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Sony Handycam HDR-TG7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the build quality and memory are generally positive. The design and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the features. Opinions are divided on the value for money.

portability, usability, design, memory, build quality


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-TG7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony HDR-TG7 review


Just like its forerunner, the TG3, Sony's stylish new Full HD shooter is a camcorder with the 'wow' factor. The HDR-TG7 takes the pistol-grip camcorder design and refines it so that you get a trim, slim, easy-to-use model – with an intriguing twist...

Suerbly detailed movies ; Imressive hybrid memory ; GPS features and otential

Touchscreen unresonsive ; Only 4MP stills ; High-end rice

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The Sony HDR-TG7 is, somewhat confusingly, called the TG5 over in the US

Superbly detailed movies, Impressive hybrid memory, GPS features and potential

Touchscreen unresponsive, Only 4MP stills, High-end price

The LCD provides crisp and colourful images and its 2.7in size means you keep that movie-friendly 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. The only downside is that it doesn't respond as quickly as we'd like, and so you end up jabbing your finger repeatedly at...

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Sony Handycam HDR-TG7VE


It may be pricey, but the GPS-enabled TG7VE is a highly pocketable camcorder, capable of very impressive video quality for its size.

As we mentioned earlier, the TG7VE (and TG3) differentiate themselves from pocket Internet camcorders by offering far more camcorder features. The most immediately beneficial of these is the 10x true optical zoom, rather than relying on the...


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Sony HDR-TG7VE review


Consumer video cameras tend to fall into two camps: barrel-shaped ones with advanced features and high prices, and mobile phone-shaped ones with basic features and low prices. The TG7 is a hybrid, with a flat, compact design but a proper zoom lens,...

Geo-tagging is fun and the slim design is great for slipping into a pocket, but it’s not enough to excuse the disappointing picture quality at this price

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Sony HDR-TG7VE Camcorder


One advantage of it's size is that the TG7VE can easily fit in any small bag or pocket and as such be with you at all times. Once again Sony are claiming that the new Handycam HDR-TG7VE is the world's smallest, lightest Full HD camcorder.

SONY pitch themselves as a quality company – unforntualtely their postsales customer service is not what you would expect.

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Review The HDR-TG7VE could be seen as Sony's answer to cheap and cheerful camcorders like the Flip Mino HD [1]. However, whereas the latter could be viewed as a bit of a toy, the TG7 is more of a proper camcorder - both when it comes to features and...

If you're shopping for a proper camcorder - and have got a budget to match - then the Sony HDR-TG7VE is an excellent choice. It's quick to fire up, ensuring you won't miss the shot, and incredibly easy to use. The extras such as GPS and Smile Shutter...

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The Sony HDR-TG7VE is a 16GB Flash memory Full-HD (1080i) camcorder with a 2.3-megapixel sensor, 10x zoom and optical stabilisation. It's controlled by a 2.7-inch touchscreen and includes GPS location for video geo-tagging. It measures 62x117x30mm and...

Is this the best consumer camcorder on the market? It’s hard to argue with generous Flash storage, stunning video, surround sound, finger-friendly control, designer build quality and playback that’s smarter and easier than a Flip. Full marks. Sony...

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PC Pro: Product Reviews: Sony Handycam HDR-TG7VE


A fantastic consumer camcorder capable of great quality and stuffed with innovative, useful features.

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Amazon review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-TG7


alaTest has collected and analysed 43 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-TG7 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on

portability, usability, memory, build quality, image quality

95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Handycam HDR-TG7VE High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder with 16GB Internal MemorySony Handycam HDR-TG7VE High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder with 16GB Internal MemorySony Handycam HDR-TG7VE - Camcorder - High Definition - widescreen - 2.36 Mpix - optical zoom: 10 x - flash card

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Sony Handycam HDR-TG7VE


Small; light, easy to use, excellent for travelling

Very difficult to hold steady, especially when zooming. Not good for interior shots as no wide angle. GPS does not always work

Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/5''


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS / MS Pro
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Format:Flash + Memory Card
Handheld Position:Vertical
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD


Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/2
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1000


HD Video Format:AVCHD
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3