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Sony Handycam HDR-TG7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 163 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-TG7. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the design and image quality are on the whole positive. The size and portability also get good comments. There are some critical views about the price. Views about the viewfinder and battery are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-TG7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-TG7

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-TG7 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the price and memory. The size and portability also get good feedback, but comments are divided on the reliability. Some have doubts about the image quality and durability.

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98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Handycam HDR-TG7VE High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder with 16GB Internal MemorySony Handycam HDR-TG7VE High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder with 16GB Internal Memory

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Rob Hull (techradar.com)

Sony HDR-TG7 review

 

Sony adds built-in GPS to a slim and stylish Full HD camcorder

Superbly detailed movies ; Impressive hybrid memory ; GPS features and potential

Touchscreen unresponsive ; Only 4MP stills ; High-end price

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-TG7VE

 

It may be pricey, but the GPS-enabled TG7VE is a highly pocketable camcorder, capable of very impressive video quality for its size.

May, 2011

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony HDR-TG7VE review

 

Consumer video cameras tend to fall into two camps: barrel-shaped ones with advanced features and high prices, and mobile phone-shaped ones with basic features and low prices. The TG7 is a hybrid, with a flat, compact design but a proper zoom lens,...

Geo-tagging is fun and the slim design is great for slipping into a pocket, but it’s not enough to excuse the disappointing picture quality at this price

May, 2010

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Sony HDR-TG7E review

 

Stylish and slinky, this Full HD cam packs GPS for video geotagging. Is it the world's best pocket camcorder?

Pricey, but superior movies, stills and styling make this the pocket camcorder to beat

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

Stylish and slinky, this Full HD cam packs GPS for video geotagging. Is it the world's best pocket camcorder?

Pricey, but superior movies, stills and styling make this the pocket camcorder to beat

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Sony HDR-TG7VE Camcorder

 

One advantage of it's size is that the TG7VE can easily fit in any small bag or pocket and as such be with you at all times. Once again Sony are claiming that the new Handycam HDR-TG7VE is the world's smallest, lightest Full HD camcorder.

SONY pitch themselves as a quality company – unforntualtely their postsales customer service is not what you would expect.

May, 2012

Expert review by: Will Head (reghardware.co.uk)

Sony HDR-TG7VE

 

Review The HDR-TG7VE could be seen as Sony's answer to cheap and cheerful camcorders like the Flip Mino HD [1]. However, whereas the latter could be viewed as a bit of a toy, the TG7 is more of a proper camcorder - both when it comes to features and...

If you're shopping for a proper camcorder - and have got a budget to match - then the Sony HDR-TG7VE is an excellent choice. It's quick to fire up, ensuring you won't miss the shot, and incredibly easy to use. The extras such as GPS and Smile Shutter...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: (channel5.com)

Sony HDR-TG7VE

 

The Sony HDR-TG7VE is a 16GB Flash memory Full-HD (1080i) camcorder with a 2.3-megapixel sensor, 10x zoom and optical stabilisation. It's controlled by a 2.7-inch touchscreen and includes GPS location for video geo-tagging. It measures 62x117x30mm and...

Is this the best consumer camcorder on the market? It’s hard to argue with generous Flash storage, stunning video, surround sound, finger-friendly control, designer build quality and playback that’s smarter and easier than a Flip. Full marks. Sony...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: PC Pro (alphr.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-TG7VE

 

A fantastic consumer camcorder capable of great quality and stuffed with innovative, useful features.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (alphr.com)

PC Pro: Product Reviews: Sony Handycam HDR-TG7VE

 

A fantastic consumer camcorder capable of great quality and stuffed with innovative, useful features.

Jul, 2009

Product Specifications

The Sony Handycam HDR-TG7VE is an incredibly small and light with stylish titanium body. Full HD recording on internal memory, plus GPS, smile shutter, face detection and SteadyShot image stabilization. Once you've shot a lot of footage with your camcorder, it takes time and effort to edit the results together and produce your own

Audio

Audio Dubbing: No
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):1.4
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FH50
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH50

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

Image processor:BIONZ
Minimum illumination:5
Playback zoom (max):Y / Y\n

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Silver

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:6.2cm
Height:11.7cm
Weight:230g
Width:3cm

Display

Display:Hybrid LCD / LCD
Display diagonal:6.86
Touchscreen: Yes

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:16GB

Focusing

Face detection: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-TG7VE
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43 - 507
Focal length range (f-f):3.2 - 32
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.3
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.99Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.43Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.36Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5" ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5 )
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Steady Shot)

Other features

Audio output:1 / Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Fader:Black / White
Flash:Y
Focus:Full Range Auto
Internal Memory:16 / 16384
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessa / Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: No
Noise Reduction: Yes
Pastel: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.1
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1 / Y

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports: No
HDMI: Yes
Microphone in: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/5
Shutter speed (photo):1/2-1/1000 (including Scene Selection)

Still image

Still image resolution(s):2304 x 1296

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MS Duo

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.2
Height :11.7
Weight:230
Width:3

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes