Sony 4.0 MP HDR-TG1 Handycam: A Stupendous HD Experience
Personal Electronics buzz
11 August 2009
Excerpt: The Sony 4.0 MP HD Handycam HDR-TG1 has big features packed into an 8-ounce package. The Sony HDR-TG1 is only 4.7-inch H x 1.3-inch W x 2.5-inch D. The scratch resistant coating on the lightweight titanium body of the camcorder gives a professional appearance.
Excerpt: For manufacturers like Sony, the competition has always been about making cutting-edge technology smaller and lighter. In the race to make the smallest, lightest, AND slimmest full HD camcorder in the world, Sony has beaten everyone to the punch.
Summary: Compact, Stylish and providing good video once turned in 720p, Sony with the TG1 will definitively attract a lot of potential buyer, but unfortunately for us the TG1 is not mature yet, several UI flaws combined with poor photo quality and a poorly design companion software make us wonder why...
Pros: Compact and Stylish, Good video, once converted in 720p, Good AF even in Low Light, Great IS
Cons: Horrible UI, Horrible Photo Mode, Needs Sony proprietary SOftware to edit video on your PC, No optional Wide angle lenses
Summary: Neither is really better than the other , each having its own advantages and weaknesses. But as a general rule, professionals prefer the Sanyo Xacti HD1000 thanks to its optical options, the possibility to put an external microphone and the multitude of other options which suits to customers’ needs.
Summary: The HDR-TG1 is the smallest HD camcorder we've ever reviewed. To a certain extent, its portability comes at the expense of video quality. However, it still offers an impressive performance across the board. Enthusiastically recommended.
Pros: Highly portable, arresting design, performed well in bright lighting
Cons: Below average low-light performance, unconventional shape takes some getting used to