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Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black)

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  • Full HD 1080/24/60p, 24.1MP Stills
  • 1/2.88" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • Carl Zeiss 10x Vario-Sonnar T* Zoom Lens
  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot
  • 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD Display and Color EVF
  • AVCHD and MP4 Recording Modes
  • 96GB Flash Memory, Dual Memory Card Slot
  • Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Direct Copy and Highlight Playback
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Sony's 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector in black is a Full HD 1920 x 1080 video camera that shoots at either 60 or 24 progressive frames per second and stores the video on its 96GB of internal flash memory. The camcorder features BIONZ image processor and a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor for improved low light sensitivity. The video camera features a wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 10x zoom lens and a lens hood to help protect against flares. Sony's Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system with Active Mode provides for improved camera shake reduction and smooth moving images. Features such as zebra bars, expanded focus, and peaking, provide for greater exposure and focus control. A color electronic viewfinder is included along with a 3.0" flip out touchscreen LCD.

With the HDR-PJ790 you can capture in 24p mode, and use the CinemaTone gamma presets for cinematic effect. You can also take 24.1MP still photos while simultaneously shooting HD video (in some modes). You can choose from AVCHD or MP4 formats for image quality or smaller file sizes depending on your needs.

Built-in to the camera is a top mounted 5.1 channel surround sound microphone, and a manually adjustable audio level control and an Advanced Sound Processor allow improved audio recording. A dedicated headphone jack provides consistent audio monitoring while an external mic jack allows the camera to accept audio input from an optional external mic.

The HDR-PJ790 also includes a built-in 35 lumen projector that allows you project video at up to a 100" diagonal size without having to connect to a playback device. The camera has a dedicated microHDMI port that allows you to project media from your tablet, phone, laptop or other HDMI enabled device. The camera can automatically create short movies complete with music and transitions based on preset configurations. Copy files from the camera's internal flash memory directly to an external USB drive using a Sony USB cable (external USB drive and cable are optional and sold separately). The camera can also access videos stored on the external drive for playback on an HDTV. The built-in USB connector plugs into a computer for file transfer or camera charging, with two minutes of charge time providing one minute of recording time.

The HDR-PJ790 comes with various automatic features to simplify the shooting process. For example, 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. Additionally when Face Detection identifies people in a scene, the camera engages an acoustic processor to reduce background noise, which combined with the camera's Wind Reduction results in making recorded voices clearer. The HDR-PJ790 includes Sony's Intelligent Auto mode, which analyzes a shot, and automatically selects the appropriate settings from among ten distinct scene modes. Other modes include NightShot, which provides for shooting in complete darkness using infrared and Sony's Golf Shot setting to capture a few seconds of motion as a sequence of 22 high-resolution still photos

