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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent consumer camcorder, with bells and whistles, April 24, 2014
This review is from: Sony HDRPJ810/B Video Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)
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This video camera is a top of the line consumer camcorder. It has an Exmor R CMOS sensor (1/3") with Sony G lens for high-quality video and image capture. It has 32GB built-in memory, and a memory expansion slot for SD/SDHC/SDXC cards and memory stick micro. It sports a Balanced Optical Steady Shot (BOSS) image stabilization, which gives a decently steady image even at full zoom (60x), which works good enough for home videos. Built-in projector with 50 lumens for up to 200" projection. Coupled with an HDMI in so you can project from a tablet or phone (with the proper cable connectors), or any other device that projects via HDMI. This works quite well to project movies from my iPad. HDMI out port is also available, if you want to play your videos onto an HDMI TV. The 5.1 channel surround-sound mic is a nice addition.

This camcorder is the replacement for the Sony HDR-PJ650V and not a replacement for the Sony HDR-PJ790V. If you go to either product site on Amazon, it would recommend this PJ810 as a "newer model" which is not entirely accurate for the PJ790.

Top compartment of the box revealed the instruction manuals (English and Spanish), warranty information, mini pamphlet on available accessories. Inside the box was the camcorder body, NP-FV50 battery, AC adaptor, power cord, micro HDMI cable, USB cable extender, remote control RMT-835 (with battery).
First thing is to charge the battery. The battery has to be mounted on the camera to charge (no separate battery charger). There is a USB cable, about two inches long, with the USB connector mounted onto the strap. I used the USB cable extended to connect the camera to the AC adaptor and let the battery charge overnight.
The camcorder body on the side of the strap (where you slip your hand to hold the camera) has the feel of a DSLR. This side also has the microphone input and headphone jack (both stereo minijacks) on this side. The other side is smooth black plastic that has the flip-out LCD touchscreen. Opening the screen also the HDMI in and out ports, as well as the external memory slot under a plastic sliding cover.

Wi-Fi support is used for connecting to smartphones. NFC (near field communication) provides "touch connection" convenience when transferring images to Android smartphones and tablets. With this feature, users need only touch devices to connect; no complex set-up is required. In addition, when using Smart Remote Control -- a feature that allows shutter release to be controlled by a smartphone -- connection between this camcorder and the smartphone can be established by simply touching devices.

Video quality is excellent. I've used it to record outdoor and indoor functions. I like the dual format video recording, and I record AVCHD and MP4 at the same time. Overall, an excellent consumer camcorder. I would say it will give my go-to camcorder (Canon HF S10) a run for its money, which has been my go-to camcorder to record significant events.

For better image quality, I would recommend the Sony HDR-PJ790V or the Sony HDR-CX900. The PJ790V has a larger sensor (1/2" -vs- 1/3" for this PJ810), but it will add another $500+ to the cost. The Sony HDR-CX900 has a 1" Exmor R CMOS Sensor, has a resolution of 14MP(video) and 20MP (still images), and with similar capabilities as the PJ810, minus the projector. For 4K video capability, I would recommend the Sony FDR-AX100/B 4K Video Camera, which has a larger LCD at 3.5" (-vs- 3" for the PJ810) and a 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor (-vs- 1/3" for the PJ810), but also costs about $1K more than the PJ810.

Included in the box:
-NP-FV50 battery, AC adaptor, power cord, instruction manuals (English and Spanish), micro HDMI cable, USB cable extender, remote control RMT-835 (with battery), step down ring for 37mm lens accessories (filters, etc.). As mentioned by previous reviewer, this does NOT come with a lens hood, which I always use for outdoor daytime shooting.

Noteable features:
-32GB embedded Flash Memory
-Slot for full size SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick Micro memory expansion. However, on paper the description says that expandable memory only supports Memory Stick Micro (this is correct) and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC (this is incorrect, since it supports full size cards). The picture on the Sony site even shows a full size SD slot, but the specifications state micro cards are used. Wrong information on Sony and Amazon sites.
-1920x1080 Full HD 24p/60p with 24.5MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
-Project ~200" videos with 50 lumen built-in projector via HDMI. Projector is built in to the LCD panel. HDMI multi-terminal allows you to connect external devices that have an HDMI output (smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc) and use the camcorder's projector to enjoy other forms of entertainment such as video games and streaming videos.
-Does NOT have night shot. Or at least I haven't found it yet :p
-Has a video light, but it does not function as a flash for still pictures.
-Multiple Format Recording: The PJ810 can redord in AVCHD and MP4 at the same time!
-F1.8-3.4 aperture size.
-Wide Angle G lens: Sony G lenses are professional grade, and deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, detailed images. The 26.8mm focal length offers broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting.
-Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization: Moves the entire optical block at once, instead of moving a single "shift lens"
-5.1ch surround sound mic: Records audio in Dolby Digital 5.1 channel. Also features Auto Wind Noise Reduction.
-Color electronic view finder (EVF): EVF 0.27" with 201K colors
-3" LCD display: The 3" 16:9 Xtra Fine LCD screen (921K) displays sharp, bring, and vivid images. Bright enough to shoot daytime outdoors (for me).
-Manual controls for Iris, Gain, and Shutter Speed
-7 picture effects for video and still photos

(edited 2014-04-24 for grammar and corrections)
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Initial post: May 1, 2014 12:17:10 AM PDT
gordo says:
Seriously thorough review. Thank you.
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