Sony Handycam® HDR-PJ810

High-definition camcorder with 50-lumen projector and 32GB internal memory

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The Sony HDR-PJ810 is more than just an advanced, fully-featured high-definition video camera. Its built-in high-output projector lets you view your footage with a projected image size as large as 200" (diagonal) on a nearby wall or other flat surface. That means you can enjoy engrossing viewing just about anywhere, from your hotel room to your backyard. 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. You'll get a clear, bright image from the 'PJ810's super-bright 50-lumen projector. 

See what you're shooting in full color

If you've ever shot video with the camera app built into your mobile device, you know it doesn't always come out looking the way you thought it would. The 'PJ810 gives you two ways to check your shot before or after you push "record." A 201,000-dot full-color viewfinder lets you monitor your recording without flipping the video screen open, allowing you to conserve battery life on a long shoot. For those times when powering the 3" touchscreen isn't a problem, enjoy crisp, high-definition monitoring and playback with the added bonus of WhiteMagic™ technology that automatically compensates for bright sunlight.

Add surround sound

The HDR-PJ810 records images through a crisp, bright wide-angle lens, and Sony has made sure your sound will be just as vivid as anything you see on the screen. An advanced internal microphone records a movie-style 5.1 channel soundtrack to go with your images. Imagine how great it will sound if you're shooting at an outdoor event or sitting up close at a music recital. When your subject is speaking, Closer Voice technology helps keep the dialogue coming through loud and clear, and premium sound filters stop wind and other types of noise from ruining the soundscape.

The Sony HDR-PJ810 used in an outdoor setting

The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a go-anywhere HD camcorder and projector.

Plenty of memory

Sure, this camera is compatible with external memory cards, but if you happen to run out, or — horror of horrors — forget to bring any, the 'PJ810 has 32GB of internal flash memory as well. That's nothing to sneeze at — we're talking 8 hours of high-definition recording ready and waiting for your next adventure. That's key when you're far from home, and may not know where to find an electronics store.

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 'PJ810 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.

You make the call

Get the most out of your camcorder with advanced capture and control features often considered the domain of professional cameras. A convenient assignable dial gives you manual control of focus, exposure, white balance, iris and shutter speed when you need it.

Product Highlights:

  • 1920 x 1080 full HD camcorder with 9.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • built-in 50-lumen high-contrast projector with micro HDMI input
  • wireless control, file transfer and backup via Wi-Fi® or NFC
  • 26.8mm wide-angle G lens
  • 201,000-dot color electronic viewfinder
  • 3" LCD touchscreen display with WhiteMagic™ auto brightness adjustment technology
  • 12X optical zoom (160X digital zoom)
  • built-in 5.1 surround microphone adds lifelike sound to your video
  • optional manual control of iris/shutter/exposure/white balance
  • balanced optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization reduces camera shake
  • built-in Auto Keystone Adjustment corrects for unusual projection surfaces
  • 32GB flash memory for up to 8 hours of recording
  • 7 internal picture effects for creative alteration of video and still photos
  • dual recording mode creates AVCHD and MP4 files simultaneously
  • rechargeable NP-FV50 battery included
  • micro HDMI cable included
  • 3-3/16"W x 2-13/16"H x 5-5/16"D
  • weight: 17 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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Sony camcorder wuth projector is awesome!

Written By Ryan, Issaquah, WA on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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I've chosen Sony for 12 years now because of quality and familiarity. I record about 1 hr of home video per month. I saved up birthday money and other gift money to splurge on this camera after seeing a friend's projecting Sony last year. Slightly imperfect fm Crutchfield - no issues detected at all and paid for the three year protection because of the extra risk for issues with the projector. I've had it 3 weeks and so far I LOVE IT! Everything about it is great. The projector is impressive. I routinely watch my videos with others on our car ceiling, or ceiling above our bed, or restaurant wall (close up and small, of course). It's much brighter than my friend's model; with low light, I wouldn't hesitate using it for a movie with guests. And the projected image is sharp! The rest of the camera is great too. I was impressed with the image stabilization. I can zoom in on an airplane or object way off in the distance and the shot will be very steady. Sony changed buttons since my last camcorder and they're much more convenient with easy access buttons for several functions.

I love this camcorder. I'm glad I saved up and made the investment. There aren't any other projector camcorders so maybe the feature is nor catching on, or maybe it's less profitable, but I hope Sony continues to offer this feature forever.

Anyway, I love it. It's awesome. Looking forward to using it with my football team to watch video together this fall.