1080/24/60p and 24.1MP Still Images
Create high definition 1920 x 1080 24p/60p videos and high resolution 24.1MP still images. Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor is designed for compact cameras and camcorders. The sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, which maximizes the light gathering area per pixel and achieves better results in low light conditions. A BIONZ image processor handles image processing. In certain recording modes you can shoot HD video, and capture 24.1MP stills simultaneously.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Optical Zoom Lens
This lens has a 35mm equivalent of 26mm at the wide end of the focal range, and the 10x optical zoom is supported by a 17x extended zoom, with a 120x digital zoom. The lens incorporates a 6 blade iris design which helps to render highlights in a natural way, avoiding distortions caused by using fewer iris blades. The HDR-PJ790V also ships with a removable lens hood to block unwanted light from entering the lens and causing undesirable flare in the shot.
Balanced Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode
Balanced Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode mounts the lens and image sensor together as one optical block floating inside the camera body. As the camera is moved the entire optical block moves as one unit, maintaining the integrity of the optical path and improving shake reduction. Another benefit of this image stabilization system is that it also reduces vignetting (light falloff towards the edges of the frame) and lowers distortion in videos and still photos.
Color EVF
The 0.27" Color EVF features 201.6 K dot equivalent resolution for a clear, crisp representation of your video allowing increased run time when used instead of the LCD screen.
3.0" Xtra Fine LCD Touchscreen Display
The 3.0" (16:9) Xtra Fine LCD features 921K dot resolution for sharp, bright, vivid images. The LCD display also functions as a touchscreen that allows you control over camera functions, enabling you to change settings to best capture the scene.
AVCHD or MP4 Recording Formats
Users can choose between the AVCHD or MP4 format. AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs and is ideal for capturing precious memories at special occasions, family vacations and other moments you want to treasure for a lifetime. MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud.
Embedded Flash Memory and Removable Media Cards
The built-in 96GB embedded flash memory can record and store up to 37 hours 50 minutes of high definition video footage (HD LP mode). The HDR-PJ790 also comes with a dual media card slot that is compatible with either SD/SDHC/SDXC cards or select Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo cards. Additionally, the camera can record directly to the removable media.
Intelligent Auto Mode
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: Portrait, Baby, Tripod, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, Low light.
CinemaTone Camera Presets
CinemaTone technology is used to deepen the color and recreate film-like color tones. Combined with 24p recording, you can expand your shooting into a more cinematic direction.
Built-in USB 2.0 Cable
The built-in high-speed USB 2.0 cable provides an easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer, without the need for a separate cable. 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.
Direct Copy and Highlight Playback
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. 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.
Built-in Projector
The built-in projector features a maximum 35 lumen output and screen coverage of up to 100" diagonal. Project your footage directly from the camera to view your day's shooting, or share memories without crowding everyone around the LCD screen.
View Everywhere
Enjoy your favorite memories virtually anywhere. A dedicated microHDMI port allows you to connect external HDMI-enabled devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets. You can also view footage from these devices through the projector of the HDR-PJ790, and with the camera's built-in Clear Phase stereo speakers and S-Master digital amplifier technology the audio sounds more like real life.
Unlimited Storage
You can attach the camera to an optional external drive to view that drive's video content (dependent on format). You can also transfer content from the camera's internal memory to free up space, giving you virtually unlimited storage options.
Built-in GPS
A built-in GPS 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 software. Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone
Accessory Multi-Interface Shoe
Sony's Multi-Interface shoe is specifically designed to offer a common interface across all of Sony's Digital Imaging products. Quickly and easily attach a vast array of accessories compatible with this interface, including optional video lights, microphones and even Sony's Wi-Fi module (Must be purchased separately).
Golf Shot
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, which can be used for analyzing the nuances of a golf swing, tennis serve, and other fast action.
Advanced Camera Control
The video camera comes with manual control capabilities over focus, exposure, iris, shutter speed, auto exposure shift, white balance, audio levels, gamma curves. Combined with the expanded focus, zebra bars and peaking display these are tools that allow you to improve your video as you gain more control over your shooting process.
Camera
Sensor 1x 1/2.88"  CMOS Sensor
Backside Illumination Yes
Color Filter ClearVid array
Pixel Gross 6,650,000
Effective Pixels 6,140,000 @ Video 16:9
6,140,000 @ Photo 16:9
Optics
Focal Length 3.8 - 38 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 26 - 260 @ Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Video Mode
31.8 - 318 @ Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Video Mode
26 - 260 @ Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Photo Mode
31.8 - 318 @ Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Photo Mode
Maximum Aperture f/ 1.8 - f/ 3.4
Lens Elements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm
Angle of View Not Specified By Manufacturer
Zoom Optical: 10x
Extended: 17x
Digital: 120x
Filter Size 52 mm
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media Internal Flash Memory 96GB Video/Image
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Recording Time Internal Flash Memory 96 GB
7 hr 30 min, HD PS
8 hr 50 min, HD FX
12 hr 10 min HD FH
21 hr 35 min HD HQ
37 hr 50 min HD LP
Video Format High Definition
AVCHD Progressive
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (24Mbps)
1440 x 1080i / 60 fps (9Mbps)
High Definition
MPEG4
1280 x 720p / 30 fps
Standard Definition
720 x 480i / 60 fps
Aspect Ratio 16:9
4:3
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 24.1 Megapixel, 6554 x 3680 (16:9)
JPEG: 18.1 Megapixel, 4912 x 3680 (4:3)
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio Format AAC-LC
Dolby Digital 2ch
Dolby Digital 5.1
Sampling Frequency Not Specified By Manufacturer
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3.0"
Pixel Count 921,000
Resolution Not Specified By Manufacturer
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Rotation Opening Angle: 90°
Turning Angle: 270°
2nd Display
Display Type Viewfinder
Screen Size .2"
Pixel Count 201,600
Resolution Not Specified By Manufacturer
Projector
Native Resolution WVGA - 800 x 480
Brightness High Brightness Mode: 35 Lumens
Throw Distance 2' (0.5 - 3.0 m)
Projection Size Max Diagonal: 100" / 254.00 cm 
Features
Image Stabilization Optical
Scene Modes Preset: Yes
Shockproof Rating Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dustproof Rating Not Specified By Manufacturer
Lux 6 (Standard 1/60 Shutter Speed)
3 (Low 1/30 Shutter Speed)
0 (Night Shot)
Interval Recording Not Specified By Manufacturer
Shutter Speed 1/60-1/10000sec
1/250-1/10000sec
White Balance Modes Auto
Daylight
Incandescent
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - Yes
Wi-Fi Optional
Accessory Shoe Multi Interface Shoe
Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs 1x HDMI Projector input only (HDMI micro)
Outputs 1x HDMI D (Micro)
1x Composite Video (out) Requires AV Cable (sold separately)
1x USB 2.0 Type A
1x USB Micro-AB
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
General
Languages Brazilian Portuguese
Canadian French
English
Simplified English
System Requirements Mac
  • OS X 10.5-10.7

