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Sony HDR-PJ200 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom and Built-in Projector (Black) (2012 Model)

Sony HDR-PJ200 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom and Built-in Projector (Black) (2012 Model)
Sony HDR-PJ200 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom and Built-in Projector (Black) (2012 Model)


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Sony HDR-PJ200 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom and Built-in Projector (Black) (2012 Model)


Sony HDR-PJ200 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom and Built-in Projector (Black) (2012 Model)

The Sony HDR-PJ200/B Full HD Camcorder with Projector features its super sharp video capture quality of 1920 x 1080/60i for that full HD appeal. What’s also worth noting is its high-contrast projector built-in to the LCD panel for that amazing playback quality. Thanks also to its Back-illuminated Exmor® CMOS sensor for that super sharp image quality even to low-light scenes, along with the stylish 2.7” LCD touchscreen for you to compose shots easily.

  • 5.3 megapixel still image
  • 25X Optical, 30X Extended zoom
  • 2.7 inch touch-screen Clear Photo LCD display
  • 1920×1080 Full HD Recording
  • Back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor for superb low-light video

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  1. 31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Sony HDR-PJ200, March 27, 2012
    By 
    shaNker

    Ok so my wife picked this up for me today at BestBuy for about four and a half Benjamin’s, actually 10 under that. Anyhow. First the PROS. It does great in indoor light during the evening. It even has a low light setting for VERY low light. The projector is very cool, however for me I don’t know how often I would actually use it in a practical situation. It’s rather small, which is good, makes for easy carrying. Takes standard SD memory cards. Records audio in stereo, picks up the sound well, has some focus following feature where you can long press on a subject in the viewfinder and it will keep the subject in focus so long as it can see them, while they move around the scene. The zoom is great, very clear and VERY STABLE, great job on the image stabilization!!!! Also the MACRO is GREAT!!!!!! Seems like you can practically put something all the way up to the lens and it will focus on it.

    CONS: The still image quality is GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!! My EVO 3D does FAR OUTSTANDING SUPERIOR photos compared to this camera. This camera claims it can do 5.3 megapixels, my EVO 3D does 5.0 megapixels. There is no excuse for the horrible lack of quality for the stills in this camcorder. Maybe many or most people won’t use that feature, but you pay for it, it should be more than a novelty. Also most people probably won’t mind but there is no input option for different microphones, nor are there inputs for headphones. Also: It is *NOT* truly FULL HD!!! It does NOT do 1080P, only 1080i. There IS a difference!!!!

    Personally I feel this camcorder is overpriced. We are probably returning it tomorrow. If it was about a hundred bucks less, I’d probably keep it. The projector feature seems weird as I just don’t know how practical it is. And the projected image is only at 640 x 360, that’s not even VGA resolution. Seems just like a gimmick to sell the camera. If it was a higher res ok.. but still not sure where the niche is for it. Some people will LOVE this camcorder. And to be honest, if it did FULL 1080P, I would probably keep it. But as it is.. it’s getting returned tomorrow.

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  2. 9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good value for money!, September 26, 2012
    By 
    rbhatta “A Dinosaur you can trust!” (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) –
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    This review is from: Sony HDR-PJ200 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom and Built-in Projector (Black) (2012 Model) (Electronics)
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    Sony’s 2012 model HDR-PJ200 has lots of bells and whistles for an entry level camcorder and 5.3 megapixel still image capture device. The price is okay knowing that you get a SONY quality camcorder with built-in projector but honestly, the still image capture is very poor and video recording performance is average at best.

    Last month I also reviewed Sony HDRCX580V High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom and 32 GB Embedded Memory (2012 Model) camcorder for Amazon which sells for more than double the price of this HDR-PJ200 and does not even have built-in projector. In my humble opinion the high end model does have better video capture quality & image quality especially when it comes to Still images. Remember! – You always get what you pay for.

    The optical image stabilization especially on zoomed images is better with the high end model. The HDR-PJ200 had some difficulty in maintaining stability especially when zoomed. You do need a very steady hand or tripod if you want extreme close-up. It still takes pretty good Hi-Def Video, but I find the low light performance is poor and there is some video noise here and there.

    Surely this camcorder is not for serious video enthusiasts or could be because I got the high end model to play with recently and have proof videos for comparisons and now I can surely tell the difference. If you have the money you should surely opt for the high end model.

    PROS:
    [+] Super Compact Camcorder which is extremely lightweight & easy to carry
    [+] Built-in Projector is fun to have! – adds coolness to the product.
    [+] Carl Zeiss lens & Good build quality as you would expect from SONY
    [+] Decent HD quality Video capture under good light conditions for the price
    [+] Uses Standard SDHC Memory cards for recording – No more tapes! No moving parts!
    [+] HDMI out & HDMI cables included for TV connectivity

    CONS:
    [-] Very poor Still image captures
    [-] Washed out grainy video especially under low light
    [-] Touch Screen LCD is shinny and hard to see in bright sunlight

    It is hard to justify the need to purchase a camcorder these days as most of the Smart phones are capable of recording 1080p HD videos and takes excellent quality still images. Having said, if you are one of those people who likes to take lots of video and would like to have a dedicated device just for that then purchasing a camcorder is justifiable.

