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Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam

alaTest has collected and analyzed 196 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and price. The design and usability also get good opinions. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability and memory. Many are negative about the connectivity and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 user reviews of Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Sony Handycam HDR-TG1 Camcorder Review

 

The Sony HDR-TG1 ($899 MSRP) seeks to be the crowned prince of the ultra-compact camcorder universe. Its slim design and unique look will surely attract many fans, regardless of the video quality the camcorder is capable of (which, it turned out, was...

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Sony HDR-TG1

 

The Sony HDR-TG1 ($899 MSRP) is a portable, full 1920 x 1080 high definition camcorder that records video and still images solely to MemoryStick cards. Its stylish design, with a refined two-tone color scheme and streamlined body, brings a unique look...

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Sony "Handycam" HDR-TG1 and FCP 6

 

Retail price $1,600, dock and 4 gig menory card included.

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Sony HDR-TG1

 

Sony Handycam HDR-TG1 Camcorder Review

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Sony HandyCam HDR-TG1E - HardwareZone.com

 

You might have heard of the Flip camcorder; a small SD camcorder which is simple and easy to use, and Sony introduces its HD equivalent with the Sony HDR-TG1E.

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HD in your pocket

 

The HDR-TG1 is the smallest HD camcorder we've ever reviewed. To a certain extent, its portability comes at the expense of video quality. However, it still offers an impressive performance across the board. Enthusiastically recommended.

Highly portable, arresting design, performed well in bright lighting

Below average low-light performance, unconventional shape takes some getting used to

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Pocket-sized Sony HDR-TG1 Camcorder

 

Nowadays, HD camcorder is a buzz word. And if the handycam is from Sony it appeals more to us. Yes, I am talking about diminutive and compact Sony HDR-TG1 camcorder, which records video in full HD resolution (in 1080i video mode). This high-definition...

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Sony Handycam HDR-TG1 Review

 

Compact, Stylish and providing good video once turned in 720p, Sony with the TG1 will definitively attract a lot of potential buyer, but unfortunately for us the TG1 is not mature yet, several UI flaws combined with poor photo quality and a poorly...

Compact and Stylish, Good video, once converted in 720p, Good AF even in Low Light, Great IS

Horrible UI, Horrible Photo Mode, Needs Sony proprietary SOftware to edit video on your PC, No optional Wide angle lenses

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Review: Sony HDR-TG1

 

Traditionally, still point-and-shoot cameras, not video cameras, were pocket sized. But Sony are out to debunk that theory if the new Sony HDR-TG1 is anything to go by.

Small, light, scratch resistant, Full HD resolution, no moving parts

Records onto Memory Stick, zoom control tricky to use

Australian Macworld Buying Advice. The HDR-TG1 is Sony’s smallest full HD camcorder. It’s a pint sized camcorder that can easily fit in any bag and makes a perfect travel companion. The on-board zoom controls take a little getting used to and the lens...

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Handycam HDR-TG1/TG3 HD Camcorder

 

The HDR-TG1 and TG3 models are ultra-lightweight HD handycams whose rectangular shape makes them easy to hold. The titanium body with scratch-resistant premium hard coating provides durability, making the camera a reliable companion on the go. The...

Product Specifications

Shoot amazingly crisp HD footage with an unbelievably small camcorder that lives up to the Sony name. The HDR-TG1 Handycam camcorder records Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution video from a lightweight, slim body crafted from pure titanium. It's tough enough for everyday HD video shooting and perfect for travel with its compact size that won't take up much room in your bag. The stylish design incorporates a Premium Hard Coating for superior resistance to even the smallest scratches. It records to convenient Memory Stick PRO Duo media, and Sony's ClearVid CMOS Sensor (with Exmor derived technology) and BIONZ image processor provide spectacular video and stunning 4.0 megapixel still images. Face Detection technology is also included, which automatically finds and enhances faces for beautiful results.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH50

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:2.5in
Height:4.7in
Weight:8.5oz
Width:1.3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick PRO Duo
Storage Capacity:4GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-TG1/HDR-TG1E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.3
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.43Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.36Mpix/2.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5 ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD/AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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