Sony Handycam HDR-PJ30V Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • 1080p HD video (60 fps)
  • Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 12x optical zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Built-in projector
  • Stereo speakers
  • Sony G lens
  • 3-inch touch LCD
  • Wind noise reduction
  • GPS-tagging
  • Tracking focus
  • Face detection
  • Captures to Memory Stick/SD/SDHC/32GB built-in flash memory
  • Release Date: 2011-03-10
  • Final Grade: 70 3.5 Star Rating: Recommended


Sony Handycam HDR-PJ30V
1080p HD video (60 fps); Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor; 12x optical zoom; Optical image stabilization; Built-in projector; Stereo speakers; Sony G lens; 3-inch touch LCD; Wind noise reduction; GPS-tagging; Tracking focus; Face detection; Captures to Memory Stick/SD/SDHC/32GB built-in flash memory
By , Last updated on: 2/11/2016

The Sony PJ30V is one of the most interesting camcorders to emerge this year. Like plenty of camcorders, it shoots good-quality 1080p video, but the interesting part is the built-in pico projector on the back of the LCD panel. Users can share video on any wall, right from their video camera. The projector is pretty dim (10 lumens) but the concept is excellent and should work reasonably well except under intense, direct light. Sony had a mini-darkroom display at CES to demonstrate the effect, but it even worked out under the bright lights of the convention center floor. The PJ30V also has built-in stereo speakers and geo-tagging capabilities. It won't change the game, and it's on the expensive side of things, but it's pretty cool. Also check out the PJ50V, which is a 64GB version, and the PJ10, which is a 16GB, non-GPS version.

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