Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Input and Output Notes
Software and Computer Information
Built-in Projector: The Sony HDR-PJ30V Handycam allows you to
share your movies or photos virtually anywhere with its built-in high contrast
projector and stereo speakers with Clear Phase technology. The DLP projector is built into the LCD panel, and is powerful enough
to project a 60" diagonal screen. It has a throw distance of approximately 20"
to 9'-10". With a fully charged battery pack, the PJ30V can project continuously
for about 1.5 hours.
Global Positioning System: The PJ30V is equipped with a
built-in GPS which receives location data from any of the 24 GPS satellites
located above the earth and records it onto your movies and photos. You can
locate movies and photos with embedded GPS data on a map. You can also use the
data to display a map of your current location. The camcorder can use the GPS
data to automatically set the clock and the time zone.
Active Interface Shoe: The Active Interface Shoe located on
the top of the camcorder supplies power to accessories such as a video light, a
flash, or a microphone. The accessory is turned on and off as you open and close
the LCD screen of the camcorder.
Video Light: The PJ30V has a built-in video light that helps
illuminate your subject as you record. The light has an effective range of about
1 to 5 feet.
Recording Media: The HDR-PJ30V can record video and photos onto
its internal 32 GB flash memory. There is also a slot for
Memory Stick PRO Duo and PRO-HG Duo cards up to 32 GB in capacity, as well as
Class 4 or faster SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards up to 64 GB.
3" Touch Panel LCD Screen: The 3" Clear Photo LCD
Plus touch panel display provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution.
The high resolution 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, the touch panel LCD allows you to navigate through the menu
system by touching the LCD screen. The LCD also features an adjustable
brightness and color level. You can
also power on this camcorder by simply opening its LCD display.
Note: This camcorder does
not include a separate viewfinder.
Imaging Device: The HDR-PJ30V features an advanced 1/4" (4.5mm)
"Exmor R" CMOS imaging sensor with
4,200,000 gross pixels. The 2,650,000 effective video pixels provide excellent detail and clarity.
For still images, the unique pixel array of Sony's ClearVid and the Bionz image
processing system allows the camera to produce the equivalent of 7.1 Mega-pixel
resolution (3072 x 2304).
Sony G Lens: The camcorder features a
professional-quality, wide-angle F1.8-3.4 Sony G lens for superior optical performance.
The lens delivers brilliant, accurate color reproduction and detailed images.
Zoom: The camcorder has a
Optical Zoom (17x extended optical zoom) for bringing your subject up close. Combined with the digital
zoom of approximately 13.3x, the total zoom capability is 160x. Because the digital zoom
processes the image digitally, the picture quality deteriorates the more you zoom in. The
power zoom lever can be moved slightly for a slow zoom, or moved further for a
Note: When SteadyShot is set to Active, the optical zoom
is limited to 12x (no extended optical zoom).
Optical SteadyShot Picture Stabilization: The Optical SteadyShot picture stabilization system uses
innovative 3-way shake-canceling and electronic roll stability to eliminate unwanted
picture shake without compromising picture quality. You can choose between Standard SteadyShot, Active
SteadyShot, or Off.
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. You can select which faces (children
or adults) you want to detect with priority, if desired.
Focus Modes: The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ30V features Manual,
Auto Focus, Spot Focus, and Tele Macro modes:
- Manual Focus: With manual focus, you can manually
adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel. Manual focusing
also allows you to control the focus in difficult situations where either
the environment or the subject does not allow the camcorder's auto focus to
perform optimally, such as when shooting through a window or in a crowded
- Auto Focus: You can also select automatic focusing.
When using autofocus, you can choose to focus on a subject in the center of
the screen or with Spot Focus, focus on an off-centered object.
- Spot Focus: You can select and adjust the focal point to aim it
at a subject not located at the center of the screen.
- Tele Macro: This feature is useful when shooting small
subjects, such as flowers or insects. You can blur out backgrounds and the
subject stands out clearer. You can recorded subjects as close as 17-3/8"
in Tele-Macro mode.
Spot Meter: You can adjust and fix the exposure to the subject, so that it is recorded in
suitable brightness even when there is strong contrast between the subject and
the background, such as subjects in the spotlight on a stage.
