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High-definition projection camcorder with 32GB flash memory
Item #: 158PJ580V
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Original Price: $899.99
Our take on the Sony HDR-PJ580V by Crutchfield's Woody Sherman
How to amp up your vacation
It took you three summers to save up but you've finally got the family together for the western road trip of a lifetime. The video you took with the Sony Handycam® HDR-PJ580V at Pike's Peak was breathtaking. Now it's on to the Tetons and Glacier.
Only one problem with the road vacation plan. Your budget doesn't allow for fancy lodging. So when the kids all ask to see the great shots you took by the waterfall earlier in the day, it's good to have an option besides the old standard-def tube TV on the motel's dresser. You take out the 'PJ580V and put it on the nightstand. Next thing you know, a huge, high-contrast shot of a rainbow in the waterfall's mist leaps to life on the opposite wall. The kids applaud and whistle. The Clear Phase speakers bring the sounds of nature into your cozy space. All that technology lives in this camcorder that fits in the palm of your hand. Next stop, Jackson Hole.
Another typical day for the 'PJ580V. After all, its typical days consist of expertly documenting your exceptional days. With its Intelligent Auto mode seamlessly selecting from almost 180 different scene combinations to make the most of what you're shooting, how can you help but preserve the unique character of your special days? Even in low light, the 'PJ580V shines, with the Sony G lens feeding the sensitive back-illuminated Exmor® R sensor. And the 12X optical zoom lens is perfect for getting up close to the action.
While the projection feature alone will put you in mind of the movies, this camcorder has some other qualities that will have you calling for the popcorn bucket and the usher. Pro-inspired shooter's tools like zebra-stripe display, peaking display, and expanded focus view will help keep your exposure and focus fine-tuned. 60p and 24p frame rates come standard. And CinemaTone presets deepen colors and add filmlike tone curves, for an expressive, nostalgic feel.
The director calls "action"
Did we say action? This camcorder is made for it. With SteadyShot® Image Stabilization, you can jog right alongside your running toddler and bring home images that keep him stable in the frame. The innovative 3-Way Shake Canceling feature works to remove all the shimmies that can dog other camcorders.
Where or when
The 'PJ580V has a built-in GPS receiver that will give you your current location on the LCD display, tag your location on your captured video, and set your camcorder's system clock based on your current time zone. A map index screen on the LCD gives you a handy way to browse your travel footage according to where you shot it.
Memory for your memories
Because this camcorder takes Memory Sticks® and SD cards, you can customize the amount of storage you have with just a few cards you'll have hours upon hours of capacity waiting for when you need it. If you don't have any cards on hand, not to worry; this camcorder has 32GB of flash memory on-board, for up to 11 hours of HD video storage in LP mode. And the 'PJ580V will also copy your memories to an external hard drive without the aid of a computer. For that, you'll need an optional USB adapter cable available from Sony (the VMC-UAM1 cable). Here's another trick: you can access media on that hard drive using the 'PJ580V's handy playback controls, and display those files on your HDTV via an HDMI connection from the camcorder.
The producer is built-in
Don't feel like editing your footage? Highlight Playback mode will identify and compile scenes from your day of shooting and make a short, engaging movie complete with music and transitions. You can even select the scenes you want in your day's highlight reel.
