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Handycam HDR-CX430V

Priced at $700, this model is the cheapest one that gains the balanced optical SteadyShot system.

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Some get smaller

The models in the middle of the price range -- the x380 versions -- have shrunk by about 20 percent.

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HDR-PJ430

The $850 PJ430 is the base model that offers HDMI pass-through for using the camcorder as a pico projector.

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PJ380

The $450 PJ380's projector.

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HDMI pass-through

The higher-end models have a second Micro-HDMI port for video input so that you can use the camcorder as a standalone pico projector.

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New accessory shoe

Sony's moving toward a universal accessory shoe, dubbed "ni."

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PJ790

The $1,500 PJ790 kitted out with the Wi-Fi accessory. This model uses the new audio system.

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PJ790

Top view of the camcorder.

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EVF

The PJ790 and PJ650 have electronic viewfinders.

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Inside view of the PJ790

This model has Nightshot infrared mode, which had largely disappeared from the Sony camcorders.

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Manual controls

The PJ790 has the company's veteran manual control dial.

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Optional microphone

Sony's new add-on mic.

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Optional mic

It has pretty simple options.

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LED light

The company also announced an accessory light.

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Add-on light

The control-switch options.

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