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Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam

alaTest has collected and analyzed 205 reviews of Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The design and usability also get good feedback, but the connectivity and reliability get critical opinions.

portability, usability, design, image quality, size

reliability, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 122 user reviews of Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the size and image quality. The design and portability also get good feedback. Many are negative about the reliability.

usability, portability, design, image quality, size


89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Oct, 2016

Red dot design award!

Expert review by: reddot ( (UK))

Handycam HDR-TG1/TG3 HD Camcorder


The HDR-TG1 and TG3 models are ultra-lightweight HD handycams whose rectangular shape makes them easy to hold. The titanium body with scratch-resistant premium hard coating provides durability, making the camera a reliable companion on the go. The...

Expert review by: Akihabara News (

Sony Handycam HDR-TG1 Review


Compact, Stylish and providing good video once turned in 720p, Sony with the TG1 will definitively attract a lot of potential buyer, but unfortunately for us the TG1 is not mature yet, several UI flaws combined with poor photo quality and a poorly...

Compact and Stylish, Good video, once converted in 720p, Good AF even in Low Light, Great IS

Horrible UI, Horrible Photo Mode, Needs Sony proprietary SOftware to edit video on your PC, No optional Wide angle lenses

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (

Sony HDR-TG1


HD in your pocket

Highly portable, arresting design, performed well in bright lighting

Below average low-light performance, unconventional shape takes some getting used to

The HDR-TG1 is the smallest HD camcorder we've ever reviewed. To a certain extent, its portability comes at the expense of video quality. However, it still offers an impressive performance across the board. Enthusiastically recommended.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (

Sony Handycam HDR-TG1 Camcorder Review


The Sony HDR-TG1 ($899 MSRP) seeks to be the crowned prince of the ultra-compact camcorder universe. Its slim design and unique look will surely attract many fans, regardless of the video quality the camcorder is capable of (which, it turned out, was...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Pradeep Ataria (

Pocket-sized Sony HDR-TG1 Camcorder


Nowadays, HD camcorder is a buzz word. And if the handycam is from Sony it appeals more to us. Yes, I am talking about diminutive and compact Sony HDR-TG1 camcorder, which records video in full HD resolution (in 1080i video mode). This high-definition...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Danny Gorog (

Review: Sony HDR-TG1


Traditionally, still point-and-shoot cameras, not video cameras, were pocket sized. But Sony are out to debunk that theory if the new Sony HDR-TG1 is anything to go by.

Small, light, scratch resistant, Full HD resolution, no moving parts

Records onto Memory Stick, zoom control tricky to use

Australian Macworld Buying Advice. The HDR-TG1 is Sony’s smallest full HD camcorder. It’s a pint sized camcorder that can easily fit in any bag and makes a perfect travel companion. The on-board zoom controls take a little getting used to and the lens...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (

Sony HDR-TG1


The Sony HDR-TG1 ($899 MSRP) is a portable, full 1920 x 1080 high definition camcorder that records video and still images solely to MemoryStick cards. Its stylish design, with a refined two-tone color scheme and streamlined body, brings a unique look...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Aaron Cullen (

Sony "Handycam" HDR-TG1 and FCP 6


Retail price $1,600, dock and 4 gig menory card included.

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Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (

Sony HDR-TG1


Sony Handycam HDR-TG1 Camcorder Review

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Alvin Soon (

Sony HandyCam HDR-TG1E -


You might have heard of the Flip camcorder; a small SD camcorder which is simple and easy to use, and Sony introduces its HD equivalent with the Sony HDR-TG1E.

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing: Yes


Battery Type:Rechargeable


Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: Yes
Headphone Jack: No
Headphones out: No
Line-In Audio: Yes
S-Video out: Yes
S-Video Output: Yes
USB: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Black, Silver


Display diagonal:6.86
LCD resolution:211000 pixels
LCD size:2.7 inch
Screen Resolution:211000 pixels
Screen Size:2.7 inch
Screen Type:LCD


Web Cam Function: No


Internal flash/video light: Yes

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Effective Pixels:1.43 Megapixels
Number of effective pixels:1.43 Megapixels
Number of total pixels:2.36 Megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Total MegaPixels:2.36 Megapixels

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:180
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:10


Aperture (Wide-lens):F1.8-F2.3
Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-F2.3
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:20 x
Focal Length (35mm equiv):53-621 mm
Focal length (Wide-lens):3.2-32 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):3.2-32 mm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Digital)
Manual Focus: Yes
Optical Zoom:10 x
Shutter speeds:1/2-1/500 seconds
White Balance:Auto


Dimensions (HxWxD):119.38x33.02x63.5 mm
Weight:227 grams
Weight (lb):0.5 lb

Other features

Audio recording formats:1440 x 1080
Minimum RAM:4096
Resolution:2304 x 1728

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power source

Battery Type:Lithium Ion rechargeable


Sensor Size:1/5 inch
Sensor Type:CMOS


Built-in Memory: No
Built-in Storage Size:0.0 GB
Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Inbuilt Memory: No


HDV Recording:HDV 1080i
High Definition Recording:HDV 1080i
Recordable File/Disc Formats:MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Recording Format:Memory Stick PRO Duo
Recording System:NTSC
Video Resolution:1920x1080

Weight & Dimensions

Height :11.9