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Sony Handycam® HDR-PJ760V

High-definition projection camcorder with 96GB flash memory

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It's your first trip to Southern California and you've decided to do it up tourist-style. You've hopped in the rental car passenger seat and bought a "Genuine Map to the Homes of the Stars" from a vendor on a Hollywood street. Your wife pulls out into traffic. Time to fire up the camcorder and get some drive-by views of the mansions.

The Sony Handycam® HDR-PJ760V, with the touch-screen LCD display deployed

The Sony Handycam® HDR-PJ760V, with the touch-screen LCD display deployed

To the stars and beyond

It's your first trip to Southern California and you've decided to do it up tourist-style. You've hopped in the rental car passenger seat and bought a "Genuine Map to the Homes of the Stars" from a vendor on a Hollywood street. Your wife pulls out into traffic. Time to fire up the camcorder and get some drive-by views of the mansions.

On most camcorders, this would be a scenario for seasickness — zooming in from a moving car doesn't always yield great results. But your Sony Handycam® HDR-PJ760V has something other camcorders don't: Balanced Optical Steady Shot™ image stabilization. Compared to your old camera's shots in the same situation, the even horizons and smoothed-out shimmies are nothing short of miraculous.

Later, back at the hotel, you take out the 'PJ760V and put it on the nightstand. Next thing you know, a huge, high-contrast shot of a twisting canyon road leaps to life on the opposite wall. The kids applaud and whistle. The Clear Phase speakers bring the sound of your real-time narration in the car into your cozy space. All that technology lives in this camcorder that fits in the palm of your hand.

Another typical day for the 'PJ760V. 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 'PJ760V shines, with the Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens feeding the sensitive back-illuminated Exmor® R sensor. And the 10X optical zoom lens is perfect for getting up close to the action.

The Sony Handycam® HDR-PJ760V

The 'PJ760V stands ready for action

Cinematic qualities

This camcorder has some cinematic qualities as well. 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.

Where or when

The 'PJ760V 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 extra capacity waiting for when you need it. If you don't have any cards on hand, not to worry; this camcorder has 96GB of flash memory on-board, for up to 38 hours of HD video storage in LP mode. And the 'PJ760V 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 'PJ760V'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.

Product Highlights:

    Storage and Formats:
    • 1/2.88" (6.3mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor for substantially improved detail and low light performance
    • Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® 10X optical zoom lens (17X extended mode; digital zoom to 120X)
    • 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
    • Balanced Optical Steady Shot™ image stabilization improves shake reduction by up to 13X for exceptionally stable shots when moving or tightly zoomed
    • captures 24.1-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
    • electronic color viewfinder (201K dots) for better stability on zoomed-in shots and better battery life
    • 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 — even if they go out of frame and return
    • 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 RMT-835 Remote Commander
    • includes Lens Hood and step-down ring
    • includes manual
    • 4-1/4"W x 3-1/2"H x 6 5/8"D
    • weight: 23.1 oz. with supplied battery
    • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    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
    • Step Down Ring
    • 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
    • PlayMemories software brochure
    • Warranty Sheet

    Sony Handycam® HDR-PJ760V Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (1 Review)

    Great camcorder

    cato1998 from Elkhart, IN on 8/29/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this camcorder in May 2012 and in 2 months it has been from Indiana to Hawaii, Niagara Falls, Grand Canyon and 2 weddings. Yes, a busy summer and it held up great! The pictures and videos from it were great. Everybody that has watched the videos have been impressed with the quality of the videos. Even in low light. Granted it isn't professional level but still pretty good.

    Pros: Large hard drive. Even a week in hawaii we didn't come close to using all the hard drive space. Of course we didn't record continuously but frugally and we still had plenty of hard drive space. We recommend a second (or even a 3rd) battery to record as the primary battery only lasts a short time. The built in software is easy to use and you can capture still images from the videos you shoot.

