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Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector

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Product Highlights
  • 1920 x 1080/24p HD Recording
  • 32GB Internal Flash Memory
  • Memory Stick Duo / SD Memory Card Slot
  • 1/4" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0" WIDE Xtra Fine Touch Panel LCD
  • Sony Lens G with 30mm Filter Diameter
  • 12x Optical and 150x Digital Zoom
  • Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
  • Built-In Projector
  • Built-In GPS Receiver

The Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector is more than your ordinary high def camera. The PJ30 boasts a GPS receiver and projector too! Now, instead of sharing your videos and stills on the LCD screen you can project right onto the nearest wall, up to 60". And when you want to geo-tag your creations the built-in receiver lets you do just that. In addition, the GPS feature also allows you to archive your footage based on location for easy retrieval and sharing on social media sites.

When it comes to the more conventional aspects of the PJ30, you'll find all things you would expect for a camera of this caliber: a 3.0" touch screen LCD, 17x Extended zoom, optical image stabilization, a wide angle lens... You'll also find a few things that you weren't expecting, like 5.1 channel Dolby Digital Surround Sound recording. In fact, the camera is full of audio enhancements, such as Sony's built-in Clear Phase stereo speakers, mic and headphone connections, and wind noise reduction.

Shooting controls, like Intelligent Auto, help take the guesswork out of recording. Some other useful controls include Golf Shot and Tracking Focus. When it comes to features that come into play after recording, High Playback, Event Browse, and NAVTEQ maps help you organize, jazz up, and review your footage in fun and unique ways. And of course, the PJ30V comes with editing software included so you can edit and share your memories with ease.

1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p/24p Recording with 7MP Still Image
The Sony HDR-PJ30V 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 (cable sold separately) and compatible HDTV providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother playback of your memories. If you're looking for a film-like quality look to your video, 24p recording is available for you
32GB Embedded Flash Memory for Up to 13 Hours of Recording
The embedded 32GB flash memory can record and store up to 13 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode)
Project Your Videos On the Go Anywhere, Anytime
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 60" 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
Wide Angle G Lens to Capture Everything 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 27.4mm focal length in Photo Mode and 29.8mm in Video Mode offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting
Geotagging with Built-In GPS Receiver and NAVTEQ Maps
A built-in GPS receiver makes the HDR-PJ30V 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 PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software. Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone
17x 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
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" 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
3.0" Touch Screen Clear Photo LCD Plus Display (230K)
The 3.0" Clear Photo LCD Plus screen 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
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with 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
Highlight Playback Creates Movies with Transitions
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
Tracking Focus Follows Selected Subject
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
Expanded Recording and Monitoring with Microphone and 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)
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
Event Browse Groups Photos and Videos
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
Wind Noise Reduction for Clear Voice Recording
Wind Reduction reduces noise and interference that is produced when wind passes over the microphone, giving you a clearer and more enjoyable sound experience
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
5.1 Channel 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
Built-In USB Cable for Easy File Transfer and Charging
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
Intelligent Auto - 90 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 (90 different combinations possible): Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Low light, Macro, Portrait, Baby, Walk, Tripod
Direct Copy to External HDD without PC
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV, 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
Built-In Flash
The built-in flash sheds light on your subject when taking still photos
Camera
Sensor 1/4"  CMOS
Optics
Lens 2.9 - 34.8 mm
f/1.8 - 3.4
Zoom Optical: 12x
Digital: 160x
Filter Size 30 mm
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media Internal Flash Memory 32GB 
Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Recording Time Internal Flash Memory GB
HD PS: 2 hours, 35 minutes
HD HQ: 7 hours, 15 minutes
HD LP: 12 hours, 55 minutes
STD HQ: 7 hours, 40 minutes
Video Format High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1440 x 1080i / 60 fps
Standard Definition
720 x 480i / 60 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 7.1 Megapixel
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo 1
Please Note:

Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel

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Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3.0"
2nd Display
Projector
Native Resolution 640 x 360
Brightness 10 Lumens
Contrast Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Throw Distance 2 - 9.8' (0.5 - 3.0 m)
Projection Size 10 - 60" / 254.00 - 1524.00 mm 
Features
Image Stabilization Optical
Lux 11 (1/60 shutter speed)
3 (1/30 shutter speed)
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - Yes
Accessory Shoe Hot
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini
Outputs 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini
1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x USB 2.0
1x Component Video (out)
1x Composite Video (out)
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
General
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP3)
    Vista (SP2)
    7
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.3 x 2.5 x 5.0" / 58.5 x 64.5 x 128.0 mm
Weight 12.2 oz / 346 g
Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector
  • AC-L200 AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • NP-FV50 Rechargeable Battery Pack (1030mAh, 8.4V)
  • RMT-835 Remote Commander
  • Component A/V Cable
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Connecting Cable
  • CD-ROM Handycam Application Software
  • User's Operating Guide
  • 1-Year Parts & 90-Days Labor Limited Warranty
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    SonyHDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector
     
    4.5

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (27)
    • Great picture quality (27)
    • Zoom range/performance (26)
    • Image stabilization (23)
    • Good in low light (16)

    Cons

    • Limited zoom (4)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (25)
    • Home movies (19)
    • HD shooting (13)
    • Low light (13)
    • Movies/short films (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (20), Enthusiast (7), Semi-pro (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (26), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fantastic Value

    I got this a few days ago at B&H special price. While this camcorder is actually the 2011 model, it has features virtually identical to the 2012 model PJ-580V selling at...Read complete review

    I got this a few days ago at B&H special price. While this camcorder is actually the 2011 model, it has features virtually identical to the 2012 model PJ-580V selling at twice the price. Yes, there are minor differences, such as, PJ-580V projector is brighter (13 lumens v 10 lumens), has larger CMOS Sensor resulting in more effective pixels. I can tell you that the HD video from the PJ30V is stunning and has 5.1 dolby digital sound. Get this before they are gone or the price doubles. You won't be disappointed.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Don't get fooled by the fancy projector

    This is a legit camera for the mid-level consumer market. It captures colors well, handles indoor and outdoor lighting with a snap, and is everything else you might want in a very-good-but-not-top-of-the-line consumer...Read complete review

    This is a legit camera for the mid-level consumer market. It captures colors well, handles indoor and outdoor lighting with a snap, and is everything else you might want in a very-good-but-not-top-of-the-line consumer camcorder.However, it is overpriced. It can justify its higher price point because it comes with a built-in projector. When I bought it with the projector, I imagined that I could the use the camera to display the captured videos at home or the office. The problem is that the projector is locked. (And don't get me wrong, it's a good projector.)The projector will only display (really, the device will only play) videos that it itself has captured. If you edit the video on your computer, it will no longer play on the camera. If you load new video from your computer (hey, check out this video I saw online), it will not play. You cannot hook it up to a computer to project the display.As best I can tell, this lock is tied to an encryption flag the camera adds to its own videos. If the file is altered in any way, or is missing that flag, then it will not play, even if the format is the same.This is stupid and there is no justifiable reason my camera should be locked to only projecting un-edited rough shots that it captured (the kind of videos I'm least likely to want displayed, because they're un-edited). The camera is capable of doing more, and that's the device I thought I was buying. I'm going to keep working to hack it to unlock that full potential, but in the meantime, this is a $ - camera that I was deceived into paying $ for. Won't be buying Sony for a while now.(Also, the menus are really annoying to navigate. But I can get over that.)Good camera, but worthless projector feature makes it overpriced.

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    5.0

    Great buy!

    By A-train

    from Lubbock, Tx

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

    This camera is great! It's our first 'nice' video camera and we love it, the picture is good, it works well in dim light too, and the projector is a really fun feature! Highly recommend it.

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    5.0

    Handy handycam with projector

    By Selva

    from San Antonio, TX

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Movies/Short Films
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

    I love this product very much. The touchscreen in the display is very easy to handle.
    The projector is also good with zooming options. It have a remote control too.
    The good thing about this handycam is while you recording the movie it automatically captures picture when the person smiles.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Most useful camcorder

    By triyad

    from nyc

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

    Mostly use on our recent vacation. Camcorder is easy to use, very good video and still photo. Better than my other 3 ccd cams. Good on low light and easy to transfer to external hard drive w/o PC. This is my 4th camcorder, so far the best.

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    • No

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    5.0

    "Excited, Thrilled and Amazed!"

    By Nikita

    from Indianapolis, Indiana

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Audio Projection

    Best Uses

    • HD Shooting
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

    I needed a camcorder that would also project for an upcoming trip to Kenya. I tried it out on a local band in a bar and was blown away at the quality of the sound and digital display. We found a spot to project it and everyone enjoyed reviewing it immediately. The speakers aren't going to be strong enough to project into a classroom, but I'm not sure that any of them would without help. The sound wasn't distorted by the band at all! The touch screen isn't as sensitive as I like, but a touch screen pen is perfect. There isn't too much to have to learn to get it working. I plan on having lots of fun with this!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great quality, and easy to use!

    By Ellen, Admin Assistant

    from Mt. Pleasant, SC

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Built In Projector
    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound

    Cons

    • none yet

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

      I purchased this product for our school to use to record events and interviews for posting to our website. Although I won't be the videographer, the first day I had it I was recruited to record a last minute event that would be entered in a contest. The camera was so easy to set up and use, and the quality was more than I had hoped for, with good video even in very low light, and really good sound recording. It was very true to how advertised.

      LOVED: The built in projector.

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      • No

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      5.0

      great purchase, Great Gift for my wife.

      By bubba

      from Berea Ky,

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

      Easy to use and the projector is great.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      Sony always is a great camcorder

      By Tonto's Dad

      from Manasquan NJ

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

        I use camcorders for vacations and this one is so light and vivid in its pictures that I love it! the projector is a nice added feature.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great Camcorder.

