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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong performer, 2 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Sony PJ260 Full HD Camcorder with Built in Projector - Black (6GB, 3 inch LCD Screen, 30x Optical Zoom) (Camera)
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This is a fantastic camcorder with strong performance.It comes in a deceptively small package and the camcorder is quite light which surprised me. On first glance it looks absolutely fantastic. Very neat and compact it was quite intuitive to connect the battery and within a minute or two start shooting. What surprised me most was that the camcorder has 16gb of internal memory which allowed me to commence shooting immediately. Good for 1hr15 at highest quality or 5 hours of lowest quality footage I immediately set about playing with it. This is the smallest battery of 3 and I would have preferred to have seen the m id-way one included with this.

The camcorder itself has a nice compact body and a hand grip, with a built in mini usb cable (stops you losing it and an extender is supplied in the box). It features a 3inch touch screen which was nice and responsive to use. Video/photo playback looks great on it and it features two speakers for sound.

It is on the flip out screen that you find the built in projector. I was initially very sceptical of this feature assuming it was very gimmicky. How wrong I was. Whilst I wouldn't watch a feature film on it the projected image is nothing short of fantastic considering its size. No more gathering around the screen holding it in front for everyone to see. A neat little slider allows you to adjust focus and you are aware. It frees you from cables etc. Now don't get me wrong on a bright sunny day, much like any projected image you will struggle but in the shade, curtained room etc. I really like the projector feature.

The supplied battery can run the camcorder for roughly 2 hours, be it recording or playback and larger ones are available. Recorded video was great thanks to the Exmoor R CMOS sensor which Sony is sporting in all its higher end camcorder/cameras. At the highest setting it records 1920x1080/50 so make sure your computer is up to the task should be looking to edit video.
Sound was great played back through the unit or on the pc once the footage was downloaded. It was nice and crisp/clear. The unit records 5.1 sound.
Stills were equally as impressive and despite sporting a 2megapixel resolution for those, the camera does a bit of trickery to boost them to 8.9 megapixel. Whilst it wouldn't replace my camera the resulting pictures were very good.

As well as the built-in USB connector, the PJ260 has a mini-HDMI output (cable not included) for connection to an HD TV, plus microphone and headphones sockets. The battery charges in the camcorder (separate chargers are available separately). I perhaps would like to have seen an external battery charger included as inevitably I will get a second, bigger battery so I can charge both at the same time and also I can keep my camcorder safe from accidental knocks and scrapes etc. The PJ260 has a GPS chip for geo-tagging videos (date, time, coordinates) with a map displayed on the LCD which I think is another cracking feature, especially if you are on a tour abroad.

I would have liked to have seen a carry case with this, but bought a Sony medium size carry case which fits it lovely with room for a spare battery, the remote, usb extender cable and a memory card. On that note I stuck a 32gb Sandisk Extreme SD card in which is an absolute steal at the moment.

Overall this is a fantastic unit but I would think carefully first as to whether you would use the projector, GPS and 5.1 sound. If not I would probably look for an alternative.
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Initial post: 26 Jul 2012 09:07:25 BDT
rodkeeper says:
Hi, I wonder if you could clarify how you added 32 GB of memory to this camerca when the pcitures don't show an sd card slot and I assume the internal memory is fixed in.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 09:16:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jul 2012 09:18:32 BDT
Tech 2.0 says:
Internal memory is fixed in. It also features a memory card slot that takes either sd card or ms duo.

Click on 'see more technical details' in the product description!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 10:18:02 BDT
rodkeeper says:
The pictures don't show any slots but i'll take your word for it :) I need to go into a shop and play with this and the pj200. Which do you reccomend?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 16:24:38 BDT
Tech 2.0 says:
Don't just take my word for it. Take the word of the product listing as mentioned. Or the Sony website. For the sake of not much extra I think if you are getting one with a projector then the 260 offers better quality and value.
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