Exposure Modes: The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ30V features the following Exposure Modes:
- Scene Selection Modes: The following Scene Selection modes are available to suit your specific shooting requirements:
maintains the darkening atmosphere
of the distant surroundings in twilight scenes
maintains the atmosphere of
situations such as sunset and sunrises
- Fireworks: select to record all the splendor
- Landscape: allows you to shot distant subject
brings out the subject such as
people or flowers while creating a soft background
- Spotlight: prevents people's faces from
appearing excessively white when subjects are lit by strong light
prevents people's faces from appearing dark in strong light or reflected light
- Snow: help with shooting in very bright white
- Auto: Select this mode to automatically record pictures
effectively without the preset scene select modes.
- Manual Adjust: Similar to exposure compensation, you
can manually adjust the brightness when the subject is too bright or too
White Balance Adjustment: You can adjust 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.
Auto Back Light: You can use the Auto
Back Light function to adjust the exposure for backlit subjects.
Guide Frame: The Guide Frame displays a frame
and grid around your subject and allows you to check the horizontal and
vertical position. The grid divides the frame into 9 areas (3 x 3).
Data Code Function: The camcorder automatically records time codes along with the images you shoot,
so you can display the date and time, as well as the camera settings, during playback or editing.
Protect: You can protect movies and photos to avoid deleting them by
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 Recording: The Sony HDR-PJ30V Handycam records
high definition video in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD) and standard definition video
in MPEG2-PS. You can select a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio and 60p or 60i frame rate
for HD recordings. You have several choices of video resolution quality: PS, FX,
and LP. The approximate recording time for each recording mode is:
PS (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080
FX (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080
FH (17 Mbps)
1920 x 1080
HQ (9 Mbps)
1440 x 1080
LP (5 Mbps)
1440 x 1080
||370 min (5.1 ch)
380 min (2 ch)
|750 min (5.1 ch)
775 min (2 ch)
HQ (9 Mbps)
720 x 480
|50 min (5.1 ch)
55 min (2 ch)
|220 min (5.1 ch)
225 min (2 ch)
|450 min (5.1 ch)
460 min (2 ch)
Fader Modes: You can record a transition between scenes, using a white fader or a black fader.
Built-In Zoom Mic: The built-in Zoom Microphone allows you
to record sound with directivity as you move the power zoom lever. The Zoom Mic
feature can be turned off, if desired. The microphone reference level can be set
to normal or low. If you encounter wind noise on the audio track while
recording, you can reduce the effect by activating the Wind Noise Reduction
Smooth Slow Record: Fast-moving subjects and actions which
cannot be captured under ordinary shooting conditions can be shot in smooth
slow-motion for about 3 seconds. The 3-second movie is recorded as a 12-second
Golf Shot: Using the same technology as the Smooth Slow
Recording, the Golf Shot feature captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence
of up to 22 still images. These images can be viewed or printed individually or
as a composite sequence shot image. This feature is helpful in analyzing a golf
swing, tennis serve, or other fast action.
Dual Recording: You can record high quality photos during
movie recording. The photos are 3072 x 1728 when recording in 16:9 or 2304 x
1728 when in 4:3.
Capturing Still Images From Video: You can capture still
images from movies recorded with the camcorder. 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. The image size is fixed, based on the image
quality of the movie:
- High Definition (16:9): 2.1M (1920 x 1080)
- Standard Definition (16:9): 0.2 M (640 x 360)
- Standard Definition (4:3): 0.3 M (640 x 480)
Divide Movies: The Divide
Movies feature allows you to divide movies on the inserted memory card. You cannot restore movies once they are divided.
Highlight Playback: The camcorder can select scenes at
random, puts them together, and plays them back as a digest of your HD movies
and photos with music and visual effects. You can set the playback range of the
highlight from the saved movie clips on the memory card, select a theme, and use
music or the original sound. If you like the Highlight Playback, you can save it
and watch it repeatedly.
Digital Still Camera Features
Image Resolution: Still images are recorded in the following
- 4:3 / 7.1M: 3072 x 2304
- 16:9 / 5.3M: 3072 x 1728
- 4:3 / 1.9M: 1600 x 1200
- 4:3 / VGA (0.3M): 640 x 480
Images Stored on Memory Card: The number of highest resolution photos
that can be stored on a memory card is as follows:
|Memory Card Capacity
||7.1M (4:3) Photos
Smile Shutter: When the Smile Shutter feature is activated,
the camcorder takes a still photo automatically when a smile is detected. The
Smile Shutter can be activated only during movie recording (Dual Capture), or
can be "Always On," capturing a photo whenever the camera is in recording mode.
