Digital microphones embedded in various spots on the camera, with two microphones for the rear speakers are directly under the 3" LCD Touch-Screen for you to narrate, with stereo mics shooting front. With an internal 16GB of empty storage space, you also can add more memory with an SDHC memory card. It has amazing anti-shake functions that work very well. Battery included runs around 2 hours, perhaps just shy of that. On the highest possible quality setting while using the internal 16 GB of memory, you may get about 1 hour and 2 minutes of recording. I'll record in nothing less. When a bird flies by my video recording I play it back frame-by-frame. Upon playback, I can study how the wings are reacting with the wind and flapping, and see it made 5 strokes(?) past my shot, right in front of me. It is amazingly cool. Plus, an actual USB cord is permanently attached to the camera, so you will always be able to connect it to any standard USB port for not only media transfer, but this will even charge your battery! It just takes a little longer, but you can easily charge your battery by simply connecting it to any USB port that is powered. Always plug directly in to the computer USB port, and not after a USB hub that splits the signals leaving inadequate power to charge. Includes extra USB extension cable for easy USB connections. Also a mini-USB port, as well as a mini-HDMI out port as well which will connect directly to your HD 5.1 surround sound audio video system. Many internal options for precise control of the whole camera system. Plus, the camera lens cover automatically opens and closes as you need it. Never worry about your lens cover again! A few drawbacks, the unit is super small, so small that my male hands of a 6 foot 210 lbs person, barely is able to get my hand through the holding spot and be able to fasten the velcro strap. This is really a bad design for bigger hands. It's just barely connected and worries me. The video record button should be on the left side of the camera, not the right as it is just not a natural place for your thumb. My thumb rests on the left of the battery, not the right. Oh and forget about indoor still photos as it is just incredibly poor. I won't even get in to it. Outside daylight photos are decent, but still have a little camera-phone type of result to the photos. It is 8.9 megapixels. One note about AVCHD video cameras is that importing and playback are more challenging than in the past. You need appropriate software on your computer. A positive note is that you can burn directly to a DVD burner and burn a disc without a computer or anything else. You can even attach it directly to an external HDD as well! And with swappable memory, you can always replace with more memory while on a vacation / holiday, or whatever you desire. Anyways, remember that the video is out of this world amazing! So small, so lightweight, just so incredible! I was very much delighted about this purchase. I returned two lower grade Sony camcorders until I found this one in particular. It has everything I could want (well, almost, the more fps the better) but I don't have money to buy broadcast type equipment in the thousands of dollars, unfortunately. So this really is a great video camera, and just watch out, don't be tricked in to buying a 60i camcorder as the interlacing is horrible and totally unacceptable. But you can lower the quality to this 60i (interlaced) recording instead of the max quality of 60p (progressive fps). Nevertheless, I basically NEED a bigger hand strap and would gladly purchase one if it exists, I haven't researched this yet. I had another similar looking Sony Webbie camcorder and it has an internal sealed battery. How with this Sony Projector HDR-PJ260V has external batteries so you can take as many as you want for backup, which is a huge bonus. Anyways, if you want great things, for the price, this is an amazing product to say the least! Thank you Sony!

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Good one..but needs some improvement

Overall a very good camcorder and decent projector but giving low score due to below points: 1. indoor movies are grainy even at decent indoor lights 2. gives MTS file HD...Read complete review

Overall a very good camcorder and decent projector but giving low score due to below points: 1. indoor movies are grainy even at decent indoor lights 2. gives MTS file HD video...cannot see it in my TV via Apple TV....should support mutile formats 3. Battery sucks, it has projector so should have high mAH battery...operation is only 2 hours ..if you use projector then it hardly last for few minutes. Projector will be used when you are outside or travelling and you dont have power source..and it last for 20 to 30 mins as its eat but energy fast.....useless. With power source at home u will use your big TV not projector.

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4.0

Awesome!

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from Illinois

About Me Casual User

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Full HD Black Flash Memory Camcorder with Projector:

    Loved this camera on a trip to Disney! Only reason I didn't give it 5stars is that I NEVER give 5stars.

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    3.0

    Good one..but needs some improvement

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    from LA

    Comments about Sony Full HD Black Flash Memory Camcorder with Projector:

    Overall a very good camcorder and decent projector but giving low score due to below points: 1. indoor movies are grainy even at decent indoor lights 2. gives MTS file HD video...cannot see it in my TV via Apple TV....should support mutile formats 3. Battery sucks, it has projector so should have high mAH battery...operation is only 2 hours ..if you use projector then it hardly last for few minutes. Projector will be used when you are outside or travelling and you dont have power source..and it last for 20 to 30 mins as its eat but energy fast.....useless. With power source at home u will use your big TV not projector.

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    5.0

    Perfect item and Customer service

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    from Levittown PA

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films

      Comments about Sony Full HD Black Flash Memory Camcorder with Projector:

      Very good items. i can recommend this items. Works very good.

