Sony’s latest series of Full HD (1920 x 1080, 50p) camcorders feature built-in high contrast projectors mounted on the outside of the LCD panel. The compact LED-based projector allows videos and images to be projected at up to 60–inches onto walls, ceilings or any flat surface. The camcorders also boast Clear Phase stereo speakers with S-master digital amplifiers to allow for playback without recourse to additional cables, TVs, computers or speakers.
The HDR-PJ10 (16Gb flash memory) and HDR-PJ50V (220Gb HDD memory) Handycam camcorders have back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensors designed specifically for camcorders. These sensors maximise the light gathering area per pixel, allowing users to capture even better results in low light conditions. Active Optical Steady Shot image stabilization reduces hand shake while high-magnification zoom lenses (42x on the PJ10 and 17x on the PJ50V) give the camcorders a great deal of reach.
In addition, built-in GPS tagging with touch screen control is also featured on the PJ50V model, allowing users to view and tag shooting locations. Tagged videos can then be viewed via the Map Index function on the camcorder or via PC using the built-in Picture Motion Browser (PMB) software.
The PJ series Handycam camcorders are available from April 2011 with an RRP of $1299 (HDR-PJ10) and $2099 (HDR-PJ50V).