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Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E

We have collected and analysed 44 expert reviews and 348 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 78/100 and users rate it 87/100. The average review date is 23-02-2009. We have compared these reviews to 369431 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 88/100 = Very good. Last update: 13-12-2018.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 152 user reviews of Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The size and portability are also appreciated, whereas comments about the zoom and battery are different.

usability, portability, size, image quality, price

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony TG3 High Definition Digital CamcorderSony TG3 High Definition Digital Camcorder

Dec, 2018

Recommended!

Expert review by : James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

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

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

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 : Tech Staff (techradar.com)

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

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

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 (expertreviews.co.uk)

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

PC ADVISOR - Best Buy

Expert review by : Mark Hattersley (techadvisor.co.uk)

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 (eisa.eu)

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

Expert review by : digicambuyer.co.uk (digicambuyer.co.uk)

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 (channel5.com)

Sony HDR-TG3

 

Sony HDR -TG3 is a High Definition camcorder with a hefty 4 GB memory. With a space that big, its enough to store 30 minutes of recorded footage at full HD quality. This is reputably the smallest camcorder that has been launched by Sony. It measures...

Many HD camcorders are well made, easy to use and produce good footage, but none rival the TG3 as a pure object of desire. It ain’t perfect, but then neither is the iPod. A miniature marvel. Sony HDR-TG3 is tagged with Sony, camcorder and HD. Select a...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : paul_smart (gadgetspeak.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-TG3E

 

Having recently reviewed a couple of quite weighty still units this Camcorder and still camera comes as quite a change. Given that it takes good still and superb movie images it could well give you the best of both worlds in your pocket.

The HDR-TG3 is 11.5x6x3cm and weights less than 300grams. This is another of a range of products recently received without instructions. Let me clarify my French is poor and the only other language I speak apart from English is double dutch. There...

Oct, 2008

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.

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

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

Battery

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

Camera

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

Depth:6.3cm
Height:11.9cm
Weight:240g
Width:3.2cm

Display

Display:LCD
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

Header

Manufacturer:Acer/Sony
Model:HDR-TG3/HDR-TG3E
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

HDMI: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Remote Control

Supported Devices:Projector
Technology:Infrared
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
Type:Camcorder