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Sony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical Zoom

Sony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical Zoom
Sony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical Zoom


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Sony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical Zoom


Sony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical Zoom

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.

  • 1920 x 1080 high definition video recording; 16 GB built-in memory
  • Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver
  • 4-megapixel still image capture; built-in flash
  • 10x optical zoom; 20x digital zoom
  • Hybrid recording to 16GB memory or optional Memory Stick media

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  1. 29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Exactly What I Was Looking For, August 28, 2009
    By 
    Russell Kintner
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    This review is from: Sony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    Are you looking for the absolute best quality video & sound available including astonishing low light performance? Then look elsewhere. Are you looking for a camera that you’ll actually carry which is also fast & simple to use while capturing very good HD video and acceptable stills? Then stop looking, you’ve found it. For my money, a camera that gets used is way better than a studio quality hulk that sits in the closet. This thing will fit in pants or jacket pockets. It’s a camera my wife will use!

    Talk about simplicity, the TG5V has exactly 4 mechanical controls if you include the switch that turns the camera on when you open the LCD. The other three are all located on the back and controlled by your thumb. Zoom ring, video start stop button, still photo button. That’s it! Almost all funtions can be set once on the touchscreen menu and then forgotten. But, you can set up a custom menu with your six favorites on a menu that is accessible with one touch of the screen. Very slick and a good thing because the menu is extensive with 14 sub-sections. I set the whole thing up and configured the custom menu without ever opening the manual so I’d rate the new Sony menu design a success.

    Video is excellent in HD and still OK in SD. Low light is not the camera’s forte but a well lit room is no problem. Batteries last only about 90 min so you’ll want a spare. I also bought the wide angle lens and I think most people are going to want that for indoor shots. This camera has a narrower than usual field of vision.

    I bought the spare battery & charger kit to free me from carrying the stand and ac/dc converter block. Lastly, I bought the Sony brown leather case with magnetic closure. It’s very nice and protects the camera well but I think most of the time I’ll carry the TG5V in my pocket in the drawstring bag that came with my Nikon flash. It’s perfectly sized and adds almost zero bulk. The wide angle lens has it’s own zip leather case. The case velcros onto the camera handstrap and the lens has a separate leash that also clips onto the camera strap. Excellent overall system design.

    Edit: Forgot to mention the GPS function. It seems sort of goofy to me but it lets you search for files by location by pointing at the touchscreen. I may grow to like it but for me anyway, it is far from the main reason I wanted this video camera. And it just occurred to me that you may be able to extend battery life by shutting off the GPS reciever.

    So why didn’t I save $350 bucks and buy the older TG1? The TG5V is about 7% lighter and 10% smaller in volume, has 16GB memory built in, Sony made the touch screen menu system much more usable, and they improved the looks. And then of course there’s the GPS thingy?????

    Edit 11/07/2009 : Someone left a comment pointing out that when Sony added a bunch of improvements to the TG5V they also took something away. True and a bit strange for a consumer electronics company to remove features. Sony offered 5.1 audio recording on the original TG1V. The new TG5V on the other hand makes do with 2 channel stereo recording. I can think of several reasons why it should have been stereo to begin with but I can’t figure out why, once they had 5.1 audio implemented they’d remove it.

    So why go with stereo? A lot of customers don’t own home theaters with 5.1 surround sound systems. Those who do will likely play back their video on a computer where multi-channel audio doesn’t add much “wow”. Or they’ll burn their memories to a DVD and send it to grandma and aunt Susie who again, don’t have a home theater. Or they’ll post it on YouTube for others to watch …..you guessed it, on a computer. Also let’s face it, this camera is tiny without an input for an external microphone. How good can a tiny 1/8th inch built in mike do separating 5 channels of audio with directional cues?

    Do I miss the 5.1 channel audio? Not at all. I view it as an acceptable tradeoff for the worlds smallest high quality video camera that is actually going to get used because of its portability.

    Why did Sony jettison a feature they had already designed into the product? No idea. Cost? I doubt it, this camera is marketed to well heeled consumers and the cost difference was probably a few bucks. Maybe they also decided it was a useless feature for the target buyer. Or, maybe their AVCHD codec was having problems with 5.1 audio. It remains a mystery.

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  2. 22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Compact, easy to use and works great with Macintosh OSX, June 21, 2009
    By 
    CK94
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    This review is from: Sony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    This is a fantastic camera. The video and camera controls are easy to use and the zoom is easy to control. It fits very nicely in my pants pocket. The only deficiency is that the documentation for Macintosh OS use is very poor, and actually misleads you to think that the camera is not Macintosh compatible (I was angry when I read the single page on the Sony website, which implied that only photos taken on the memory stick could be used on a Macintosh). Fortunately, I thought I would try to hook it up via the USB to my MacBook Pro anyways. iPhoto automatically launches when the HDR-TG5V is USB connected, and I was able to download the photos the same as with any other camera. The GPS tags worked perfectly. After quitting iPhoto, I ran iMovie 09 and to my delight, it automatically recognized the movies for download. For GPS users, make sure to turn on the camera when you reach a new location and make sure it has had time to triangulate a location (when the three dots becomes a set of bars). If you don’t wait for this, the photos are not linked to that location. The other downside is that it lacks night vision, but it does allow for manual focusing and even automatic optimization of focus on faces. Overall, a very handy and convenient camera with excellent movie resolution and good photo resolution.

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  3. 9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Small size, but “Full HD” is not 1080p, June 29, 2009
    By 
    M. Jones “earwax45″ (Sioux City, IA USA) –
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    This review is from: Sony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    I have an older hdr-fx1, but wanted a small pocket video camera.
    This camera video is not as good as the full size, but is very nice in 1080i. It is not a 1080p camera, so saying it is “full HD” to me is really not true. The GPS tagging works, as well as using a standard DVD burner to make disks that have to be read on a BD reader. Curiously, if you use a Sony BD burner, which I also have, the video is fine, but none of the menus are burned into the standard DVD disk. I have a fast XP computer, and you will need that to burn the AVCHD disks.
    The sound got hollow and very strange when the background was a waterfall, and also at other times with background sound.
    This camera eats batteries, so have 2 or a charger with you.
    Video is good, but for this price, is a 720p Vado, Flip or Kodak a better deal? Except for the GPS, the older model has 5.1 surround and is cheaper.
    Overall, it is small and a good camera, but pricey.

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