Windows
  • XP (SP3)
    Vista (SP2)
    7
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 6.8-7.2VDC
Charging Method AC Adapter
USB
Charging Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Adapter 8.4-VDC
Power Consumption Operating: 3.2 W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.0 x 3.3 x 5.5" / 7.6 x 8.4 x 14.0 cm Including Lens Hood (dimensions approximate)
Weight 1.27 lb / 575 g Camcorder only (weight approximate)
1.5 lb / 680 g Camcorder plus supplied NP-FV50 Battery (weight approximate)
1.58 lb / 720 g Camcorder plus optional NP-FV70 Battery (weight approximate)
1.80 lb / 819 g Camcorder plus optional NP-FV100 Battery (weight approximate)
Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black)
  • NP-FV50 Rechargeable Battery Pack (1030mAh, 8.4V)
  • Lens Hood
  • Windscreen
  • Wireless Remote Commander (RMT-835) with CR2025 Battery (included)
  • AC-L200 AC Adapter
  • Micro HDMI Cable
  • Power Cord
  • USB Connection Support Cable
  • Step Down Ring
  • Embedded Software (PlayMemories Home Lite for PC, PlayMemories Home)
  • Downloadable Software (Music Transfer, MAC:Music Transfer, PlayMemories Online Uploader)
  • Operating Guide
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty Parts, 90-Days Labor
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    by PowerReviews
    Sony96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (19)
    • Image stabilization (18)
    • Great picture quality (16)
    • Easy to use (15)
    • Good in low light (12)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home movies (16)
      • Travel (14)
      • HD shooting (12)
      • Weddings (11)
      • Low light (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (9), Semi-pro (5), Pro videographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (20)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      On the ground, In the air!

      After being introduced to this camera by an aerial imaging production company I hired, I immediately purchased one for my own use. The company used one on their hexacopter for a flyover of the...Read complete review

      After being introduced to this camera by an aerial imaging production company I hired, I immediately purchased one for my own use. The company used one on their hexacopter for a flyover of the scene and another on the ground to capture the interaction of people watching it. This small but mighty 1920 X 1080 60/24p full HD camera competes with larger cameras in it's performance. It also has a few bells and whistles such as it's projector, good for reviewing in TV size format on proper white surface. The projection quality is limited but nice when you are standing in a small group and want to get input without crowding around a tiny viewer. The camera can also be attached to other projectors. It captures stills, has a very decent microphone, and a stabilizing feature. It has a camcorder feel which makes it nicer to handle than some blocky DSLRs. With a 96 GB of storage plus SD card slot, I don't have to worry about capturing the amount of footage I need.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      A decent CONSUMER camera, not pro.

