Excerpt: Based on the HDR-TG5V’s diminutive size, some folks might be tempted to think of Sony’s new ultra-compact HD Handycam as being little more than a Flip with an inflated price tag. But that’s just not so. This little marvel of consumer-grade camcorder engineering has most of the same features found in Sony’s portlier high-definition video cameras, including SteadyShot image stabilization, manual focus, and even a relatively large internal solid-state drive capable of...
Pros: Great quality HD video; advanced functions usually found only in full-sized camcorders; clever minimalist design
Cons: Expensive; average bundled software; touchscreen controls for exposure and manual focus, are slower to access than physical buttons.
An ultra-stylish and ultra-compact Sony handycam with inbuilt GPS
Good Gear Guide.au
4 September 2013
Summary: The Sony HDR-TG5 is a minor evolution of the TG1 that adds some useful features but addresses none of its predecessor’s faults. Nevertheless, if you can get used to the unconventional shape it won’t disappoint.