    Cons: No shoulder strap. In fact, there is no strap at all to the camcorder. We bought a camera case and used the strap to it to attach to the camcorder. Also the battery that comes with it has a short battery life. You really need a second battery if you are going to go out on an extended tour of something. The hard drive space isn't an issue (provided you don't have it set on the highest setting) but the battery is. Also the built in software isn't compatible with apple computers, only windows.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    LCD Screen Size (inches) 3.0
    Viewfinder 0.2"
    Total Pixel Count 6,650,000
    Effective Pixel Count for Video 6,140,000
    4K Video ---
    High-Definition Yes
    Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
    Manual Focusing Yes
    Filter Diameter 52 / 37m
    Optical Zoom 10 x
    Digital Zoom 12 x
    Night Imaging Yes
    Image Stabilization Optical + Digital
    Built-in Video Light Yes
    Built-in Memory 96 GB Flash Memory
    Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery 120 min
    Digital Still Camera Features
    Effective Pixel Count for Stills 6,140,000
    Built-in Photo Flash Yes
    Still Image Aspect Ratios 16:9, 4:3
    Inputs and Outputs
    USB Port 2.0 High Speed
    HDMI Output Mini
    Mic Input 3.5mm
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 23
    Width (inches) 3-7/16
    Height (inches) 2-15/16
    Depth (inches) 5-7/16
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 90 days
    Image Sensor Warranty 1 Year

    Product Research

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

    General Features

    Built-in Projector: The Sony HDR-PJ760V 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 PJ760V can project continuously for about 1 hour 40 minutes.

    Internal 96 GB Flash Memory: The HDR-PJ760V has an internal 96 GB flash memory which will allow you to record up to 38 hours of HD video footage (HD LP mode). Because a portion of the flash memory is used for system management and/or application files, the actual media capacity is approximately 92.6 GB.

    Memory Card Slot: In addition to the built-in 96 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.

    0.27" Color Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" Touch Panel LCD screen, the camcorder has a color EVF (electronic view finder) with 201,000-dot resolution.

    Imaging Device: The HDR-PJ760V features an advanced 1/2.88" (6.3mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor with 6,650,000 gross pixels. The 6,140,000 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 24.1 megapixels (6544 x 3680).

    Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens: The camcorder features a professional-quality wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* ("T-Star") lens designed specifically for compact camcorders. It has a 26mm 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 Standard or Off, the optical zoom is 10x. If SteadyShot is set to Active, the maximum optical zoom is 17x. Combined with the digital zoom, the total zoom capability is 120x. 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.

    Lens Attachments: The PJ760V comes with a lens hood for preventing unwanted light from entering the lens. The lens has a filter diameter of 52mm to allow you to attach optional lens filters. The supplied Step Down Ring lets you change the filter diameter to 37mm, allowing you to use the recommended conversion lens.

    Global Positioning System: The PJ760V 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-PJ760V 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.

    NightShot: The NightShot feature will allow you to record images in total darkness (0 Lux). NightShot uses infrared light to record in darkness. Images shot in NightShot are in monochrome.

    Scene Selection Modes: The following Scene Selection modes are available to suit your specific shooting requirements: Auto, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Sunrise & Sunset, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Beach, and Snow.

    CinemaTone: For extra control over image expression, CinemaTone technology is used to deepen the color to re-create film-like color tones. Combined with 24p recording, you'll have some of the tools you'll need for cinematic expression.

    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 Camcorder Features

    Video Recording: The HDR-PJ760V 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
    High Definition
    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
    Standard Definition
    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 Camera Features

    Digital Still Image Recording: The HDR-PJ760V can record still images on either the unit's built-in 96 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: 6544 x 3680, 4672 x 2628, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360 (movie capture)
    • 4:3: 4912 x 3680, 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-PJ760V's internal flash memory or from a memory card in a slide-show fashion.   

    Battery Information

    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-PJ760V is compatible with Sony InfoLithium V-series batteries:

    Battery Image Quality Recording Time Playback Time Charging Time
    Continuous Typical AC USB
    (980 mAh)
    HD 110 min 55 min 200 min 155 min 280 min
    STD 120 min 60 min 215 min
    (1960 mAh)
    HD 230 min 115 min 415 min 195 min 545 min
    STD 250 min 125 min 440 min
    (3700 mAh)
    HD 455 min 225 min 830 min 390 min 1000 min
    STD 500 min 250 min 870 min

    Note: Time figures reflect recording using LCD. Times are approximately 5 to 15 minutes longer when using the viewfinder.

    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: The PJ760V 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

    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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