        By Rez

        from San Diego,CA

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Great Zoom

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

          I did a lot of research on the various camcorders and I am happy I went with this one. Great picture quality, ease of use, and many options to fit everyone's needs. I haven't utilized the projector yet but I'm sure I will find some use for it in the future. I upgraded to the F70 battery so recording time will never be an issue. Overall, very happy with this Sony camcorder.

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          4.0

          Good handycam

          By Kama

          from New york

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

                Is good handy camera

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                I like this camera a lot.

                By sree

                from santa clara, CA

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

                While projecting if increase zoom size of the image then it become blurred.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Good Product by excellent seller

                By Bhaddy

                from Mount Laurel, NJ

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No View Finder

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

                Excellent product. Projection works imply great. 5.1 recoding is truly amazing and above all the price at which I purchased it was absoultely great (saved almost 100 plus)

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great product...price to good to be true

                By Neicya

                from Florida

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

                  Great overall video recorder.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great Camcorder

                  By Oscarmd

                  from Colombia

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

                    I love the projector, something really unique, and many I mean special features.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    the best camcorder out there

                    By pardhs

                    from Tampa, FL

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • HD Shooting
                      • Home Movies
                      • Indoors/Low Light

                      Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

                      I did a lot of research on camcorders before buying this. It comes with wide angle G-lens much better than carl-zeiss and the projector is awesome, vibrant colors even at a reasonable distance. True optical steady shot (the single most important thing which made me choose this one over the newer versions of projector sony camcorder), trust me, digital steady shot is no match to OSS. Over all very happy with this device.

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic Value

                      By SGMVIDEO

                      from Bayside Hills, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

                        I got this a few days ago at B&H special price. While this camcorder is actually the 2011 model, it has features virtually identical to the 2012 model PJ-580V selling at twice the price. Yes, there are minor differences, such as, PJ-580V projector is brighter (13 lumens v 10 lumens), has larger CMOS Sensor resulting in more effective pixels. I can tell you that the HD video from the PJ30V is stunning and has 5.1 dolby digital sound. Get this before they are gone or the price doubles. You won't be disappointed.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Good little Camcorder

                        By Roger

                        from Fredericton, NB, Canada

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Feels solid
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Good Value
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Projector
                        • reasonable price
                        • Small lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Could use a viewfinder

                        Best Uses

                        • General use
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

                        this is part of my road warrior kit. Used on the road for training/tape & review. I record participants - large groups and small.
                        The projector on the side is very useful for one-on-one coaching situations...I can carry less gear on the road. I flip up a 3 pound 60 inch Da-lite traveler screen...playback quality is great.
                        Sound is OK from the camera but I hook up high quality units.
                        This camera is good in low light and has a small light that is great for fill when needed.
                        The unit interfaces well with a wireless broadcast unit so I can put it anywhere in the room.
                        Mic input works well. I need to use several different mics and it works for all.

                        I didn't buy it to make movies or for any other purpose...may upload a video or two now and then but I haven;t tested it for that.

                        Would be good to have a viewfinder. The LCD menu is a little small for my big fingers...others may not have a problem.

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                        5.0

                        I would buy Again

                        By JC

                        from Anaheim, CA

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Zoom range/performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

                          Great product. HD quality is awesome, very easy to use. The Best thing about this camcorder is the built in projector. I Highly Recommend It.

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                          5.0

                          Features are awesome

                          By lily

                          from Harrisburg,PA

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Zoom range/performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

                            I have made few videos and pictures and was surprised with the quality of video, sound and pictures. Previously, I had numerous video and picture cameras, they were good at their specialty but being good in combination of video and picture this camera is the best. Also, sound is clear and loud enough. Build in USB cable is very good idea. A lot of times, it gets lost and you forced to buy a new one. With this camera the chance of cable lost is 0. Projection is another great feature, especialy when you don't have access to computer or TV.

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                            4.0

                            Great Buy

                            By RoughCut

                            from New York City

                            About Me Video Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • HD Shooting
                              • Home Movies
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

                              The projector is a great feature for playback on a blank white wall. It has an easy focusing slider on the LCD. Also good for projecting footage in training settings without having to have a separate projector and/or video loaded on a separate computer.
                              Has a Standard Def record option, but only in STD: HQ (no option for SP or LP) so it eats up what little internal memory it has, as well as any size ProDuo or SD card space you are using. You'd need a larger card.
                              But otherwise, with the headphone jack and the mic input features, it's a great camera for the price.

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                              5.0

                              Love it!!

                              By The name's Chuck!!

                              from Yorba Linda, Ca

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Great Picture Quality

                              Cons

                              • Doesn~'~~t Include Mini Hdmi

                              Best Uses

                              • Soccer

                              Comments about Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector:

                              In times of cheap, cheap video this really stands out in picture quality. The internal projector is very cool and works surprisingly quite well

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