What's in the Box:
- High-definition flash memory camcorder (Black)
- RMT-835 Wireless remote control with installed CR2025 Lithium battery
- NP-FV50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (6.8V/1030mAh/7.0Wh)
- AC-L200D AC Power adapter with attached 67" DC output cord (DC Output: 8.4V/1.7A)
- 62" AC power cord
- Lens hood
- 57" Composite video cable (with RCA composite video plug and stereo RCA audio plugs on one end and a proprietary plug on the other end)
- 39" HDMI cable (with full-sized HDMI connector on one end and a mini-HDMI connector on the other end)
- 5' USB extension cable (with male Type A USB connector on one end and female Type A USB connector on the other end)
- Operating Guide (Eng/Span)
- Online registration sheet
- Accessories brochure
- Warranty Sheet
Storage and Formats:
- records high-definition video to optional Memory Stick® PRO Duo or SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards
- 32GB of on-board flash memory will store up to 11 hours of HD video
- maximum video resolution: up to 1920 x 1080/60p
- 1/3.91" (4.6mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor for improved detail and drastically reduced grain
- built-in high-contrast projector lets you display up to a 100" image (diagonal) on just about any flat surface
- Clear Phase stereo speakers help you to share the audio portion of your footage
- 12X Sony G optical zoom lens (20X extended mode; digital zoom to 160X)
- captures 20.4-megapixel still images in photo mode
- on-board flash for still shooting
- built-in GPS tags your shooting locations and updates your system clock
- Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel audio from built-in zoom microphone
- 3.0" enhanced-definition (921K dots) widescreen touch-panel LCD
- optical SteadyShot® image stabilization with Active Mode and 3-Way Shake-Canceling
- face detection mode with Smile Shutter guarantees you capture the fun times
- zebra, peaking and expanded focus view displays for precise focus and exposure adjustment
- Intelligent Auto mode for mistake-proof shooting
- autofocus tracking locks onto a moving subject and keeps the subject in focus
- Golf Shot mode captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images for in-depth analysis
- Cinema Tone presets allow extra control over your images for a nostalgic, filmlike quality
- Highlight Playback mode identifies key scenes from your shoot and creates a short movie complete with music and transitions
Connections, Supplied Accessories and Dimensions:
- built-in high-speed USB cable for video transfer to a computer
- external microphone input (stereo minijack)
- Active Interface Shoe hosts intelligent accessories like external microphones and lights
- mini HDMI output (cable included) for watching your videos on an HDTV
- includes AC adapter/charger and rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-FV50)
- includes A/V connecting cable
- includes manual
- includes RMT-835 Remote Commander
- 3-5/8"W x 3-1/4"H x 6"D
- weight: 15 oz. with supplied battery
- warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Sony HDR-PJ580V Reviews
Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size (inches)||3.0|
|Total Pixel Count||5,430,000|
|Effective Pixel Count for Video||5,020,000|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9, 4:3|
|Optical Zoom||12 x|
|Digital Zoom||13.3 x|
|Image Stabilization||Optical + Digital|
|Built-in Video Light||Yes|
|Built-in Memory||32 GB Flash Memory|
|Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery||130 min|
|Digital Still Camera Features|
|Effective Pixel Count for Stills||5,020,000|
|Built-in Photo Flash||Yes|
|Still Image Aspect Ratios||16:9, 4:3|
|Inputs and Outputs|
USB 2.0 High Speed
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||14|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||90 Days|
|Image Sensor Warranty||1 Year|
Built-in Projector: The Sony HDR-PJ580V 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 100" diagonal screen. It has a throw distance of 1.6' and over. With a fully charged battery pack, the PJ580V can project continuously for about 1 hour 25 minutes.
Internal 32 GB Flash Memory: The HDR-PJ580V has an internal 32 GB flash memory which will allow you to record 1920 x 1080 Full HD video and huge 20.4 megapixel still images. Because a portion of the flash memory is used for system management and/or application files, the actual media capacity is approximately 28.8 GB.
Memory Card Slot: In addition to the built-in 32 GB flash memory, the camcorder has a slot for a memory card. You can record video and photos onto 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" touch panel Xtra Fine LCD screen with TruBlack technology provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The high resolution 921,600 dot (1920 x 480) 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-PJ580V features an advanced 1/3.91" (4.6mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor with 5,430,000 gross pixels. The 5,020,000 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 20.4 megapixels (6016 x 3384).
Wide Angle G Lens: The camcorder features a professional-quality Wide Angle Sony G lens designed specifically for compact camcorders. It has a 26.8mm focal length (35mm equivalent) in Photo and Video modes for enhanced wide angle shooting.
Zoom: The camcorder's maximum optical zoom depends upon the SteadyShot setting. With the setting at Active, the optical zoom is 12x. If SteadyShot is set to Standard or Off, the maximum optical zoom is 20x. Combined with the digital zoom, 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 faster zoom.
Global Positioning System: The PJ580V 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.
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. The 3-way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture. 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.
