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Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 301 reviews of Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and size. The design and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical comments about the features. There are some mixed views about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 124 user reviews of Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the design and image quality are generally positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably.

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony TG3 High Definition Digital CamcorderSony TG3 High Definition Digital CamcorderSony Handycam HDR-TG3E - Camcorder - High Definition - widescreen - 2.36 Mpix - optical zoom: 10 x - supported memory: MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, MS PRO-HG D

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Sony TG3E / TG1 camcorder review


We had the good fortune to receive a Sony HDR-TG3E (aka, HDR-TG1 for North America) review unit on the day we departed for a bit of tropical relaxation. As such, we return with a real world look at how the Titanium-shelled TG3E performed in the ...

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Sony HDR-TG3E review


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Competitive price ; Impressive quality video ; Small but solid build ; Great touchscreen


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Sony HDR-TG3E review


The HDR-TG3E's sleek titanium body is bound to catch admiring looks, and the brown paintwork gives it a quirky 1970s appearance.

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Sony TG3E review


Sony's forte is high-quality, cutting-edge technology delivered in highly desirable, stylish consumer products. That describes the TG3E perfectly. Serious videographers may scoff at some of its omissions and weaknesses, but for non-experts happy to...

Size and portability ; Video quality ; Stills quality

Confusing controls ; AVCHD format ; No mic socket

Conclusion The TG3E isn't quite a triumph of style over substance, but it sails pretty close to the wind. It looks great, but only at the expense of controls which border on the obscure. It's saved, though, by its size and compactness, its exterior...

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Sony HDR-TG3


Sony's new camcorder takes portability about as far as it can go while still shooting high definition. It's tiny - about the same size as a compact stills camera - so you can slip it in your pocket rather than having to decide whether to cart your bag...

Say hello to my little friend. A truly tiny camcorder with few compromises.


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Sony HDR-TG3


Sony's HDR-TG3 makes an impressive entrance into the growing pocketable camcorder market.

The Sony HDR-TG3 is another bold step from Sony, the company which broke HD into the UK market and dominated for the first year or so. The poor low light performance will be a worry if you want to shoot family events in darkened rooms. But for a...

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Sony HDR-TG3 review


Sony's charming new TG3 is, we can confirm, the world's smallest Full HD camcorder. But while that's an impressive little victory, the previous wearer of the crown, Sanyo's HD1000 , isn't giving up its title lightly. A quick comparison reveals that...


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Sony HDR-TG3 review


The stylish, petite Sony HDR-TG3 is an HD camcorder that ships with a generous 4GB memory card, enough for about half an hour of footage recorded at full high-definition quality.

We were truly and genuinely impressed by Sony's HDR-TG3 camcorder. Small upright camcorders all too often sacrifice video quality and provide gimmicky features, but the Sony HDR-TG3 is a triumph of automated functionality and good quality in a small...

EISA Award - Best Product

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Sony HDR-TG3


Sony's HDR-TG3 is by far the easiest and most stylish way to make your own High Definition movies. As the world's smallest Full-HD camcorder, the HDR-TG3 lets users capture any situation in any place at any time. Its elegant, ultra-compact, lightweight...

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Sony Handycam HDR-TG3E


Big technology in a small package, the TG3E from Sony brings a welcome option to the photography table

Product Specifications

Sony HDR-TG3E Full HD 1080 Flash Camcorder The worlds smallest, lightest Full HD 1920x1080 camcorder.Stylish, ultra-compact design with tough, scratch-resistant titanium body. Easy to use controls. Superb picture quality with Face Detection and 5.1 ch surround sound. Features: * Pure titaniumbody with scratch-resistant Premium Hard Coating * 1920x1080i HD video recording on removable Memory Stick PRO Duo media - no discs or tapes required * ClearVid CMOS Sensor and Exmor derived technology for superbly detailed HD pictures with high sensitivity and low noise * BIONZ high-speed image processor for enhanced image quality and responsive performance * Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 10x optical zoom / 120x digital zoom * Face Detection automatically adjusts focus, exposure, colour balance and skin tone for clearer, more natural faces * D-Range Optimiser adjusts exposure and contrast for evenly-exposed backlit shots * x.v.Colour mode for vivid, lifelike colours * 4 megapixel still photo recording * Dual Rec simultaneous 2.3 megapixel still photo during video recording * 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus touch panel for viewing shots and controlling functions * Quick ON button for fast start-up from sleep mode * Face Index, Film Roll Index and Visual Index for quick, easy searches using touchscreen * 5.1 surround sound recording with zoom mic for clearer dialogue and sound of foreground subjects * BRAVIA Sync via HDMI connection for playback control via compatible BRAVIA TV remote control * PhotoTV HD output for optimised still photo display on compatible BRAVIA TV * USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection for fast PC transfer (output only) Specifications: Audio System: Dolby Digital 5.1ch Built in Microphone: 3ch, zoom microphone Built in Speaker Surround Recording Image Device: Size 1/5.0 ClearVid CMOS Sensor Exmor technology Image Processor: BIONZ x.v.Colour Number of Pixels Gross (K) 2360 Nu


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 Duo / Pro Duo
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

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


Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/2
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/800


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