Sony HDR-TG5V Handycam camcorder
by Mark R
Yesterday, Sony unveiled their newest HDR-TG5V Handycam camcorder. Its design is similar to many “Flip” camcorders that have hit the market these days like the Kodak Zi6 and the many models from DXG.
This camcorder can capture 1920×1080 high-definition video and four-megapixel photos. It has 16GB worth of flash memory which is about 6 hours worth of video recording. Footage can also be added to the Memory Stick PRO Duo media (sold separately) for additional recording time. The camcorder has a 2.7 wide LCD touch panel, and very instinctive controls.
What really makes this camcorder device unique is that it has a GPS antenna and NAVTEQ digital maps to geo-tag videos and photos, and it even can document destinations on a map. This content is marked by a push pin at each shot location and can be played back on the camcorder’s screen, or on the user’s PC with the included Picture Motion Browser software.
Other features include Smile Shutter technology that automatically snaps quality photos as subjects smile, and Face Detection technology can recognize and enhance faces by correcting focus, exposure, and color control automatically.
If you want in on the HDR-TG5V camcorder, then be warned, it will cost about $1,000. An optional travel kit is about $100 with a battery, travel charger and pouch. You can also get a wide angle conversion lens for the same price. This camcorder and its accessories will be available in May.