Gift Tip 29: Sony HDR-TG5V Compact Camcorder With GPS

Posted: Dec 2 2009, 10:00pm CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 6:00pm CDT, in Holiday Gift Guide


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The Sony HDR-TG5V is a milestone in the line of full-featured compact camcorders designed by Sony to give the photographer ultimate satisfaction. Utilizing the popular “Flip” vertical format, the Sony HDR-TG5V packs High Definition features into a small package that was once only believable in science fiction.

The Sony HDR-TG5V records video up to 1920 x 1080p allowing the user to record their memories in exceptional Sony full high definition quality. 16GB of embedded flash memory gives the user the ability to record up to two hours of high definition video at the highest quality settings. Constructed of pure titanium the Sony HDR-TG5V is remarkably durable and lightweight, making it an ideal travel companion. Additionally, the 4-megapixel still image capture lets you take high-resolution digital photos. The built-in flash reduces shadows and improves pictures for added clarity and detail when taking pictures in low-light situations.

The Sony HDR-TG5V’s optical zoom helps to bring far away action up close. Digital Zoom Interpolation means that digital zooming (up to 120x) is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom. The 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. An Auto Lens Cover protects the lens when the Sony HDR-TG5V camcorder is powered off.

Easily connect the Sony HDR-TG5V to a PC via the USB interface for fast transfer of video and still images for editing. The high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) allows you to connect to an HDTV to view images in stunning clarity. Other features of the Sony HDR-TG5V include smile shutter technology that automatically snaps quality photos as subjects smile, and Face Detection technology that can recognize and enhance faces by correcting focus, exposure, and color control automatically.

Sony HDR-TG5V has 16GB of built-in flash memory and a sleek and durable design allowing for great handling. It produces low noise levels in bright light with decent color performance along with a good touch screen. It also offers GPS capability and slow motion recording. But the weak points are that it does not have a 24p or 30p record mode, only takes 2 megapixel still photos and does not provide any color adjustment tools.

Great Gift For
The Sony HDR-TG5V an ideal gift for the travel lover because it can be carried with ease and slipped into a pocket or purse and taken anywhere.

Price and Where to Buy
The Sony HDR-TG5V is currently on sale for $794.99 at

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