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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Compact despite projector

Projector

Stereo speakers

Basic controls

Sharpness

Low-light video quality

Color

Photo quality

The PJ10 has the same basic design as its siblings, the CX130 and CX160; the door is just a little thicker to accommodate the projector and stereo speakers. There's also a slider on top that allows you to adjust the projector's focus.

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The projector operation is pretty basic. You toggle it on and off via a button on the inside of the camcorder, and navigate via the zoom rocker and photo button.
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Even if you don't plan to use the projector, the stereo speakers are great for when you're hooked up to a TV via HDMI, since HDMI doesn't carry audio.
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Here you can see the slider atop the LCD, used to focus the projector. As for the rest of the camcorder's controls, you've got the typical zoom rocker, photo button, and mode button (still/video).
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This frame grab shows the PJ10 at its best--in good light, zoomed in, without a lot of high-frequency movement.

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The PJ10's low-light video quality is passable; smeary and noisy, but with good color saturation and decent detail. If you plan to view your videos only through the projector, on whatever surface is available, you won't notice these problems, however.

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Colors in outdoor light look snappy and saturated, and should please most users.
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The PJ10's stills look okay at small sizes but are full of artifacts at actual size.

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