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Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 395 reviews of Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and image quality. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the viewfinder and battery. There are some mixed reviews about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 152 user reviews of Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the price and image quality are on the whole positive. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably. Opinions about the zoom and battery are different.

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93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Tech Staff (

Sony HDR-TG3E review


Intelligent array of tools

Competitive price ; Impressive quality video ; Small but solid build ; Great touchscreen

A great value camcorder brimming with features

Sep, 2008

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Sony HDR-TG3E review


The HDR-TG3E's sleek titanium body is bound to catch admiring looks, and the brown paintwork gives it a quirky 1970s appearance.

May, 2009

Expert review by : Matthew Sparkes (

Sony HDR-TG3


Sony's new camcorder takes portability about as far as it can go while still shooting high definition. It's tiny - about the same size as a compact stills camera - so you can slip it in your pocket rather than having to decide whether to cart your bag...

Say hello to my little friend. A truly tiny camcorder with few compromises.

Sep, 2008


Expert review by : James Morris (

Sony HDR-TG3


Sony's HDR-TG3 makes an impressive entrance into the growing pocketable camcorder market.

The Sony HDR-TG3 is another bold step from Sony, the company which broke HD into the UK market and dominated for the first year or so. The poor low light performance will be a worry if you want to shoot family events in darkened rooms. But for a...

Jun, 2008

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Sony HDR-TG3 review


Sony's impressed us with its AVCHD cams. Now it's gunning for the world's smallest Full HD camcorder crown…

A polished camcorder with lust-worthy looks that doesn’t quite do enough to justify the price tag

May, 2008


Expert review by : Mark Hattersley (

Sony HDR-TG3 review


The stylish, petite Sony HDR-TG3 is an HD camcorder that ships with a generous 4GB memory card, enough for about half an hour of footage recorded at full high-definition quality.

We were truly and genuinely impressed by Sony's HDR-TG3 camcorder. Small upright camcorders all too often sacrifice video quality and provide gimmicky features, but the Sony HDR-TG3 is a triumph of automated functionality and good quality in a small...

Apr, 2008

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

Sony HDR-TG3


Sony's HDR-TG3 is by far the easiest and most stylish way to make your own High Definition movies. As the world's smallest Full-HD camcorder, the HDR-TG3 lets users capture any situation in any place at any time. Its elegant, ultra-compact, lightweight...

Jun, 2008

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Sony Handycam HDR-TG3E


Big technology in a small package, the TG3E from Sony brings a welcome option to the photography table

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Insider Staff (

Sony HDR-TG3 review


The Sony HDR-TG3's build quality is exceptional, from the machined metal zoom rocker and to the pristine 10x Carl Zeiss optics. It's also unbelievably easy to use, more simple and it'd be a shoe-in for the next Big Brother. Inside its sexy metal case...

The flip-out screen doesn't exactly enamour left-handers, plus there's no HDMI cable in the box and battery life is poor. And where's the progressive and cinema (24fps) recording? Hmm

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : PriceRunner (

Sony HDR-TG3 review


Making camcorders out of titanium makes about as much sense as making fire guards out of wax, but this slimline Full HD shooter luxuriates in its classy metallic shell. Can the video quality match the aesthetics?

The Sony HDR-TG3′s build quality is exceptional, from the machined metal zoom rocker and to the pristine 10x Carl Zeiss optics. It’s also unbelievably easy to use, more simple and it’d be a shoe-in for the next Big Brother. Inside its sexy metal case...

The flip-out screen doesn’t exactly enamour left-handers, plus there’s no HDMI cable in the box and battery life is poor. And where’s the progressive and cinema (24fps) recording? Hmm

Apr, 2009

Product Specifications

Now there's no excuse for leaving your camcorder behind when you could catch the moment in sparkling HD. A little bigger than your mobile phone, Sony's sensationally styled Handycam HDR-TG3E is the world's smallest, slimmest, lightest Full HD camcorder. Slipping effortlessly into a purse, bag or jacket pocket, it's great for parties, holidays or city breaks when you don't want to be weighed down. Inside its slender body, the TG3E is packed with advanced Sony technology for capturing beautiful, detail-packed HD1080 images. There's a premium Carl Zeiss lens with 10x optical zoom, plus Super SteadyShot to reduce image shake. Powered by the BIONZ image processor, Face Detection automatically adjusts focus, exposure and color balance for both video and photos. And if you're shooting high-contrast subjects, like a sunny beach scene, D-Range Optimizer technology ensures that strong highlights and shadow details don't get lost. The HDR-TG3E is tough enough to keep up with today's active lifestyles, whether you're on the piste or paragliding. It's the world's first camcorder that features a body using pure titanium - a material that is 40% lighter than steel and twice as strong as aluminum. The tough titanium shell is finished with a Premium Hard Coating. This extra-strong protective layer shrugs off everyday scratches, ensuring your camcorder keeps its high-fashion looks for longer. Its tough finish, ultra-compact size and chic looks are only half the story. The HDR-TG3E lets you concentrate on having fun instead of fiddling with complicated features. In 'Quick On' mode, you're ready to start shooting within a second of flipping open the bright, clear 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus touchscreen. And when you're relaxing back at home, it's easy to control playback functions with your Sony television's remote as you enjoy big, beautiful images and great sound on your BRAVIA Sync compatible TV.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Playback zoom (max):Y

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.858

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 Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick PRO Duo
Storage Capacity:4GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Acer/Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:20
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:2Megapixel
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:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar
Manual Focus: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Remote Control

Supported Devices:Projector
Type:Remote control

Still image

Still image resolution(s):2304 x 1728

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

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