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Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the resolution and image quality. The portability and design also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the features and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the image quality and resolution. The portability and design also get good feedback.

usability, design, portability, resolution, image quality

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical Zoom

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Sony HDR-TG5V

 

Based on the HDR-TG5V's diminutive size, some folks might be tempted to think of Sony's new ultra-compact HD Handycam as being little more than a Flip with an inflated price tag. But that's just not so. This little marvel of consumer-grade camcorder...

Great quality HD video; advanced functions usually found only in full-sized camcorders; clever minimalist design

Expensive; average bundled software; touchscreen controls for exposure and manual focus ; are slower to access than physical buttons

Sleek, svelte, and a snap to use, the only serious problem with the HDR-TG5V is its price.

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Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V Camcorder Review

 

In most ways, the Sony HDR-TG5V ($999 MSRP) is a very minor upgrade over last year's HDR-TG1. It has the same sensor and lens, but has been outfitted with a new menu system, a redesigned LCD touchscreen, and includes 16GB of internal flash memory. Sony...

The HDR-TG5V is a bit overpriced for what you get-a mid-range camcorder with a high-end price tag. Now, it isn't quite as expensive as most top-line models, but with an MSRP of $999, the HDR-TG5V is not for people on a budget

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Sony HDR-TG5V

 

A very minor upgrade over last year's HDR-TG1

Decent low light results; Motion and sharpness weren’t bad

They weren’t exactly good, either; Dock needed for HDMI connection

The HDR-TG5V is a bit overpriced for what you get—a mid-range camcorder with a high-end price tag. Now, it isn’t quite as expensive as most top-line models, but with an MSRP of $999, the HDR-TG5V is not for people on a budget.

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An ultra-stylish and ultra-compact Sony handycam with inbuilt GPS

 

The Sony HDR-TG5 is a minor evolution of the TG1 that adds some useful features but addresses none of its predecessor's faults. Nevertheless, if you can get used to the unconventional shape it won't disappoint.

Beautiful titanium casing, highly compact, intelligent Easy mode, inbuilt GPS

Below average low-light performance, too similar to HDR-TG1, unconventional shape won’t please everyone

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Always Well Done...

 

I purchased two of these cameras to use for my interviews. I use a CanonXL1 for the main body of work and these little gems for different angels. The battery lasts longer than I had imagined and I love how easy it is to use. The materials for this...

ease of use, size, throwback look, picture

wish kit would come with mini table top tri-pod

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Why did Sony take away 5.1 Dolby Surround?

 

"I recently purchased the HDR-TG1 and love it. When I saw this cam soon to be come available, I was going to return the 1 for the 5V, as the geo tagging, built in memory, easier UI and some of the other features are ones I would enjoy. THEN after...

Great Features Added Over HDR-TG1

NO 5.1 SOUND! HD without surround

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Edits easily on iMac and MacBook

 

smooth steady zoom., Stunning video quality

Wide End Conversion Lens limits zoom range

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Edits easily on iMac and MacBook

 

This review is aimed at Mac users who have the latest version of Adobe Premiere Elements 9 formulated especially for the Mac platform. Connecting the camera to a Mac is simple: 1. Turn on your Mac. 2. Switch on the camcorder. 3. Connect to computer USB...

smooth steady zoom., Stunning video quality

Wide End Conversion Lens limits zoom range

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Great pocket camcorder!

 

Small. Super quality. Sound quality is okay. Solid built. will be great for travel

Accessories minimum. No remote. Editing movies

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Great pocket camcorder!

 

I wanted a camcorder with a dual purpose: personal documentation and video taping mini documentaries. While the quality of this camcorder is good, I may have to upgrade to a more all around camcorder. For one, I need a remote control. And, a super...

Small. Super quality. Sound quality is okay. Solid built. will be great for travel

Accessories minimum. No remote. Editing movies

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Product Specifications

Record brilliant, 1920 x 1080 high definition video on the go with the ultra-portable Sony HDR-TG5V Handycam camcorder, with a strong and lightweight pure titanium body and a built-in GPS receiver that maps where you shot your videos and photos and can display your current location, the HDR-TG5V makes an ideal travel companion.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:2.4in
Height:4.6in
Weight:10.2oz
Width:1.2in

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:Integrated
Storage Capacity:16GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-TG5V
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
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 (Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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