      I tried this camera hoping to keep it as a back up for my Panasonic Lumix G3 and as a small camera I could attack on my motorcyle handlebar. I dropped the idea. This...Read complete review

      I tried this camera hoping to keep it as a back up for my Panasonic Lumix G3 and as a small camera I could attack on my motorcyle handlebar. I dropped the idea. This is why:

      Although well-built and having nice features like the multi-function manual setting wheel in the front and easy access plugs (not under the LCD screen), the camera fails mainly because of poor picture quality: even the supposed "Maximum picture quality" still requires to use 60 fps progressive (60 fps interlaced produced crazy blocky artifacts especially when you pan) and you need to manually turn down exposure to not get a horribly washed out picture. In in-doors situations, you have to cancel auto gain, otherwise the camera goes gain-crazy and the picture becomes grainy to the point of being unusable for anything else than having fun with the kids. The projector is a fine gimmick, again probably more to entertain the family (forget any professional application). The remote control is convenient for one thing. The camera is heavy, which is good for sturdiness (great mechanical image stabilizer BTW that certainly accounts for the unusual weight) and that makes it difficult to use on small speciality mounts.

      Overall, this camera costs what an entry-level semi professional camera would cost, but it is not that by any means. Save your money buying a cheapper consumer camera OR spend a little bit more and get something real.

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      5.0

      2 years old, still one best BOSS

      By zeke

      from raeford, nc

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Action shooting

      Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

      My primary use for this camera is action sports while I am also moving.

      I have used several cameras for action sports (gopro, sony cx150, etc). There have been many advances and improvements in the last few years within this category. When I decided it was time to get another camera, I knew I wanted the Balanced Optical SteadyShot. I compared all of currently available Sony cameras that included BOSS. Despite some newer models (PJ810, PJ650, PJ540), I found that the PJ790 still has the best BOSS. While I love my gopros for what they excel at, every once in a while I need an ultra smooth shot, and that's where this camera shines.

      That's not to say that this camera doesn't have it's drawbacks. The 790 is bigger and heavier than some of the newer models. This has been a bother sometimes, but was not a deal breaker for me. The 5.1 microphone is good and being away from the lens helps prevent capturing the sound from the zoom. But for my uses it adds bulk. The image sensor is also more megapixels than some of the newer models. Hopefully we are past the age where people looked only at metrics to determine image quality. I am not convinced that this sensor has any better low light sensitivity than the 810, but it does have 'night vision,' which is not as common as it was on camcorders 15 years ago. ;)

      In summary, if you are needing a silky smooth video, you can't beat this camera, even though it's 2 years old, so long as you are OK with the added bulk and weight compared with the newer models.

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      5.0

      Excellent Video Camera for its price

      By Camera Bug

      from Council Bluffs, Iowa

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

        Really enjoy this video cam, good picture quality wether its mounted in the Car, hand held, is amazing, my old cam had to be placed on a tripod, the floating lens in the PJ790, eliminates this, in most cases. If you hit a bump on the road, no problem, steady video picture. Plenty of memory, controls, user friendly. The accessories are all very affordable, nothing close to the price of Camera accessories. When using filters such as UV, CPL etc, the hood is a bit difficult to install. If you leave the filter on you will have to purchase a Lens Cap separately (52mm). I bought a 2xLens Extender, works fine, but a little difficult to hand hold it without a little shaking, use a tripod with the extenders, if you choose to purchase one. Can connect the PJ790 directly to most projectors via HDMI, also, has VGA and USB ports etc. This is the best video camcorder I have ever owned, and glad that I bought it, even though it came out a couple years back, it is still today's technology. The Built in projector is easy to use, and projects a very good quality picture, much better than playing back on the camcorders screen, for a screen, use the Wall, a White piece of cardboard, or buy a screen. For the price, you cannot touch a better video camera, in its class, in my opinion, of course... Have fun!

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        5.0

        Gran calidad en una camara compacta

        By rafael

        from Estado de mexico

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

        Es la segunda videocamara que compro con estas caracteristicas, me encanta su estabilidad y muy buena calidad de imagen. solo me gustaria que la pantalla lcd fuese un poco mas grande. ya que mis manos son grandes y me cuesta un poco utilzarla para cambiar las funciones..

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        3.0

        A decent CONSUMER camera, not pro.

        By Will Free

        from Chico, CA

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Pros

        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

        • Complicated To Operate
        • Poor Image Quality
        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies

        Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

        I tried this camera hoping to keep it as a back up for my Panasonic Lumix G3 and as a small camera I could attack on my motorcyle handlebar. I dropped the idea. This is why:

        Although well-built and having nice features like the multi-function manual setting wheel in the front and easy access plugs (not under the LCD screen), the camera fails mainly because of poor picture quality: even the supposed "Maximum picture quality" still requires to use 60 fps progressive (60 fps interlaced produced crazy blocky artifacts especially when you pan) and you need to manually turn down exposure to not get a horribly washed out picture. In in-doors situations, you have to cancel auto gain, otherwise the camera goes gain-crazy and the picture becomes grainy to the point of being unusable for anything else than having fun with the kids. The projector is a fine gimmick, again probably more to entertain the family (forget any professional application). The remote control is convenient for one thing. The camera is heavy, which is good for sturdiness (great mechanical image stabilizer BTW that certainly accounts for the unusual weight) and that makes it difficult to use on small speciality mounts.

        Overall, this camera costs what an entry-level semi professional camera would cost, but it is not that by any means. Save your money buying a cheapper consumer camera OR spend a little bit more and get something real.

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        5.0

        Just perfect!!!

        By Gerard

        from Miami

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

            This is what i was looking for!!...Great product, fast delivery and awesome customer support.
            Thanks for all.

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            5.0

            All perfect!

            By Gerard

            from Miami

            Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

            This was what I was looking for. Great product, fast delivery and awesome customer service. Thank you.

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            5.0

            great store great service

            By subuy

            from long branch,nj

            Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

            I'm very happy with my purchase. Great price and fast delivery. Can never go wrong with b & h

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            5.0

            Great Camera for Most People

            By Frank

            from Trumbull, CT

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Too Small For Large Hands

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

            This camera performed very well, it had all the features and image control that I was looking for, and produced excellent quality video. Unfortunately, after using it for a couple of weeks, I found its form-factor was a bit too small for my large hands. I occasionally found my little finger creeping into the field of view and using its zoom control lever and image control dial was somewhat difficult to use--again, due to my large hands. My guess is that most people would find the form factor just fine. Thanks to B&H's great return policy, I've returned the camera and expect to purchase a slightly larger model with a similar feature set.

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            5.0

            awesome camera

            By Bill

            from Oklahoma

            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

              • Home Movies

              Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

              mostly used in video of little league sports but also for family events

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              4.0

              Very nice recorder

              By Band recorder

              from Upstate, NY

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

                  I mainly use this for recording my kids band concerts. I've only had it a couple of weeks and so far so good. I've recorded an outdood concert and it turned out very good.

                  All in all I'm pleased with it so far.

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                  5.0

                  Great B cam

                  By pascualjr

                  from honolulu, HI

                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                  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 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

                    A great B cam to complement my HXR-NX3. Also the best compact camcorder for travelling.

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                    5.0

                    Exceeded my expectations!

                    By ve7ovy

                    from Victoria BC Canada

                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                    Pros

                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

                      Having used professional cameras in my career, i wanted something acceptable HD quality that was affordable, for shooting home movies & family travel videos. Being small & easy to cary/use was important.

                      -The optical stabilization is AMAZING! Best I've seen in a prosumer camera.
                      -Having built in 96GB storage is fantastic! Thats a lot of hours of HD video!
                      -The projector mode is really just for previewing, and cant compare to a TV but nice way to share playback when away from home.
                      -When used with the large size NFP970 battery, the small top viewfinder isnt easily accessible with the eye due to that big battery preventing you from getting your face close enough to see in it.
                      -Flip-out LCD is extremely sharp & bright.
                      -Using FCP, can't seem to get 5.1 audio. Others have also complained of this, a limitation of FCP-X-X.
                      -Using a screw-on UV Filter, its impossible to simultaniously use the supplied lens hood. This is a limitation but minor one.

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                      1.0

                      Sony Customer Service

                      By TIM

                      from Gainesville GA

                      Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

                      Bought this product in Dec. 2013.After a month it quit recording sound with video. Shipped it off to Sony for repair on 2/17/14 and as of 3/13/14 still don't have a camcorder. I am typing on a Sony Vaio but because of poor customer service I will never buy another Sony product.

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                      5.0

                      On the ground, In the air!

                      By Cyan

                      from Fort Collins, CO

                      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

                        After being introduced to this camera by an aerial imaging production company I hired, I immediately purchased one for my own use. The company used one on their hexacopter for a flyover of the scene and another on the ground to capture the interaction of people watching it. This small but mighty 1920 X 1080 60/24p full HD camera competes with larger cameras in it's performance. It also has a few bells and whistles such as it's projector, good for reviewing in TV size format on proper white surface. The projection quality is limited but nice when you are standing in a small group and want to get input without crowding around a tiny viewer. The camera can also be attached to other projectors. It captures stills, has a very decent microphone, and a stabilizing feature. It has a camcorder feel which makes it nicer to handle than some blocky DSLRs. With a 96 GB of storage plus SD card slot, I don't have to worry about capturing the amount of footage I need.

