Sony has unveiled a new professional-standard camcorder that features a built-in projector, giving film-makers the opportunity to easily review their recorded material.

The palm-sized Sony HXR-NX30 is being aimed at serious film and documentary makers, and has been described by the company as an industry first. The camera’s projector is capable of displaying images of up to 100 inches in size from a distance of 16 feet.

Chiyoko Yannette, marketing manager at Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions, said that this made it ideal for the filmmakers to review the ‘rushes’ of their films. It is also equipped with Sony’s Balanced Optical Steadyshot technology, providing impeccable stabilisation, as well as a 1/2.88 CMOS sensor, which is capable of recording at up to 1080p at 60 frames per second.

“This high-quality yet easy-to-use camcorder is an extremely versatile field production tool,” Yannette said. “It’s perfect for documentary makers, video journalists, educational establishments or corporate users, for shooting in many different situations where other stabilisation equipment is not practical such as on-board a vehicle or in a crowd.”

The camera records AVCHD and has 96GB of internal memory, as well as a dual slot that accepts either SD or Memory Stick Pro Duo media cards for extra recording capacity. It is to be launched in the UK in June.