Sony Handycam HDR-PJ30V Camcorder Review

The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ30V is an unimpressive HD camcorder—despite the built-in video projector .

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The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ30V ($959 MSRP) seems like your average mid-range HD camcorder—until you notice there's a built-in video projector on the back of the camcorder's LCD. The projector is far from perfect, but it could be a valuable tool for those who want to recap their footage without the presence of an HDTV.

In addition to the PJ30V, Sony has three other "projector cams" in its 2011 line. The HDR-PJ50V has the same features as the PJ30V, except it is loaded with a 220GB internal hard drive that makes it a bit larger and heavier (and $50 more expensive). The HDR-PJ10 is the cheapest of the three models (around $700), but it does not have a GPS function and lacks a number of other features found on Sony's other two projector camcorders.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color Performance
  4. Low Light Performance
  5. Motion Performance
  6. Sharpness Performance
  7. Sample Videos
  8. Ease of Use
  9. Handling
  10. Controls
  11. Recording Options
  12. Hardware
  13. Other Features
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  17. Conclusion
  18. Photo Gallery