Pros: Quick recording (minimal delay after pushing record) On-off by opening-closing LCD screen Best image-stabilizing I've ever seen Nice, bright, crisp projection Projector corrects for angle on wall - impressive Intuitive controls - several easy access buttons for quick controls like light, play, projector, mode

Cons: Expensive, but worth it so far Projector focus slider needs a little more resistance Protecting plastic over projector contacts surface if you place face down, so might scratch or damage

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  • Digital camcorder (black)
  • RMT-835 Wireless Remote Commander
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • NP-FV50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (6.8V 980mAh 6.6Wh)
  • 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)
  • Filter Step Down Ring (46mm to 37mm)
  • Operating Guide (Eng)
  • Instruction Manual (Span)
  • Limited Warranty card
  • Product registration card
  • Accessories brochure
  • Manual Corrections sheet

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size (inches) 3.0
Viewfinder Yes
Total Pixel Count 6,590,000
Effective Pixel Count for Video 6,140,000
High-Definition Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Manual Focusing Yes
Filter Diameter 46/37 mm
Optical Zoom 12 x
Digital Zoom ---
Night Imaging Night Scene
Image Stabilization Optical
Built-in Video Light Yes
Built-in Memory 32 GB Flash Memory
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery 130 LCD/120 EVF
Digital Still Camera Features
Effective Pixel Count for Stills 6,140,000
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 3.5mm
Weight With Battery (ounces) 17
Width (inches) 3-3/16
Height (inches) 2-15/16
Depth (inches) 5-5/16
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

General Features

Memory Card Slot: The Sony HDR-PJ810 Full HD camcorder can record video and photos onto Memory Stick PRO Duo memory cards, as well as Class 4 or faster SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. 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" Xtra Fine LCD touch screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The 921,600 dot (640 x 1440) LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp and detailed images for monitoring or playback. WhiteMagic technology makes the screen much more visible in bright daylight. 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.

Viewfinder: The camcorder also includes a separate 0.27" color electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 201,600 dots for framing your videos and pictures. The camcorder powers on and off as you pull out and push in the viewfinder. When pulled out, you can angle the viewfinder up to 45°. You can focus the viewfinder to your eyesight with the built-in diopter control.

Projector: The PJ810 allows you to share your movies or photos virtually anywhere with its built-in 50-lumen projector. The DLP projector is built into the LCD panel, and is powerful enough to project a 200" diagonal screen. It has a 854 x 480 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 PJ810 can project continuously for about 2 hours.

Imaging Device: The HDR-PJ810 features an advanced 1/3.95" (4.6mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor with 6,590,000 gross pixels. The 6,140,000 effective pixels for 16:9 video (4,600,000 for 4:3) provide excellent detail and clarity. The unique image processing system of Sony's BIONZ allows still image resolution equivalent to a maximum of 20 megapixels (5024 x 2824).

Sony Type G Lens: The camcorder features a professional-quality 26.8mm wide-angle Sony Type G lens designed specifically for compact camcorders. The lens has a filter thread diameter of 46mm so you can add optional lens filters. The included step-down ring will convert the filter thread diameter to 37mm.

12x Optical and 24x Clear Image Zoom: The PJ810 has a 12x optical zoom and a 24x 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 160x.

Built-in Wi-Fi: The HDR-PJ810 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.

Wireless Remote Commander: The PJ810 includes the RMT-835 Wireless Remote Commander, which can be helpful when projecting recorded videos and still images from the camcorder. You can also operate the camcorder's record and playback functions from a distance.

Manual Control: On the front of the camcorder is a rotary dial that allows you to make adjustments to assigned menu items. You can assign various functions to the dial to manually control focus, exposure, iris, shutter speed, or white balance.

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-PJ810 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 mistake.

Power On By LCD/Viewfinder: You can set the camcorder to automatically power on when you open the LCD, and turn off when you close the LCD. Likewise, the camcorder will power on when you pull out the viewfinder and power off when you push it back in.

Video Camcorder Features

Video Recording: The HDR-PJ810 records High Definition video in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios with 7 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 or 24p 16:9
FH 17 Mbps 1920 x 1080/60i or 24p 16:9
HQ 9 Mbps 1440 x 1080/60i 4:3
LP 5 Mbps 1440 x 1080/60i 4:3
Standard Definition
HQ 9 Mbps 1920 x 1080 16:9
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.

5.1-channel Surround Microphone: The PJ810 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 resolutions:

  • 5024 x 2824 (16:9)
  • 4960 x 3712 (4:3)

Capturing Still Images From Video: You can capture still images from recorded video. The image size is fixed at 20MP 5024 x 2824. 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-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 120 minutes of continuous recording time when using the LCD monitor (130 minutes with the viewfinder), 60 minutes typical recording time LCD (65 with viewfinder), or 200 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 PJ810 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 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

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.

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