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Extra features and verdict

By James Morris



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However, the experience is still pretty effective considering this is a projector in a camcorder. The picture can be up to 60in diagonally, and the audio is also considerably louder than most camcorders are capable of. So you can enjoy the video you have shot in a darkened living room with considerable ease. If you're on holiday or just returned from an event, you can relive the moments immediately. This isn't something you would use every time you've shot video, and the resolution is only 640 x 360 so you're not experiencing your footage in all its HD glory. But this is definitely much more than just a gimmick.

Sony HDR-PJ10E

Strangely, Sony has also taken a leaf out of the pocket Internet camcorder phenomenon and built a USB plug with a short cable into the PJ10 itself. This nestles inside the hand strap, out of the way, until required. In tandem with the USB plug, there's the usual software built in for uploading files directly to the Web. This supports Sony's Personal Space, YouTube (naturally), Dailymotion, Facebook for both photos and video, Flickr and Picasa, which is a pretty comprehensive selection except that it excludes Vimeo.

Sony HDR-PJ10E


Like so many multi-function devices, one function tends to dominate Sony's HDR-PJ10. Not surprisingly, you will most likely use it as a camcorder many times more often than you will as a projector. It's also a bit expensive when decent HD camcorders like the Panasonic HDC-SD80 and the JVC Everio GZ-HM445 are now available for £300 or less. But at least it does a respectable job as a projector, so you will be able to make use of this feature when the opportunity arrises. Whilst it's definitely more dessert topping than floor cleaner, the PJ10 can perform its secondary function well enough for this to be worth having.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • Image Quality 8
  • Perfomance 8
  • Value 8

Fiddler on the hoof

November 18, 2011, 3:37 am

While I have always enjoyed and, indeed, trusted these reviews, I feel it worth asking the slightly grudging reviewer of the Sony HDR PJ10E camcorder if he had actually handled the equipment before he wrote his review. He says, somewhat dismissively, that 'not surprisingly' there is no provision for external microphone and headphones. This is important as numbers of potential purchasers will feel no need to read on. The model I held today was clearly equipped with sockets for both. 'Trusted' reviews?


November 18, 2011, 4:26 am

Apologies for that. As you can see from our video review, we certainly did use the camcorder. I'm guessing that line was mistakenly written out of habit and the error missed in editing. I'll correct it now.

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