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Sony HDR-PJ230/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p with 8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • Project up to 100" videos with 13lm built-in projector
  • Up to 3hr10min of recording with 8GB embedded Flash Memory
  • SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur
  • 2.7" wide Clear Photo LCD display (230K)
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Style: Camcorder with Built-in Projector

Product Description

Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and high quality 8.9MP still images. 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 ExmorR CMOS 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.

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Relive the magic.


Bring your fondest memories to life with legendary Sony full HD/60P video quality and a built-in projector.

This compact camcorder captures over three hours of HD video with 8GB of embedded memory. Best of all, the built-in projector lets you showcase your footage in a big way—up to a 100” (diag) image. SteadyShot™ image stabilization is also included for enhanced clarity and minimized video shake.
 

1920x1080 Full HD 60p w/8.9MP Exmor R® CMOS Sensor
SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active Mode

32x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action

Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and high quality 8.9MP still images.   sults in lower lighting conditions.

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.


Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 27x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.

Technology

Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens
The professional-quality 29.8mm Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot® image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.


Shoot high quality AVCHD or web optimized MP4 video
Select between HD video in the AVCHD or MP4 format for highest quality or easy transfer and sharing. AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs, and MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud.

2.7” wide Clear Photo™ LCD (230k)
The 2.7” (16:9) Clear Photo™ LCD (230K) 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.


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1920x1080 Full HD 60p  w/8.9MP Exmor® R CMOS Sensor

Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and high quality 8.9MP still images.   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 CMOS  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. 

 

Built-in High-Contrast Projector

The high-contrast projector built-in to the LCD panel gives you the freedom to share your favorite memories virtually anywhere. With 13 lumens of brightness, this projector is powerful enough to project up to  100”diagonally. 

 

Up to 3hr 10min recording with 8GB embedded Flash Memory1

The built-in 8GB1 embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 3 hours 10 minutes of high definition video footage (HD LP mode). 

 

SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active Mode

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

 

32x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action

Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 27x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.

 

29.8mm Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens

 The professional-quality 29.8mm Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot® image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.

 

2.7” wide Clear Photo™ LCD (230k)

The 2.7” (16:9) Clear Photo™ LCD (230K) 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.

 

Shoot high quality AVCHD or web optimized MP4 video

Select between HD video in the AVCHD or MP4 format for highest quality or easy transfer and sharing.

AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs, and is ideal for capturing precious memories at special occasions, family vacations and other moments you want to treasure for a lifetime. MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud.

 

Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you

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.

 

Direct Copy to external HDD without PC13

Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive13 (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV4, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.

 

Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge

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. Charging your camcorder is faster than ever now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time.

 

Intelligent Auto (60 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 and wind noise reduction.  There are 60 different combinations possible: Portrait, Baby, Tripod , Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, Low light. 

 

FOOTNOTES:

1. 1GB equals 1 billion bytes, a portion of which is used for data management functions.

4. Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold sep.
9. For PC: Requires Microsoft® Windows® XP SP3/ Windows Vista® SP2/Windows 7. For Mac: Requires Mac OSX (v10.5-10.7)
13. Requires via VMC-UAM1 cable (sold separately), AC power for camcorder, and hard drive formatted in FAT-32. USB-hub not supported. External HHD/USB media should be less than 2TB(Terabytes).

© 2013 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony is not responsible for typographic and photographic errors.  Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.  Sony, Optical Steady Shot, S-Master and Xtra Fine LCD are trademarks of Sony.  Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

 



Product Information

Style:Camcorder with Built-in Projector
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.5 x 3.9 inches
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00AR95FP4
Item model number HDR-PJ230/B
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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4.3 out of 5 stars 163 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8,134 in Camera & Photo
#359 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com January 7, 2013

