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Sony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 1920 x 1080 high definition video recording; 16 GB built-in memory
  • Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver
  • 4-megapixel still image capture; built-in flash
  • 10x optical zoom; 20x digital zoom
  • Hybrid recording to 16GB memory or optional Memory Stick media
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Product Description

Product Description

Record brilliant, 1920 x 1080 high definition video on the go with the ultra-portable Sony HDR-TG5V Handycam camcorder. With a strong and lightweight pure titanium body and a built-in GPS receiver that maps where you shot your videos and photos and can display your current location, the HDR-TG5V makes an ideal travel companion.

From the Manufacturer

Record brilliant, 1920 x 1080 high definition video2 on the go with the ultra-portable Sony HDR-TG5V Handycam camcorder. With a strong and lightweight pure titanium body and a built-in GPS receiver that maps where you shot your videos and photos and can display your current location, the HDR-TG5V makes an ideal travel companion.

Sony HDR-TG5V Handycam Highlights

Sony TG5 camcorder highlights
1920x1080 high definition video recording
1920 x1080 high definition resolution lets you record your memories in exceptional Sony Full High Definition quality.

16 GB embedded memory
16 GB of embedded flash memory gives you the ability to record up to two hours of high definition video at the highest quality settings.

Sony TG5 camcorder highlights
Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver
A built-in GPS receiver makes the HDR-TG5V an ideal choice for travelers. In addition to automatically adjusting your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone, the GPS receiver also gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations. Tagged videos and still images can be reviewed and played back using the Map Index function on the camcorder or once downloaded to your PC using the supplied PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software.

Slim, light and durable pure titanium body
The slim, sleek Sony HDR-TG5V Handycam camcorder is constructed of pure titanium. This remarkably durable and lightweight metal makes the HDR-TG5V an ideal travel companion that can be carried with ease and slipped into a pocket or purse reducing the risk of nicks and scratches.

4-megapixel still image capture
4-megapixel still image capture lets you take high resolution digital photos.

Built-in Intelligent Flash
For added clarity and detail when taking pictures in low-light situations, the built-in flash reduces shadows and improves pictures.

Sony TG5 camcorder highlights
Face Detection technology for Video Footage and Digital Still Photos
Made possible by the BIONZ image processing engine, Face Detection technology recognizes up to 8 faces anywhere in the frame and by selecting the most prominent, automatically controls focus, exposure, and color to help capture smiling faces brightly and clearly. Face Detection technology also helps make skin tones look natural without affecting other colors in the image. With variable bit allocation, the HDR-TG5V allocates encoding bits on detected face areas prior to encoding other parts of the picture, making them sharper and clearer. In still picture mode, Face Detection technology sets the flash level to optimize picture clarity.

Smile Shutter technology for still and dual capture
Smile Shutter technology lets the camcorder automatically take still photos when your subject smiles, even while shooting high definition video. You can also set the sensitivity and choose child, adult, or auto priority.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with SteadyShot image stabilization
The HDR-TG5V features a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.

2.7-inch (diag.) wide touch panel Clear Photo LCD Plus display
2.7-inch (diag.) wide (16:9) touch panel Clear Photo LCD Plus display provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution (211K pixels). The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The convenient touch panel allows easy access to menus and additional functionality such as spot focus and spot metering.

Power On by opening LCD display
Power On your camcorder by simply opening the LCD display.

10x Optical/120x Digital Zoom
10x optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that digital zooming (up to 120x) is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom.

Sony TG5 camcorder highlights
1/5-inch Exmor CMOS image sensor with ClearVid array
1/5-inch Exmor CMOS image sensor with ClearVid array delivers bright, vivid, and exceptionally detailed 2.3 megapixel (effective) video footage, as well as 4 megapixel still images--all with prolonged battery life.

BIONZ Image Processor
The BIONZ Image Processor works in conjunction with the Exmor CMOS image sensor with ClearVid array for pristine imaging. The BIONZ Image Processor provides Data Noise Reduction, Faster Image processing, and Data compression to preserve videos and images. In addition, the BIONZ Image Processor enables Face Detection technology and Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimizer for both video and still image capture. The higher processing speed also allows Dual Recording to capture still images while recording video.

Highlight Playback
Highlight Playback uses several criteria - including Face Index, Smile Shutter technology, Dual Capture and time range - to identify and compile key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions that you can play back on your compatible HDTV directly from the camcorder (HDTV and HDMI cable required, sold separately).

Dolby Digital 2-channel stereo recording with Built-in Zoom Mic
Dolby Digital 2-channel stereo recording captures active sounds coming from both left and right, while the Built-In Zoom Mic focuses audio recording on your subjects in sync with the camera’s zoom lens.

