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Sony96GB HDR-PJ790 HD Handycam with Projector (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (17)
  • Image stabilization (14)
  • Great picture quality (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Great sound (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (13)
    • Travel (12)
    • HD shooting (11)
    • Weddings (10)
    • Low light (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (7), Semi-pro (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    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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    Sony Customer Service

    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...Read complete review

    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

    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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                                5.0

                                Good product so we purchased another

                                By VPV

                                from PA

                                About Me Pro Videographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • HD Shooting
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  easy of use, light weight and functional

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  I love the Handycam

                                  By vidmanjohn

                                  from Deer Lodge, MT

                                  About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                                  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

                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Movies/Short Films
                                    • Weddings/Events

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

                                    No tapes to load. Copy and paste to the hard drive for use with my editing suite. I like the stereo speakers for playback. Haven't used the projector yet, but plan to make full use of it.

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                                    5.0

                                    Exciting Step Up to Prosumer Class!

                                    By Cal

                                    from Roseville, CA

                                    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
                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Travel

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

                                      The cam won't make me a great videographer--that depends on creativity, brevity, appeal to my audience, interesting shots, and more. But this great cam will support my efforts to aspire to this.

                                      It works easily in auto mode, and is easy to configure for shooting in 24p, 60i and 60p. It creates video files on the ample internal drive, and/or on a card, and transfers content to an external HD w/o need to boot up my computer.

                                      The projector? A novelty, perhaps. But on camping trips, I've spent too much time asking my family to crane their necks and peer at the little screen to review the day's shots--now I can show them on the camper wall!

                                      CMOS and low-light capability is great. The steady-shot is a dream. And for my desire to learn more pro practices, this cam has it: zebra, peaking, etc, and the ability to manually control iris, shuttle--all that.

                                      I only wish that the manual covered more of how to use these pro features (Sony must assume that people who care about those things will already know, or know how to get, that info. I'll look up some helps on my own).

                                      I'm so excited to grow into this camcorder!

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