Great portable camera. No so great indoors or in low light situations
NYC guy, Amazon
29 December 2009
Summary: What's the point of having an HD camcorder if you don't use it? This unit is compact enough to carry everywhere so I can capture those random precious moments. Picture quality is sharp and it's a breeze to use. The videos come out amazing on my Sony HDTV. This is coming from someone who isn't exactly technically savvy. Two complaints though - 1) Shoots terribly in low light / indoor situations; & 2) The memory sticks are quite expensive.
Summary: I got the TG1, which didn't have GPS. No big deal, but make sure when traveling abroad that the time is set to local, and the TIME ZONE is also. If you plan to download clips consistently, set the time and time zone of your PC the same or times will be translated and confusing. Do the same with your camera and you can intersperse high quality photos with videos. Buy the case - this was so easy to use with the case and attached strap.
If this is what you're looking for it's a great product
E. Curnutte, Amazon
6 July 2009
Summary: This is my first video camera. I am no way a video expert. I bought it for the arrival of my first child. Pros: Out of the box it is easy to get started. The controls are very intuitive, The 10x optical plus digital zoom give you more zoom than I expected when I purchased it. I own a new Intel based Mac Book, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to transfer the ACVHD easily to IMovie.
Summary: So far the camera has been awesome. Its very portable and the battery life has been excellent. I have yet to record continuously to test the full battery life. I have recorded for 5-10min blocks but have done so for weeks and the battery is fully charged. Very weird. I have not transferred any video as of yet to see quality so I cannot comment. The picture quality is so so but I have not played with the settings to get the yellow out or reduce it.
Summary: I just picked this camera up and found the video to be very good. I'm running an XP machine and I'm able to upload the video and play it fine. I've heard folks say you need a fast and powerful machine to run the huge files but I have not had any problems with that. I already figured the video quality wouldn't be as good as other products out there buy my opinion is what good is better quality if you don't have the camera with ya? This puppy will fit in your front pocket.
Summary: Pros: small, portable, easy to use, slick touch screen, compressed video formats look great (1080 in AVCHD and 720p in MPG format), 'Steady Shot' noticibly improves video, nice zoom and the still shots aren't half bad (has a tiny built in flash!), and *true* 5.1 surround! (5.1 or just stereo, your choice).
Summary: Other reviews have fairly described the pros and cons of the TG1. I own a Canon HV20 for "tripod events" - nothing beats HDV for image quality and low-light performance, and I always use a quality Senneheiser wireless mike for subjects greater than 10 feet away. But there are too many moments in life - of one's kids, mostly - that are over by the time you go get the beast, make sure there's room on the tape and juice in the battery.
Summary: Overall video capability of the TG1 is pretty good The most appealing and useful feature is the ultra portability. Also the startup time is very short. With the compact size, fast startup time and easy to use design you will end up using this camera at many places/occasions and more often than the bulky ones. Once you start recording video you'll be stunned by how pictures are wonderfully shown on its little LCD.