Sony 32GB HDR-PJ540 Full HD Handycam Camcorder with Built-in Projector (Black)

Sony 32GB HDR-PJ540 Full HD Handycam Camcorder with Built-in Projector (Black)

Sony 32GB HDR-PJ540 Full HD Handycam Camcorder with Built-in Projector (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Full HD 1080/60p Video and 9.2MP Stills
  • Built-In 25 Lumen Projector
  • Wi-Fi / NFC Control and Data Transfer
  • Balanced Optical SteadyShot
  • 26.8mm Wide-Angle Sony G Zoom Lens
  • 30x Optical Zoom & 60x Clear Image Zoom
  • 3.0" Clear Photo LCD Display
  • 32GB Internal Flash Memory
  • 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Microphone
  • 7 Picture Effects for Video and Photos
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Sony HDR-PJ540 overview

  • 1Description

The black 32GB HDR-PJ540 Full HD Handycam Camcorder with Built-in Projector from Sony captures Full HD 1920x1080 video at 24p and 60p, as well as 9.2MP still images. It features a 1/5.8" Exmor R CMOS sensor and a wide-angle Sony G zoom lens with 30x optical zoom plus 60x Clear Image digital zoom, and provides 32GB of internal flash memory for up to 8 hours of video.

The camcorder delivers smooth shots even on the move with its Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology with Active Mode. For enhanced connectivity and control, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC support lets you use your smartphone or tablet to control the camera, as well as wirelessly transfer files to your mobile device for sharing, and back up data on your computer.

The HDR-PJ540 includes a built-in 25 lumen projector that allows you to project video at up to a 100" diagonal size without having to connect to a playback device. You can also monitor and playback footage from the camcorder on the 3.0" Clear Photo LCD display with 460K dot resolution. For increased flexibility, you can choose to simultaneously record video in high-quality AVCHD or web-optimized MP4 files, and the built-in microphone lets you capture 5.1 channel Dolby Digital sound.

A built-in USB 2.0 cable provides a connection to your computer for charging or file transfer and fits conveniently into the hand strap, so it's out of the way until you need it. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, USB AC adapter, micro-HDMI cable, and a USB connection support cable come included.

1920x1080 24p/60p Video and 9.2MP Still Images
Capture cinematic high definition 1920 x 1080 videos at 24p or 60p, and take high quality 9.2MP 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.
Built-in 25 Lumen Projector
The built-in projector features a maximum 25 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. The micro-HDMI input allows you to connect external devices that have an HDMI output and use the camcorder's projector to display content.
Balanced Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
On standard Optical SteadyShot camcorders a single "shift lens" is moved in the optical block to offset camera shake. Balanced Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode moves the entire optical block at once, maintaining the integrity of the optical path and reducing shake. It also reduces vignetting (light fall off towards the edge of a scene) and lowers distortion in videos and still photos.
NFC / Wi-Fi Control, Transfer, & Data Backup
Built-in NFC and Wi-Fi lets you turn your mobile phone and/or tablet into a remote control/viewing device. You can also transfer your files to your mobile device wirelessly for instant sharing, back up your data on your PC, and even enjoy your videos and photos on a TV without wires.

Please note: NFC feature requires NFC-compatible mobile device.
Wide Angle Sony G Lens
The lens has a 35mm equivalent of 26.8mm at the wide end of the focal range. Shoot distant subjects with a 30x optical zoom plus 60x Clear Image digital zoom. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos and video.
3.0" Clear Photo LCD Display
The 3.0" Clear Photo LCD features 460K dot resolution for sharp, bright, vivid images, enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene.
5.1 Channel Mic with Audio Record Controls
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. Advanced sound features such as Auto Wind Noise Reduction and Premium Closer Voice make it even easier to get high-quality sound in various situations.
7 Picture Effects for Video and Still Photos
Use Picture Effects to add expression and heighten the mood of your videos and photos. Seven picture effects (Toy Camera, Pop Color, Soft High Key, Partial Color, Retro Photo, High Contrast Monochrome, and Posterization) are available in both photo and video modes. Shooting with these special modes will provide you an easy way to instantly transform your memories without any post editing software needed.
AVCHD and MP4 Dual Recording
Record video in the AVCHD and MP4 formats for high-quality or easy transfer and sharing. For the greatest flexibility, you can even record AVCHD and MP4 formats simultaneously. 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.
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 60 different combinations possible: Portrait, Baby, Tripod, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, and Low light.
PlayMemories Home and Music Transfer Software
PC: PlayMemories Home and Music Transfer.
Mac: Music Transfer, PlayMemories Online Uploader, Wireless Auto Import.

