Fantastic optical image stabilization
Last year, in our review of the HDR-CX700V from Sony, we dreamed of a future where Sony would actually improve the low light performance of its high-end Handycams. This year, with the HDR-CX760V, that dream has become a reality. The CX760V is not only the strongest consumer camcorder Sony has released in a few years, but it's also one of the most impressive models we've reviewed all year.
The camcorder did everything well in our performance tests.
Connectivity options are plentiful
The Handycam HDR-PJ760V is essentially a combination of two previous Sony camcorders: the HDR-PJ30V and the HDR-CX700V. Sony took the built-in projector from the PJ30V and strapped it onto the body of the CX700V, which had all the controls and features one would expect from a flagship Sony camcorder. The result means the HDR-PJ760V is a top-line camcorder with professional features and plenty of manual controls and a built-in video projector.
Spendy, but worth every cent.
Most casual users can't justify dropping so much dough on Sony's latest top-of-the-line Handycam-the same money can buy two or three camcorders that deliver decent to very good video and still shots in favorable shooting conditions. On the other hand, if you want to shoot some of the best video available on non-professional camcorders, and you want an exceptionally portable unit for its class, the HDR-PJ760V is a top choice, and you get a lot of terrific extras.
Audio and visual quality is astounding.
At the end of the day, the asking price for this camera is a little steep at $1,899AUD, but assuming you want and will use all of the expensive gadgets, features and extras in the PJ760 (such as the projector and GPS), you are getting full value out of the package. This is a camera for the film enthusiast that wants more out of a Camcorder than just a hobby. This is a feature-rich, easy-to-use, brilliant quality camera that is definitely a market leader in consumer electronics.
Easy-to-use interface and menus
If you're keen on the idea of a projector, then this is the camcorder for you. But if you're not going to use this feature, then it would be better to look for another camcorder in a lower price range. Both the projector and the GPS features would make this unit ideal for travelling; however, if you're looking for a simple, good-quality point-and-shoot camcorder, it would a mistake to commit to this camcorder, given its price.
High Quality Camera
Overall my initial impressions are very good. The still picture quality appears to be average to good for a video camera. Definitely not as good as a stand alone digital camera, but truthfully I haven't taken very many pictures, so maybe it will be better than I think. I plan on buying an extra high capacity battery, since I have never had good luck with batteries lasting very long, plus it's always good to have a backup.
Addition of GPS
A lot of the time when we see new products at CES, we come away disappointed that there aren't enough updates or new features to make us excited. Manufacturers often love to "re-release" camcorders with a few design changes and mildly improved specs that translate to little improvement in performance or handling. We're hinting that the Sony HDR-TD20V may be this kind of camcorder, although we can't say for sure until we get the model into our labs for a thorough test.
Very Nice Camera Packed with Lots of Whistles and Bells
Overall, this is an outstanding camera but maybe a little bit of to many whistles and bells for the average person wanting a camera to record birthday parties. However, if you are looking for crisp shots and need that something extra, I'd highly recommend this one.
The NEX-FS100 is far from perfect as an all-around camcorder. It's particularly held back by the lack of auto zoom, minuscule buttons and fragile construction, all of which will limit the filming situations where this camera will be appropriate. Meanwhile, those who do make the leap of faith will quickly be forced to adjust their style in one way or another.
There is little to fault and much to like.
What I find so interesting about the current evolution of still cameras is that they have become so widely accepted for shooting video. Each new generation offers improved and more sophisticated video capabilities. The brand new Canon 1D X, 5D MKIII, Nikon D4 and D800/e all have enhanced video recoding modes, headphone jacks, audio metering and improved codecs. There's no doubt that any of them is capable of being used to shoot all or part of a broadcast TV program or theatrical film.
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