Video enthusiasts rejoice.
Make your filmmaking debut with ultra-smooth HD, a 5.1 channel mic and built-in projector to showcase your masterpiece. This 24.1MP camcorder delivers Full HD 24p/60p recording, ideal for rich storytelling. What's more, you get manual control and minimal shake when shooting on the move with Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, plus a top-mounted mic for crystal-clear surround sound recording.
The makings of a masterpiece.
Precious moments become even more special the second time around when captured in exquisitely rich 1920 x 1080/60p/24p Full HD video. Notice the perfect photo op while recording? You can shoot crystal-clear 24.1MP still images and video at the same time so you won't miss an ounce of the action. Gather up the gang and share your fantastic footage on the big screen simply by connecting the camcorder to your compatible HDTV with an HDMI cable.
Ready, set, project.
This is really cool. Featuring a high-contrast 35 lumen projector built into the LCD panel, you can transform your camcorder into a mobile movie theater by projecting onto a wall or virtually any flat surface. It's great for sharing footage on the fly, but since it works with HDMI-compatible smartphones, laptops and tablets, you can also project YouTube videos, photos, full-length films and more. It's tons of fun for family movie night, and super convenient for professionals who want to share presentations on the spot.
Premium audio quality.
Complement your gorgeous video with equally beautiful audio. The top-mounted 5.1 surround sound microphone is independent and isolated from the camcorder for premium audio capture. Using the supplied windscreen drastically reduces the amount of background and wind noise by up to 90%. Plus, the new Advanced Sound System offers a wider dynamic range and crisper, cleaner sound while Audio REC level adjustments deliver even more creative control.
Breakthrough anti-shake technology.
Blurry footage is a sure way to ruin any scene. Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for a greater degree of camera shake significantly reducing blur and delivering stunningly smooth video. By moving the entire optical block at once, this revolutionary technology maintains the integrity of the optical path for reduced levels of distortion and vignetting, plus noticeably smoother videos with significantly less blur.
Add accessories and even Wi-Fi.
The newly integrated multi-interface shoe opens up a world of accessories to enhance your videos. Attach lights, monitors and other accessories to help you get the best shots in any situation. Attach the optional wireless module (ADP-WL1M) and tap into Wi-Fi to turn your smartphone or tablet into a remote control, instantly upload footage to the web or wirelessly backup data to your PC. How convenient.
Do more with manual control.
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, plus the ability to experiment with more advanced features like zebra and peaking.
1920x1080 Full HD 24p/60p w/24.1MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Create cinematic video in high definition 1920 x 1080 24p/60p and high quality 24.1MP still images. Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony?s back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.
Project everything from home movies to streaming video.
Enjoy your favorite memories virtually anywhere with the high-contrast 35 lumen projector built-in to the LCD panel. The HDMI multi-terminal allows you to connect external devices that have an HDMI output (smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.) and use the camcorders projector to enjoy more of your memories than what you capture on the camcorder itself. This puts a new and fun spin on family movie night, game day and adds convenience to the traveling professional who can project presentations on the fly. Combined with advanced Clear Phase stereo speakers, you can enjoy a true cinematic experience with your camcorder.
Premium Sound with 5.1ch mic and Advanced Sound Processor
Unlike conventional video cameras in this class, the HDR-PJ790V has a premium top-mounted 5.1 surround sound microphone which is independent and isolated from the camcorder itself. This drastically reduces the amount of background noise and wind noise by up to 90% with the supplied windscreen. Other features that contribute to outstanding audio performance include an Advanced Sound Processor that yields doubled dynamic range, and Audio REC Level control.
Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode
On standard SteadyShot camcorders a single ?shift lens? is moved in the optical block to offset camera shake. Balanced Optical SteadyShot w/ Active Mode moves the entire optical block at once, maintaining the integrity of the optical path and improving shake reduction by up to 13X. It also reduces vignetting (light falloff towards the edge of a scene) and lowers distortion in videos and still photos.
Up to 37hr 50min recording with 96GB embedded Flash Memory
The built-in 96GB1 embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 37 hours 50 minutes of high definition video footage (HD LP mode).
Attach an array of accessories via Multi-Interface shoe
Sony?s Multi-Interface shoe is specifically designed to offer a common interface across all of Sony?s Digital Imaging products. Quickly and easily attach a vast array of accessories compatible with this interface, including optional video lights, microphones and even Sony?s new Wi-Fi module4, and dramatically increase the quality of your videos.