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      4.0

      Great Camera, Minor Software Improvements Needed

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      from Orlando, FL

      Comments about Sony Full HD Black Flash Memory Camcorder with Projector:

      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). In general I find that the movie picture quality is excellent which was the reason I bought this camera. The frame route, stabilizers, autofocus, and physical controls allow for smooth panning and zooming. I didn't realize that the video camera is small enough to fit into my DSLR camera bag with the usual stuff I bring, so I find that I bring my video camera out more than I thought I would have. Also, the camera fits in my jeans pockets making it convenient to stow. I also rated convenience as a pro because I like that I can just open the camera viewing screen and click record and I am ready to go. The slickly hidden USB connector is also a plus. The projector works well, in my opinion better in dimly lit areas than I thought. The challenge is finding a big enough wall, nothing to do with the camera. I think the movie/picture management needs some work. There are too many clicks needed to delete photos/movies on the camera itself. I cannot figure out how to change the default picture import directory on the Sony import software. The software doesn't allow easy management of the media on the camera and again deleting media is a pain when transferring. Also, if you don't delete something, it copies additional copies of the media which I have to go find and delete on my disk. It lets me select movies to copy, but how I am going remeber what I copied? The software should remember for me like Picasa. The included editing software does not work on my modern fairly high-end gaming machine because of performance issues of the software. However, on my wife's old Mac running iMovie '09, managing the media is great and editing works perfectly which makes me realize the performance defect is in the software and not my PC which doesn't blip running PC games. The included Sony software does not also resample the videos as nicely as iMovie making sharing the movies via e-mail or upload impossible from the included software. Note that I can still function on my computer with basic capabilities using Picasa 3 once I convert the file on the Mac. While shopping for the camera, I noticed a degredation in quality filming in the dark. Even the Sony store is dark making the demo camcorder performance seem worse than it really is. Even though the quality of the dark movies is not as good as movies taken in well lit circumstances, it is not as bad as what you would see on the small viewfinder screen when filming a demo. So it is hard to judge unless you are able to capture a movie and watch it on an HD TV. When you do, you will see some noise, particularly objects that have a hint of red and are moving (see attached picture example, video would not upload in native Sony MTS format#. I also think the red and maybe the blue are slightly over saturated in the dark, but again not enough to stop my from buying or recommending the camera nor compared to other cameras in the price range that I compared with unless you only plan to film in dark areas and if you are that picky. Also, my last beef is that I have randomly taken photos captured in my imports - somehow I am hitting the photo button or something randomly while I am filming and while I am just holding the camera. I do not get feedback when I do this #like a camera click sound or visual), at least not one I am noticing. The photo picture quality is ok, but I would prefer my DSLR for taking real pictures. Overall, I am happy with my purchase and I have been using the camera often since my son was born. I was concerned that my wife would not use it, but because it is so easy to use, she has no problem picking it up and filming. Most of my cons, maybe even all, can be fixed with firmware or software updates, so I hope there are updates which address at least some of the issues.

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      5.0

      Best Camcorder

      By 

      from San Clemente, Ca

      Pros

      • Picture Quality, Sound Quality

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Full HD Black Flash Memory Camcorder with Projector:

        I bought this camcorder on a Wednesday night and recorded a 45 minute training session on Thursday morning. Didn't read instructions, just set it up at one end of the conference room and pushed record. Dropped it on our network and the video and audio quality was awesome. Another group conducted a training session that afternoon using a large TV screen it looked so clear you would think it was professionally filmed. Biggest surprise was the projector. Wasn't looking for that feature but it is really good, not just a gimmick. Another surprise is the smile feature. I didn't even know it was taking those pictures but they were great. This camcorder is way beyond what you think you are getting. I have already referred another friend who bought one.

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        5.0

        Sony is still great!

        By 

        from New Jersey

        Pros

        • Great Zoom, wide angle and low light features.

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Full HD Black Flash Memory Camcorder with Projector:

            I was impressed with the zoom. I shot the moon and was surprised at how clear a photo I got. This camera was beyond my expectations.

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            (28 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing Dream Come True! Couldn't Be Happier!

            By 

            from Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

            Comments about Sony Full HD Black Flash Memory Camcorder with Projector:

