Sony Handycam® HDR-PJ275

High-definition camcorder with projector and 8GB internal memory

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Sony HDR-PJ275 projection camcorder with 8GB flash memory

The Sony HDR-PJ275 is a high-definition camera and a projector, all in one.

Movie camera and mobile theater in one

Sharing video just gets easier and easier. The Sony HDR-PJ275 is a high-definition video camera, but it's also a projector. On the back of the viewscreen is a high-contrast projection lens that allows you to go from recording action to publicly sharing it in moments. Project a 100" image on a nearby wall for quick-and-dirty playback. Since it has an HDMI input for compatible smartphones, video game consoles, laptops and tablets, you can also project YouTube videos, photos, full-length films and more.

Go wireless for your online audience

Often, the people you love most can't be in your living room with you when you show video of baby's first steps. Fortunately, the 'PJ275 is equipped with Wi-Fi® and Near Field Communication (NFC). With a simple touch you can wirelessly transfer your files to a compatible mobile device for instant online sharing, back up your data on your PC and even enjoy your videos and photos on a compatible Smart TV without wires, cables or hassle.

Get the right shot the first time

With all these ways to share your footage, you'll want to make sure you've got something worth seeing. The 'PJ275 helps you nail the shot with a wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and a 2.7" LCD screen, so you can see exactly what you're working with before you hit record. SteadyShot™ image stabilization keeps the action flowing with minimal camera shake. Scene modes assist with settings for common shooting situations like Fireworks, Beach, Sunrise & Sunset and more. Sony's free PlayMemories software assists you in uploading, editing and archiving your files, and seven built-in creative modes (Toy Camera, Pop Color, Retro Photo and more) add some pizzazz to the finished product.

Product Highlights:

  • 1920 x 1080 full HD camcorder with 9.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • built-in 13-lumen projector with micro HDMI input
  • wireless control, file transfer and backup via Wi-Fi® or NFC
  • 29.8mm wide-angle Carl Zeiss® lens
  • 2.7" (230,000-dot) Clear Photo LCD display
  • 27X optical zoom (54X Clear Image zoom)
  • SteadyShot™ image stabilization reduces camera shake
  • 8GB flash memory for up to 1hr 55min recording
  • 7 internal picture effects for creative alteration of video and still photos
  • dual recording mode creates AVCHD and MP4 files simultaneously
  • rechargeable NP-BX1 battery included
  • micro HDMI cable included
  • 2-3/4"W x 2-5/16"H x 5"D
  • weight: 8.3 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Shoot videos for posterity — or posting online

From birthday parties to YouTube™ antics, camcorders let you capture moments you can share with friends and family, or the world at large. Most newer camcorders save your videos to built-in digital memory or a removable memory card. Some models come with a built-in hard disk drive that gives you much more storage. For maximum portability, check out our smaller cams that fit into a pocket or purse. For high-def videos that look awesome on your HDTV, go for a slightly larger model with a better lens and image sensor.

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What's in the box?

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  • Digital camcorder (black)
  • NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 1240mAh 4.5Wh)
  • AC-UUD11 AC adapter (DC output: 5V 1.5A)
  • 40" HDMI cable (Full-size HDMI on one end and Micro HDMI on other end)
  • 40" USB extension cable (Male Type A USB on one end and Female Type A USB on other end)
  • Operating Guide (Eng)
  • Instruction Manual (Span)
  • Limited Warranty card
  • Product registration card
  • Accessories brochure

Features and Specs

General
LCD Screen Size (inches) 2.7
Viewfinder None
Total Pixel Count 2,510,000
Effective Pixel Count for Video 2,290,000
High-Definition Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Manual Focusing Yes
Filter Diameter N/A
Optical Zoom 27 x
Digital Zoom ---
Night Imaging Night Scene
Image Stabilization Optical
Built-in Video Light No
Built-in Memory 8 GB Flash Memory
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery 125 mins
Digital Still Camera Features
Effective Pixel Count for Stills 2,290,000
Built-in Photo Flash No
Still Image Aspect Ratios 16:9, 4:3
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI Output Micro
Mic Input No
Dimensions
Weight With Battery (ounces) 8.3
Width (inches) 2-3/4
Height (inches) 2-5/16
Depth (inches) 5-1/16
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 90 Days
Image Sensor Warranty 1 Year

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General Features
Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Battery Information
Input and Output Notes
Software

General Features

Memory Card Slot: The Sony HDR-PJ275 Full HD camcorder can record video and photos onto Memory Stick Micro (Mark2) memory cards up to 16 GB in capacity, as well as Class 4 or faster microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC Memory Cards up to 64 GB. In addition, the camcorder has an 8 GB internal memory (actual usable memory capacity: 7.75 GB). The built-in memory can store up to 1 hour 55 minutes of high definition video (HD LP mode).

