Got this camera out of the box yesterday, i have never had a camcorder, and i am not a good picture taker, my hand shakes. But i am already practicing with it, trying to get a feel for it and all the soft ware loaded on my computer before we take our cruise next week and stay in the bahamas. The first video i shot, of my family in the yard turned out great, i couldn’t believe it, no shake, i was shocked. I have already down loaded the soft ware from sony, and have sent the video to my computer and viewed it. So far this camera seems very easy to operate, and the menu is easy to understand, the operating manual has an easily understandable description of what each function is for and how to adjust settings. I love the built in usb cable, the camera is so lightweight and the projector function is cool 🙂 the built in mic picked up the swish of the grass as subjects walked through the yard. If i can read the book, download the soft wear, and video record in an hour, anyone can. So far i am very happy with this product. I am going to video some more today in different settings to see the difference. I also noticed some of these reviews said the camera did not come with the ac adapter, that it had to be charged through the computer, the pj230 did come with the ac adapter, and the usb charger as well.
I would not recommend this for heavy outdoor activity use as it will crack very easily. If you are looking for something to film your kids in the grass with, it is great for that.
This product is great for a family on the go. We have a fabulous nikon for still shots, but were always missing the moments best captured by long crystal clear video shots. This camera is so small it fits into your hand and easily slides into a small purse. With a 64gb memory card on the highest shooting quality (which is very clear on all hdtvs), it can capture over 6 hours of video. The camera, without the additional memory card, stores up to 1. The battery life is the only negative to this, but can still go an hour and a half of use time before it will need to be recharged. I would suggest buying an extra battery along with your memory card or stick of choice (it takes both sd memory cards and the sticks). Also, as an added bonus, the projector feature makes the camera an instant source of entertainment for your family. Here are the specifications for the Sony HDR-PJ230/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder:
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- 1920×1080 Full HD 60p with 8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
- Project up to 100″ videos with 13lm built-in projector
- Up to 3hr10min of recording with 8GB embedded Flash Memory
- SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur
- 2.7″ wide Clear Photo LCD display (230K)
This was my first camcorder i purchased online. I didn’t know what to expect. When i received my package i was surprised how small it was. When i learned how to use it and watched what i filmed i was totally impressed with the unbelievable quality. It was almost as if i was watching a hd tv show. Great technology, quality and price.
Outstanding camcorder, small and light but performs like the big ones, it was a gift to my granddaughter and she loved it. This was the second one that i bought, the other was for a different granddaughter, she loves that one also; but this one was at a lot better price, it was purchased from other retailer.
Reviews from purchasers :
- Good video camera for me
- Great lens, otherwise average
- Great product, unusually great support.
I owned an old sony handi cam that i have had for ten years. I loved it and until now have never had problems with it. I cannot afford to buy another hi end camcorder but do not want to miss out on my children’s’ events. I did a lot of review research and decided to order this. Video quality is wonderful and the camera is very easy to use. It is also amazingly easy to upload videos into sony cloud and burn a dvd if you choose to. My old sony has a touch screen and view finder. I do miss these as well as night shot. Picture are not of good quality with this camera, but i didn’t buy it for that purpose anyway.
This is a fairly solid deal for the price. The construction and overall fit and finish of the device are decent quality. Setup and use are straightforward and easy to understand. The directional navigation joystick seems a little hokey to me, but that’s probably just a personal opinion. I do like that changing and connecting via usb is so integrated to this device. I wish they would’ve included a usb female to 110 adapter so that i could plug it directly into house power without another cable.
Pros:when i bought this camera i was surprised at how many features it had. It could zoom extremely far, it could be attached to a external display, the screen rotates, full manual control of focus, exposure, iris, and shutter speed. It records in both xavc and avchd, at 60 fps. The battery can be removed if using a sony power brick(comes in box) so that it can be recording for a indefinite amount of time. The camera records very well in low light because it has a back-light cmoscons:video quality is okay, but i would expect something a little better at this price range. This camera has a very small sensor (1/5. 8 inch in comparison iphone 6 has a 1/3 inch sensor), about the size of a smartphone camera, and because of this, many videos have a little grain to them. If you are looking for a camera with less grain, for about the same price, i would go with the wx-350 it has a much bigger sensor. Also, the manual lens cover is pretty stupid.
Camera arrived just in time for the family christmas eve party, and it worked great. Took me a bit of time to figure out exactly how to work it, having had to read the manual and such to figure out how to charge the battery. Decided i needed to get back to videotaping stuff again after having gone through so many old 8 mm tapes and editing them, putting together old family home movie dvds for christmas presents. My former camcorder that was gifted to me as a graduation present in 2004 still works, but i know the 8 mm tapes won’t be around for too much longer so i upgraded. Went with sony again as i’ve always been generally happy with their camera products. It’s so tiny, i couldn’t believe it when i took it out of the package, wow. Very nice little camera, and i got it at quite a bargain price when i ordered it as well.
