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Sony HDR-PJ260V High Definition Handycam 16GB Camcorder

January 10, 2013 by  
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Sony HDR-PJ260V High Definition 16GB Handycam Projector Camcorder

Sony HDR-PJ260V High Definition 16GB Handycam Camcorder (with Built-in Projector)

Rated 4 1/2 Stars

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Sony’s low priced dual flash memory based high definition camcorder with 16gb of internal memory and built in Projector. Advanced features include an ultra-smooth 60 progressive frames/second (1080p @ 60fps) recording mode, it can also record at 24p (1080p @24fps), the same frame rate as movie film. The PJ260V Features a new wide angle G-Lens (29.8mm) with 30x Optical zoom. High end Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode (compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver smoother video). Compact size. Other features: 8.9 megapixel still images, 3.0 inch LCD touch-screen (230K pixels), built-in GPS to geotag your video or pictures. The HDR-PJ260V has a 1/3.9-inch back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor for better low light performance. BIONZ™ Image processor improves the speed and quality, as well as improving battery life. Full HD (1920 x 1080) video capture. The newly improved Built-in Projector can project your videos on a wall for viewing up to the size of a 100-inch diagonal screen.

avchdThe PJ260V uses the AVCHD compression format (up to 24Mbps) to record high definition video. The 60p mode records at an even higher 28Mbps using STD: MPEG2-PS compression. Hookup to an HDTV through Component or HDMI. Dolby Digital 5.1 capable. USB 2.0 interface. Dedicated microphone and headphone inputs. Active interface accessory shoe for external microphones and lights. The built-in 16GB memory will record approximately 1 hour of video at maximum HD quality (more with memory cards). Face Detection, Smile Shutter, External Microphone Jack. The memory slot can take either Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media or SDHC flash memory cards.

Lens Specifications: 29.8mm – 894mm (30x optical zoom) F1.8-3.4
Dimensions: 2.07″ x 2.17″ x 4.82″ (7.23 ounces)

Smart-Review Commentary: Sony has introduced a feature packed consumer camcorder at a modest price. The Full HD 60p mode will make the video appear more real and fluid. We previewed the built-in projector function at CES 2012 Electronics Show, and the projector does a great job for its size. We saw it projected to its full 100-inch diagonal size on a screen. It has twice the light output of last year’s model. The HDR-PJ260V has a 16GB flash drive for recording hours of video and a memory slot for even more recording. This camcorder has been designed for low light conditions using its Back-Illuminated 1/3.9 Exmor R CMOS imager. The PJ260V can take up to 8.9 megapixel still images. This camcorder has the latest optical image stabilization technology to remove blurring during handheld use which will come in handy when using its 30x optical zoom. The built-in external microphone jack will allow you to use external microphones for better sound. The built-in GPS can tag your video so you know where you were (exactly) when it was shot, and show your location on the LCD screen.

The Sony HDR-PJ260V’s Tracking Focus feature allows you to touch a subject on the LCD touchscreen and have the camcorder follow it and keep it in focus. The PJ260 has a built in USB cable for charging and transferring video to your computer. A new feature Clear Voice with Face Detection will switch to an audio mode that enhances the human voice when it detects a face. This camcorder also uses the highest possible AVCHD compression quality (24Mbps) when recording regular HD, and 28Mbps for the 60p mode. The wide angle lens will be important to you when taking group shots, panoramas, and indoor shots. The memory card slot can now accomodate SDHC cards as well as Memory Stick Pro Duo cards. This midrange model is a Smart-Review top pick.

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    Camcorder Features

  • Full HD Recording
  • 30x Optical Zoom
  • 16GB Internal Memory
  • GPS to Geotag
  • Built in Projector
  • 60p HD Mode
  • 3.0 inch Touch-Screen
  • HDMI Terminal for HDTV
  • 8.9 megapixel Pics
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Large 1/3.9 inch imager
  • 29.8mm Wide Angle Lens

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Upgrade to the Sony Handycam HDR-PJ810

2014 HD Camcorder Upgrade: Sony Handycam PJ810 Upgrade:
If you upgrade to the HDR-PJ810, you get Sony’s best premium Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ Image Stabilization, upgrades to a 3.0 inch high resolution LCD screen (921,000 pixels), Adds a Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround sound microphone, brighter projector with HDMI input, adds built-in WiFi & NFC with free APP for smartphone or tablet, adds a viewfinder, upgrades to 24.5 megapixel photos, adds manual dial and control, Doubles the internal memory to 32GB.

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