Sony HDR-PJ580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder, Black - HDRPJ580V

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Great camcorder.

by garneran on 7/29/2013

Great so far. Very simple and easy to use. Has some great features like a built in USB plug. Zooms really well and has an excellent picture quality. Built in light is really bright. Doubles as a flash light in the dark. :)

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Product Overview

Why wait until you're in front of the TV to share your gorgeous new footage? With a built-in projector capable of projecting up to a 100" (diag.) image, you can turn practically any wall or flat surface into an impromptu movie screen with this HDR-PJ580V Handycam® camcorder. Powerful Clear Phase stereo speakers complete the experience with high-quality audio in this go-anywhere, mobile theater. Shoot in incredible Full HD quality, and save up to 11 hours of footage (HD LP mode) directly to the embedded 32GB flash memory1. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video. For extra creative control, use CinemaTone mode to deepen colors for a nostalgic, film-like feel–combined with a 24p recording option, you'll get rich cinematic footage.


Manufacturer Sony
Mfg Part# HDRPJ580V
SKU 228541794
UPC 027242842359
UPC 14 00027242842359
Product Guide Click Here for the Sony Store
1920 x 1080
Full HD
60p/24p recording
20.4MP still image capture
built-in projector, 32GB flash memory (up to 11 hrs. recording in LP mode)
Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization
Tech Specs
Camera Type : Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Movie Mode: 26.8mm - 321.6mm (16:9), 32.8mm-393.6mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 26.8mm - 321.6mm (16:9), 32.8mm-393.6mm (4:3)
Aperture : F1.8-3.4
Digital Zoom : 160x
Extended Zoom : 20x
Filter Diameter : 30mm
Focal Distance : f = 2.9mm - 34.8mm; f =1/8inch - 1 3/8inch
Lens Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Lens Type : G Lens™
Minimum Focus Distance : Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 50cm (Tele), Approx. 25cm (Tele Macro)
Optical Zoom : 12x
Steady Shot Mode:Active : 29.1-582.7mm
Exposure System
Auto Iris Control : F1.8 - F10
Backlight Compensation : Yes (Auto)
D-Range Optimizer : Yes
Exposure Settings : Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
Gain Control : Auto
LOW LUX Mode : Yes
Metering Modes : Multi-segment / Spot
Minimum Illumination : Standard: 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
Noise Reduction : Yes
Scene Mode(s) : Auto / Twilight / Twilight portrait (Photo Mode only) / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
White Balance Mode : Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Endurance (Battery Life) : Approx. 85mim(Supplied Battery)
Resolution Output : 640x360
Throw Distance : 16ft (5m) (for 100"diagonal)
SD Output : Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable (supplied)); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (supplied)); S Video Out (A/V connecting cable with S Video (sold separately))
Remote Jack : Integrated into A/V Remote terminal
Remote Commander : Yes
A/V Remote Terminal : Video / Audio / Remote
Accessory Shoe : Yes (Active Interface Shoe)
BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
DC IN : Yes
Direct Copy : Yes
HD Output : HDMI Out (mini) (supplied)
HDMI Terminal : Yes (mini)
Headphone Jack : Stereo Minijack
Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC media compatible
Microphone Input : Stereo Minijack
PhotoTV HD : Yes
USB Port(s) : TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
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.
Imaging Sensor
Color Filter System : ClearVid™ array
Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 5020K pixels (16:9)
Imaging Sensor : 1/3.91" (4.6mm) Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Sensor
Pixel Gross : Approx. 5430K pixels
Processor : BIONZ™ Image processor
LCD Display
Angle Adjustment : Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Brightness Control : Yes (Menu)
Coverage : 1
Grid Display : Guide Frame
LCD Type : 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD™ display (921K) w/ TruBlack™ technology
Touch Panel : Yes
Drive System
Shutter Speeds : Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. (Still Image/ Golf Shot); Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/60 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed Auto Control Range: 1/8 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed (Smooth Slow Rec): 1/250 - 1/10000 (Standard); Scene Selection: 1/8 - 1/10000; LOW LUX: 1/30 - 1/10000
Drive Mode : Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
Self-timer : 10sec.(Still Image/Golf Shot)
Convenience Features•Built-in USB Cable : Yes (USB Charge Available)
Date / Time Stamp : Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info, Coordinates)
Erase/Protect : Yes / Yes
Fader Effect(s) : White / Black
Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Auto
Media/Battery Indicator : Yes (recordable time, free and used media space) / Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
Multiple Language Display : English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish
One Touch Disc Burn : Yes (Menu)
Power Save Mode : Auto Shut-off(1minute) Eco mode "MAX"; Auto Shut-off(2minutes) Eco mode "Standard"
Quick On : Yes (Power On by LCD)
Red-Eye Reduction : Yes (On / Off)
S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes (Touch Panel)
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); Highlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
View & Index : Event / MAP
Weights and Measurements•Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 3 5/8inch x 3 1/4inch x 6inch (90mm x 82mm x 151.5mm) (including Lens Hood)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) : Approx. 12.16oz (345g)
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term : Limited Warranty --- 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
Still Image Size 4:3 : Movie mode: 15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512x3384); Photo mode: 15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512x3384)
Video Mode : HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps
Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 5.1ch, Dolby® Digital 5.1Creator; Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Dual Record : 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384); 10.0 megapixels 16:9 (4224x2376); 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Internal Media : Flash Memory 32GB
Media Type : Internal Flash Memory; Memory Stick PRO Duo ™ (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo ™; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Mic Level Control : Yes (2steps)
Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear Phase Stereo Speaker
Photo Capture from Movie : 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640x480); 0.2 megapixels pixels 16:9 (640x360)
Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(2ch) : HD PS: Approx. 2h20m (Approx. 2h20m); HD FX: Approx. 2h45m (Approx. 2h45m); HD FH: Approx. 3h50m (Approx. 2h45m); HD HQ: Approx. 6h50m (Approx. 6h10m); HD LP: Approx. 11h55m (Approx. 7h5m); STD HQ: Approx. 7h5m (Approx. 6h35m)
Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(5.1ch) : HD PS: Approx. 2h20m; HD FX: Approx. 2h45m; HD FH: Approx. 3h45m; HD HQ: Approx. 6h40m; HD LP: Approx. 11h35m; STD HQ: Approx. 6h55m
Still Image File Format : DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 20.4 megapixels
Still Image Mode : JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9 : Movie mode: 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384); Photo mode: 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384)
Video Actual (Pixel) : Approx.5,020K pixels(16:9), Approx.3,760K pixels(4:3)
Video Format : HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60p:original format); STD: MPEG2-PS
Video Resolution : HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 24p, 60i (FX, FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i
Video Signal : NTSC color, EIA standards
Wind Noise Reduction : Yes (Off /On)
Focus Control
AF Illuminator : Yes
AF Modes : Auto / Manual (Touch Panel / Dial)
Focus Area : Full range Focus / Spot Focus
Focus Features : Tracking Focus
Focus System : Contrast AF
Manual Focus Assist : Magnified display for precise manual focus; Peaking Display
Flash Compensation : Yes (3 steps)
Flash Coverage : Approx. 0.3m - 2.0m
Flash Metering System : Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes : Auto / Forced / Prohibited
Flash Type : Built-in Flash
Advanced Features•Tracking Focus : Yes
Assignable Dial : Yes (Focus / Exposure / Iris / Shutter Speed / AE Shift / WB Shift Set)
Audio Level Display : Yes
CinemaTone Gamma/Color : 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/Land
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