Sony HDR-PJ790V 96 GB Flash Memory HD Camcorder w/ Projector

10x Opt, 120x Dig, 3" LCD - MPN: HDRPJ790V
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Sony HDR-PJ790V With a powerful, bright 35 lumen projector built into the LCD panel, this Sony Handycam HDR-PJ790V camcorder lets you easily share your footage on the fly by simply projecting onto a wall or other flat surface. You can also attach your HDMI-compatible smartphone, tablet or PC and project YouTube videos, photo slideshows and more. It's great for family movie night or even sharing PowerPoint presentations with colleagues. The top-mounted 5.1-channel surround sound microphone captures incredible audio to complement your videos. Get crisp, beautifully blur-free footage thanks to Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which compensates for camera shake when shooting in unsteady scenarios. And with 96GB of built-in flash memory, you can record and store up to 37 hours and 50 minutes of HD video footage (HD LP mode).
Quick Glance
Recording Media Flash Memory, Memory Card
LCD Screen Size 3 in
Maximum Video Capture Resolution 1920 x 1080
Interface Connection A/V Output, Audio - Line In 1/8" Mini (3.5mm), HDMI, USB - Universal Serial Bus
Image Stabilization Optical
Product Type Palm Held Camcorder
User Reviews
Fantastic Camera for Everyone
5 Star Review   By Minaj on Sony - Official Store - Dec 1, 2013   

I purchased this cam about 6 months ago and I love it. The video is outstanding and the photos are beautiful with the highest quality. I recorded our family reunion this past summer and a retirement party for a former co-worker. I used the projector to show the family reunion to some elderly relatives who couldn't make it to the reunion. They loved it and felt they were there. After videotaping the retirement party, I downloaded the video and photos to iMovie on my Mac. I created a movie with music. I then sent it to iDVD for finalizing. The DVD was beautiful and my friend loved it. What I especially like about this cam are the ways you can be creative if you want to be. Another friend recently asked me to shoot some video at a Comedy club. Who knows, I may have a new career ahead of me. Just like many of you, I did a lot of research before buying this expensive cam, but like the other reviewer wrote, it has been worth every cent.

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Downloadable manual
5 Star Review   By Medical Journalist on Adorama - Oct 23, 2013   

Another commenter complained that there is no downloadable manual for this camcorder. Maybe it was not available when he wrote his review (3/8/13), but one is available: docs.sony.com/release/...

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Brilliant camera
5 Star Review   By SDinspector on Sony - Official Store - Oct 2, 2013   

Just bought this camera to take better videos for our business. It takes awesome videos and wonderful pictures. Good battery life. Built in projector is fun to quickly watch your videos without a monitor. The projector is not really a replacement for a true projector, but really fun to quickly review videos. However, it is not fully compatible with iMovie at the time I write this (10/2/2013) which is surprising. The Codec does not exist and high res video is down-sampled to 760p. Very disappointing. I did find a product that converts the AVCHD to MOV/MP4 and other formats.

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Worth every cent!
5 Star Review   By Jerrsyjack on Sony - Official Store - Sep 25, 2013   

This hanycam is great. It's the top of the line & the Highest price in its category. I am glad I chose this model because it has all the bells & whistles! Thanks Sony

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Love this camcorder and the built in projector!
5 Star Review   By EverRock on Sony - Official Store - Aug 19, 2013   

I have had this video camera for about 4 months now. Have nearly 800 videos on YouTube. Videos taken of local bands in my area.

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Perfect total automatic video camcorder!
5 Star Review   By EverRock on Adorama - Aug 19, 2013   

I have had this video camera for about 4 months now. Have nearly 800 videos on YouTube. Videos taken of local bands in my area.

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All-in-1 and Outstanding!
5 Star Review   By Vegacollector on Sony - Official Store - Jul 4, 2013   

I researched and read every reiew looking for a camcorder that was full featured, medium price, with great recording. Hands down this one beat all others. As a real estate agent this one wins, as an outdoorsman this one wins. As a paranormal researcher this one wins. I can do everything I want with this camcorder and have outstanding results, crystal clear imaging! Remote monitoring of my home or the friendly ghost with IR. Edit in the field or the tent! Record while 4-wheeling in my jeep! Not one single compliant! The only con is not always having the time I want to use it!