2.7" LCD Screen: The 2.7" Clear Photo LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The 230,400-dot (960 x 240) LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp and detailed images for monitoring or playback. In addition, you can navigate through the menu system by using the Multi Selector button, located beside the LCD. The LCD also features an adjustable brightness and color level. You can also power on this camcorder by simply opening its LCD display.

Note: The LCD does not feature a touch screen function. This camcorder does not include a separate viewfinder.

Projector: The PJ275 allows you to share your movies or photos virtually anywhere with its built-in high contrast (1500:1 contrast ratio), 13-lumen projector. The DLP projector is built into the LCD panel, and is powerful enough to project a 100" diagonal screen. It has a 640 x 360 resolution, manual focusing, and a throw distance of 1.6 feet and over. With the micro-HDMI input, you can connect external video sources, such as smartphones, laptops, or tablets. With a fully charged battery pack, the PJ275 can project continuously for about 1 hour 10 minutes.

Imaging Device: The HDR-PJ275 features an advanced 1/5.8" (3.1mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor with 2,510,000 gross pixels. The 2,290,000 effective video pixels provide excellent detail and clarity. The unique image processing system of Sony's BIONZ allows still image resolution equivalent to a maximum of 9.1 megapixels (4032 x 2272).

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens: The camcorder features a high-quality 29.8mm wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens designed specifically for compact camcorders.

27x Optical and 54x Clear Image Zoom: The PJ275 has a 27x optical zoom and a 54x Clear Image Zoom. While most digital zooms electronically crop the picture to get closer to the subject, the Clear Image Zoom uses advanced processing to double the optical zoom. The processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, which results in more realistic, and clearer images. In addition to the Clear Image Zoom, you can activate the Digital Zoom for a total zoom value of 320x.

Built-in Wi-Fi: The HDR-PJ275 has built-in Wi-Fi, enabling you to connect the camcorder wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet, computer, or TV. You can load the PlayMemories Mobile app (available for Android on Google Play or for iOS devices from the App Store) on your smartphone or tablet and turn your device into a remote control/viewing device. You can also transfer your MP4 movies and photos to your mobile device wirelessly for instant sharing. When the camcorder is connected to your network, you can back up your files to your computer, or watch your videos and photos on your connected TV.

Near-Field Communication (NFC): For Android devices that support NFC, you can wirelessly connect the camcorder via NFC One-Touch Connection. By touching the camcorder to the device at the "N" logo near the hand strap, the wireless connection is made. The PlayMemories Mobile app will start up on the device within a second or two.

SteadyShot Image Stabilization: SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode uses 3-way Shake-Canceling to compensate for camera shake. With SteadyShot activated, you'll get smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto, even while shooting footage while walking.

Face Detection: The camcorder's Face Detection technology recognizes faces and optimizes the camera settings for videos and still photos. Videos and photos recorded using Face Detection are indexed according to the faces detected in each scene. This allows you to search for what you want by selecting the faces displayed in the index.

Focus Modes: The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ275 features Auto Focus and Manual Focus modes. When using Auto Focus, you can choose to focus on a subject in the center of the screen. For more difficult focusing situations, you can manually adjust the focus of the camcorder. The minimum focus distance is approximately 0.4" (1 cm) at wide angle and 31.5" (80 cm) at telephoto.

Intelligent Auto Mode: Intelligent Auto mode analyses the scene and automatically selects from ten different scene modes, as well as wind noise reduction. There are 60 possible combinations, including Portrait, Baby, Tripod, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, and Low Light.

White Balance Adjustment: Sets the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment. Your choices are:

  • Auto: The white balance is adjusted automatically.
  • Outdoor: The white balance is adjusted for the following conditions: Outdoors, night views, neon signs and fireworks, sunrise, sunsets, under daylight fluorescent lamps.
  • Indoor: The white balance is adjusted for the following conditions: Indoors, party scenes and studios where lighting conditions change quickly, and under the video lamps or incandescent-like color lamps.
  • One Push: The white balance will be adjusted according to the present ambient light.

Data Code Function: The camcorder automatically records time codes along with the images you shoot, so you can display the date and time during playback or editing. You can also display the camera settings when recording movies or photos.

Protect: You can protect movies and photos to avoid deleting them by mistake.

Power On By LCD: You can set the camcorder to automatically power on when you open the LCD, and turn off when you close the LCD.

