The Sony HDR-PJ275 offers a lot to the average consumer at a fair price. The built-in projector (up to 100" size videos with 13 lumens) works well, and a micro-HDMI port on the camcorder (HDMI In) offers the option to project from laptops, tablets, HDTVs and smartphones, as well as gaming systems and other devices. *(Cable included with camcorder.)
Connecting via Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication - found on smartphones and laptops like the Sony VAIO SVF1532DCXB 15.5-Inch Touchscreen i5 Laptop
is a real bonus to this camcorder, as is the combined 54X (optical and digital) zoom; which can be turned on or off, and wide 29.8mm wide angle Carl Zeiss lens. Both video and stills are very sharp! 1920 x 1080P Full HD at 60 frames per second, offers video clarity that looks equally good on a small or big screen, and 9.2 MP photos are stunningly good!
NOTE: Mac users... do an internet search for "Convert Sony PJ275 60p AVCHD to AIC .mov for iMovie" to learn how-to!
NOTE: Regarding the Wi-Fi connection, you can use a tablet or smartphone to control the camera if they are paired with this camcorder and using a app to do so.
SteadyShot image stabilization; which you can turn on or off, does well when sweeping or moving with the camera, but struggles at full zoom. (Use a tripod and it's no issue.) Low light video looks good and the camcorder compensates very well in back lit shooting situations.
The option to add one of 7 different picture effects: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Soft High Key, Partial Color, Retro Photo, High-Contrast Monochrome, and Posterization are nice additions. You can use these and not have to do post-production editing to add the effects.
Being able to shoot simultaneously in MP4 and AVCHD (larger file size), is a nice feature, but you will want to have an additional memory card installed when doing so. You can add up to a 64GB microSD/microSDHC or microSDXC memory card, or a Memory Stick Micro (Sony Mark2) media up to 16GB.
The included Operating Guide offers minimal information, but the camera is fairly simple to operate, so it really isn't needed in most instances of use. The onscreen navigation is a bit cumbersome with the toggle-style button, but easy to understand. The Sony site has lots of information in their Support area which is helpful.
Overall, the camera isn't a huge step forward in terms of overall build quality or navigation, but it works well and takes excellent video and stills. (I own the: Sony HDR-CX230/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
and this videocam seems to have the same body and navigation, yet it's less money and an older product.)
The JP275 is lacking a port to add an external microphone. This is a common oversight at this price point, but I still wish it was a feature. I'd use it a lot more than NFC or the picture effects.
I love the projector, and in a dark room when it's focus is dialed in just right, it's like 'movie night'! A fun addition that for me, is the real reason to choose this camcorder over others in its class.
Most users will find more to like than dislike about this camcorder, but with so much competition at this price point and no real style or navigation changes, falling in love may be too much to ask. (But you're going to have some great dates and like each other a lot!)
I took this camera with me to a school event my daughter was participating in, hoping to get some stellar video and stills for posterity sake. Unfortunately, what I got was less than I'd hoped.
Video which was captured by the videocam's internal memory at the highest resolution possible AVCHD turned out grainy, as did distance (15') stills. Lighting was indoor fluorescent, which may have contributed to the performance. Outdoor performance was definitely better, as were the results of stills taken within 6' of the camera.
I used 60i frame rate (should have used 60p) and had the dual video recording function turned on - to record for sharing. White balance, exposure, and focus were all on auto. In retrospect, turning on the faster frame rate and putting 'Low Lux' to 'on' would have been smarter in the lower light conditions. It seemed bright enough, and I saw the 'low light' indicator, but assumed (incorrectly) the camera would adjust for it in auto mode.
There is a Scene Selection are in the Camera/Mic area of the Menu, which has a low light scene, but a tripod is suggested. In addition there are settings for a few other scenarios.
SteadyShot was enabled, as was the auto back light and digital zoom features. Face detection and the bit-in zoom mic were also enabled.
While I was disappointed in the quality of video and stills I got at the event, I can't help but think that most of the issues were my lack of experience with using this camera, more than the camera itself. I thought about dropping a star rating on the camera, but I just wouldn't feel good about it at this point. I will continue to use this camera and update the review after I've used it awhile longer and gotten used to the settings.
Indoor shots out of the box were very nice and clear on all the auto settings, but obviously that won't be the case with every seen unless you adjust for it.