Auto Lens Cover
An Auto Lens Cover protects the lens when the camcorder is powered off.

Dual Record with simultaneous still image and video capture
Dual record capability lets you capture 2.3 MP still images while shooting high definition video, so you can capture those special moments without having to switch recording modes.

Sony TG5 camcorder highlights
Hybrid Recording to 16 GB memory or optional Memory Stick media
Hybrid recording technology delivers a new level of flexibility of capturing and transferring your video footage and digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing devices. Record to 16 GB embedded flash memory, or choose instead to record to removable Memory Stick PRO Duo media (sold separately). You can even select from various dubbing functions to easily copy video or still images from the embedded flash media to the Memory Stick media -- without using a PC.

Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD, AVCHD, and Blu-ray Disc media (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites (compatible PC and internet connection required)9.

Smooth Slow Record
The Smooth Slow Record mode is a great tool for analyzing a golf swing, viewing a bird in flight or simply getting that creative slow motion shot. By increasing the record rate from 60 frames per second (fps) to 240 fps, you can capture 3 seconds of fast motion and play the video back in 12 seconds. In addition, you can record 12 seconds of audio to narrate the video footage right after the 3-second slow motion recording ends.

x.v.Color technology for superior color
x.v.Color technology enables the HDR-TG5 to capture nearly twice (1.8x) as many viewable colors as the standard RGB color range, resulting in more natural, life-like images. You can even experience this expanded color range on the big screen when you connect your camcorder to x.v. Color capable displays, including a wide range of Sony BRAVIA HDTVs.

BRAVIA Sync technology
BRAVIA Sync technology offers greater ease of use in controlling compatible Sony products connected via an HDMI (CEC) connection. HDMI connectivity provides a simple; high-quality video and audio connection, with the ability to transmit HD video and up to 5.1-channel audio directly from the camcorder to compatible HDTVs via a single HDMI cable, sold separately. With BRAVIA Sync (CEC) technology, the HDMI connection also delivers the ability to control both the camcorder and HDTV using a single BRAVIA TV remote5 and displays the camcorder’s playback menu on screen for easier navigation.

Sony TG5 camcorder highlights
HDMI connection output via included cradle
The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as a compatible camcorder, Blu-ray Disc player, personal computer, video game console, or an AV receiver to a compatible digital audio device and/or video monitor such as a digital television (DTV).

USB 2.0 interface
A USB 2.0 interface provides an easy way to connect your camcorder to a compatible PC for fast transfer of video and still images for editing.

Map Index
Map Index uses the geotagged video and photos to display your shot locations on NAVTEQ maps in the camcorder, offering a new way to easily search and find a desired scene by location or view where a scene was captured.

Film Roll Index
Like chapters in a book, Film Roll Index helps you easily find desired scenes in video footage. When using this feature, the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and can create scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes).

Face Index
Face Index makes it easier than ever to find and play back the right video scene. Using Face Detection technology, Face Index indexes your video footage according to the faces detected in each scene. When it’s time to play back video, simply search for what you want by selecting from among the detected faces displayed in the index.

Dynamic Range Optimizer
The D-Range (Dynamic Range) Optimizer function adjusts the exposure and contrast of an image to counter the effects of high-contrast shooting condition, allowing for a great shot every time. The D-Range Optimizer suppresses "blackout" in dark areas such as shadows and "whiteout" in bright areas such as skies. As a result, the captured image appears as natural as the original scene.

What's in the Box

  • AC-L200, AC Adaptor
  • NP-FH50, Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • DCRA-C250, Handycam Station® cradle
  • Component A/V Cable
  • Composit A/V Cable
  • USB Cable (long)
  • USB Cable (short - travel)
  • USB Adaptor Cap
  • PMB Application Software / USB Driver / (CD-ROM )
  • Wrist Strap

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.4 x 1.2 x 4.6 inches
Item Weight 10.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.6 pounds
Item model number HDR-TG5
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #25,565 in Camera & Photo
#1,445 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com April 1, 2009

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By Russell Kintner on August 28, 2009
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Are you looking for the absolute best quality video & sound available including astonishing low light performance? Then look elsewhere. Are you looking for a camera that you'll actually carry which is also fast & simple to use while capturing very good HD video and acceptable stills? Then stop looking, you've found it. For my money, a camera that gets used is way better than a studio quality hulk that sits in the closet. This thing will fit in pants or jacket pockets. It's a camera my wife will use!