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This video camera is perfect for me and my use for family and travel video recordings. I found the HD quality quite good, even in low light. I did not detect any graininess indoors and of course all outdoor videos were quite sharp and color true. I took video of some cranes walking around in the yard with the zoom and it was crystal clear, really beautiful. You could see the birds' eyes and feathers sharply. I was able to play all my videos back on my HDTV as well as on my mac computer, using iPhoto to import all photos and videos. I may not be a professional photographer, but I am quite happy with my purchase of this camera. While I can charge the camera using my laptop, I also purchased an extra battery and charger for travel.
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I've owned video cameras, and without mentioning any of their names, I've got to give the Sony PJ230 all the stars in the sky. Where to start; The Operating Guide manual is written with full cross-reference and clearly laid out details that cover even a full printed map of all menus - Five stars for the Operating Guide alone, next, the glass, image quality is superb thanks to a high performance Carl Zeiss lens, to which I must add, the most wonderful feature on the camera, for me, is the smooth zoom that is easy to control for dynamic and impressive slow zoom which can be pushed to a fast zoom all the while under the full control of the videographer. With 8.9 megapixels for the still camera, you have something that is suitable for wildlife images using the powerful (32x) optical zoom, or, take stills at the same time you are shooting video footage, all done without a glitch to either still or movie action on the fly. The controls are instinctive, unlike 'other' video cameras out there, Sony has put the control into the hands of the artist running the camera buy designing the camera to work ideally in the human hand. Other cameras I have worked with forget the human element and make you struggle to 'try' to get the shots you want, not so with the Sony Pj230, everything is available while you are shooting with natural hand and finger movement on the controls which are so well placed to keep you focused on your subject and not on the camera. Let me quit drooling on here about this camera and simply say there is nothing, not even at a professional level, that this camera does not address in a professional and complete manner.Read more ›
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The HDR-PJ230 is an odd mixture of functionality and features. This camcorder's Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens has a 27x optical-zoom ratio and a 35mm equivalent focal length (29.8mm on wide) - so what you see is what you get. The LCD viewer flips out and rotates almost 270 degrees to accommodate any viewing angle. The 13 Lumen projector lets you do instant replays on-the-spot. You can record in traditional AVCHD or even Youtube Friendly 720P MP4 to make video sharing easier.

In my testing the LCD was difficult to view in the sun. The included 500mah battery lasted 47 minutes. The LCD is rather small but on par with similar camcorders. The camcorder contains a Exmor R CMOS sensor that helps with low light conditions but from testing the interior low-light picture quality isn't great. If you want HDMI pass-through, Cinema mode or Balanced Optical Steadyshot you need a more expensive model like the HDR-PJ380,HDR-PJ430V,HDR-PJ650V or HDR-PJ790 that cost hundreds more.

The camcorder market is crowded but the undisputed leaders in the consumer and pro-sumer camcorders are Sony and Canon. Sony in many ways invented the camcorder but the market has evolved so there are a lot of options available in almost any price bracket. The HDR-PJ230 sits in the middle of the entry level. In this price range Canon offers the VIXIA HF R40 HD which offers 32X Optical Zoom, dual SXHD memory card slots, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer, 3 inch LCD, WiFi and 24P cinema mode but lacks a projector. In the Sony line the
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The first thing you'll notice is how small this camcorder is. It's about the size of a can of soda. That means ultra-portability.

I have a Canon VIXIA HV40 High Definition Camcorder, which is an all-around solid performer, but I didn't like how time-consuming it was to transfer video from mini-DV onto my computer. With this Sony, you can shoot in AVCHD (format used by Blu-ray) or mp4 and edit directly from the digital files. The easiest to work with is mp4. You can trim clips in QuickTime Pro or iMovie. MP4 can also be directly uploaded to YouTube and other video sharing sites. No software is included with the camera. You can download Sony's editing software online.

Video quality is good and the zoom is impressive. It's optical zoom, not digital. When zoomed in all the way, shake and unsteady hands becomes very apparent. As a digital camera, it's not very good. I went to the park to take some shots with it and the results were disappointing. First of all, it takes about half a second to save a shot. It's not a long time, but it's certainly noticeable. Not only was there a noticeable delay, the pictures I took were fuzzy. Not blurry, mind you... there was no camera shake. As a rule, I don't recommend camcorders for still photography. Stick with a dedicated still camera.

The projector was better than I anticipated. 13 lumens isn't a lot, but it's enough to project clearly onto a white wall in a darkened room. A little slider on the LCD panel lets you set the focus. Projected from about 10 ft away, the picture was clearly visible.
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