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

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (24)
  • Image stabilization (22)
  • Great picture quality (21)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Good in low light (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home movies (20)
  • Travel (18)
  • HD shooting (15)
  • Low light (13)
  • Weddings (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (12), Semi-pro (5), Casual user (4), Pro videographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

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

Best videocamera for me

By Tudor

from Mogosoaia, Romania

About Me Casual User

Verified Reviewer

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
    • Home Movies
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

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

    I bought this camera 1 month ago and I think that it is the best for someone like me- beginer. It is so smart, you put it on auto and that's it. Everything is very good at it. Regarding B@H- they sent me the camera very fast( to Romania), arrived very well packed and sealled. I reccomend both- the camera and B@H

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    5.0

    Perfect

    By Southerner

    from South Louisiana

    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

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

        Love, Love, Love, this camcorder! I've been reviewing various camcorders for the past year and recently ordered this handycam. This camcorder is amazingly easy to operate and I'm pleasantly surprised and excited at the quality of the videos I've taken. If you are on the fence like I was, take the risk and go for this one. It is a purchase I'm proud to own.

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        4.0

        Good first camera for me as a photographer..

        By Picture Taker of Nature

        from Anchorage, AK

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Travel

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

        I use it to take pictures of landscapes, plants, and nature. It does pretty good job as I don't usually need to manually change it's settings for any type of shot. The only thing I would hardly call "an issue" is for very specific shots such as: sunset pictures, over exposure from sunlight, and rapid movements of people in sports, that requires some time of adjustments to get my desired shots.

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        5.0

        96HDR-Pj790 Camcorder

        By Bob

        from Carlsbad,CA

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          THE PRODUCT ARRIVED IN GOOD SHAPE AND IN A TIMELY MANNER.
          All systems work very well as advertised. The HDMI resolution is great. The image steady system is a real great addition. This is my third Sony video camera and is by far the best. The addition of the projector is another nice feature that project clear HD images.

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          5.0

          Wonderful Camcorder

          By C2 creative

          from Ohio

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

          This compact lightweight camcorder is a perfect piece of equipment for working in the field. This little camera gives you accurate image stabilization as well as optical focus follow control on the fly. I would recommend this as a secondary camera source to have in your bag to collect incredible footage anytime, anywhere!

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          5.0

          Best Camcorder

          By Pogi Balut

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          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
            • Travel

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

            This camcorder is simply outstanding and pack a punch like no other it's worth ever penny and more. Never seen a camcorder with this many feature and quality bundled into one small mean little guy.

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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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