Wireless control, transfer, data backup via Wi-Fi
Handycam camcorders with Multi-Interface shoe are compatible with a myriad of powerful accessories, including Sony?s new optional Wi-Fi adapter ADP-WL1M1. Turn compatible smartphones and tablets into a remote control for your camcorder (remote functions include zoom, REC start/stop, and changing recording modes). Instantly share your videos and photos online using your smartphone or tablet. Conveniently backup all your videos and photos on your PC without any wires.
Shoot high quality AVCHD or web optimized MP4 video
Select between HD video in the AVCHD or MP4 format for highest quality or easy transfer and sharing. AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs, and is ideal for capturing precious memories at special occasions, family vacations and other moments you want to treasure for a lifetime. MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud. MP4 produces smaller files optimized for web viewing and makes wireless transfer a breeze (on select Handycam camcorder?s with Wi-Fi feature and optional accessory ADP-WL1M).
Manual Control (Iris/Shutter/Exposure/White Balance)
Get the most out of your camcorder with enhanced manual controls. The assignable dial allows for control of focus, exposure, white balance, iris, and shutter speed.
26.0mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens
From the authority in lens technology, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens provides a high quality 26.00mm wide angle so you can get everything you want in the shot. The HDR-PJ790V also ships with a lens hood to blok unwanted light from entering the lens and causing undeseriable flare in the shot.
CinemaTone presets and 24p recording for cinematic quality video
For extra control over image expression, CinemaTone technology is used to deepen the color and recreate film-like color tones. Combined with 24p recording, you?ll have some of the tools you need to fulfill your need for cinematic expression.
Advanced controls with expanded focus, zebra, and peaking
The HDR-PJ790V provides advanced capture and control features that are often considered the domain of professional cameras including expanded focus for precise manual focus control, zebra and peaking for precision focus and exposure adjustments.
3.0? touch-screen Xtra Fine LCD display (921K)
The 3.0? (16:9) Xtra Fine LCD screen (921K) displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene.
Color EVF (0.27? 201K) crisp clear video monitoring
A color EVF (electronic view finder) provides clear crisp representation of your video allowing for proper framing, battery conservation, and increased stability.
17x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 10x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.
Tracking Focus follows selected subjects in/out of the frame
Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a touch of the LCD and have the focus follow the selected object, even if it leaves the frame and returns.
Closer Voice (with Face Detection)
When the camcorder?s Face Detection technology identifies people in a scene, an Advanced Acoustic Processor automatically reduces background noise, resulting in recorded voices with outstanding clarity and intelligibility.
Wind noise reduction for clear voice recording
Wind Reduction reduces noise and interference that is produced when wind passes over the microphone, giving you a clearer and more enjoyable sound experience.
Expanded recording/monitoring with mic/headphone jack
Features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately).
Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you
Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pinpoint the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel.
Clear Phase stereo speakers for true and dynamic sound
Bring your video alive with Clear Phase stereo speakers. Drawing on Sony?s high-end audio expertise, renown S-Master digital amplifier technology is utilized to produce more true-to-life sound.
Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver & NAVTEQ maps7
A built-in GPS receiver7 makes the HDR-PJ790V an ideal choice for travelers. The receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations. Tagged videos and still images can be reviewed and played back using the Map Index function on the camcorder or once downloaded to your PC using the supplied PlayMemories Home software. Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone
Direct Copy to external HDD without PC
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder?s handy playback features.
Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it?s out of the way until you need it. Charging your camcorder is faster than ever now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time.
Intelligent Auto (180 different scene combinations possible)
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction. There are 180 different combinations possible: Portrait, Baby, Walk, Tripod , Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, Low light, Auto Wind Noise Reduction. The camcorder utilizes an advanced sound processor and sophisticated noise reduction algorithms to reduce wind noise by up to 10db compared to other models. In addition to reducing low frequency noise, iAuto also suppresses mid- and upper-frequency noise, resulting in clearer, more enjoyable sound.
Take sequential still photos with golf shot
Building on the slow-motion capture capabilities of Smooth Slow Record, Golf Shot captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images, which can be viewed/printed individually or as a composite ?sequence shot? image, perfect for analyzing the nuances of a golf swing, tennis serve, and other fast action.
