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Sony HDR-PJ580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder
Equipped with a powerful built-in projector, the one-of-a-kind Sony HDR-PJ580VE HD Flash Memory PAL Camcorder lets you capture video at Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and then play it back in HD using the camera's built-in HD projector. The integrated projector gives you the means to instantly view your home movies on up to a 100" diagonal screen without any cables or connections. Besides shooting and projecting video, this camcorder can take 20.4 megapixel still images as well. The HDR-PJ580VE stores your footage on 32GB of embedded flash memory, which supports up to eleven hours of recording. Plus, you can expand the storage capacity by using up to a 64GB memory card.
Sony outfitted the HDR-PJ580VE with a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor that thrives in low-light situations. In order to ensure high-quality imaging, Sony used their wide angle "G" Lens, which supports a 12x optical zoom and 20x extended zoom. The camera also features a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD touch screen display with TruBlack technology. Having an LCD display makes recording easier and it also allows for instant playback right on the convenient touch screen. Plus, Sony's TruBlack technology promotes ultra high-contrast on the LCD for viewing the display under direct sunlight.
The HDR-PJ580VE comes outfitted with several record enhancing features as well. It has Face Detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction. There's a Tracking Focus function that follows selected subjects as you record. The dynamic microphone features 5.1 Dolby Digital surround for immersive and vivid surround sound. The camcorder also has Intelligent Auto, which supports 180 different scene combinations. There's even a wind noise reduction function that provides clear voice recording.
Sony added a few playback and connection conveniences as well. The HDR-PJ580VE features Event Browse, which groups video and stills by each particular recording session automatically. It also has a Highlight Playback function that creates movies with transitions and soundtracks for you automatically. With the HDR-PJ580VE, you can use the Direct Copy feature to transfer your HD footage directly to a hard drive without even using a PC. However, if you do want to upload videos onto Facebook and YouTube, the camcorder comes with a built-in USB cable, as well as editing and application software.
Full HD 1920 x 1080 / 50p Recording with 20.4 Megapixel Still Image Capture
The HDR-PJ580VE offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your adventures and memories in exceptional Full HD quality. The camcorder is capable of 50p or 25p recording and 50p playback via HDMI. You can use the camera's HDMI output to view your footage on a compatible HDTV in stunning clarity with incredible detail and smooth playback. You can also use the camcorder to capture 20.4 megapixel still images
Built-In High-Contrast Projector
The camera's integrated high-contrast projector is built-in to the 3.0" LCD display panel. This gives you the freedom to share your footage and stills virtually anywhere. The projector is powerful enough to project up to a 100" diagonal screen. It features over 13 lumens of light output, a 640 x 360 resolution output, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 1.6 ft (0.5 m) throw ratio and 10-100 type screen coverage. When combined with the advanced Clear Phase stereo speaker, your home movies will come alive for you, your friends and your family
32GB Embedded Flash Memory for Up to 11 Hours of Recording
The built-in 32GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 11 hours of high definition video footage when using the HD LP mode. If that's not enough, the HDR-PJ580VE supports memory cards up to 64GB for additional storage space
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture
CinemaTone Presets & 25p Recording Matches the Cinematic Aesthetic with Video
For extra control over image expression, CinemaTone technology is used to deepen the color
and recreate film-like color tones. Combined with 25p recording, you'll have most of the tools you'll need to fulfill your directorial desire for cinematic expression
Advanced Controls with Expanded Focus, Zebra & Peaking
The HDR-PJ580VE provides advanced capture and control features that are often considered the
domain of professional cameras including expanded focus for precise manual focus control,
zebra and peaking for precision focus and exposure adjustments
Wide Angle G Lens to Capture More of What You Want
Experience the pinnacle of Sony lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. In addition, the 29.8mm focal length in Photo and Video Modes offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting
Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor for Superb Low-Light Video
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain thanks to Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor R CMOS sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions
20x Extended Zoom to Get Even Closer to the Action
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with the camera's 12x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while still maintaining HD image quality
