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Sony HDRPJ260V High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom, 16 GB Embedded Memory and Built-in Projector (2012 Model)

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PJ260 - Camcorder with Built-in Projector
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  • 3-inch LCD display
  • 8.9 megapixel still image; 30X Optical, 55X Extended Zoom
  • Touch-screen Clear Photo LCD display
  • 1920x1080 Full HD Recording
  • Up to 3 hours of recording with 16GB embedded Flash Memory
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Product Description

Color: Black | Style: PJ260 - Camcorder with Built-in Projector

Product Description

16:9 - 2.2 Megapixel Image - 2.2 Megapixel Video - H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-2 - 30x Optical Zoom - 350x Digital Zoom - Optical (IS) - Full HD - 16 GB Flash Memory - Projector, Microphone, Speaker, Video Light, Flashlight - HDMI - USB - Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Memory Stick PRO Duo - Flash Memory, Memory Card

From the Manufacturer

Sony HDRPJ260V High Definition Handycam Camcorder

  • 1920x1080 Full HD Recording w/ 8.9MP still image
  • Project up to 100-inch(diag) videos with built-in projector
  • Up to 3 hours of recording with 16GB* embedded Flash Memory
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode
  • Wide Angle G lens to capture everything you want
  • Back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor for superb low-light video
  • 30x Optical/55x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
  • 3.0-inch touch-screen Clear Photo LCD display (230K)
  • Face detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction
  • Tracking Focus follows selected subjects
  • 5.1ch Surround mic for vivid and dynamic surround sound
  • Wind noise reduction for clear voice recording
  • Event Browse groups video/stills by events automatically
  • Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you
  • Clear Phase stereo speakers for true-to-life audio playback
  • Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver & NAVTEQ maps
  • Direct Copy to external HDD without PC
  • Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
  • Intelligent Auto (120 different scene combinations possible)

Create 1920x1080p Full HD video and captivate your audience with a built-in projector and stereo speakers with the HDRPJ260V Handycam camcorder. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode helps minimize camera shake and blur, even when using 55x Extended digital Zoom. Enjoy the advantage of superb low light shooting with Sony’s Exmor R CMOS sensor.

Key Features

1920x1080 Full HD 60i Recording w/8.9MP still image capture

The Sony HDRPJ260V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60i recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV** providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother playback of your memories.

Sony Projector light

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. Powerful enough to project up to a 100-inch diagonal screen, this small mobile theater packs a powerful punch. Combined with advanced Clear Phase stereo speakers, your memories will come alive for you and those you’re sharing with.

16GB embedded Flash Memory for up to 3 hours of recording*

The built-in 16GB* embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 3 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode).

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode

Optical 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.

Wide Angle G Lens to Capture More of What You Want

Experience the pinnacle of Sony lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. In addition, the 29.8mm focal length in Photo and Video Modes offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting.

Back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor for Superb Low-light Video

Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor 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.

55x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action

Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 30x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.

3.0-inch touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus display (230K)

The 3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen 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.

Closer Voice(with Face Detection)

When the camcorder’s Face Detection technology identifies people in a scene, an Advanced Acoustic Processor automatically reduces background noise, resulting in recorded voices with outstanding clarity and intelligibility.

Tracking Focus follows selected subjects in/out of the frame

Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a touch of the LCD and have the focus follow the selected object, even if it leaves the frame and returns.

5.1ch Surround mic for Vivid and Dynamic Surround Sound

Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording.

Wind Noise Reduction for Clear Voice Recording

Wind Reduction reduces noise and interference that is produced when wind passes over the microphone, giving you a clearer and more enjoyable sound experience.

Expanded Recording/Monitoring with Mic/Headphone Jack

Features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately).

Event Browse Groups Photos/Videos for You for Easy Reference

Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing. The date range that Event Browse groups your pictures and videos is easily adjusted to suit your needs. When used with the Highlight Playback feature, making and sharing a highlight reel from your event is easy and fun.

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.

Clear Phase Stereo Speakers for True and Dynamic Sound

Bring your video alive with Clear Phase stereo speakers. Drawing on Sony’s high-end audio expertise, renown S-Master digital amplifier technology is utilized to produce more true-to-life sound.

