Sony is going to ship its new Handycam HDR-PJ260V HD digital camcorder on 8 May. Basically, the PJ260V is a variant of Sony’s CX260V, featuring built-in projector which is able to produce 640×360 images with up to 100-inch screen size. The camcorder sports a 2.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor CMOS with ClearVid array color filter system, and a 30x optical zoom Sony G lens that is capable of 55x Extended Zoom.
The HDR-PJ260V records Full HD 1920×1080 video and up to 8.9 Megapixel still images. It features Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active mode for blue-free and smooth video recording, Tracking Focus that follows selected subjects, Intelligent Auto mode with 120 possible different scene combinations, and Highlight Playback function that creates movies with transitions for you. For enhanced audio recording, the camcorder is equipped with 5.1-channel Surround mic for dynamic surround sound and wind noise reduction for clear voice recording. There is also Clear Voice (with Face Detection) that uses Advanced Acoustic Processor automatically reduces background noise. It has Clear Phase stereo speakers for true-to-life audio playback as well.
The Handycam HDR-PJ260V comes with built-in GPS receiver and NAVTEQ maps for geotagging. It has a 3-inch Clear Photo LCD touchscreen and offers HDMI output. The built-in 16GB flash memory is enough for up to 3 hours of HD recording. There is built-in USB cable for easy file transfer and charger and it supports Direct Copy to external hard drive without the need for a PC.
The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ260V projector camcorder is available for $598.