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All-in-1 and Outstanding!
5 Star Review   By Vegacollector on Adorama - Jul 4, 2013   

I researched and read every reiew looking for a camcorder that was full featured, medium price, with great recording. Hands down this one beat all others. As a real estate agent this one wins, as an outdoorsman this one wins. As a paranormal researcher this one wins. I can do everything I want with this camcorder and have outstanding results, crystal clear imaging! Remote monitoring of my home or the friendly ghost with IR. Edit in the field or the tent! Record while 4-wheeling in my jeep! Not one single compliant! The only con is not always having the time I want to use it!

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96GB Full HD Camcorder with Projector
5 Star Review   By Bubby on Sony - Official Store - May 29, 2013   

I just got this camcorder like 2 weeks ago, and am loving it! The best part is the projector! I can even use the hdmi output to connect to my laptop, or tv cable box. Its Awesome! Only thing is you need a room with really dark lite area as the lumens are not that high only 35 lumens but it does great job in a dark setting. Now just need to find hdmi converter for my old Xbox so I can use the projector. Plan on using it when PS4 comes out. The video quality is awesome as well as the 5.1 surround sound. 96GB space gives me almost 8 hours or recording and I have option of using memory card if I want. Got this pre-birthday gift for all my trips I will be taking including Las Vegas, Mount Everest Nepal, and San Diego/L.A. If your looking for camcorder with excellent video quality, cool projector feature to share with family and friends and great sound, and portability then this camcorder is for you! Yes its a bit more than you pay for but you can't put price to all the memories in life you will be sharing! I haven't downloaded the video software yet but plan on doing so as I have a Mac book pro to do my editing for video. Also don't forget get extra 8 hour battery especially if you plan on shooting video for more than 2 hours. Can't get enough of this camcorder! Love it Love it Love it, Awesome early birthday present!

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Love this camcorder and the built in projector!
5 Star Review   By Bubby on Adorama - May 29, 2013   

I just got this camcorder like 2 weeks ago, and am loving it! The best part is the projector! I can even use the hdmi output to connect to my laptop, or tv cable box. Its Awesome! Only thing is you need a room with really dark lite area as the lumens are not that high only 35 lumens but it does great job in a dark setting. Now just need to find hdmi converter for my old Xbox so I can use the projector. Plan on using it when PS4 comes out. The video quality is awesome as well as the 5.1 surround sound. 96GB space gives me almost 8 hours or recording and I have option of using memory card if I want. Got this pre-birthday gift for all my trips I will be taking including Las Vegas, Mount Everest Nepal, and San Diego/L.A. If your looking for camcorder with excellent video quality, cool projector feature to share with family and friends and great sound, and portability then this camcorder is for you! Yes its a bit more than you pay for but you can't put price to all the memories in life you will be sharing! I haven't downloaded the video software yet but plan on doing so as I have a Mac book pro to do my editing for video. Also don't forget get extra 8 hour battery especially if you plan on shooting video for more than 2 hours. Can't get enough of this camcorder! Love it Love it Love it, Awesome early birthday present!

