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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting camcorder with some nice features and some quirks, April 26, 2014
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This review is from: Sony HDRPJ275/B Video Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
Another family member had gotten the earlier model of this camcorder and liked it so I thought I'd give this one a try, even though the few existing reviews were not great.
Yes, there is no audio in on this camera, even though it is listed as having one. Here's the thing, if I'm going to be doing a project that I need good audio for I'm going to record it on a separate device and sync it later anyway, so that wasn't a huge downside.

Big differences between the earlier HDR-PJ200 and this:
- This camera only takes MicroSD(HC&XC) and Memory Stick Micro, not full size SD
- The screen is not touch enabled which (for whatever reason) makes it much easier to see in bright sunlight
- The battery compartment is enclosed, so you can't put a large capacity battery hanging off the back
- The projector has HDMI in!

Pros:
- The projector is a really cool feature and with hdmi input it's extremely versatile
- Full 1920x1080p 60fps recording
- You can control the camera remotely! Viewing what it sees, starting/stoping, and zooming with your smartphone! (the camera becomes a wifi hotspot and you connect with an app)
- 9.2 MP stills

Cons:
- Single joystick to control most features (only dedicated buttons are snapshot, zoom, record, play mode, and projector). Honestly, if there was a dedicated button to switch from 9.2MP still mode to movie mode I would be happy.
- Can't zoom in on photos in review mode. I'm used to Canons that allow you to zoom in while reviewing pics to see if they are focused, can't do that with this guy
- Battery compartment is enclosed (can't hang high capacity battery off the back)
- Camera slightly slow to power up. 9 seconds from cold start, 3.5 seconds from previously on mode. There is some sort of smart power management system.

Other notes:
- You can turn off digital zoom and only use optical (recommended)
- You can turn off digital image stabilization which gets you a bigger image but be careful zooming in without a tripod
- You are supposed to put the microSD card in one way and the memory stick in upside down, just keep that in mind, if you put the microSD in upside down it will fit but not work
- If you're shooting indoors or in low light, I'd recommend 30fps instead of 60fps
- Quality seems to be good so far

I'll post updates as I get more of a feel for it, I've only had it two weeks or so. Will be taking it on a long trip soon.
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Initial post: Apr 6, 2015 10:37:38 AM PDT
Tameden says:
Can you put a shotgun mic on this camera or no

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 9:00:25 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 20, 2016 5:27:05 PM PDT
JACKIELOU says:
Hm... good review, but I still think it's hard to bite the bullet on this product without comparing other similar products. It's hard to know what HD cameras to buy, luckily i stumbled onto justafax, which compares all the products side-by-side so you can see stuff based on specs.
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