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Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V. 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. People really like the portability and image quality. The size and design are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the memory and price. Reviews are divided on the zoom.

usability, design, size, image quality, portability

price, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the portability and size. The image quality and design are also mentioned favorably. The memory and price get less positive reviews, while there are some mixed opinions about the zoom.

usability, design, image quality, size, portability

price, memory

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical ZoomSony HDR-TG5V High Definition Handycam Camcorder with Built-in GPS Receiver and 10x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V Camcorder Review

 

In most ways, the Sony HDR-TG5V ($999 MSRP) is a very minor upgrade over last year's HDR-TG1. It has the same sensor and lens, but has been outfitted with a new menu system, a redesigned LCD touchscreen, and includes 16GB of internal flash memory. Sony...

The HDR-TG5V is a bit overpriced for what you get-a mid-range camcorder with a high-end price tag. Now, it isn't quite as expensive as most top-line models, but with an MSRP of $999, the HDR-TG5V is not for people on a budget

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

Sony HDR-TG5V

 

A very minor upgrade over last year's HDR-TG1

Decent low light results; Motion and sharpness weren’t bad

They weren’t exactly good, either; Dock needed for HDMI connection

The HDR-TG5V is a bit overpriced for what you get—a mid-range camcorder with a high-end price tag. Now, it isn’t quite as expensive as most top-line models, but with an MSRP of $999, the HDR-TG5V is not for people on a budget.

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: genuinejack (sony.com)

Always Well Done...

 

I purchased two of these cameras to use for my interviews. I use a CanonXL1 for the main body of work and these little gems for different angels. The battery lasts longer than I had imagined and I love how easy it is to use. The materials for this...

ease of use, size, throwback look, picture

wish kit would come with mini table top tri-pod

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: MikeRadio (sony.com)

Why did Sony take away 5.1 Dolby Surround?

 

"I recently purchased the HDR-TG1 and love it. When I saw this cam soon to be come available, I was going to return the 1 for the 5V, as the geo tagging, built in memory, easier UI and some of the other features are ones I would enjoy. THEN after...

Great Features Added Over HDR-TG1

NO 5.1 SOUND! HD without surround

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: (pcrush.com)

Edits easily on iMac and MacBook

 

smooth steady zoom., Stunning video quality

Wide End Conversion Lens limits zoom range

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: Canonicle (pcrush.com)

Edits easily on iMac and MacBook

 

This review is aimed at Mac users who have the latest version of Adobe Premiere Elements 9 formulated especially for the Mac platform. Connecting the camera to a Mac is simple: 1. Turn on your Mac. 2. Switch on the camcorder. 3. Connect to computer USB...

smooth steady zoom., Stunning video quality

Wide End Conversion Lens limits zoom range

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: (pcrush.com)

Great pocket camcorder!

 

Small. Super quality. Sound quality is okay. Solid built. will be great for travel

Accessories minimum. No remote. Editing movies

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: Geno (pcrush.com)

Great pocket camcorder!

 

I wanted a camcorder with a dual purpose: personal documentation and video taping mini documentaries. While the quality of this camcorder is good, I may have to upgrade to a more all around camcorder. For one, I need a remote control. And, a super...

Small. Super quality. Sound quality is okay. Solid built. will be great for travel

Accessories minimum. No remote. Editing movies

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: (pcrush.com)

Works Great With Mac OSX 10.6 No Issues Yet!

 
Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: Anonymous (pcrush.com)

Works Great With Mac OSX 10.6 No Issues Yet!

 

I have read mixed reviews about users having issues with MAC OS, but I haven't had any of those issues. I had NO problem getting it to work with Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro, and iMovie. In Final Cut I just chose capture and poof there it was. I...

Dec, 2009
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Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery life (max):10.92
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:7.2
Video recording time:1.83

Camera

3D: No
Image processor:BIONZ
Minimum illumination:5
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86
Touchscreen: Yes

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Focusing

Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5
Sensor Type:CMOS

Lens System

Digital Zoom:20
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43 - 507
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:10

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto
Scene modes:Beach, Candlelight, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunset, Twilight

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 2.3
Auto Focus: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Wireless Connection: No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:PMB Ver.4.2.00
Cables included:AV, Component, USB

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/30 - 1/1000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Flash memory:16

Video

HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:AVCHD, H.264, MPEG2

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.2
Height :11.7
Weight:290
Width:3

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto