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

You Pay: $1,598.00
Product Highlights
  • 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

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
  • SanDisk -  8GB SDHC Extreme Plus Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
    • You Pay: $17.95
     

    Batteries & Power

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    Sony -  NP-FV70 Rechargeable Camcorder Battery Pack (1960mAh, 6.8V)
    • Reg. Price: $69.00
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    • Limited supply at this price
     
    Watson -  NP-FV70 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)
    • You Pay: $34.95
     

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    Tiffen -  52mm UV Protector Filter
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    Tiffen -  52mm Circular Polarizing Filter
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    On-Location Tools

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