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Very good but a lower-spec model may suit you better,
This review is from: Sony PJ260 Full HD Camcorder with Built in Projector - Black (6GB, 3 inch LCD Screen, 30x Optical Zoom) (Electronics)
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This has the same lens and sensor as the CX250E. The PJ260VE offers the following over the CX250E:
* 16GB built-in memory
* Projector, stereo speakers and `remote commander'
* Dolby 5.1 audio recording
* GPS geo-tagging
* Headphone jack
Taking those in order:
16GB SD cards are inexpensive these days but it's easy to remove the card from the camera to use in your PC and then forget to put it back in the camera, which you only discover when away from home! The built-in memory is thus welcome and adds a level of convenience. You can supplement it with a card.
The projector adds bulk and weight as well as cost, and projected images don't compare with those shown on a decent TV, being much darker and fuzzier, so it's strictly for use when no TV (or perhaps no cable) is available. At times, the projector is really convenient, though, especially for your own use in previewing a movie. Incidentally, the specs on the Sony website say there's no `remote commander' with this model but they're wrong.
Dolby 5.1 surround sound recording works surprisingly well and may be of real value to you. I was surprised, when playing footage back, at just how much was going on around me! On the other hand, if you just want to make movies of the kids growing up, you may feel you don't need it.
GPS tagging works well enough outdoors but the camera struggles to get a fix indoors. Of course, that could be down to where I live, but GPS on my iPhone seems work indoors most of the time. If you do a significant part of your movie-making outdoors, GPS is probably worth having, but, if most your work is indoors it may not be very effective.
Unlike the CX250E, this has a headphone jack. The Sony website specs are wrong in saying it doesn't. That's really useful if you're at all serious about making movies.
As with the CX250E, there is no accessory shoe, despite the specs on the website saying there is.
The PJ260VE is much heavier than the CX250E @ 320g vs 200g (without card and battery).
Having rated the CX250E 4*, I was going to rate this 3* because the extra features will be of limited value for some people and simply make it bigger and heavier as well as more expensive. That would be unfair, however, because many will value those features, hence 4*.
If you DO want the memory, projector, Dolby 5.1, GPS or simply a headphone jack, the PJ260VE is a fine camcorder; go ahead and buy - you are unlikely to be disappointed.
Otherwise, I'd suggest considering the CX250E which produces identical footage and may do all you need.
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Initial post: 8 Dec 2012 15:20:10 GMT
James Parker says:
you iphone gets a fix indoors based on gsm and wifi triangulation, not gps.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2012 14:35:37 GMT
Mr Gumby says:
Good point but wi-fi was switched off. In any case, what matters is that most casual video is taken indoors and the camera doesn't seem to get a GPS fix indoors, rendering GPS of limited value.
I do like the camera - don't misunderstand - it's just that some people would be happier with one that costs less and produces identical footage.
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