Xtra Fine 3.0" TruBlack Touch Panel LCD Display (921K)
The 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD touch screen has 921K pixels and features a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. It displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily - even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene. TruBlack technology brings remarkably higher contrast, which affords more natural, realistic colors and easier viewing in bright conditions by reducing glare
Tracking Focus Follows Selected Subjects In & Out of the Frame
Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a simple touch of the LCD panel and the camcorder will focus follow the selected target - even if it leaves the frame and returns
Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel Surround Mic for Vivid & Dynamic Surround Sound
Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording
Wind Noise Reduction for Clear Voice Recording
Wind Reduction reduces noise and interference that is produced when wind passes over the
microphone, giving you a clearer and more enjoyable sound experience
Expanded Recording / Monitoring with Mic & Headphone Jacks
The camera features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately)
Active Interface Shoe to Attach Intelligent Accessories
The Active Interface Shoe lets you mount Intelligent Accessories, such as external lights and
microphones, which can help extend the capabilities of your camcorder
Event Browse Groups for Easy Reference of Photos & Videos
Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing. The date range that Event Browse uses to group your pictures and videos together is easily adjusted to suit your needs. When used with Highlight Playback, you can quickly make and share a highlight reel from an individual day or event
Highlight Playback Creates Movies with Transitions for You
Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pin-point the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel
Clear Phase Stereo Speakers for True & Dynamic Sound
Bring your videos alive with Clear Phase stereo speakers. Drawing on Sony's high-end audio
expertise, renown S-Master amplifier technology is utilized to produce more true-to-life
Geotagging with Built-In GPS Receiver & NAVTEQ Maps
A built-in GPS receiver makes the HDR-PJ580VE an ideal choice for travelers. The receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations. Tagged videos and still images can be reviewed and played back using the Map Index function on the camcorder or once downloaded to your PC using the supplied PlayMemories Home software. Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone
Direct Copy to External HDD without PC
Store your footage without a PC. Direct Copy gives you 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
Built-In USB Cable for Easy File Transfers & Charging
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap, so it's out of the way until you need it.
plus, charging your camcorder is faster than ever; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time
Intelligent Auto with 180 Different Scene Combinations Possible
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and
then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind
noise reduction. This creates 180 different combinations from scene modes including Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Low Light, Macro, Portrait, Baby, Walk, Tripod and Wind Noise Reduction. The camcorder utilizes an advanced sound processor and sophisticated noise reduction algorithms to reduce wind noise by up to 10dB compared to other models. In addition to reducing low frequency noise, iAuto also suppresses mid- and upper-frequency noise, resulting in clearer, more enjoyable sound
Building on the slow-motion capture capabilities of Smooth Slow Record, Golf Shot captures a
few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images, which can be viewed/printed
individually or as a composite "sequence shot" image. It's perfect for analyzing the nuances of a golf swing, tennis serve or other fast action sport or activity
The built-in camera flash will assist in shedding light on your subject when shooting still photos
PAL Recording Camcorder
The HDR-PJ580VE PAL HD Camcorder is designed for use outside North America. It's made for countries that support the PAL color encoding system. Phase Alternating Line or PAL recording is used in several regions around the world - including: North Africa, East Africa, Western Europe, Central Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, South America (Brazil/Argentina), Great Britain, Australia and Oceania (South Pacific Islands). PAL camcorders usually record using 25p or 50i frames per second (fps), while NTSC camcorders usually record using 60p/60i/30p fps. North America supports NTSC recording, which means a PAL camcorder is not compatible with TVs and HDTVs in the United States and Canada
In the Box
Sony HDR-PJ580VE HD Flash Memory PAL Camcorder with Projector (Black)
Note:Built-in projector features up to 100" (254 cm) diagonal screen display with 640 x 360 resolution output, over 13 lumens light output, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 1.6' (0.5 m) throw distance and 10-100 type screen coverage
Sony HDR-PJ580VE HD Flash Memory PAL Camcorder with Projector (Black) Review