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5.0 out of 5 stars I have officially fallen in love with a video camera. Shh, don't tell my wife., April 28, 2012
This review is from: Sony HDRPJ710V High Definition Handycam 24.1 MP Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom, 32 GB Embedded Memory and Built-in Projector (2012 Model) (Electronics)
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Want the short review? Okay. THIS THING IS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC.

Here's the obligatory, longer and more detailed review. We'll do bullet point format for this one.

- It's kind of weird seeing the lens bob around the way it does when you first take it out of the box. I swore that it was broken and was ready to scream bloody murder until I plugged it in to the AC cord and powered it up. The lens moves like that because it's basically its own steadicam. It locks into place when it turns on but it seems to be on a gyroscope of sorts. Handheld panning shots are now incredibly smooth.

- Just about everything you need comes in the box

- There's an attached USB cable that comes out from the camera and rests in the hand strap. Never seen this before in other cameras and it's a wonder as to why if this is indeed the case, why this wasn't done sooner. Admittedly, it's a very short cord (maybe 2") but the box comes packed with a USB extension, so don't worry about your camera getting uncomfortably close to your computer if you don't want it to.

- Connected to my Mac through iMovie with absolutely no hitches (sigh of relief)

- Video looks GORGEOUS. Guaranteed, this camera has the settings you need to get what you shoot exactly how you want it to look

- 24.1 MP still photo capability

- Manual focus knob up at the front. If you've got the included lens hood attached, the lens hood kind of gets in the way of comfortable operation but the fact that this camcorder has a manual focus knob included is a very, very good thing

- Speaking of focus, you can use the viewfinder to select targets to keep focus on

- Viewfinder is a touch screen and very intuitive

- The camera as a whole is very intuitive in fact. There was very little I had to go back to the manual for, once I had a decent amount of time fiddling around with it

- The viewfinder has a projector on it. This seriously boggles my mind. Naturally, it doesn't look so great in a bright room but project your footage against the wall in a nice dark or dim room and the results will astound you.

- A built in, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound microphone. You can see the mic levels on the viewfinder in a small, unobtrusive little icon for each channel. Amazing.

- Takes SDHC cards on top of the already included 32gb's of internal memory

- Nightshot and built in LED flash/light for those low light shooting situations

- Also has GPS geotagging capability. Didn't really mess with that too much as I already feel like everyone already knows where I am as it is

BOTTOM LINE: This camera is really, really impressive. Yeah, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of a professional grade movie camera but I'm willing to bet that in the right hands, someone will make a great looking picture with this thing. The picture is beautiful, the sound is crisp, it's easy to operate... I can't say anything bad about this camera because I'll be nitpicking, which I will leave to the super tech savvy reviewers. Take it from me, this camera does not disappoint.
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Initial post: May 1, 2012 6:41:46 PM PDT
K. Kadirov says:
When your cam off, can you feel that optical block inside of cam is loose, when shake it little bit?

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2012 7:26:49 AM PDT
Terrence A. says:
Not at all. You can see it wobble a bit when it's turned on but I haven't noticed any feeling of movement when it's off.

Posted on May 6, 2012 10:29:35 AM PDT
J. White says:
What is the Video SNR like? Poor SNR causes a lot of grain in the picture. Professional camcorders display a very smooth but highly detailed picture. Consumer ones usually have more grain in the picture. Older Sonys had problems with this in the past particularly in poorly lit rooms.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 6:23:17 AM PDT
Terrence A. says:
In my personal opinion, think the picture is as clear as it could possibly get for a prosumer grade camcorder. I did notice a slight bit of grain during night time shooting but nothing horrible. I shot some footage of the moon over the weekend and it looked absolutely fantastic.

Posted on May 13, 2012 12:49:42 PM PDT
Post some footage on youtube! I haven't been able to find any good sample videos

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 12:11:02 PM PDT
Terrence A. says:
I'll be posting something soon, hopefully. Will let you know when I do. If you want, subscribe to me on YouTube @ djmrparker

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 10:17:43 PM PDT
I can't get this camera to show up in iMovie '11. What version of OS X and iMovie did you use successfully? Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 8:23:23 AM PDT
Terrence A. says:
I have the latest versions of both. Did you activate "USB connect" from the camera viewfinder?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 8:52:16 AM PDT
Thanks Terrance. I got it working now- had to delete the 1080/60p file, which iMovie doesn't like, and then it recognized the 1080/60i clips.
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