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Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector

Model # HDRPJ30V

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"Product Highlights
-1920 x 1080/24p HD Recording
-32GB Internal Flash Memory
-Memory Stick Duo / SD Memory Card Slot
-1/4"" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
-3.0"" WIDE Xtra Fine Touch Panel LCD
-Sony Lens G with 30mm Filter Diameter
-12x Optical and 150x Digital Zoom
-Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
-Built-In Projector
-Built-In GPS Receiver

The Sony HDR-PJ30V High-Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector is more than your ordinary high def camera. The PJ30 boasts a GPS receiver and projector too! Now, instead of sharing your videos and stills on the LCD screen you can project right onto the nearest wall, up to 60"". And when you want to geo-tag your creations the built-in receiver lets you do just that. In addition, the GPS feature also allows you to archive your footage based on location for easy retrieval and sharing on social media sites.

When it comes to the more conventional aspects of the PJ30, you'll find all things you would expect for a camera of this caliber: a 3.0"" touch screen LCD, 17x Extended zoom, optical image stabilization, a wide angle lens... You'll also find a few things that you weren't expecting, like 5.1 channel Dolby Digital Surround Sound recording. In fact, the camera is full of audio enhancements, such as Sony's built-in Clear Phase stereo speakers, mic and headphone connections, and wind noise reduction.

Shooting controls, like Intelligent Auto, help take the guesswork out of recording. Some other useful controls include Golf Shot and Tracking Focus. When it comes to features that come into play after recording, High Playback, Event Browse, and NAVTEQ maps help you organize, jazz up, and review your footage in fun and unique ways. And of course, the PJ30V comes with editing software included so you can edit and share your memories with ease.

1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p/24p Recording with 7MP Still Image

The Sony HDR-PJ30V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p recording and playback via HDMI (cable sold separately) and compatible HDTV providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother playback of your memories. If you're looking for a film-like quality look to your video, 24p recording is available for you

32GB Embedded Flash Memory for Up to 13 Hours of Recording

The embedded 32GB flash memory can record and store up to 13 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode)

Project Your Videos On the Go Anywhere, Anytime

The high-contrast projector built-in to the LCD panel gives you the freedom to share your favorite memories virtually anywhere. Powerful enough to project up to a 60"" diagonal screen, this small mobile theater packs a powerful punch. Combined with advanced Clear Phase stereo speakers, your memories will come alive for you and those you're sharing with

Wide Angle G Lens to Capture Everything 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 27.4mm focal length in Photo Mode and 29.8mm in Video Mode offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting

Geotagging with Built-In GPS Receiver and NAVTEQ Maps

A built-in GPS receiver makes the HDR-PJ30V 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 PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software. Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone

17x Extended Zoom to Get Even Closer to the Action

Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 12x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality

Back-Illuminated 'Exmor R' CMOS Sensor for Superb Low-Light Video

Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony's back-illuminated ""Exmor R"" CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the ""Exmor R"" 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

3.0"" Touch Screen Clear Photo LCD Plus Display (230K)

The 3.0"" Clear Photo LCD Plus screen 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

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

Highlight Playback Creates Movies with Transitions

Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you" Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pinpoint the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel

Tracking Focus Follows Selected Subject

Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a touch of the LCD and have the focus follow the selected object

Expanded Recording and Monitoring with Microphone and Headphone Jack

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 Photos and Videos

Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing. The date range that Event Browse groups your pictures and videos is easily adjusted to suit your needs. When used with the Highlight Playback feature, making and sharing a highlight reel from your event is easy and fun

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

Clear Phase Stereo Speakers for True and Dynamic Sound

Bring your video alive with Clear Phase stereo speakers. Drawing on Sony's high-end audio expertise, renown S-Master digital amplifier technology is utilized to produce more true-to-life sound

5.1 Channel Surround Mic for Vivid and 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

Built-In USB Cable for Easy File Transfer and 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

Intelligent Auto - 90 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 (90 different combinations possible): Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Low light, Macro, Portrait, Baby, Walk, Tripod

Direct Copy to External HDD without PC

Store your memories in a whole new way with 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.