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Sony HDR-PJ790V With a powerful, bright 35 lumen projector built into the LCD panel, this Sony Handycam HDR-PJ790V camcorder lets you easily share your footage on the fly by simply projecting onto a wall or other flat surface. You can also attach your HDMI-compatible smartphone, tablet or PC and project YouTube videos, photo slideshows and more. It's great for family movie night or even sharing PowerPoint presentations with colleagues. The top-mounted 5.1-channel surround sound microphone captures incredible audio to complement your videos. Get crisp, beautifully blur-free footage thanks to Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which compensates for camera shake when shooting in unsteady scenarios. And with 96GB of built-in flash memory, you can record and store up to 37 hours and 50 minutes of HD video footage (HD LP mode).
Quick Glance
Recording Media Flash Memory, Memory Card
LCD Screen Size 3 in
Maximum Video Capture Resolution 1920 x 1080
Interface Connection A/V Output, Audio - Line In 1/8" Mini (3.5mm), HDMI, USB - Universal Serial Bus
Image Stabilization Optical
Product Type Palm Held Camcorder
Summary
Product Title Sony HDR-PJ790V 96 GB Flash Memory HD Camcorder w/ Projector
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $898.00 from B&H Photo-Video
Power Score 4.3 | 17 Reviews
Image Processor
Image Sensor Quantity: 1
Image Sensor Size: 1/2.88"
Image Sensor: Exmor R CMOS
Lens Features
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent): 26 mm to 260 mm
Optical Zoom: 10 X
Digital Zoom: 120x
Focal Length: 3.80 mm to 38 mm
Filter Diameter: 52 mm
Video Recording
Video Capture Format: Full HD
Minimum Lux Rating: 0 lux
General Features
Flash Memory Capacity: 96 GB
Additional Features: Backlight Compensation, Fader Function, Touch Screen, Viewfinder
Power
Power Source: Lithium Battery
Dimensions
Height: 3.37 in
Width: 3 in
Depth: 5.5 in
Weight: 1.27 lbs
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year
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User Reviews
Fantastic Camera for Everyone
5 Star Review   By Minaj on Sony - Official Store - Dec 1, 2013   

I purchased this cam about 6 months ago and I love it. The video is outstanding and the photos are beautiful with the highest quality. I recorded our family reunion this past summer and a retirement party for a former co-worker. I used the projector to show the family reunion to some elderly relatives who couldn't make it to the reunion. They loved it and felt they were there. After videotaping the retirement party, I downloaded the video and photos to iMovie on my Mac. I created a movie with music. I then sent it to iDVD for finalizing. The DVD was beautiful and my friend loved it. What I especially like about this cam are the ways you can be creative if you want to be. Another friend recently asked me to shoot some video at a Comedy club. Who knows, I may have a new career ahead of me. Just like many of you, I did a lot of research before buying this expensive cam, but like the other reviewer wrote, it has been worth every cent.

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Downloadable manual
5 Star Review   By Medical Journalist on Adorama - Oct 23, 2013   

Another commenter complained that there is no downloadable manual for this camcorder. Maybe it was not available when he wrote his review (3/8/13), but one is available: docs.sony.com/release/...

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Brilliant camera
5 Star Review   By SDinspector on Sony - Official Store - Oct 2, 2013   

Just bought this camera to take better videos for our business. It takes awesome videos and wonderful pictures. Good battery life. Built in projector is fun to quickly watch your videos without a monitor. The projector is not really a replacement for a true projector, but really fun to quickly review videos. However, it is not fully compatible with iMovie at the time I write this (10/2/2013) which is surprising. The Codec does not exist and high res video is down-sampled to 760p. Very disappointing. I did find a product that converts the AVCHD to MOV/MP4 and other formats.

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Worth every cent!
5 Star Review   By Jerrsyjack on Sony - Official Store - Sep 25, 2013   

This hanycam is great. It's the top of the line & the Highest price in its category. I am glad I chose this model because it has all the bells & whistles! Thanks Sony

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Love this camcorder and the built in projector!
5 Star Review   By EverRock on Sony - Official Store - Aug 19, 2013   

I have had this video camera for about 4 months now. Have nearly 800 videos on YouTube. Videos taken of local bands in my area.

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Perfect total automatic video camcorder!
5 Star Review   By EverRock on Adorama - Aug 19, 2013   

I have had this video camera for about 4 months now. Have nearly 800 videos on YouTube. Videos taken of local bands in my area.

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All-in-1 and Outstanding!
5 Star Review   By Vegacollector on Sony - Official Store - Jul 4, 2013   

I researched and read every reiew looking for a camcorder that was full featured, medium price, with great recording. Hands down this one beat all others. As a real estate agent this one wins, as an outdoorsman this one wins. As a paranormal researcher this one wins. I can do everything I want with this camcorder and have outstanding results, crystal clear imaging! Remote monitoring of my home or the friendly ghost with IR. Edit in the field or the tent! Record while 4-wheeling in my jeep! Not one single compliant! The only con is not always having the time I want to use it!

