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Sony announces NXCAM HXR-NX30J pro-level camcorder with a built-in projector

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The new Sony NXCAM HXR-NX30J professional camcorder comes with a twist — a built-in projector for sharing your footage.

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Sony announced the NXCAM HXR-NX30J today, a miniature camcorder aimed at the professional market, with one real twist — a projector capable of creating an image of up to 100 inches. The camera uses a 1/2.88 CMOS sensor, which is capable of recording at up to 1080p at 60 frames per second, paired with a Carl Zeiss-manufactured 26mm wide-angle lens with 10x optical zoom.

It also employs Sony's "Balanced Optical Steadyshot" technology that we first saw back at CES, which seems to use Steadicam-like stabilization on the entire optical system, allowing for far more dramatic moves than traditional camcorders. On the audio side the NXCAM includes an XLR input allowing for pro-grade mics to be used. It also offers 96GB of internal storage, enough for 9 hours of HD footage or 24 of SD, with support for SDXC and Memory Stick Pro Duo cards allowing for extra storage should you need it.

The unexpected feature is the projector — Sony envisages cameramen using it to share their footage with colleagues on the fly. It's certainly an unusual idea, but all of these features come at a price: the camcorder's set for release on June 7th, with an MSRP of 220,500 yen (around $2,650).