Excerpt: The Sony HDR-TG3E (or TG1 depending on where you live), by now (should be a discontinued model), is a very particular model. It has a lot of reasons to buy it if you find it and just as many to not. First off, something I really liked is the fact that the camera (a pistol grip shape) is shelled in a pure titanium case. This makes it so that the camera is much more protected. It offers a 10x optical zoom with CZ optics, which in my opinion is pretty great.
Summary: I hesitated between this item and the Sanyo equivalent. I used it for 3 months at which point the shutter failed to open and therefore I was unable to use at all. It was send back to Amazon who replaced it with a brand new one, great service there! Hopefully this one will last longer, as I paid the extra money to get the brand and quality that should go with it....it has great specs and can hold a lot of HD video in the memory card, it is of a great mini size etc.
Summary: What a fantastic product, easy to use, well made, great video quality, easy to connect to a mac and easy to edit with. I would certainly recommend it to anyone. Now for the picky stuff. In order to make this a balanced review I've tried my hardest to think of things that could have been improved with this camera. Firstly you can't get an underwater case for it (which is strange as you can for almost any other Sony).
Summary: Make sure you read thoroughly before you purchase, the Camera does do 1920 x 1080, but it is interlaced and not porgressive (1080i, not 1080p) Which is something I missed but, it is not obviously advertised. Also the format is AVHCD, which will not play in most players. Does not come with a mini HDMI cable ,but otherwise and overall good product.
Summary: Sony TG3 High Definition Digital Camcorder A really great piece of kit easy to use and great results .It is a pity that it only comes with a 4gb card for this price Sony could put in a larger one
Summary: Will try to keep it simple for potential buyers to understand: 1) I never owned a camcorder before this one. My thinking behind buying the Sony TG3 was to replace my Canon Ixus 800 for a camera that could record top quality video, take excellent still images (with flash) and still fit in the same pocket where I put my Canon. 2) The video is second to none. I compared video taken with the Sanyo (the one that looks like a gun) and the Sony definitely aces it.
Excerpt: My first delve into non-tape recording. Always stuck by DV before as the quality is so good, but now editing software can cope well with non-tape data I decided to take the plunge. Even recording with standard definition I am delighted with the results. I get 60 mins worth of recording time on the supplied 4GB card which is generally ample (not for long trips, but then I usually take my laptop with me anyway) and transfer and viewing on the PC is so simple.
Excerpt: What a great piece of engineering from Sony. This HD camcorder is so small yet feels very sturdy and has is built to a high standard. The basic manual is pretty concise, yet covers nearly all you need to know to operate it (the full manual is supplied on a CD). It took me about 5 mins to get up to speed and its very simple and intuitive to use. The 4Gb memory card supplied with it holds over an hour of standard HD video or 30 minutes of full HD.
Excerpt: I read the reviews and looked at the product spec before buying and I am delighted to say that the Sony TG3 handycam does exactly what I want. I have never owned a camcorder before but am comfortable with gadgets. It took me about 5 minutes to become comfortable with all the main features and take some pretty good footage. I read about the fact that some DVD players dont like HD vidoes but soon found how to record in either SD or HD format.
Excerpt: Always been a Sony videocam addict but this beats all of the others Ive owned by a long way. Picture and sound quality are excellent and it is so easy to use its unbelievable! Bundled software is a doddle to use and transferred my first recordings to Blu Ray Disc effortlessly albeit at more cost than to standard DVD - but I was testing its capability - and no really noticable difference to the DVD record when viewed on my PC - maybe quality difference will be seen more...