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.
Not for videophiles, but a good premium travel camcorder.
RT "Gadget Guy" "gadget guy", Amazon
13 February 2009
Summary: The TG1 is Sony's attempt at producing a premium quality ultra-compact camcorder. They touted it as the world's smallest full HD camcorder and yes the thing is very slim, and pretty much pocketable in a coat pocket. Much of the body is titanium metal with some kind of coating to help resist scratches. This is a camcorder that you could comfortably carry with you everywhere you go, which makes it a great choice as a secondary camcorder.
Summary: It seems that I'm a fan of the latest Sony releases, because I bought the HDR-SR1 when it first came out as well. With the HDR-SR1 I was transitioning from a tape to a HDD camera and I think that was a rather dramatic change. Now I am going from HDD to flash and the change doesn't feel so monumental. The size of the camera is nice, it weighs virtually nothing and yet it is stable in my hand.
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.