Summary: We were truly and genuinely impressed by Sony's HDR-TG3 camcorder. Small upright camcorders all too often sacrifice video quality and provide gimmicky features, but the Sony HDR-TG3 is a triumph of automated functionality and good quality in a small form factor. Highly recommended.
Excerpt: Making camcorders out of titanium makes about as much sense as making fire guards out of wax, but this slimline Full HD shooter luxuriates in its classy metallic shell. Can the video quality match the aesthetics?
Pros: The Sony HDR-TG3′s build quality is exceptional, from the machined metal zoom rocker and to the pristine 10x Carl Zeiss optics. It’s also unbelievably easy to use, more simple and it’d be a shoe-in for the next Big Brother. Inside its sexy metal case are a bunch of powerful features, including manual focus, face detection, telemacro and exposure tweaks, but it’s the glorious1080i footage that impresses most – it’s rich, sharp and jerk-free, all complemented by an in-c...
Cons: The flip-out screen doesn’t exactly enamour left-handers, plus there’s no HDMI cable in the box and battery life is poor. And where’s the progressive and cinema (24fps) recording? Hmm?
Summary: Having recently reviewed a couple of quite weighty still units this Camcorder and still camera comes as quite a change. Given that it takes good still and superb movie images it could well give you the best of both worlds in your pocket.
Summary: Sony's forte is high-quality, cutting-edge technology delivered in highly desirable, stylish consumer products. That describes the TG3E perfectly. Serious videographers may scoff at some of its omissions and weaknesses, but for non-experts happy to plug their camcorder straight into their HDTVs, it's excellent
Pros: Size and portability, Video quality, Stills quality
Cons: Confusing controls, AVCHD format, No mic socket