Video Camcorder Features

Video Recording: The HDR-PJ275 records High Definition video in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios with 5 image sizes to choose from. Movies can be recorded in MOV format (MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0) or MPEG-4 mode. The following recording modes are available:

Image Quality Bit Rate Pixels Aspect Ratio
High Definition
PS 28 Mbps 1920 x 1080/60p 16:9
FX 24 Mbps 1920 x 1080/60i 16:9
FH 17 Mbps 1920 x 1080/60i 16:9
HQ 9 Mbps 1440 x 1080/60i 16:9
LP 5 Mbps 1440 x 1080/60i 16:9
Standard Definition
HQ 9 Mbps 1920 x 1080 16:9
MP4
MP4 3 Mbps 1280 x 720/30p 16:9

Dual Video Recording: By default, movies are recorded with the HD format and MP4 format at the same time. High definition MOV format movies are best viewed on an HDTV, while MP4 video can be easily uploaded to social media sites, emailed, or uploaded to the internet.

Built-In Zoom Mic: The built-in Zoom Microphone allows you to record sound with directivity as you move the power zoom lever. The camcorder's microphone level can be set to Low or Normal.

Divide Movies: The Divide Movies feature allows you to divide movies on the inserted memory card. You cannot restore movies once they are divided.

Digital Still Camera Features

Digital Still Image Recording: Still images can be recorded with the camcorder in the either Still Image or Movie mode (Dual Capture). Still images are recorded in the following resolutions:

  • 4032 x 2272 (16:9)
  • 3024 x 2272 (4:3)

Capturing Still Images From Video: You can capture still images from recorded video. The image size is fixed at 2.1MP 1920 x 1080. The recording date and time of the captured photos is the same as the recording date and time of the movie. If there is no data code on the movie, the recording date and time will be the date/time you captured the photo from the video.

Self Timer: This feature allows you to record a still image about 10 seconds after the "Photo" button is depressed.

Slide Show: You can automatically play back images stored on the memory card in a slide-show fashion.   

Battery Information

Battery: This unit comes with an NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6 Volts, 1240 mAh, 4.5 Wh). The battery can be charged in the camera via USB in approximately 2 hours 35 minutes using the supplied AC adapter. You can also charge the battery in 4 hours 35 minutes via USB using your computer. A fully charged battery provides approximately 130 minutes of continuous recording time, 65 minutes typical recording time, or 210 minutes playback time.

Power Save: You can choose from Standard or Maximum Power Save modes, which turns off the camcorder after a period of time when it is idle. Power Save mode can be turned off, if desired.

Input and Output Notes

HDMI: The PJ275 is equipped with a micro-HDMI (Type D) output for connecting your camcorder to an HDTV. A 39" HDMI cable is included with the camcorder. You can set the HDMI output resolution to Auto, 1080p, 1080i, or 720p. The Auto setting will output the signal according to the TV's capability. When connecting the camcorder to a Bravia Sync-compatible TV via HDMI, you can control play back on the camcorder by aiming the TV's Remote Commander at the TV. In addition to the micro-HDMI output, the camcorder has a micro-HDMI input (Projector In) for connecting external video sources that have an HDMI output, such as tablets, smartphones, and laptops.

Multi Connector: The camcorder features a proprietary Multi Connector for use with the optional VMC-15MR2 AV connecting cable (available separately from Sony) for displaying the camcorder's contents on your non-HD television. You can change the aspect ratio of the camcorder's video output from 16:9 or 4:3 according to the screen aspect ratio of your TV. You can also choose to display the camcorder's information, such as the time code on the screen of your TV during playback from the camcorder. The optional VMC-15MR2 AV cable has a proprietary plug on one end and male stereo RCA audio, and RCA composite video connections on the other end.

Built-in USB: The camcorder has a built-in male USB Type A plug and a 40" USB extension cable (Type A USB female-to-Type A USB male) for connecting to a PC. Connecting to a PC via USB allows you to download still images and video files on the memory card. You can edit and save your video files onto your computer, then make DVDs of them using the downloadable PlayMemories Home software.

Software

Downloadable Software: The camcorder has no built-in software for importing images and video from the camcorder to your computer. Instead, the PlayMemories Home software can be downloaded directly to your computer via the Internet (URL provided in the supplied Operating Guide). With PlayMemories Home, you can:

  • Import images from your camcorder
  • View images on a calendar
  • Share images on "PlayMemories Online"
  • Upload images to network services, such as Facebook and YouTube
  • Create a disc

Compatible Operating Systems: PlayMemories Home is compatible with the following Operating Systems: Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and Windows Vista¹ (SP2), and Mac OS X v10.6-10.9.

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Written By CG, Washington on Sunday, November 16, 2014

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Good camcorder for the price. Not loaded with extras but they're not missed, and probably wouldn't be expected at this price point anyway. Takes great video and still images and navigating the interface is a breeze. Somewhat flimsy feeling but so far as proved pretty durable.

Pros: Simple interface, no extra options to clutter the menu screens

Cons: projector seems a little under developed and seems unnecessary

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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The cable you'll need is included in the box with the purchase of that unit. 40" HDMI cable (Full-size HDMI on one end and Micro HDMI on other end). If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Apr 13, 2014 ]  Staff

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