Sony HDR-PJ50V Handycam Projector

Well, it really was a matter of time when a production video camera would incorporate a pico projector in the chassis.  Sony’s HDR-PJ50V Handycam fits the bill.

Now, I’m not a huge fan of hard drive camcorders, mainly because of the data issues with hard drives.  Having said that, having 220GB of room on a video camera is pretty stinkin nice.  But the main thing about this video camera is, of course, the projector.  This is a no brainer innovation.  People have been wanting this ever since pico projectors started getting much better.  Here is a sample video of that project, with specs to follow:


Format Internal HDD, flash memory
Class Consumer / Projector
HD Yes
Image Stabilization Optical
Primary Audio Format Dolby® Digital 5.1 ch
Secondary Audio Format Dolby® Digital 2 ch Stereo
Included Media Capacity 220 GB
Included Software Sony Picture Motion Browser
Optical Zoom 12 x
Advanced Zoom 17 x
Digital Zoom 160 x
White Balance Presets Auto/ Onepush/ Outdoor/ Indoor
Auto / Easy Mode Yes
Face Detection Yes
Low Light Mode(s) Yes
Scene Mode(s) Auto/ Twilight/ Twilight Portrait/ Sunrise & Sunset/ Fireworks/ Landscape/ Portrait/ Spotlight/ Beach/ Snow
Still Image Resolution(s) 7.1 megapixels 4:3 (3072×2304); 5.3 megapixels 16:9 (3072×1728); 1.9 megapixels 4:3 (1600×1200); 307K pixels 4:3 (640×480)
Flash Yes
Flash Settings Auto/ Forced/ Prohibited
Simultaneous Video / Still Recording Yes
Width (mm) 64.0 mm
Height (mm) 66.0 mm
Length (mm) 128.0 mm
Body Color(s) Black
LCD Size (inches) 3.0
LCD Resolution (pixels) 230000
Touch Screen Yes
Viewfinder No
Video Light Yes
Composite (RCA) output Yes
S-Video Yes (proprietary cable sold separately)
Component output Yes
Headphone output Yes
Mini Microphone input Yes
Accessory Shoe (Hot) Yes
Included Wireless Remote Yes
DC Power Yes
Sister Model Down HDR-PJ30V, HDR-PJ10V
Included Battery NP-FV50 Li-ion battery
Other Features Built-in video projector

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