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Sony HDR-PJ380V HD Handycam 16GB Projector Camcorder

February 15, 2013 by  
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Sony HDR-PJ380V High Definition 16GB Handycam Projector Camcorder

Sony HDR-PJ380V High Definition 16GB Handycam Camcorder (with Built-in Projector)

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**New for 2013** Sony’s latest 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. The PJ380V Features a new wide angle G-Lens (29.8mm) with 30x Optical zoom. The PJ380V has 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-PJ380V has a 1/5.8-inch back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor suitable for lower light situations. BIONZ™ Image processor improves the speed and quality, as well as improving battery life. Full HD (1920 x 1080) video capture. The Built-in Projector (13 lumens) can project your videos on a wall for viewing up to the size of a 100-inch diagonal screen. For 2013 there is now a Projector-In HDMI Input, so you can project content from your tablet, laptop, or smartphone, as well as video from your camcorder.

avchdThe PJ380V 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: 26.8mm – 804mm (30x optical zoom; 55x extended zoom) F1.8-4.0
Dimensions: 2.37″ x 2.25″ x 4.625″ (7.23 ounces)

Smart-Review Commentary: For 2013, 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 2013 Electronics Show, and the projector does a great job for its size. Sony for 2013 has added the ability for this camcorder to project movies, pictures, documents, and presentations, from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, via a Projector-In HDMI Input that has been added to the camcorder. The HDR-PJ380V has a 16GB flash drive for recording hours of video and a memory card slot for even more recording. This camcorder has a Back-Illuminated 1/5.8 Exmor R CMOS imager to help in low light conditions. The PJ380V can take up to 8.9 megapixel still images. This camcorder has 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 Sony HDR-PJ380V’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 PJ380 has a built in USB cable for charging and transferring video to your computer. 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. New for 2013 is an MP4 format, which allows you to record in a smaller file size for sharing on the internet. The new 26.8mm 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 for 2013.

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    Camcorder Features

  • *New 2013 Model
  • Full HD Recording
  • 30x Optical Zoom
  • 55x Extended Zoom
  • 16GB Internal Memory
  • GPS to Geotag
  • Built in Projector
  • 60p HD Mode
  • 3.0 inch Touch-Screen
  • HDMI Out to HDTV
  • 8.9 megapixel Pics
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Large 1/5.8 inch imager
  • 26.8mm 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, upgrade to a larger Imager for better low light performance, upgrades to a larger 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 a viewfinder, upgrades to 24.5 megapixel photos, adds manual dial and control, adds built-in WiFi & NFC with free APP for smartphone or tabletDoubles the internal memory to 32GB.

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