The built-in flash will assist in shedding light on your subject when shooting still photos.
Camera Type: Digital HD Video Camera Recorder w/ Projector
Imaging Sensor: 1/2.88'' (6.3mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Processor: BIONZ image processor
Pixel Gross: Approx.6650K pixels
Effective Picture Resolution: Movie: Approx.614K pixels(16:9) Still: Approx.614K pixels(16:9)
Color Filter System: ClearVid array
Media Type: Internal Flash Memory; Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2);Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo;Memory Stick XC-HG Duo;SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card(Class 4 or Higher)
Still Image Mode: JPEG
Still Image Max Effective Resolution: 24.1 megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9: Movie Mode: 24.1 megapixels 16:9 (6544x3680); Photo Mode: 24.1 megapixels 16:9 (6544x3680)
Still Image Size 4:3: Movie Mode: 18.1 megapixels 4:3 (4912x3680) Photo Mode: 18.1 megapixels 4:3 (4912x3680)
Video Mode: HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format.compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS; MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Video Resolution: HD:1920x1080/60p(PS),60i(FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i(HQ,LP); STD:720x480/60i; MP4: 1280x720 30p
Video Actual (Pixel): Approx.6140K pixels(16:9), Approx.4600K pixels(4:3)
Video Signal: HDTV, STD NTSC color, EIA standards
Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(2ch): HD PS: 7h30m; HD FX: 8h50m; HD FH: 12h10m; HD HQ: 21h35m; HD LP: 37h50m; STD HQ: 22h35m (Times are approximate; max time); MP4: 32hr00min
Photo Capture from Movie: 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640x480); 0.2 megapixels 16:9 (640x360)
Dual Record: 24.1 megapixels 16:9 (6544x3680); 12.3 megapixels 16:9 (4672x2628); 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creator; Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator; MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Microphone/Speaker: Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear Phase Stereo Speaker
Internal Media: Flash Memory 96GB
Mic Level Control: Yes(31steps)
Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR): HD PS:Approx.28Mbps/FX:Approx.24Mbps/FH:Approx.17Mbps/HQ:Approx.9Mbps/LP:Approx.5Mbps
Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(5.1ch): HD PS: 7h30m; HD FX: 8h50m; HD FH: 12h00m; HD HQ: 21h10m; HD LP: 36h30m; STD HQ: 21h55m (Times are approximate; max time)
Still Image File Format: DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Wind Noise Reduction: Yes(On/Off)
Lens Type: Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T llens
Lens Stabilization: Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Optical Zoom: 10x
Digital Zoom: 120x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): Movie Mode: 26.0-260mm(16:9),31.8-318mm(4:3); Photo Mode: 26-260mm(16:9), 31.8-318mm(4:3)
Filter Diameter: 52mm
Minimum Focus Distance: Approx.1cm(Wide),Approx.80cm(Tele),Approx.32cm(Tele Macro)
Aperture Blade: 6 blades
Extended Zoom: 17x
Focal Distance: f=3.8-38.0mm; f = 5/32-1 1/2inch
Type: 0.2" (0.5cm) / Color 201,600dots equivalent
Field of View: 1
Touch Panel: Yes
LCD Type: 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD display (921K) touch screen
Angle Adjustment: Opening Angle:max.90 deg., Turning Angle:max.270 deg.