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All-in-1 and Outstanding!
5 Star Review   By Vegacollector on Adorama - Jul 4, 2013   

I researched and read every reiew looking for a camcorder that was full featured, medium price, with great recording. Hands down this one beat all others. As a real estate agent this one wins, as an outdoorsman this one wins. As a paranormal researcher this one wins. I can do everything I want with this camcorder and have outstanding results, crystal clear imaging! Remote monitoring of my home or the friendly ghost with IR. Edit in the field or the tent! Record while 4-wheeling in my jeep! Not one single compliant! The only con is not always having the time I want to use it!

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96GB Full HD Camcorder with Projector
5 Star Review   By Bubby on Sony - Official Store - May 29, 2013   

I just got this camcorder like 2 weeks ago, and am loving it! The best part is the projector! I can even use the hdmi output to connect to my laptop, or tv cable box. Its Awesome! Only thing is you need a room with really dark lite area as the lumens are not that high only 35 lumens but it does great job in a dark setting. Now just need to find hdmi converter for my old Xbox so I can use the projector. Plan on using it when PS4 comes out. The video quality is awesome as well as the 5.1 surround sound. 96GB space gives me almost 8 hours or recording and I have option of using memory card if I want. Got this pre-birthday gift for all my trips I will be taking including Las Vegas, Mount Everest Nepal, and San Diego/L.A. If your looking for camcorder with excellent video quality, cool projector feature to share with family and friends and great sound, and portability then this camcorder is for you! Yes its a bit more than you pay for but you can't put price to all the memories in life you will be sharing! I haven't downloaded the video software yet but plan on doing so as I have a Mac book pro to do my editing for video. Also don't forget get extra 8 hour battery especially if you plan on shooting video for more than 2 hours. Can't get enough of this camcorder! Love it Love it Love it, Awesome early birthday present!

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Love this camcorder and the built in projector!
5 Star Review   By Bubby on Adorama - May 29, 2013   

I just got this camcorder like 2 weeks ago, and am loving it! The best part is the projector! I can even use the hdmi output to connect to my laptop, or tv cable box. Its Awesome! Only thing is you need a room with really dark lite area as the lumens are not that high only 35 lumens but it does great job in a dark setting. Now just need to find hdmi converter for my old Xbox so I can use the projector. Plan on using it when PS4 comes out. The video quality is awesome as well as the 5.1 surround sound. 96GB space gives me almost 8 hours or recording and I have option of using memory card if I want. Got this pre-birthday gift for all my trips I will be taking including Las Vegas, Mount Everest Nepal, and San Diego/L.A. If your looking for camcorder with excellent video quality, cool projector feature to share with family and friends and great sound, and portability then this camcorder is for you! Yes its a bit more than you pay for but you can't put price to all the memories in life you will be sharing! I haven't downloaded the video software yet but plan on doing so as I have a Mac book pro to do my editing for video. Also don't forget get extra 8 hour battery especially if you plan on shooting video for more than 2 hours. Can't get enough of this camcorder! Love it Love it Love it, Awesome early birthday present!

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Excellent, very full featured camcorder
5 Star Review   By Med journalist on Adorama - May 26, 2013   

This camcorder has tons of features but is easy to use. The construction is quite rugged with lots of metal in the housing. This camera is not light by any means for its size. It is fairly compact but is a good fist full. The quality of the video is excel

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Fantastic Camera for Everyone
1 Star Review   By beyourself on Sony - Official Store - May 9, 2013   

I just bought it last week. Was so excited to use for my wife school awards ceremony. First day open, the lenses was out of focus when record. Lenses itself keeps running like trying to focus subjects... then go blurry!!!

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96GB Full HD Camcorder with Projector
1 Star Review   By beyourself on Adorama - May 9, 2013   

I just bought it last week. Was so excited to use for my wife school awards ceremony. First day open, the lenses was out of focus when record. Lenses itself keeps running like trying to focus subjects... then go blurry!!!

