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Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam

alaTest has collected and analyzed 194 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the value for money and image quality. The design and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the connectivity and features, while reviews about the reliability and memory are mixed.

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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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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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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Amazon review summary for Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 user reviews of Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-TG1 4MP High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Super Steady Shot Zoom (4GB Memory Stick Included)Sony HDR-TG1 4MP High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Super Steady Shot Zoom (4GB Memory Stick Included)

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best camcorder ever

 

the size is perfect, the touchscreen is so nice. its so easy to use it. I highly recommend if you are looking for a small and easy transfer to your computer. the battery last good time.

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HDRTG1

 

"State of the art Technology camcorder no question. I love it!! I will give a 5 stars Rating!!!! But Sony need to fix the way to play the movies in Windows Media Player format and to be able to edit this movies with Windows Movie Maker asap. I do know...

Very ergonomic and handy

Windows Movie Player and Wndows Movie Maker compatibility need to be fixed asap

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Great camera but chargers not good

 

"This is a terrific video camera. Great images and great handling. But why does Sony keep designing products that need a separate adapter? The ability to charge by USB would significantly enhance the portability of this device."

Image quality

Need for AC adapter

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Nice pocket camcorder

 

Low light is grainy, but that's a given for all flash based camcorders. This camera is better that the SD flash based unit that I had before. I'd list low light as a positive based on that except that being better still doesn't make it good.

The best flash based camcorder I've ever used. Also, it's very well built

Memory Stick? seriously

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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