Please note: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 64-bit editions, and Starter (Edition) are not supported.
Additional Features
  • Built-in USB 2.0 cable
  • Face detection
  • Self timer
  • Red-eye reduction
  • White/black fader effects
  • Airplane mode
In the Box
Sony 32GB HDR-PJ540 Full HD Handycam Camcorder with Built-in Projector (Black)
  • NP-FV50 V-Series Rechargeable Battery Pack (980mAh, 6.8-8.4V)
  • USB AC Adapter
  • Micro-HDMI Cable
  • USB Connection Support Cable
  • Operating Guide
  • Limited Warranty (1-Year Parts, 90-Days Labor)
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    • 1Description

    Sony HDR-PJ540 specs

    Sensor 1-Chip 1/5.8" CMOS
    Backside Illumination Yes
    Color Filter RGB
    Sensor Resolution 2.51 MP
    Effective Pixels 2.29 MP (16:9 Video)
    2.29 MP (16:9 Photo)
    1.71 MP (4:3 Photo)
    35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 26.8 - 804 at 16:9 Video mode
    26.8 - 804 at 16:9 Photo Mode
    32.8 - 984 at 4:3 Photo mode
    Maximum Aperture f/1.8 - f/4
    Minimum Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm
    Zoom Optical: 30x
    Digital: 350x
    Intelligent: 60x
    Filter Size 46 mm
    System NTSC
    Recording Media x Memory Stick Micro, microSD/HC/XC
    x Internal Flash Memory (32 GB Maximum)
    Recording Time Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
    1920 x 1080 (2 ch) PS: 2 hr 30 min
    1920 x 1080 (2 ch) HD FX: 2 hr 35 min
    1920 x 1080 (2 ch) HD FH: 3 hr 25 min
    1440 x 1080 (2 ch) HD HQ: 5 hr 25 min
    1440 x 1080 (2 ch) HD LP: 7 hr 55 min
    Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
    1920 x 1080 (5.1 ch) PS: 2 hr 35 min
    1920 x 1080 (5.1 ch) HD FX: 2 hr 40 min
    1920 x 1080 (5.1 ch) HD FH: 3 hr 30 min
    1440 x 1080 (5.1 ch) HD HQ: 5 hr 30 min
    1440 x 1080 (5.1 ch) HD LP: 8 hr
    Video Format 1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1440 x 1080i at 60 fps (9 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1440 x 1080i at 60 fps (5 Mb/s AVCHD)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 9.2 Megapixel, 4032 x 2272 (16:9)
    JPEG: 6.9 Megapixel, 3024 x 2272 (4:3)
    JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
    Channels 5.1-Channel 
    Audio Format AAC-LC
    Dolby Digital 2ch
    Dolby Digital 5.1
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 3.0"
    Screen Resolution 460,000 Dots
    Rotation Opening Angle: 90°
    Turning Angle: 270°
    Max Brightness 25 Lumens
    Projection Size 100" / 254.00 cm
    Exposure Control
    Shutter Speed 1/8 - 1/10000 Second ()
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Scene Modes Preset: Yes
    Lux 6 (Standard)
    3 (Low Lux)
    White Balance Modes Auto
    Indoor 1
    Creative Effects Yes
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Built-In Light/Flash Light - No
    Flash - No
    Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 4
    Accessory Shoe Multi Interface Shoe
    Tripod Mount 1/4"
    Input/Output Connectors
    Inputs 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mini Jack
    1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
    Outputs 1 x Composite Video
    1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
    1 x USB 2.0
    1 x Bravia Sync
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mini Jack
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    Menu Languages Brazilian Portuguese
    Canadian French
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 6.8-7.2 VDC, 1030 mAh
    Charging Method AC Adapter
    Power Adapter 5.0 VDC
    Power Consumption In LCD Operation: 2.4 W
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.4 x 2.6 x 4.8" / 61.0 x 66.0 x 121.9 mm
    Weight 11.46 oz / 324.89 g
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    Package Weight 1.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.3 x 5.0 x 3.8"