Golf Shot

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, perfect for analyzing the nuances of a golf swing, tennis serve, and other fast action

Built-In Flash

The built-in flash sheds light on your subject when taking still photos

Media Type Internal Flash Memory; Memory Stick PRO Duo ™ (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo ™; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Still Image Mode JPEG
Still Image Max Effective Resolution 7.1 megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9 Movie mode: 5.3 megapixels 16:9 (3072x1728); Photo mode: 5.3 megapixels 16:9 (3072x1728)
Still Image Size 4:3 Movie Mode: 4.0 megapixels 4:3 (2304x1728); Photo Mode: 7.1 megapixels 4:3 (3072x2304)
Video Format HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60p:original format); STD: MPEG2-PS
Video Mode HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps
Video Resolution HD: 1920x1080/60p,24p,60i (FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ,LP); STD: 720x480/60i
Video Actual (Pixel) Approx. 2650K pixels (16:9), Approx. 1990K pixels (4:3)
Video Signal NTSC color, EIA standards
Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(2ch) HD PS: Approx. 2h35m (Approx. 2h35m); HD FX: Approx. 3h00m (Approx. 3h00m); HD FH: Approx. 4h10m (Approx. 4h10m); HD HQ: Approx. 7h15m (Approx. 5h35m); HD LP: Approx. 12h55m (Approx. 10h35m); STD HQ: Approx. 7h40m (Approx. 7h05m)
Photo Capture from Movie 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480); 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360)
Dual Record 5.3 megapixels 16:9 (3072 x 1728); 4.0 megapixels 4:3 (2304 x 1728)
Audio Format Dolby® Digital 5.1ch, Dolby® Digital 5.1Creater; Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Microphone/Speaker Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear Phase Stereo Speaker
Internal Media Flash Memory 32GB
Mic Level Control Yes (2steps)
Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(5.1ch) HD PS: Approx. 2h30m; HD FX: Approx. 3h00m; HD FH: Approx. 4h05m; HD HQ: Approx. 7h15m; HD LP: Approx. 12h30m; STD HQ: Approx. 7h30m
Still Image File Format DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Wind Noise Reduction Yes (Off/On (Advanced reduction))
Wind Position Yes (Auto)
Focus Control
Focus System Contrast AF
AF Modes Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
Focus Area Full range Focus / Spot Focus
Focus Features Tracking Focus
AF Illuminator Yes
Flash Type Built-in Flash
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes Auto / Forced / Prohibited
Flash Compensation Yes (3 steps)
Flash Coverage Approx. 0.3m - 1.5m
Advanced Features
Audio Level Display Yes
Embedded GPS Yes (Current Position Display (Your Location))
Face Detection Yes
Golf Shot Yes
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot™ Image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Intelligent Auto Portrait / Baby / Walk / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro / Low light
Priority Setting (for Face Detection) Auto / Child Priority / Adult Priority
S-Master Yes
Smile Shutter™ technology Dual Capture / Always On / Off
Smooth Slow Rec Yes
x.v.Color™ Yes
Power Requirements 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FV50)
Inputs and Outputs
HD Output HDMI Out (mini) (sold separately); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (supplied))
Camera Type Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
Lens Type G Lens™
Lens Stabilization Optical SteadyShot™ Image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Aperture F1.8-3.4
Optical Zoom 12x
Digital Zoom 160x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) Photo Mode: 29.8mm - 357.6mm (16:9), 27.4mm - 328.8mm (4:3); Movie Mode: 29.8mm - 357.6mm (16:9), 36.5mm - 438mm (4:3)
Filter Diameter 30mm
Minimum Focus Distance Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 25cm (Tele Macro)
Extended Zoom 17x
Focal Distance f = 2.9mm - 34.8mm
Steady Shot Mode:Active 31.2mm - 531mm (16:9), 38.2mm - 650mm (4:3)
Exposure System
Metering Modes Multi-segment / Spot
Exposure Compensation AE Shift (Touch Panel)
Exposure Settings Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
Scene Mode(s) Auto / Twilight / Twilight Portrait (Photo Mode only) / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
D-Range Optimizer Yes
Noise Reduction Yes
White Balance Mode Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Minimum Illumination Standard: 11 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
Auto Iris Control F1.8 - F10.0
Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
Gain Control Auto
LOW LUX Mode Yes
Endurance (Battery Life) Approx. 1.5 hours (Supplied Battery)
Resolution Output 640 x 360
Screen Coverage 10" - 60"
Throw Distance Approx. 0.5m - 3m
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC media compatible
SD Output Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable (supplied)); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (supplied)); S Video Out (A/V connecting cable with S Video (sold separately))
HD Output HDMI Out (mini) (sold separately); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (supplied))
USB Port(s) TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
BRAVIA® Sync™ Yes
PhotoTV HD Yes
DVDirect Yes (DVDirect Express, DVD Writer supported (sold separately))
Headphone Jack Stereo Minijack
Microphone Input Stereo Minijack
Remote Jack Integrated into A/V Remote terminal
Remote Commander Yes
Direct Copy Yes
Accessory Shoe Yes (Active Interface Shoe)
A/V Remote Terminal Video / S Video / Audio / Component Out / Remote
HDMI Terminal Yes (mini)
Supplied Software PMB Ver. 5.5 Supports Windows XP Service Pack3 (SP3) (32bit), Windows Vista Service Pack2 (SP2) (32bit/ 64bit), Windows 7. PMB software is not supported by Mac OS.
Operating System Compatibility Windows XP SP3 * /Windows Vista SP2 ** /Windows7 * 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. The Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver. 2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs. ** Starter (Edition) are not supported. Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment.
Imaging Sensor
Imaging Sensor 1/4" (4.5mm) Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS Sensor
Processor BIONZ™ Image processor
Pixel Gross Approx. 4200K pixels
Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 3540K pixels (4:3)
Color Filter System ClearVid™ array
LCD Display
LCD Type 3.0" Clear Photo LCD™ PLUS display (230K)
Angle Adjustment Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Brightness Control Yes (Menu)
Coverage 1
Live View Yes
Grid Display Guide Frame
Touch Panel Yes
Drive System
Drive Mode Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
Shutter Speeds Auto Control Range: 1 / 8-1 / 1000; Smooth Slow Rec: 1 / 250 - 1 / 1000; Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. (Still Image); Standard: 1 / 60-1 / 1000; Auto: 1 / 60 - 1 / 1000; Scene Selection: 1 / 8 - 1 / 1000; LOW LUX: 1 / 30 - 1 / 1000; Auto (Auto Slow Shutter OFF): 1 / 60 - 1 / 1000
Convenience Features
Quick On Yes (Power On by LCD)
Manual / Auto Lens Cover Auto
S/S & Zoom button on LCD Yes (Touch Panel)
Red-Eye Reduction Yes (On / Off)
Fader Effect(s) White / Black
Date / Time Stamp Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info, Coordinates)
Erase/Protect Yes / Yes
Media/Battery Indicator Yes (recordable time, free and used media space) / Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
Power Save Mode Auto Shut-off (5minutes)
Still Image Playback Options Slide Show; Playback Zoom (1.1x-5x) (TouchPanel + Zoom Lever)
Video Playback Options Highlight Playback (HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share (Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase); Highlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
Built-in USB Cable Yes (USB Charge Available)
Built-in Video Light Coverage Approx. 30cm-150cm
Multiple Language Display English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish
One Touch Disc Burn Yes (Menu)
View & Index Event / MAP
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx. 2 3/ 8inch x 2 5/8inch x 5 1/8inch (58.5mm x 64.5mm x128mm)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) Approx. 12.2 oz
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term Limited Warranty --- 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
In the Box
Power Cord (1) Power Cord (1)
USB Connection Support Cable (1) USB Connection Support Cable (1)
"Operating Guide" (1) "Operating Guide" (1)
Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV50) (1) Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV50) (1)
Component A/V Cable (1) Component A/V Cable (1)
CD-ROM ("Handycam" Application Software) (1) CD-ROM ("Handycam" Application Software) (1)
AC adaptor (AC-L200) (1) AC adaptor (AC-L200) (1)
A/V Connecting Cable (1) A/V Connecting Cable (1)
Remote Commander (RMT-835 with Battery (CR2025)) (1) Remote Commander (RMT-835 with Battery (CR2025)) (1)

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