Sony HDR-PJ380/W High Definition Handycam Camcorder, Excellent camcorder

Wow, better than i could have expected for the price. Upgraded from a 7 year old panasonic hard drive. First impression was the camera was really small and light. Used pinnacle studio to export to mp4 720 and it was incredible definition. Hockey takes place in dim rinks with netting and plexiglass to film through and the results were great.

Very happy with this purchase experience.

We bought the camcorder for a relative from europe. She absolute loves the camcorder’s hd quality and the added projection capability.

Key specs for Sony HDR-PJ380/W High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 3.0-Inch LCD (White) (Discontinued by Manufacturer):

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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
  • HDMI input terminal projects content from external device action
  • Up to 6hr25min recording with 16GB1 embedded Flash Memory
  • 3.0″ wide Clear Photo Plus LCD display (230K) touch screen

Comments from buyers

“I LOVE this camcorder!
, Bargain image quality and features
, Truly an awesome camera

I needed a good quality camcorder at a great price especially with the projector built right in to it.

We used the sony hdr-cx3800 to make a product review video of this pet fountain.  five star pet fountain for improved pet health. Cats & dogs drink more water when it’s oxygenated & filtered. Easy to clean, quiet operation, one gallon waterer. Simple solution for a healthier pet.

4 star only because no flashlight. Perfect for home and begginer level use, can do wonders in the hands of someone with experience.

I was in a hurry and took a blind shot on this camcorder. It worked just fine for what i needed. It was even easy for an old guy to use. I actually picked because of the sony name. I would recommend this camcorder to anyone.

We very much enjoyed having this camcorder for our fall vacation. It was easy to use and allowed us to relive our memories. I would recommend this for someone who needs a light yet versatile camcorder.

Overall satisfied with this model. Would like remote control via an app on my phone, but that was a more expensive model.

I bought this camera due to reviews and bang for the buck and i’m not disappointed. The picture holds up well when blown up to 50′ flat screen proportions and the auto focus seems to work well. I was surprised at how light this camera is, you can hardly tell it’s in the camera bag. And it’s the smallest video camera i’ve ever owned. Having said that the lcd screen is quite big.

I like it and can’t wait to put it to good use.

Liked it much and very happy with the model and especially the clarify of video (both on camcorder and also projector). I would definitely recommend this item for all.

Need camera with ease of operation to take on alaska cruise trip. Basic need is hd, quality stills, and excellent telephoto. Camera is compact and travels well. Can be shared with wife on trip. Bought camera one month prior to trip. We are now proficient with the camera and are ready to go.

This takes very good quality video, it’s easy to use and compact. Fits nicely in my cargo short pockets for trips to disney world and other vacation spots. The projector feature is nice but we only used it once in two years. I wouldn’t pay an extra $100 again for that feature.

All the features i was looking for and always liked sony products. Got the accessories with it at the same time.

Good basic hand-held if you don’t need a hard drive.

Whatever you do, don’t buy the kdr-cx90 – that minor model number change will leave you disappointed in lost features. The 80 is the way to go, i thought the higher number mean better, and ended up returning it for this one. Great cameraa few differences in 80 not in 90: mic input, touch screen, auto-opening lens cover, and overall quality.

It’s good one, meets most of my expectations. Anything i can complain is it’s size is a little too small so that i have a little trouble to comfotably hold it.

So be ware, just like pretty much any sony product, it records in a proprietary format. You can use the included software to turn it into an mp4 and then edit easier. It’s annoying but not the end of the world. I bought this specifically because it has an external microphone input. If you go to youtube and search for ‘supercircuits’ you’ll see my hands. Most of those demo videos were taken with this camera and an external mic i also bought on amazon. Also, nifty feature: the usb cable is built into the hand strap.

The hdr-pj380b delivers surprisingly good performance for the money. It’s tiny and with the combination of onboard memory with the capability of including large sd cards to supplement the internal memory, it’s capable of hours of shooting truly high def videos the zoom is excellent for most purposes and give good resolution at long magnifications. The onboard projector, i first thought was a gimmick but it works creditably well. When there’s no hd set nearby. The one fly in the ointment is that the large lcd view screen is virtually useless in bright sunlight under those conditions, you just point and shoot, and hope for the best. You usually get mixed results. A viewfinder would be the icing on the cake. As i said the camera is tiny, but use with a tripod is recommended, to much motion at med to high zoom magnification. I’d still fecommend it highly.

I decided on this after reading lot of reviews & since there were very few with the projector option i finally went for it. The only concern i had while reading the review was the ‘bulkiness or heavier than other models’ due to projector feature. However, when i received the parcel i was stunned at the weight infact i thought there was nothing inside the box. On opening i was amazed at how compact & light this handycam is which is full of powerful features. The built-in usb cable, extracting photos while shooting video, 3 inch touchscreen, 16gb internal memory, amazing quality projector image (of course the darker the veiwing space, the better it gets) the list goes on. It’s been three weeks since i received this & i am loving it. Look no further if you are searching for a good hd handycam.

It’s as close to a canon as i can afford.

The video camera works very well, the colors are excellent and the clips are sharp. It is very stable and easy to hold.

The video even pictures on sunny day are good.

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Sony HDR-PJ380/W High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 3.0-Inch LCD (White) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
4.5 of 5 stars, based on 135 reviews