Focus Modes: The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ580V 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 or with Spot Focus, focus on an off-centered object. If you are recording subjects other than people, you can touch the subject on the touchscreen, and the camcorder will adjust the focus automatically as it moves within the frame. For more difficult focusing situations, you can manually adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel.
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.
Scene Selection Modes: The following Scene Selection modes are available to suit your specific shooting requirements: Auto, Night Scene, Sunrise & Sunset, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Beach, and Snow.
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.
Back Light: You can use the Backlight 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.
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.
Protect: You can protect movies and photos to avoid deleting them by mistake.
Direct Copy to External HDD: With an optional VMC-UAM1 USB adapter cable, you can save movies and photos on an external hard disk drive (HDD). Once you have saved them to the HDD, you can also playback the images and videos through the camcorder to a connected HDTV.
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-PJ580V records High Definition video in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios with various image sizes and bit rates to choose from. A Standard Definition recording mode is also available. The following recording modes are available:
|Image Quality||Bit Rate||Pixels||Aspect Ratio|
|PS||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080||16:9|
|FX||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080||16:9|
|FH||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080||16:9|
|HQ||9 Mbps||1440 x 1080||16:9|
|LP||5 Mbps||1440 x 1080||16:9|
|HQ||9 Mbps||720 x 480||16:9, 4:3|
Built-In 5.1-channel Mic: The built-in 5.1-channel microphone captures sounds coming from all directions to allow you to experience your home videos the way they were experienced in real life. A 3.5mm minijack is provided for connecting an optional external stereo microphone.
Closer Voice: When recording people and faces are detected, the Closer Voice feature records the voice more clearly. Closer Voice is only available when using the built-in microphone. It will not function when an external mic is used.
Divide Movies: The Divide Movies feature allows you to divide movies on the internal flash memory of the camcorder or on an inserted memory card. You cannot restore movies once they are divided.
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 slow-motion movie.
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.
Digital Still Image Recording: The HDR-PJ580V can record still images on either the unit's built-in 32 GB flash memory or on an optional memory card (sold separately).
Image Resolution: Still images are recorded in the following resolutions, depending upon the selected aspect ratio:
- 16:9: 6016 x 3384, 4224 x 2376, 1920 x 1080
- 4:3: 4512 x 3384, 2592 x 1944, 640 x 480
Capturing Still Images From Video: You can capture still images from recorded video. The image size is fixed depending upon the aspect ratio of the movie: 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360, or 640 x 480. 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 HDR-PJ580V's internal flash memory or from a 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 battery can be charged in the camera using the AC adapter, or via USB. The HDR-PJ580V is compatible with Sony InfoLithium V-series batteries:
|Battery||Image Quality||Recording Time||Playback Time||Charging Time|
|HD||120 min||60 min||150 min||155 min||280 min|
|STD||130 min||65 min||165 min|
|HD||250 min||125 min||315 min||195 min||545 min|
|STD||270 min||135 min||345 min|
|HD||500 min||250 min||625 min||390 min||1000 min|
|STD||535 min||265 min||680 min|
Auto Shut Off: When powered by the battery the camcorder can be set to turn off automatically if not used for 5 minutes.
HDMI: The PJ580V is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) 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 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: The camcorder features a proprietary Audio/Video connection for use with the supplied A/V connecting cable 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. The supplied A/V 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 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 or internal memory. You can edit and save your video files onto your computer, then make DVDs of them using the downloadable Picture Motion Browser software.
Microphone Input: A 3.5mm minijack microphone input is included for connecting an external microphone. When an external mic is connected, it takes precedence over the built-in microphone.
Headphone Output: The camcorder has a 3.5mm stereo minijack for use with headphones. When headphones are plugged in, the camcorder's speaker is muted.
DC In Jack: The DC In Jack is for use with the supplied AC adapter and charger.
Installed Software: The camcorder has built-in "PlayMemories Home" (Lite Version software that allows you to import images and video from the camcorder to your computer, and view and store transferred images/videos. The software also includes GPS Assist Data that can help the camcorder acquire your location information quicker. It is compatible with Windows 7 (SP1), Vista (SP2), and XP (SP3) operating systems only. You can use iPhoto and iMovie software for importing video and photos on a Mac.
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