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                        5.0

                        Great features in a small package

                        By Southlake Sam

                        from Southlake, TX

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

                          Overall this is a great camera for my style of shooting. It takes fabulous shots in full auto but has plenty of features for me to experiment with.

                          I didn't see many reviews about the 5.1 microphone. I am pleased with how well it works. The stabilization is great. It took a little getting use to as I would move intentionally and the camera smoothly caught up to my movements.

                          My only complaint (or not improved feature in the past 10 years of camcorders) is the photo button does not take the picture when you push the button and once the button is pushed it is 4 seconds before the camera is ready to go again. This does not replace the need of a DSLR. In fact I seriously considered getting a DSLR the did video but in the end a device designed for the job is better if you can afford the devices and can stand the hassle.

                          I wish there was more guidance on which shooting modes were appropriate for which situations. I know I am shooting in too high a resolution for the DVD I will ultimately make.

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                          5.0

                          No doubt the Best Camcorder period!!

                          By michaejlt

                          from San Antonio Texas

                          About Me Video Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

                            Rich with features, very clear and crisp videos, indoor, outdoor, at night, and day.
                            Hands down its a nice non-professional camcorder period. Projector is outstanding in a dark and semi-dark room.
                            Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode Balanced really works very well. Nothing else touches this Handycam using Active Balanced Stabilization.
                            Without using a tripod, I wouldn't have believed that I would be able to get watchable footage from that distance, again the optical stabilization in this camcorder is astonishing!
                            The video quality is so good, that iMovie can't import it directly (1080p at 60 frames per second is beyond iMovie's native capabilities).

                            If you have a mac, there is a work-around: open the drive with the AVCHD file, open that in Quicktime player, and select the clip you want to import.
                            "File" -> "Save" that clip once it's playing to your desktop, and iMovie can open that file from the Desktop.
                            Hightly recommend this Hanycam camcorder from Sony.

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                            5.0

                            Love this Camcorder

                            By Mina J.

                            from Culver City, CA

                            About Me Video Enthusiast

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

                              I am still in awe over this camcorder. I purchased it thru B&H, who are the greatest, and received it in June. I immediately downloaded all the instructions from the Sony website. It made it so much easier to learn how to use it.

                              In July I took it to an out of state family reunion and the video and photos were great. I have some elderly relatives who live in a neighboring state and were unable to attend the reunion. I visited them and used the projection feature to show the photos and video. They were thrilled and felt like they were at the reunion. It has a variety of features that make using it so much fun. I love that you can capture photos from video already shot. It is a pleasure to use and own.
                              It took me a month of research and reading reviews and I made and excellent choice.

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                              5.0

                              Pro cameraman likes the Sony HDR-PJ790

                              By Bill the video shooter

                              from Martinsburg, WV

                              About Me Pro Videographer

                              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

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

                                Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

                                I'm a retired television cameraman, and I just attended an annual reunion. I was able to capture the Friday night celebration in a night club with great results. The video from the picnic on Saturday was stunning. Everything on the camcorder worked fine.

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                                5.0

                                Video & Sound Quality Outstanding !

                                By Jerry

                                from Naples, FL

                                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

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

                                  Pros: I have owned seven Sony Handycam's over the years. I have watched to quality of sound(improved location)/video and the fine tuning of the controls and features improve with each new camera. In my opinion this is the finest camera for the money on the market having compared it to the other name brands before purchasing. It is compact but full of features. Love the slow zoom capability. I use it for travel, home video, editing. It is so easy to travel with -I love it. I plan to use the projector feature with friends and wi-fi streaming capabilities.
                                  Cons: The manual on line is not as easy to use as the previous cameras manual packaged with the camera.

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                                  5.0

                                  It's perfect

                                  By MountainMike

                                  from Sacramento, CA

                                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Quality Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Shooting Indoors
                                    • Shooting Outdoors
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Sony 96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black):

                                    Light use for family and travel events
                                    Excellent picture quality and sound

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