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Great camera so far
4 Star Review   By notascheapassony on Sony - Official Store - Mar 8, 2013   

I've had this camera for almost 3 weeks. I have mixed feelings about it and notice that sony decided not to put my first review here, which was very critical of the fact that there is no downloadable manual other than the perfunctory manual that is already in the box. The comprehensive manual is not downloadable. The camera itself works OK, with a few annoying idiosyncrasies such as screen data disappearing after too few seconds, unneeded icons persisting on the screen such as the "no photos permitted" icon when in the highest quality video mode, If you inadvertently move the manual wheel while videoing you'll get the whole center of the screen blacked out with a message on it. Some menu operations can be done one at a time with the camera sending you back to the first screen you started with instead of the screen with the next group of options. Why are the touchscreen icons visible in the viewfinder? The projector is a nice feature and works quite well. Your eye must be perfectly aligned with the viewfinder or the image smears and blurs, and the glare shield or eyecup does not block enough extraneous light in full sunlight thus making action shots difficult. I use this almost exclusively for air show videos where the lcd screen is useless, so the viewfinder properties are very important to me. The marketing literature is misleading about the shutter speed claiming a 1/10000 of a second top speed, but this is only for videos. The still photo shutter speed tops out at a paltry 1/250 of a second. Unmentioned in the literature are the facts that the flash is not only a flash for still photos, but a very nice video light also, and that still photos are not available while videoing in the high quality settings. Overall, it's a nice camera, and I may keep it if sony comes out with a downloadable full manual -- which should have been in the box! I would easily recommend this camera with a few cautions to prospective owners as listed here. The feature list is very extensive and has only a few unneeded operations for me, but others may want those, so they are there for all to navigate around. Video stability is the most important thing for me, and this camera seems to have the best system around.

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I've had this camera for ...
4 Star Review   By notascheapassony on Adorama - Mar 8, 2013   

I've had this camera for almost 3 weeks. I have mixed feelings about it and notice that sony decided not to put my first review here, which was very critical of the fact that there is no downloadable manual other than the perfunctory manual that is already in the box. The comprehensive manual is not downloadable. The camera itself works OK, with a few annoying idiosyncrasies such as screen data disappearing after too few seconds, unneeded icons persisting on the screen such as the "no photos permitted" icon when in the highest quality video mode, If you inadvertently move the manual wheel while videoing you'll get the whole center of the screen blacked out with a message on it. Some menu operations can be done one at a time with the camera sending you back to the first screen you started with instead of the screen with the next group of options. Why are the touchscreen icons visible in the viewfinder? The projector is a nice feature and works quite well. Your eye must be perfectly aligned with the viewfinder or the image smears and blurs, and the glare shield or eyecup does not block enough extraneous light in full sunlight thus making action shots difficult. I use this almost exclusively for air show videos where the lcd screen is useless, so the viewfinder properties are very important to me. The marketing literature is misleading about the shutter speed claiming a 1/10000 of a second top speed, but this is only for videos. The still photo shutter speed tops out at a paltry 1/250 of a second. Unmentioned in the literature are the facts that the flash is not only a flash for still photos, but a very nice video light also, and that still photos are not available while videoing in the high quality settings. Overall, it's a nice camera, and I may keep it if sony comes out with a downloadable full manual -- which should have been in the box! I would easily recommend this camera with a few cautions to prospective owners as listed here. The feature list is very extensive and has only a few unneeded operations for me, but others may want those, so they are there for all to navigate around. Video stability is the most important thing for me, and this camera seems to have the best system around.

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Perfect total automatic video camcorder!
5 Star Review   By jettman0 on Sony - Official Store - Feb 15, 2013   

I've only had this camera for a day or two but so far I just love it. The quality is the best I've seen in a while, really easy to use too. The projector is great and one of the best qualitys is the anti-shake feature in the camera. The camera basically floats inside of it and makes for a much smoother filming experience. The only problem I have is that it has a touch screen. Not that big of a deal but it often takes multiple taps for it to actually register.

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Great camera so far
5 Star Review   By jettman0 on Adorama - Feb 15, 2013   

I've only had this camera for a day or two but so far I just love it. The quality is the best I've seen in a while, really easy to use too. The projector is great and one of the best qualitys is the anti-shake feature in the camera. The camera basically floats inside of it and makes for a much smoother filming experience. The only problem I have is that it has a touch screen. Not that big of a deal but it often takes multiple taps for it to actually register.

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