The Sony HDR-TG3E camcorder is one of the smallest HD camcorders available. Small enough to fit in your pocket the TG3 is an ideal camcorder for those who want the freedom to record anywhere.
It has a titanium body with a scratch resistant coating ensuring it stays damage free when in your pocket, bag or suitcase. The HDRTG3 takes Sony’s Memory Stick Duo media keeping the size small and weight light. There is a 10x optical zoom for getting closer to the action and if required you can zoom up to 120x digitally. Although, when zooming with the digital zoom you will lose quality the further you zoom.
The TG3 features Sony’s ClearVid CMOS sensor complete with Exmor derived technology. The signal from the sensor is processed by a BIONZ image processor which records an impressive HD image putting a lot of larger camcorders to shame. The video it records is at a 1920×1080 HD resolution which is perfect for playing back on your HD ready LCD or Plasma TV. For those of you interested in the exact format and bitrate the TG3 records the options are:
The HDR-TG3 has a face detection feature which can simultaneously recognise up to 8 individual faces within the frame. When a face is detected the TG3 will automatically set the correct focus, exposure and colour settings to capture the face or faces at their best. You use the 2.7 inch LCD screen to view as you record which also doubles as a touch screen for accessing the majority of the TG3’s functions and features.
On top of shooting stunning high definition video you can also use the HDRTG3 to shoot still photographs. You can take digital photos up to 4MP in resolution which is great for snapping those spontaneous photo opportunities without having to carry a separate camera with you.
Audio wise, the TG3 can record 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound to go with your HD footage. The TG3 has a microphone zoom function which will concentrate recording sounds in front of you when you zoom to reduce unwanted background noise and capture the sound from your recording subject.
The HDR-TG3E comes with a 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo to get you started and additional media can be purchased in much larger sizes at a price that is always falling.
Since the Sony TG3 camcorder is so small it makes the ideal travel companion for holidays, travelling or sport and activities where it would be good to take a camcorder along to capture the action.