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Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 395 reviews of Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and image quality. The size and portability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed reviews about the price. The viewfinder and battery get critical reviews.

usability, portability, size, image quality, design

memory, battery, viewfinder

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 152 user reviews of Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the price and image quality. The size and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the zoom and battery.

usability, portability, size, image quality, price

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Mar, 2018

Expert review by (

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 ...

May, 2008

Expert review by : Tech Staff (

Sony HDR-TG3E review


Intelligent array of tools

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

A great value camcorder brimming with features

Sep, 2008

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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.

May, 2009

Expert review by : Matthew Sparkes (

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.

Sep, 2008


Expert review by : James Morris (

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...

Jun, 2008

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Sony HDR-TG3 review


Sony's impressed us with its AVCHD cams. Now it's gunning for the world's smallest Full HD camcorder crown…

A polished camcorder with lust-worthy looks that doesn’t quite do enough to justify the price tag

May, 2008


Expert review by : Mark Hattersley (

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...

Apr, 2008

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

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...

Jun, 2008

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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

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Insider Staff (

Sony HDR-TG3 review


The Sony HDR-TG3's build quality is exceptional, from the machined metal zoom rocker and to the pristine 10x Carl Zeiss optics. It's also unbelievably easy to use, more simple and it'd be a shoe-in for the next Big Brother. Inside its sexy metal case...

The flip-out screen doesn't exactly enamour left-handers, plus there's no HDMI cable in the box and battery life is poor. And where's the progressive and cinema (24fps) recording? Hmm

Jun, 2009

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


Built-in Microphone: Yes


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)


Playback zoom:Y
Playback zoom (max):Y


Display Diagonal:2.7

Image Sensor

Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:10

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar
Manual focus: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Still Image

Still image resolution(s):2304 x 1728