Sony Handycam HDR-PJ650V:
Multi-functional with a Projector Inside
May 30, 2013
Limitations and Conclusion
The Handycam's built-in projector only puts out 20 lumens, so a well-lit area is your enemy if you want to use it. This poses an interesting dilemma since most of the time you are using this Handycam in the daylight or bright spaces. To overcome this issue, I found that keeping the projected image between 12 and 16 inches diagonal helped in the fight against light. If you want to enjoy a larger image, you will need a darker viewing area.
After two weeks with the Sony Handycam HDR-PJ650V, I have only encountered a few issues. First, when you use the projector, the LCD touchscreen goes black. If you do touch the screen, then the projector will automatically turn off. I would prefer being able to use the touchscreen over the provided remote control. The touchscreen is easy to navigate as you simply touch the feature you are trying to adjust. With the remote, I felt I had to click through the entire menu. Trust me, no one has time for that. Also, using the projector drains the battery faster. If you are away from a power source, then you have about 90 minutes of battery life if you don't use the projector. When recording my son's soccer session, I only got 60 minutes of operation due to the stop and start recording coupled with the intermittent projections. You absolutely must remember to bring your AC adapter or USB cable as back up.
The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ650V is packed full of features and options. The built-in projector proves to be more than just a novelty. You are no longer restricted to immediate playback on the tiny LCD screen. On a dark night if the streetlights are off, you can broadcast your child's first steps across your garage door at 100 inches for the entire neighborhood to applaud. For a retail price of $1100, you can perform the trifecta of family fun: recording moments, taking photos, and projecting everything on a life-size scale. Sony has taken the best of its technology and used it to create a camera that is multi-functional and, more importantly, easy to use.