New High-End Sony Handycams Arrive, Including Flagship PJ790V

Sony has updated its high-end Handycam lineup with gradual improvements over last year's offerings.


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Sony announced its high-end Handycam camcorder lineup at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today. This year's models largely mirror last year's, with a stronger emphasis on built-in projectors and easier compatibility with accessories.

The flagship camcorder for 2013 is the Handycam HDR-PJ790V (specs). Replacing last year's PJ760V (and by extension the non-projectored CX760V, our Camcorder of the Year in 2012), it has a host of familiar specs like an electronic viewfinder, Balanced Optical SteadyShot stabilization, a 10x optical zoom, 96GB of internal memory, GPS, manual control, 60p/60i/24p frame rates, and more.


But Sony has added several new, advanced features. The built-in projector is much brighter, now bumped up to 35 lumens, and there's an input so that the projector can display video from other devices—not just video from the memory card—through a connector. The 5.1-channel microphone and sound system have also been updated, and a multi-interface shoe, multi terminal, and HDMI (Type D) connector were added as well. It'll be available in early February for a smooth $1,599.

Moving down the lineup, Sony is also introducing the PJ650V (specs) Its key features include a 12x zoom lens, 3-inch LCD, 60p/60i/24p frame rates, 32GB of built-in memory, and GPS. Significant updates over last year's PJ580V include a brighter projector (20 lumens up from 13), an electronic viewfinder, a new stabilization system, a manual dial, and most of the other advanced features new to the PJ790V. It's set to arrive in stores in early February for $1,099.


And then we have the PJ430V (specs) and CX430V (specs). These are 60p/60i/24p shooters with 30x optical zooms, Sony's best optical stabilization system, 16GB of built-in storage, 3-inch LCDs, GPS, and some of the new advanced features including the Advanced Sound System, the multi-interface shoe, multi terminal, and projector input. The PJ430V ($849) has a built in projector, while the CX430V ($699) does not. Both will be available in March.

For more info on these new Handycam models, check out the official press release on our TD30V announcement page or at, and stay tuned for our reports from the CES show floor.

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