Geotagging with Built-in GPS Receiver & NAVTEQ Maps***

A built-in GPS receiver*** makes the HDRPJ260V an ideal choice for travelers. The receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations. Tagged videos and still images can be reviewed and played back using the Map Index function on the camcorder or once downloaded to your PC using the supplied PlayMemories Home software****. Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone.

Direct Copy to External HDD without PC*****

Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive(sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV**, 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 (120 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 120 different combinations possible: Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Low light, Macro, Portait, Baby, Walk, Tripod, Wind Noise Reduction. The camcorder utilizes an advanced sound processor and sophisticated noise reduction algorithms to reduce wind noise by up to 10db compared to other models. In addition to reducing low frequency noise, iAuto also suppresses mid- and upper-frequency noise, resulting in clearer, more enjoyable sound.

What's in the box

 Sony HDR-PJ260V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Projector (Black),  NP-FV50 Rechargeable Battery Pack, Remote Commander, AC Adapter, Power Cord, AV Connecting Cable, HDMI Cable (Full to Mini), USB Connection Support Cable (Built-In), Handycam Application Software CD-ROM and 1-Year Limited Parts & 90-Day Labor Warranty.
*1GB equals 1 billion bytes, a portion of which is used for data management functions. Records in 29 minute segments
**Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold separately.
***Map service requires PC with Internet. Service provided by Google and subject to change without notice
****For PC: Requires Microsoft Windows XP SP3/Windows Vista Sp2/Windows 7. For Mac: Requires Mac OSX(v10.5-10.7)
*****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).





Internal Memory
Wide Angle Lens: Still/Video
26.8/26.8 26.0/26.0 26.0/26.0
Optical Zoom
30x 12x

Extended Zoom
Imager Pixel Size (Still: Recording/Effective)
20.4/5M 24.1/6.1M
"Exmor R" CMOS Sensor
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Image Stabilization
60p Recording
Yes Yes Yes Yes
24p Recording
Yes Yes Yes
LCD Panel
2.7" Clear Photo 230k
3.0" Clear Photo 230k
3.0" XtraFine 921K
3.0" XtraFine 921K
3.0" XtraFine 921K
Built-in USB Cable
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Active Interface Shoe
Yes Yes Yes
Supplied Battery Type
FV50 FV50 FV50

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InfoLITHIUM® V-Series
Rechargeable Battery

6.8V typ. 7.0Wh (1030mAh)



InfoLITHIUM V-Series
Rechargeable Battery

6.8V typ. 14.0Wh (2060mAh)



InfoLITHIUM V-Series
Rechargeable Battery

6.8V typ. 26.5Wh (3900mAh)

  NP-FV50 NP-FV70 NP-FV100
HDR-SX45 included included included
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HDR-CX580V included included included
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HDR-PJ200 included included included
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HDR-PJ580V included included included
HDR-PJ710V included included included
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HDR-TD20V included included
HDR-VG20H included included

Product Information

Color:Black  |  Style:PJ260 - Camcorder with Built-in Projector
Product Dimensions 4.9 x 3.5 x 3.4 inches
Item Weight 14.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.4 pounds
ASIN B006K5505E
Item model number HDRPJ260
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 486 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7,062 in Camera & Photo
#308 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com January 9, 2012

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Style Name: PJ260 - Camcorder with Built-in ProjectorColor: Black Verified Purchase
After spending hours researching about this camera, I bought it because I decided it was the best. Now that I have used it for several months, I know for myself. Why? Several reasons.

1. The image quality was my #1 concern and this camera doesn't disappoint. Indoors, the quality is definitely more than acceptable, but outdoors is where it really jumps out at you. Color was amazing and there was absolutely no blurriness, fuzziness or grain. It's really as good as it can get.

2. The photo mode is very useful and more than just an added feature. In 8.9 mp, the quality was better than expected (outdoors at least).

3. The touchscreen interface is easy to understand and people with steep learning curves will adjust without trouble. Also, the physical buttons on the camera are few in number, with only the most used and most logical functions being present; everything else is handled one step at a time on the touchscreen.

4. I thought that the GPS function would only be a software gadget that didn't really do anything, but it is nothing short of phenomenal. I live in Ukraine, so naturally I got it shipped here. When I charged up the camera and looked at the GPS section, I saw that the map said I was in New York, presumably the place where the camera was manufactured. I told the GPS to refresh itself and went outside. The camera brought up a satellite map and started connecting with nearby satellites. Once it connected with four of them (after about 2 minutes) I got an exact map of where I was complete with coordinates and exact date and time. The map could zoom way in and I was shocked to find that not only were the names of local areas written in the local language, but the small, almost nameless street that I lived on was present on the map! Nice.