You can set the "Smile Sensitivity" at Normal Smile, Slight Smile, or Big Smile.
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: This unit comes with an
NP-FV50 InfoLithium battery. The InfoLithium system exchanges data about its
actual power consumption with the camcorder for a more accurate estimate of
recording time available. Cold temperatures will increase battery consumption. The
HDR-PJ30V is compatible with Sony InfoLithium
Auto Shut Off: When powered by the battery the camcorder can be set to turn off automatically
if not used for 5 minutes.
Input and Output Notes
HDMI Output: The HDR-PJ30V is equipped with a mini-HDMI
(Type C) output for connecting your camcorder to an HDTV. You can set the HDMI
output resolution to 1080p/480p, 1080i/480i, 720p/480p, 480p, or 480i, depending
upon the capability of the TV's input. 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.
A/V Output: This
camcorder features a proprietary Audio/Video connection for use with the
supplied A/V connecting cables for displaying the camcorder's contents on your
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. Both composite and component video
cables are supplied with the camcorder. When using the component video cable,
you can set the output resolution to 480i, 1080i/480i, or 1080p/480i. An optional A/V connecting cable with S-Video is also available.
Built-in USB: The
a built-in male USB Type A plug and a 5' 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 supplied Picture Motion Browser
Microphone/Headphone Jacks: The camcorder is equipped with a
3.5mm microphone input with plug-in power. For more critical audio monitoring, a
3.5mm stereo headphone jack is provided.
DC In Jack: The DC In Jack
is for use with the supplied AC adapter and charger.
Software and Computer Information
Creating a Disc: There are several methods for creating an
HD or SD disc from your movies or photos. You can save HD images on a Blu-ray
disc or an AVCHD-recording DVD disc. SD movies can be saved to a
Standard-definition DVD. The Disc Burn function can save movies and photos to a
disc automatically with one touch.
Saving to External Devices: You can save high definition
movies directly to an external device without the use of a computer. Some
external devices require an optional USB Adapter cable (VMC-UAM1), others can
use the built-in USB cable of the camcorder or the device, and some require the
use of the supplied A/V connecting cable. In addition, you can use the
camcorder's playback features to access videos stored on the external device for
playback on your TV.
Included Software: The included
software allows you to transfer images and video from the
camcorder to a computer hard drive and view and store transferred
images/videos. The supplied CD-ROM includes:
- Picture Motion Browser Ver.5.5
- Handycam Handbook
- Product Registration
Picture Motion Browser Software: You can enjoy the following functions after installing the supplied Picture Motion Browser Software to your PC:
- Creating a disc
- Importing images to a computer.
- Viewing and editing imported images
- Uploading movies and photos to websites
Computer Requirements for Picture Motion Browser (Windows Only):
Windows Vista SP2
(Starter editions are not supported)
Windows XP SP3
(64-bit editions and
Starter editions are not supported)
PMB is not compatible with Macintosh computers.
Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, or
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster
(Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster is required when processing FX
or FH movies, and Intel Core 2 Duo 2.40 GHz or faster is required
when processing PS movies)
Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or
faster is sufficient for other operations
Windows 7 or Windows Vista: 1 GB or more
Windows XP: 512 MB or more (1 GB or more recommended)
(256 MB or more is sufficient for processing only standard
Disk volume required for installation: 500 MB
(10 GB or more may be
necessary for creating DVD discs, and 50 GB maximum may be necessary
when creating Blu-ray discs.)
1024 x 768 or higher
DirectX 9.0c or later
(This product is based on DirectX technology.
It is necessary to have DirectX installed)
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port
CD-ROM drive (for installation)
Either NTFS or exFAT file system is recommended as the hard disk
PMB Portable: With PMB Portable, which is
pre-installed on the camcorder, you can play back or upload your images to
the web by connecting your camcorder to a computer away from home. PMB
Portable is compatible with Windows and Macintosh (OS X v10.5-v10.6). The
supplied PMB software (on CD-ROM) is not compatible with Macintosh.