    Please remember that you do need to add 32 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card to the price of the camcorder but it still comes under $400 dollars in total. For the money I think it is an average value camcorder in all respects and the built-in projector makes this camcorder somewhat more desirable than others thereby achieving a 4 star rating.

    The camcorder build quality is very good as you would expect from Sony but you will have to remember these products are mass produced in china now-a-days and has become more or less use and throw commodity.

    Hope my review is useful to you, if you have any questions please feel free to comment and I will try to answer them to best of my knowledge.

    Happy shopping here on Amazon!

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  3. 11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A small HD digital video camera recorder with a projector… How cool is that? But is it worth it?, October 1, 2012
    By 
    Dennis A. Amith (kndy) (California) –
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    This review is from: Sony HDR-PJ200 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom and Built-in Projector (Black) (2012 Model) (Electronics)
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    For my latest tech review, I take a look at Sony’s latest HD digital video recorder, the HDR-PJ200.

    I. What’s in the package?

    - Digital Recorder with built-in USB cable
    - Mini-HD Cable
    - Rechargeable Battery Adapter (Power Cord/AC Adapter)
    - USB-=>Video cables (AV Connecting Cable)
    - Yellow, Red, white component cables
    - USB Adapter (USC Connection Support CAble)
    - Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FV30

    NO SDCARD IS AVAILABLE. You will definitely want to purchase a Class 10 SDCard (4GB minimum but I recommend 32GB or 64GB).

    II. FIRST IMPRESSIONS

    - APPEARANCE: After unpackaging, I was pretty impressed of how small this digital video camera is. The width is probably 3-inches wide, small enough to hold with one hand and is very light. The camera is plastic and you get a feeling that if you do drop this camera, it’s done for.

    - BATTERY: Battery is not charged, so I had to charge the battery which took about two hours. The camera can be charged via it’s built-in USB cable which will take about an hour and half. Like most digital cameras with a battery pack, it’s best to take the battery pack out of the camera when not in use. For the MP-FV30, you get about 95 minutes of continuous recording time and 45 minutes of HD recording time, for standard shooting around 105 minutes. This battery goes about $15-$20 but I recommend going for a NP-FV50 for 180 minutes, NP-FV-70 (about 375 minutes) or a NP-FV100 battery which gives you about 745 minutes recording time.

    - SHOOTING TIME: I recommend using a 32GB or 64GB Class 10 card for longer shooting.

    HIGHEST QUALITY (FX) gives you about 45 minutes recording time
    HIGH QUALITY (FH) gives you 1 hour
    STANDARD HQ (HQ) gives you about 1 hour and 50 minutes
    Long Play (LP) gives you 3 hours and 15 minutes.

    - PROJECTOR: Projector and LCD screen can move 90-180 degrees. The LCD screen is touch screen (for zooming in and out, recording, playing video) and on top is a projector focus. On the LCD screen you can:

    – ZOOM (Wide/Telephoto)
    – Menu
    – Guide showing recording, Automatic Exposure, Automatic Focus, Tracking Focus, Zoom, Remaining Battery, Counter, Intelligent Auto., View images, etc.

    NOTE: Because a touchscreen is used, I recommend purchasing a plastic screen protector. Anything that can protect the screen from damage or scratches.

    - INITIAL SETUP: Setting up the camera for region, date and time was very easy.

    - ON or OFF: There is no power button. If you open the LCD screen, the camera turns on. For the lens, there is a switch to open and close the lens cover.

    - BUTTONS: The buttons are user-friendly.

    On top of the Camera:
    – MODE: Switch from video or to take pictures
    – Zoom Lens features a 30x Extended Zoom
    – Photo Button – When selecting photo mode, on top is a photo button to take pictures.
    On Back of Camera:
    – Start/Stop Video
    On Side of Camera with LCD Open:
    – Projector – To switch to projector mode on playback
    – Play button
    – Slots for mini-HDMI and the USB-Video cables

    - Built-in USB Cable
    – Right on the hand guard is a mini-USB cable (an inch long). For people needing more wire, an included USB adapter with 2 ft. cord is included.

    RECORDING: You can selected highest quality (1920×1080/60i quality, AVCD HD 24M), high quality (1920×1080/60i quality, AVCD HD 17M), standard (1440×1080/60i quality, AVCD HD 9M )and long time (1440×1080/60i quality, AVCD HD 5M).

    III. TESTING THE CAMERA:

    During my tests of the HDR-PJ200, I realized that a lot of the functions are via touchscreen. So, with that being said, I would not let young children use the touch screen or mess with it as it is your primary way of using this camera.

    A. LOW-LIGHT TEST: First test was indoor utilizing low-light. The camera detected low-light and tried to compensate but like most digital cameras around this price-range, low-light is not going to be that great. It will be grainy, but once the camera does pick up light, the video quality is great. Tested the camera in various indoor-light situations and low-light is OK, but it’s outdoors during sunlight where this camera really shows off its awesome picture quality.

    B. OUTDOOR TEST: In sunlight, this camera looks absolutely fantastic! Vibrant colors and I love the zoom for this camera. From far away, I was able to zoom 30X and get a good closeup of a section over 100 yards away. But the more farther you zoom, the more difficult it is to shoot without shakiness. The camera has camera-shake detection, but you would need to enable Intelligent Auto Function. So, for long distance shooting, I do recommend a tripod. Otherwise, I zoomed on a person in movement about 75 yards away and the camera…

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