            This is simply one of the most amazing devices I've ever used! This easy-to-use video camera records in 60p (not 60i of cheaper models) which is double the normal frame rate of 30 fps NTSC (USA). Records to AVCHD in a single file. It easily fits in my front pocket of my shorts. The movie screen projector is really much better than I could have imagined coming from such a small device. All friends, everyone, is totally amazed at that, as am I! Built-in GPS shows maps and shows where your videos and photos were taken in the real world. Best controlled by the included, refined IR Remote Controller, which can zoom, record, pause, playback, photos, arrow keys, and more. Another selling point for me is the 5.1 Dolby Digital microphones embedded in various spots on the camera, with two microphones for the rear speakers are directly under the 3" LCD Touch-Screen for you to narrate, with stereo mics shooting front. With an internal 16GB of empty storage space, you also can add more memory with an SDHC memory card. It has amazing anti-shake functions that work very well. Battery included runs around 2 hours, perhaps just shy of that. On the highest possible quality setting while using the internal 16 GB of memory, you may get about 1 hour and 2 minutes of recording. I'll record in nothing less. When a bird flies by my video recording I play it back frame-by-frame. Upon playback, I can study how the wings are reacting with the wind and flapping, and see it made 5 strokes(?) past my shot, right in front of me. It is amazingly cool. Plus, an actual USB cord is permanently attached to the camera, so you will always be able to connect it to any standard USB port for not only media transfer, but this will even charge your battery! It just takes a little longer, but you can easily charge your battery by simply connecting it to any USB port that is powered. Always plug directly in to the computer USB port, and not after a USB hub that splits the signals leaving inadequate power to charge. Includes extra USB extension cable for easy USB connections. Also a mini-USB port, as well as a mini-HDMI out port as well which will connect directly to your HD 5.1 surround sound audio video system. Many internal options for precise control of the whole camera system. Plus, the camera lens cover automatically opens and closes as you need it. Never worry about your lens cover again! A few drawbacks, the unit is super small, so small that my male hands of a 6 foot 210 lbs person, barely is able to get my hand through the holding spot and be able to fasten the velcro strap. This is really a bad design for bigger hands. It's just barely connected and worries me. The video record button should be on the left side of the camera, not the right as it is just not a natural place for your thumb. My thumb rests on the left of the battery, not the right. Oh and forget about indoor still photos as it is just incredibly poor. I won't even get in to it. Outside daylight photos are decent, but still have a little camera-phone type of result to the photos. It is 8.9 megapixels. One note about AVCHD video cameras is that importing and playback are more challenging than in the past. You need appropriate software on your computer. A positive note is that you can burn directly to a DVD burner and burn a disc without a computer or anything else. You can even attach it directly to an external HDD as well! And with swappable memory, you can always replace with more memory while on a vacation / holiday, or whatever you desire. Anyways, remember that the video is out of this world amazing! So small, so lightweight, just so incredible! I was very much delighted about this purchase. I returned two lower grade Sony camcorders until I found this one in particular. It has everything I could want (well, almost, the more fps the better) but I don't have money to buy broadcast type equipment in the thousands of dollars, unfortunately. So this really is a great video camera, and just watch out, don't be tricked in to buying a 60i camcorder as the interlacing is horrible and totally unacceptable. But you can lower the quality to this 60i (interlaced) recording instead of the max quality of 60p (progressive fps). Nevertheless, I basically NEED a bigger hand strap and would gladly purchase one if it exists, I haven't researched this yet. I had another similar looking Sony Webbie camcorder and it has an internal sealed battery. How with this Sony Projector HDR-PJ260V has external batteries so you can take as many as you want for backup, which is a huge bonus. Anyways, if you want great things, for the price, this is an amazing product to say the least! Thank you Sony!

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            5.0

            Impressive Camera

            By 

            from Chicago IL

            Pros

            • See description

            Cons

            • None so far

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony Full HD Black Flash Memory Camcorder with Projector:

              1- The camera is easy to use. I was able to get going with it without reading the instructions. I am of the opinion that a well designed product should be intuitive, and not need instructions. This camera receives high marks in this area. I got all features working without the manual. 2- The quality of the video was extremely good. The camera focuses well, and the images are brilliant and have excellent contrast. 3- The camera came with all the needed cables, and the remote. 4- I like the built in USB cord.. it is not long at all, but it is nice to have a cord ready to plug in to re-charge, or synch with etc... if you don't have your case with all your stuff with you. 5- Face detection & - SMILE detection - check this out..not only does he camera have face detection.. but when set up, when taking a video, if it detects a smile, it takes a picture! That's pretty cool.. you may get that "one in a lifetime" shot while shooting a video! 6- Built in GPS receiver - To be honest this is kinda funky and I am just learning it., But when on (it is on by default) when you take videos (outdoors naturally) it tracks WHERE you took them.. so later on you say for example: "Remember when we were in Time Square?" Instead of looking for a file number & date on the camera, (which you can) you simply touch the "map view", find Times Square and there you are.. it will show what you shot there! It is pretty neat Finally, the jaw dropping surprise. I had expected the projector to be little more than a novelty and perhaps even a nuisance. I was shocked to see that the built in projector is actually usable. In a normal room light, you can use the projector for 8X10 projection. In a darkened room, you can project a Big and Bright movie. In addition, the playback speakers provided suitable sound, especially considering their small size. You will not be disappointed with this camera, and it is worth every cent of the price.

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              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              SUPER COOL AWESOME CAMERA

              By 

              from CALIFORNIA

              Comments about Sony Full HD Black Flash Memory Camcorder with Projector:

              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...

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              This product is awesome!

              By 

              from Lansing, Michigan

              Comments about Sony Full HD Black Flash Memory Camcorder with Projector:

              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!

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