Brightness Control: Yes(Menu)
Grid Display: Grid Line
Touch Panel: Yes
Focus System: Contrast AF
AF Modes: Auto/Manual(Touch Panel/Dial)
Focus Area: Full range Focus/Spot Focus
Manual Focus Assist: Magnified display for precise manual focus; Peaking Display
Focus Features: Tracking Focus
Metering Modes: Multi-segment/Spot
Exposure Compensation: AE Shift(Dial/Touch Panel)
Exposure Settings: Auto; Flexible Spot(Touch Panel); Manual(Dial)
Scene Mode(s): Auto/Twilight/Twilight Portrait(Photo Mode only)/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/Snow
D-Range Optimizer: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
White Balance Mode: Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor
Minimum Illumination: Standard:6 lux(1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux:3 lux(1/30 Shutter Speed); NightShot:0 lux(1/60 Shutter Speed)
Auto Iris Control: F1.8-F9.6
Backlight Compensation: Yes(Auto)
LOW LUX Mode: Yes
Manual Exposure Assist: Zebra Pattern Display
Manual Iris Control: F1.8-F9.6
WB Shift: Yes
Drive Mode: Photo Mode:Single-shot/Self-timer
Self-timer: Approx.10sec.(Still Image/Golf Shot)
Shutter Speeds: Shutter Speed(Standard): 1/60 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed (Auto Control Range); Shutter Speed(Manual lris Control): 1/60 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed(Manual Shutter) 1/8 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed(Smooth Slow Rec): 1/250 - 1/10000
Flash Type: Built-in Flash
Flash Metering System: Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes: Auto/Forced/Prohibited
Flash Compensation: Yes(3 steps)
Flash Coverage: Approx.0.3m-1.5m
Endurance (Battery Life): Approx. 95min(Supplied Battery)
Light Output: Up to 35 lumens
Projector Input: Yes (HDMI micro)
Resolution Output: 800?480
Screen Coverage: Up to 100" (diag)
Throw Distance: Approx. 0.5m( 1.6feet ) or over
Manual / Auto Lens Cover: Auto
S/S & Zoom button on LCD: Yes(Touch Panel)
Red-Eye Reduction: Yes(Off/On)
Fader Effect(s): White/Black
Date / Time Stamp: Yes(Rec Date and Time, Camera info, Coordinates)
Media/Battery Indicator: Yes(recordable time, free and used media space)/Yes(recordable time, remaining capacity)
Power Save Mode: Yes
Still Image Playback Options: Slide Show
Video Playback Options: Highlight Playback(HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share(Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario(Save/Playback/Erase); Hightlight BGM(Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
Built-in USB Cable: Yes(USB Charge Available)
Multiple Language Display: English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French
Remote Control: Yes
Self Recording: Yes
View & Index: Event/MAP
Assignable Dial: Yes(Focus/Exposure/Iris/Shutter Speed/AE Shift/WB Shift Set)
AGC Limit: Yes
Airplane Mode: Yes
Audio Level Display: Yes
CinemaTone Gamma/Color: Yes
Closer Voice: Yes
Embedded GPS: Yes(Current Position Display(Your Location)
Face Detection: Yes
Golf Shot: Yes
Image Stabilization: Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Intelligent Auto: Portrait/Baby/Walk/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape/Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light/Auto Wind Noise Reduction
NightShot Infrared System: Yes
Priority Setting (for Face Detection): Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority
Smile Shutter technology: Dual Capture/Always On/Off
Smooth Slow Rec: Yes
Wi-Fi Functionality: Remote control with mobile device, send to smartphone, send to PC (with optional wi-fi accessory)
Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
SD Output: Composite Video Out(AV CABLE(sold separately))
HD Output: HDMI Out(micro)(supplied)
USB Port(s): TypeA(built-in)/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
BRAVIA Sync: Yes
PhotoTV HD: Yes
Headphone Jack: Stereo Minijack
Microphone Input: Stereo Minijack
Direct Copy: Yes
Accessory Shoe: Yes(Multi Interface Shoe)
DC IN: Yes
HDMI Terminal: Yes (HDMI micro)
Multi/Micro USB Terminal: Yes
Projector Input: Yes (HDMI micro)
Wi-Fi (Opt. Acc): Yes
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.): Approx.3inch x 3 3/8inch x 5 1/2inch (74.2mm x 84.6mm x 137.5mm) (including Lens Hood)
Weight (Approx.): 1lb 4.3oz ((575g) Main Unit Only)
Power Consumption (in Operation): HD:3.2W
Power Requirements: 6.8V/7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Battery Type: InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)
Supplied Software: PC: PlayMemories Home Lite (built-in; for PC only); PlayMemories Home (by download); Music Transfer(by download); MAC:Music Transfer(by download); PlayMemories Online Uploader(by download)
Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP SP3 /Windows Vista SP2 /Windows7 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. The Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver. 2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs. Starter (Edition) are not supported. Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment.
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term: Limited Warranty --- 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
Wi-Fi Opt Wireless adaptor: Send to Smartphone; Send to Computer;Control with Smartphone
Color repeatability: 16 700 000
Contrast ratio: 50.00069444444444
Light source: LED(R/G/B)
Projection type: DLP
Projector Input: Yes (Only from Projector input terminal)