Sony Handycam HDR-Pj260V with Projector Review

IMAG0568 I have used the Sony Handy Cam HDR-Pj260v for quite a while now. This is a camcorder that comes with main unique features including a built-in projector. Which some and including I initial deemed as being pointless. I can safely say that isn’t the case with this camcorder.

The Sony HDR-PJ260V offers 1920 x 1080 high-definition resolution letting you record you’re in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60i recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother playback of your memories. The high-contrast projector built-in to the LCD panel gives you the freedom to share your favorite memories virtually anywhere. Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. In addition, the 29.8mm focal length in Photo and Video Modes offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide-angle shooting. The built-in 16GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 3 hours of high-definition video footage (HD LP mode).

The Sony PJ260vis a very versatile and solid camcorder, and I really can’t complain about anything at all on with it; other than the lack of a shoe mount for a mic.  This is a very, very good camcorder, the project is a great added feature that bring a very social atmosphere and is handy for large events. In all, if you are looking for a great camcorder with a few extra. You definitely have to go for the Sony HDR-PJ260

Imaging Sensor

  • Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 2230K pixels (16:9)
  • Color Filter System: ClearVid™ array

Recording

  • 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)
  • Still Image Mode: JPEG
  • Still Image Size 16:9: Movie mode: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984×2240); Photo mode: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984×2240)
  • Video Mode: HD:1920×1080/60p(PS),60i(FX,FH), 1440×1080/60i(HQ,LP); STD HQ: 9Mbps
  • Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(2ch): HD PS: Approx. 1h0m (Approx. 1h0m); HD FX: Approx. 1h15m (Approx. 1h15m); HD FH: Approx. 1h40m (Approx. 1h40m); HD HQ: Approx. 3h0m (Approx. 2h15m); HD LP: Approx. 5h15m (Approx. 4h20m); STD HQ: Approx. 3h10m (Approx. 2h55m)
  • Dual Record: 8.9 megapixels 16:9(3984×2240); 4.5 megapixels 16:9(2816×1584); 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920×1080)
  • Microphone/Speaker: Built-in Zoom Microphone;Clear Phase Stereo Speaker
  • Internal Media: Flash Memory 16GB

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type: G Lens™
  • Aperture: F1.8-3.4
  • Optical Zoom: 30x
  • Digital Zoom: 350x
  • Extended Zoom: 55x
  • Focal Distance: f = 2.1mm – 63.0mm; f =3/32inch – 2 1/2inch

LCD Display

  • LCD Type: 3.0″ Clear Photo LCD(TM) display (230K) Wide(16:9)
  • Angle Adjustment: Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
  • Brightness Control: Yes (Menu)
  • Touch Panel: Yes

Focus Control

  • AF Modes: Auto / Manual (Touch Panell)
  • Focus Area: Full range Focus / Spot Focus
  • Focus Features: Tracking Focus

Exposure System

  • Metering Modes: Multi-segment / Spot
  • Exposure Settings: Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
  • Backlight Compensation: Yes (Auto)
  • Gain Control: Auto

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

Projector

  • Resolution Output: 640 x 360
  • Throw Distance: 16ft (5m) (for 100″diagonal)

Convenience Features

  • Red-Eye Reduction: Yes (On / Off)
  • Fader Effect(s): White / Black
  • Erase/Protect: Yes / Yes
  • Media/Battery Indicator: Yes (recordable time, free and used media space) / Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
  • 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)
  • Built-in USB Cable: Yes (USB Charge Available)

Advanced Features

  • Tracking Focus: Yes
  • 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

Interface

  • Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC media compatible
  • PhotoTV HD: Yes
  • Remote Commander: Yes
  • DC IN: Yes

Power

  • Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation): HD:3.0W

Basic Specifications

Weights and Measurements

  • Weight (Approx.): Approx. 8.99oz (NP-FV50 (supplied battery)); Approx. 10.58oz (NP-FV70); Approx. 14.10oz (NP-FV100)

In The Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV50) (1)
  • AC adaptor (AC-L200) (1)
  • Power Cord (1)