    Sony HDR-PJ540 reviews

    32GB HDR-PJ540 Full HD Handycam Camcorder with Built-in Projector (Black) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 46.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from works well enough As I own many Sony camcorders, this one was bought for the use of the projector as a new feature. And that seems to work well enough so far. The picture quality seems of good quality up to mid range, but when you go out to telephoto you begin to suffer deterioration in quality and sway vibration. Sony cameras offer the best in manual controls, but for some reason their lenses seem to suffer after 50mm in focal length. The Lcd has a problem being viewed out-doors (too much glare) it acts more like a mirror, Even with a hoody on,it still is difficult to see outdoors in sun light.Other than that it seems to be a nice camera.
    Date published: 2014-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little camcorder I'm very happy with my purchase. The Sony HDR-PJ540 is a great little camcorder. The image stabilization is extremely effective. I can walk while filming and the video remains very smooth. The other feature I love is the 60x zoom. It's really amazing. It's like combining a video camera with binoculars. I took it down to the beach and while standing on the sand I was able to get outstanding close up shots of surfers. It's also really great for birding and other outdoor events where you need to zoom in from far away. The projector is the icing on the cake. No need to plug it into a television or computer. You can just project video onto any wall. Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good quality affordable camcorder.
    Date published: 2015-07-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice device, good deal Haven't used it extensively yet, but have found my first experiences to be pleasant and encouraging. Everything was clear and worked well. Shot a 20-minute fireworks show and the results were pretty good. Some reviews said low-light is not one of its best features, and it may be true, but it was fine for my purpose. Normal results are crisp and vivid. It handles well, and instructions were clear enough to get me going on the basics, and the online PDF was useful. The touch menu works smoothly and navigation is quite clear. The projector is a remarkable feature. Easy-to-use and handy. Will review more later after trying it more thoroughly.
    Date published: 2015-07-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent value My main reason for purchasing this camera is because I needed a modestly priced camera that would accept an external microphone. However, I found that I love the other features as well. The optical image stabilization is fantastic. Hand held shots look as I was using a tripod. I also like the fact that the lens accepts 46mm screw in filters, which many palmcorders do not. Now, I can use a polarizing filter to bring out the deep blue sky in outdoor shots. The image quality is adequate, but not as good as I get with my DSLR videos. The 30X optical zoom is great, especially with the optical image stabilization.
    Date published: 2015-12-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Failed expectation I bought this to replace my 8 years old Canon HG10. It's got pretty good review on @, so I pulled the trigger when B&H put it on sale. However, it didn't live up the expectation. I used it for about 10 days, all family videos in different lightings. It's ok in outdoor setting during daytime, but it's pretty bad when I shot videos indoor with limited lighting. I compared the video quarlity with my old camcorder, it's worse than my 8 years old HG10, especially indoor videos. I gave it three stars because it's ok for outdoor day time shooting, and the projector is pretty cool for playing videos on the go.
    Date published: 2015-07-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome cam coder with stabilization to its best! video shooting is my hobby and I own couple of cam coders in past but this own is Ou La La! No comments no review simply the best of the best. 1. Full HD 2. Image Stabilization 3. Projection at its best 4. Compact Easy to handle 5. Awesome battery (wish it could be little more but thanks to the accessories easily available) Super 5 points to my use within few days, I am sure its lots more! Don't think much just buy it and put your review here and videos on Simply Luv this!
    Date published: 2016-01-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from This camera is very easy to use What impresses me the most is how easy it is to use. The touch-screen features are great, although some of the icons are very small, making it tough to work them if you have large fingers - I find myself having to use a fingernail to use some of them! Certainly the size and light weight of the camera are positive features, along with the considerably large internal flash drive capacity that allows for long recording time. The reason I gave 3 instead of 5 stars is that I really miss not having a viewfinder. Also I'm not a great fan of the charging cable that unplugs from the wrist strap. This feature just seems to be sort of an awkward design, plus I worry about how durable it will be. I think a separate, detachable charging cable would be much better. I also think that using a neck strap is a good idea rather than just trusting to the wrist strap. Other than these few concerns, the PJ540 certainly seems to be a terrific camera.
    Date published: 2014-09-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from This camera may not meet all your expectations This camera is great with all the features it has built into it, however, if you plan to use this camera in indoor conditions you will be disappointed with the quality. Compared with my two other Sony cameras the XR160 and CX150 the quality of the PJ540 is noticeably bad and grainy which is a pity as I thought I couldn't go wrong with the 'Exmor R' CMOS sensor.
    Date published: 2015-11-04
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