Relatively easy to figure out. Almost too light in your hands, but it’s nice that it’s compact enough to fit into a small case.
I video my weekly workout videos for youtube with this camcorder. Easy to usenice clear pictureconsawkward display to delete things – can’t seem to do this from computer :(sound is sometimes crappy, picks up a lot of ambient sound (wind)no external micin all good for the price, but you get what you pay for.
I was shopping on saturday before christmas at best buy, walmart and target were sold out, and wanted over $100. 00, and it was delivered before christmas. I noticed the price jumped back up, but still a nice camcorder. Battery has to be charged on unit w/built in usb cable, no way to charge on wall plug unless you buy a separate charger and/or battery. Photos are ok, very light camcorder, but can’t beet for the price.
I bought one for my son as a gift and i liked it so much i bought another for myself. I am a pro videographer and used to cameras with a lot of features. This lacks many features i am used to –like mic inputs, headphone jack, focus ring etc etc. . But it does have some nice built in features like stabilization , zoom mic and others. For quick and dirty shooting it is great. The image in full light is outstanding. In low light it starts to struggle a little, but it is a relatively tiny lens so that is expected. Still, i used two of these along with a professional camera at a kids play and edited the three cameras together. While it was not a perfect match, it was acceptable enough for what it was. I was impressed at how well these little cameras did.
Got a great deal on this for black friday. It’s really light weight and the picture is great. The projector is really cool to show family videos so you don’t have to carry around the hdmi out cable. The battery lasts long enough for some good length recordings and projections. I haven’t had any issues with it 8 months in.
One quirk – cannot run directly from plugged power, only from battery (i knew this from previous reviews, before i bought). Recommend you buy a battery set (and charger) immediately so you have a backup.
Many improvements over the last sony handycam i bought several years ago. It is a little frustrating that you cannot set up the camera and leave the lcd open while the camera is off (opening the lcd screen automatically turns the camera on). I liked to set up my camera and then come back, turn the camera on and hit record, but that is a minor inconvenience. The memory card is easily accessible. The usb cable is awkward to use, but there are easy ways to avoid having to use it. I recommend that you get a separate card reader to use with the memory card as opposed to trying to connect via the usb cable to download images and videos. Otherwise, i like how well it zooms, the sharp images, and small size.
I find this camera to be a great upgrade from my older camera from a few years ago. This camera works a lot better in lower light settings. This camera does in fact record in full 1080p 60fps videos, and the quality of them in normal lighting is pretty great. What i found to be an amazing surprise is that i took this camera for a test run while in a car going 50mph, i recorded and took pictures. Those pictures i took while going 50mph in a car were amazingly clear, almost as though i was standing still and took the picture right there. I was pleasantly surprised compared to my older camera where it can’t even take a clear shot unless you stand perfectly still. My only problem with this camera is that in lower light indoor settings (usually when there are both dark and light objects in the same section the camera is pointed to, while it being in low light), there are these particles that show up in the video that make the video look slightly grainy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still much better than my previous camera, which in the same lighting would look like i was taking 240p video even if i had it set to 720p 60fps or 1080p 30fps. But no matter what setting this camera is at, it still beats it, so i can deal with these grainy looking particles, especially when they only pop up in really low indoor lighting settings, and especially for the cost of this camera. Overall, this camera is very much worth it for the price compared to other camera around the same price point.
We received this camcorder as a gift after our twins were born. It is extremely easy to use, and has a very nice photo button on top for taking still pictures. The quality of the video and still photos seems just fine to me. We’ve taken videos in sort of dim light, and it does end up taking sort of choppy, grainy video. But for the price, i expected as much. It’s small, convenient to carry in my purse, and easy to transfer videos and photos to my computer (i use a mac, the videos are compatible with quicktime). We’re very happy with this, and think it was a great deal.
Camcorder is amazingly tiny and powerfull. We bought this also to use to project movies or whatever, but unfortunatelly, even trying to add some stuff at the memory with the same format, camera does not recognize those files created or modified outside the camera. . Next model has a input projector.
After having this camera for a year, i must say it’s awesome. I didn’t even buy it for the projection feature, but man does that come in handy. I do stand up comedy, so often times there is very limited lighting in the room, and this thing does a great job in low-light scenarios. I love the projector feature so i can watch my videos without plugging it into a tv or computer. It’s really easy to use, and the interface on the swing-out lcd screen is easy to navigate.
Not as crisp a picture as i had hoped for. My problem with this camera is that it is more complicated to operate than i had hoped. I tried numerous times to download it to my computer with the program that was recommended and just couldn’t figure it out. I imagine i will figure it out eventually but it’s frustrating that it has to be so difficult.