Sony HDR-PJ580V

20.4 MP HandyCam High Defintion Camcorder

  • Model: HDR-PJ580V
  • Sku: HDRPJ580V
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  • 3.0" Touch-Screen Xtra Fine LCD Display With TruBlack Technology
  • 12x Optical Zoom
  • 160x Digital Zoom
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabillization
  • 32GB Built In Memory
  • HD Video Recording, Golf Shot Mode
  • CinemaTone Presets, Clear Phase Stereo Speakers, Geotagging With Built-In GPS Receiver And NAVTEQ Maps
 

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Sony
Record full HD 1920 x 1080p video plus shoot 20.4MP photos with the HDRPJ580V Handycam camcorder. Share your memories anytime, anywhere with the built-in projector. Advanced Manual controls enhance creativity and CinemaTone presets provide cinema quality shooting. Store up to 11 hours of recording with built-in 32GB memory.
 

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Camcorder Format Flash Drive
Memory Card
Image Stabilization Yes
Optical Zoom 12x
Digital Zoom 160x
LCD Screen Size 3.0"
Low Light Recording Yes
Speaker Yes
Removable Media Slot Yes
Flash Memory 32GB
Removable Media Compatibility Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
SDXC
Secure Digital (SD)
Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)
Viewfinder Color
LCD Only
USB Ports 1
HDMI Output 1
Power Indicator Light Yes
Digital Still Capability Yes
Digital Still Resolution (MP) 20.4

Dimensions

Unboxed
Height 3.228 in
Width 3.543 in
Weight 12.16 oz
Depth 5.953 in
Boxed
Height 6.0 in
Width 6.0 in
Weight 2 lbs
Depth 8.0 in

Package Contents

  • Owner's Manual

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Sony20.4 MP HandyCam High Defintion Camcorder
 
4.5

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Camera, Minor Software Improvements Needed

By DrDanny

from Orlando, FL

Comments about Sony 20.4 MP HandyCam High Defintion Camcorder:

Overall I am very happy with the video camera and would recommend to buy because I think that the performance at this price is worth it compared to other cameras (despite the cons to follow). In general I find that the movie picture quality is excellent which was the reason I bought this camera. The frame route, stabilizers, autofocus, and physical controls allow for smooth panning and zooming. I didn't realize that the video camera is small enough to fit into my DSLR camera bag with the usual stuff I bring, so I find that I bring my video camera out more than I thought I would have. Also, the camera fits in my jeans pockets making it convenient to stow. I also rated convenience as a pro because I like that I can just open the camera viewing screen and click record and I am ready to go. The slickly hidden USB connector is also a plus. The projector works well, in my opinion better in dimly lit areas than I thought. The challenge is finding a big enough wall, nothing to do with the camera. I think the movie/picture management needs some work. There are too many clicks needed to delete photos/movies on the camera itself. I cannot figure out how to change the default picture import directory on the Sony import software. The software doesn't allow easy management of the media on the camera and again deleting media is a pain when transferring. Also, if you don't delete something, it copies additional copies of the media which I have to go find and delete on my disk. It lets me select movies to copy, but how I am going remeber what I copied? The software should remember for me like Picasa. The included editing software does not work on my modern fairly high-end gaming machine because of performance issues of the software. However, on my wife's old Mac running iMovie '09, managing the media is great and editing works perfectly which makes me realize the performance defect is in the software and not my PC which doesn't blip running PC games. The included Sony software does not also resample the videos as nicely as iMovie making sharing the movies via e-mail or upload impossible from the included software. Note that I can still function on my computer with basic capabilities using Picasa 3 once I convert the file on the Mac. While shopping for the camera, I noticed a degredation in quality filming in the dark. Even the Sony store is dark making the demo camcorder performance seem worse than it really is. Even though the quality of the dark movies is not as good as movies taken in well lit circumstances, it is not as bad as what you would see on the small viewfinder screen when filming a demo. So it is hard to judge unless you are able to capture a movie and watch it on an HD TV. When you do, you will see some noise, particularly objects that have a hint of red and are moving (see attached picture example, video would not upload in native Sony MTS format#. I also think the red and maybe the blue are slightly over saturated in the dark, but again not enough to stop my from buying or recommending the camera nor compared to other cameras in the price range that I compared with unless you only plan to film in dark areas and if you are that picky. Also, my last beef is that I have randomly taken photos captured in my imports - somehow I am hitting the photo button or something randomly while I am filming and while I am just holding the camera. I do not get feedback when I do this #like a camera click sound or visual), at least not one I am noticing. The photo picture quality is ok, but I would prefer my DSLR for taking real pictures. Overall, I am happy with my purchase and I have been using the camera often since my son was born. I was concerned that my wife would not use it, but because it is so easy to use, she has no problem picking it up and filming. Most of my cons, maybe even all, can be fixed with firmware or software updates, so I hope there are updates which address at least some of the issues.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SUPER COOL AWESOME CAMERA

By Shehla

from CALIFORNIA

Comments about Sony 20.4 MP HandyCam High Defintion Camcorder:

It's a wonderful camera.. Build in light is very useful... PROJECTION is superb... Kids get sooo excited watching themselves on the walls, sofas, etc.... Its a great feature... IT"S A EXCELLENT CAMERA GUYS.. GO FOR IT...

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This product is awesome!

By amaturePRO

from Lansing, Michigan

Comments about Sony 20.4 MP HandyCam High Defintion Camcorder:

I have had this camera for about a little over a month now and love it. It is a great product for amature movie makers (such as my self). The projector is an amazing part, you can shoot it on any wall around you and boom instant movie!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Camera

By Winny

from Mississippi

Comments about Sony 20.4 MP HandyCam High Defintion Camcorder:

Great device, upgraded from a HDR-HC1. The new camera is smaller, more responsive, has the GPS component and has the advantages of flash memory. The optics are great, sound quality (5.1) is awesome! I do not have any complaints with this camera!

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