Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Input and Output Notes
Memory Card Slot: The Sony HDR-PJ540 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 a 32 GB internal memory (actual usable memory
capacity: 31.1 GB). The built-in memory can store up to 8 hours of high definition video (HD LP mode).
3" LCD Screen: The 3" Clear Photo Plus LCD touch screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution.
The 460,800-dot (960 x 480) LCD screen rotates up to 270
degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp and detailed images for
monitoring or playback. In addition, you can use the touch screen to select
faces and objects to keep in focus while you record, plus navigate through the
menu settings. 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 camcorder does
not include a separate viewfinder.
Projector: The PJ540 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 PJ540 can project
continuously for about 1 hour 35 minutes.
Imaging Device: The HDR-PJ540 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).
Sony Type G Lens: The camcorder features a
professional-quality 26.8mm wide-angle Sony Type G lens designed specifically for compact camcorders.
30x Optical and 60x Clear Image Zoom: The PJ540 has a 30x
optical zoom and a 60x 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 350x.
Built-in Wi-Fi: The HDR-PJ540 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.
Balanced Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization: Balanced
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode goes a step beyond
Optical SteadyShot. Instead of moving the lens inside the optical block,
Balanced Optical SteadyShot moves the entire optical block at once, which
maintains the optical path while reducing camera shake. The result is lower
distortion in videos and still photos, and a reduction of vignetting on the
edges of the scene.
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-PJ540 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,
Walk, Tripod, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, and Low Light.
Picture Effects: You can create expressive photos and videos
with the 7 built-in picture effects: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Soft High Key,
Partial Color, Retro Photo, High Contrast Monochrome, and Posterization.
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
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 HDR-PJ540 records
High Definition and Standard Definition video in 16:9 aspect ratios with 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:
||1920 x 1080/60p
||1920 x 1080/60i or 24p
||1920 x 1080/60i or 24p
||1440 x 1080/60i
||1440 x 1080/60i
||1920 x 1080
||1280 x 720/30p
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.
5.1-channel Surround Microphone: The PJ540 is equipped with
Dolby Digital 5.1-channel recording to capture sounds coming from all
directions. Other audio features include Auto Wind Noise Reduction, Premium
Closer Voice, and My Voice Canceling (which supresses the voice of the person
recording the movie), can enhance the audio quality of your recordings.
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
- 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.
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 rechargeable battery (6.8 Volts, 980 mAh, 6.6 Wh). The battery can be charged in the camera via USB in approximately
2 hours 45 minutes using the supplied AC adapter.
You can also charge the battery in 5 hours 5 minutes via USB using your
computer. A fully charged battery provides approximately 155 minutes of
continuous recording time, 75 minutes typical recording time, or 240 minutes
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 PJ540 is equipped with a micro-HDMI (Type D) output
for connecting your camcorder to an HDTV. A 40" 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.
Microphone Input/Headphone Output: The camcorder has a 3.5mm
input for connecting an external stereo microphone. In addition, a 3.5mm output
has been provided for connecting a pair of headphones, allowing you to monitor
the audio of your videos during recording or playback. You can also connect an
external (powered) speaker to the headphone output.
Multi Interface Shoe: On top of the camcorder is the Multi
Interface Shoe for attaching compatible accessories, such as video lights
(HVL-LEIR1) and microphones (ECM-W1M, ECM-GZ1M, ECM-XYST1M).
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. The Multi Connector can
also be used to connect the optional RDP-CA2 Portable Speaker.
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
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
PlayMemories Mobile App: The PlayMemories Mobile App is
available for Android devices from Google Play, and for iOS devices from the
Apple App Store. The app is required for making Wi-Fi connections to your mobile
device, and is compatible with devices running Android 2.3 to 4.4 (for NFC
One-touch functions, Android 4.0 or higher is required). PlayMemories Mobile is
also compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later.
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.