Talk about simplicity, the TG5V has exactly 4 mechanical controls if you include the switch that turns the camera on when you open the LCD. The other three are all located on the back and controlled by your thumb. Zoom ring, video start stop button, still photo button. That's it! Almost all funtions can be set once on the touchscreen menu and then forgotten. But, you can set up a custom menu with your six favorites on a menu that is accessible with one touch of the screen. Very slick and a good thing because the menu is extensive with 14 sub-sections. I set the whole thing up and configured the custom menu without ever opening the manual so I'd rate the new Sony menu design a success.

Video is excellent in HD and still OK in SD. Low light is not the camera's forte but a well lit room is no problem. Batteries last only about 90 min so you'll want a spare. I also bought the wide angle lens and I think most people are going to want that for indoor shots. This camera has a narrower than usual field of vision.

I bought the spare battery & charger kit to free me from carrying the stand and ac/dc converter block. Lastly, I bought the Sony brown leather case with magnetic closure.
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This is a fantastic camera. The video and camera controls are easy to use and the zoom is easy to control. It fits very nicely in my pants pocket. The only deficiency is that the documentation for Macintosh OS use is very poor, and actually misleads you to think that the camera is not Macintosh compatible (I was angry when I read the single page on the Sony website, which implied that only photos taken on the memory stick could be used on a Macintosh). Fortunately, I thought I would try to hook it up via the USB to my MacBook Pro anyways. iPhoto automatically launches when the HDR-TG5V is USB connected, and I was able to download the photos the same as with any other camera. The GPS tags worked perfectly. After quitting iPhoto, I ran iMovie 09 and to my delight, it automatically recognized the movies for download. For GPS users, make sure to turn on the camera when you reach a new location and make sure it has had time to triangulate a location (when the three dots becomes a set of bars). If you don't wait for this, the photos are not linked to that location. The other downside is that it lacks night vision, but it does allow for manual focusing and even automatic optimization of focus on faces. Overall, a very handy and convenient camera with excellent movie resolution and good photo resolution.
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I have an older hdr-fx1, but wanted a small pocket video camera.
This camera video is not as good as the full size, but is very nice in 1080i. It is not a 1080p camera, so saying it is "full HD" to me is really not true. The GPS tagging works, as well as using a standard DVD burner to make disks that have to be read on a BD reader. Curiously, if you use a Sony BD burner, which I also have, the video is fine, but none of the menus are burned into the standard DVD disk. I have a fast XP computer, and you will need that to burn the AVCHD disks.
The sound got hollow and very strange when the background was a waterfall, and also at other times with background sound.
This camera eats batteries, so have 2 or a charger with you.
Video is good, but for this price, is a 720p Vado, Flip or Kodak a better deal? Except for the GPS, the older model has 5.1 surround and is cheaper.
Overall, it is small and a good camera, but pricey.
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Excellent video quality as a high definition video camera. However, after less than two months, it failed internally due to corrosion. Exen though corrosion is a disqualifier for warranty, Sony stood behind their product 100 percent. Additionally, Sony technicians stated that his HD video camera was discontinued and replaced the unit with an upgraded Handycam. Sweet!
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The best Handycam i ever had. Its so sleek yet sturdy. Its made of Titanium and the shell is very strong and of superior quality. The display is crisp and clear. It does not come with a SD card but has a built in 4 hrs worth recording space in HD.

Only thing i could wish is that it would give a better still quality in poor light condition.
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- I bought mine for $1500 so the price now is a huge plus!!
- pocket size
- good enough battery
- STABLE picture
- BEAUTIFUL 1080p in good light
- Audio is surprisingly good. Compared to the flip cameras, that is.
- works GREAT in Sony Vegas Pro
- well made - strong metal (titanium apparently)
- media files created play well on my three media players - popcorn, wdtv and asus

- poor low light (but it's tiny so why complain!)
- gps takes a while to get running (again, no biggie)
- no external mic (not a biggie unless you are recording interviews, lectures)

I use it for family recordings and sometimes hour-long lectures. I have two Kodak Zi8 and Zi10 (Playtouch). The image stabilization is worth the extra bulkiness. Shakey flip-style recordings are NOT good memory keepers.

if you are editing, thank GOODNESS Vegas 11 handles it out of the box. No point complaining about "oh no it doesn't play on my PC" - it's AVCHD, so the responsibility is on you to have a decent machine.

The price now is amazing. Just wish it had external mic capability!

Ok so now it's been nearly a year. The machine is a little battered (i did drop it on a rock on the beach) but still great BUT - -the display screen no longer stands perpendicular meaning when I am filming I need to prop it up with one finger (i think a spring is broken inside) NO BIGGIE! Picture and performance still great. I compare to other small cameras which are more modern and this is still a great machine. I would say it is aging gracefully :-) as it is not completely plastic I think it has a lot of life left in it.
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