I shoot a fair amount of video at LunaWeb and home. A friend recently in the market for an all around workhorse video camera asked what he should get. Between the two of us, we narrowed things down to Sony (of course) HDR CX760V and HDR PJ710V.
For the price difference, with the HDR-CX760V you get
- 3x the harddrive space (and so just over 3x the recording capacity
- a viewfinder
- no projector
- fractionally better battery life (uses less power when recording)
- Display size
- Light sensitivity
- Macro & telephoto options
- Sony SD card storage
I’ve never seen the projector in action so I can’t speak for that at all. It seems like it’s one more (gimmicky) way to run your battery down. However if you’re really into nifty gizmos, this is surely one.
The biggie for me is the storage space. At full blown resolution the PJ710v will give you 2hrs and 20mins. While this sounds ample for events like graduations, weddings (not including the rehearsal), it’s probably definitely not enough for vacation type footage where you’re recording multiple days of memorable events. Not impossible, but to manage it, you’d need to download the video off the camera nightly. Which means your toting a notebook with plenty of storage space (or external drive). If not, you find yourself with an “out of memory” error and forced to stop recording, or quickly find something you’d like to delete to free up the space (been there, no fun).
It’s a personal preference/need fit. If this were just for around the office for relatively short shoots, go with the PJ710v.