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Style Name: CX260 - Camera OnlyColor: Black
While I've yet to use this product sufficiently to review all its features, I felt compelled to warn potential buyers about the fact that Amazon misleadingly aggregates reviews for at least two different models--the HDR-CX260V and HDR-PJ260V. While the two are almost identical, the PJ260V contains an additional built-in projector for watching your movies without needing to hook up the camcorder to a TV or laptop. Amazon uses the same product description for both, however, and applies the same reviews to both models. Therefore, unless you have a sharper eye than I, it's entirely possible to search for the CX260V, then read a number of reviews describing the product's projector; and end up mistakenly buying the CX260V instead of the PJ260V. As I see from at least one of the other comments to comments, moreover, I'm not alone in doing so. As such, if you want the projector, make sure you select the more expensive PJ260V and not the CX260V. While it's not a dealbreaker for me and I'm not sure the projector is worth the extra money, it would have been nice to have made the decision with full knowledge of the distinction.
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Style Name: PJ260 - Camcorder with Built-in ProjectorColor: Black Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
"WOW".. that about sums this amazingly small - yet ultra powerful Video Recorder!
I have only started to use this camera but I HAD to write about it. I WILL be adding more content and showing video samples to supplement this review. But let's do a "quickie" review: 10 things that Impressed me:

1) OK.. first off.. tiny! It's amazing how small these guys are .. even compared to 2 years back!

2) The battery is rated for *up to* 9 hours.. so far I charged it only once, been setting it up, and taking small videos for about 4 days now and it still has about 1/4" left.

3) Internal Memory is 16 Gig - that represents about an hour of High quality vid. and about 5 + hours at lower res.

4) It is SONY - so it readily connects with Newer Bravia TV's and the PS3 but of course you can pretty much connect with anything these days.. but what is wild it has a built in Projector that will project a 100" image! I have tried it (not to 100"), and it works pretty good.. actually VERY good!

5) I like the built in USB cord.. it is not long at all, but it is nice to have a cord ready to plug in to re-charge, or synch with etc... if you don't have your case with all your stuff with you.

6) 30x OPTICAL ZOOM! -OK for ME this is the main reason I wanted THIS model. (They have many models with more memory etc..)
-I wanted the zoom because I take pictures and videos of nature, so it is not always easy to get close.
Many people already know this, bu just in case... when you see "Zoom" you ALWAYS need to see what the "OPTICAL Zoom" is.. that is the true power of the lenses.. no software is involved. The term "digital" or "extended" uses the processor in the camera to "fill in" data, and it is never as crisp in my opinion. So..
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Style Name: CX260 - Camera OnlyColor: Black Verified Purchase
This review is for the Sony HDR-CX260V. This camera is similar but not identical to the HDR-PJ260V. The differences between the two cameras are:

Records in stereo; has one speaker on the left side of the camera; average power use: HD: 2.6W, STD: 2.4W; Weight 7 oz; slightly smaller dimensions

HDR-PJ260V: in addition to the features of the CX (+ approx $100):
Records in stereo or 5.1; 2 speakers at the bottom of LCD; can display audio level on the screen while recording; headphone jack; average power use: HD: 2.7W, STD: 2.5W; Weight 11 oz; slightly larger dimensions; built-in projector; wireless remote (sensor at front of camera); threads for conversion lenses, filters, etc.

First of all, this is a really nice little camera. I did a lot of research before buying it, including reading all of the reviews and comments here. A lot has already been said, so I'm going to avoid covering the same ground too extensively. Personally, of the features on the PJ model, the only ones I might have had some interest in are 1) the threads to attach lens filters, and 2) the headphone jack. I just couldn't justify spending an extra $100 just for those two items.

The camera itself is a nice size but pretty small, about the size of a small can of tomato paste. The image and sound quality are excellent.

The Active SteadyShot and the Extended Zoom work together. There are 3 settings for SteadyShot: off, normal and active. In normal mode, the camera mechanically reacts to movement. The zoom at this point is completely optical, and it magnifies up to 33x. When SteadyShot is set to active, the extended zoom is also turned on, and you now can zoom to 55x. (Extended zoom does *not* reduce image quality.
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