CES 2013: Sony Unveils Lineup of New Handycam Camcorders

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Sony Handycam PJ650V“Enthusiast” Model

The next step up is the “enthusiast” model, the PJ650V. Many of the basics remain the same as its predecessor, the PJ580V, including its 20.4M/5.0M Exmor R sensor, 20/12x zoom, 26.88 Wide G Lens, and its 3-inch LCD display. Other aspects like its HQ 5.1 microphone, stereo speaker, GPS/Map features, 32 GB of onboard storage, and its ability to shoot in 24p/Cinematone remain as well.

That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of upgrades here, however. The PJ650V is also a beneficiary of the new B.O.SS, as well as an electric viewfinder, and multi interface shoe. In addition to the new projector input feature, the camcorder’s projector has also seen a brightness upgrade to 20lm (from 13lm). The advanced sound system is also present here, along with new audio recording levels and a new manual control dial.

Sony Handycam PJ790VThe Flagship Handycam

Of course, there’s a new big daddy flagship model in town too: the PJ790V. A projector model taking the place of last year’s PJ760V, the PJ790V has a number of upgrades, including a new 5.1 channel microphone, a brighter 30lm projector (and input capabilities), the new advanced sound system, and a multi interface shoe. It’s also compatible with XLR boxes now.

Many of last year’s features carried over to this model, including the 24.1M/6.1M Exmor R sensor, 26.0mm Wide CZ Lens, 17/10x zoom, 3-inch LCD display, 96 GB of onboard storage, and B.O.SS, among others.

Sony Handycam TD30VThe 3D Model

And finally there’s the new 3D model, the TD30V. Taking the place of last year’s TD20V, the TD30V actually sports almost identical specs, with a couple of exceptions: there is no longer any internal memory on the device (the TD20V had 64 GB of onboard storage) and there is no manual control dial.

This may seem like a downgrade, but both modifications were done in the name of getting the unit’s sale price to the $1,000 mark, which Sony succeeded in doing. While the TD20V was priced at $1,499, the TD30V will retail for $999.

Sony Handycam Wi-Fi AdapterAccessories

Sony unveiled a couple of accessories to go with its new line of camcorders, including a Wi-Fi adapter that is compatible with all of the models that use the new multi interface shoe. The adapter, which will go for $74.99, can be used to transfer files to users’ PCs and mobile devices, while mobile devices can engage it by remotely starting and stopping the camcorder’s recording (via the PlayMemories app).

Also announced was an HDMI adapter for both the iPhone 4S (30-pin port) and the iPhone 5 (Lightning port). With the adapter, users can plug their iPhones into their projector camcorders via HDMI to project their phones’ media on any surface.

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