sony digital camcorders with the projector feature

hello,my name is dave. would you help me ?
i am retiring my sony hi-8 DCR-TRV250 camcorder that is approximately 14 years old. i can't find any more hi8 cassettes to purchase .
i went to consumer reports magazine to look at their ratings and liked the
sony hdr-cx440 but the hdr-pj440 model with the projector option made me feel like i would like to have that feature.
so off i went shopping (google shopping) and it is near impossible finding one from a dealer i can trust. i just got off the phone with a rep at njaccessory.com who told me all the projector option models have been seen back to the manufacturer because of problems. was he just blowing smoke ?
i am just a joeconsumer wanting to film my son playing basketball.

thank you in advance.

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That didn't sell that well.

Sellers can make up any story they want but with the advances made in you-know-what-device, you just don't see a lot of choices today. Why not a camcorder and use the usual connection on a TV?

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Buy a conventional camcorder

I would go with R Proffitt on this. The current range of cams have an HDMI output that feeds directly into a TV or a separate projector. My TV has three HDMI sockets, one for SKY, one for my Blu-Ray player and one to input directly from my camcorder.
IMO the Sony projector on a cam is just a gimmick. Before you buy, look at the massive range of cams from the big three Canon, Panasonic and Sony. I have used Panasonic for some nine years and not been disappointed.

My suggestion is to look for a camcorder with a big chip and lens which is advertised as being good for low light conditions. Basketball being an inside sport relies on artificial light which is not as powerful as daylight plus it should have auto white balance. (most do)
My personal choice (and I am biased) is the Panasonic HC-V800 with its Leica lens. It works well for inside filming.

Post was last edited on January 12, 2019 4:39 PM PST

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(NT) thank you

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