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Sony HDR-TG3 / TG3E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 393 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 really like the design and image quality. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the viewfinder and battery. Views are divided on the price.

usability, portability, size, image quality, design

memory, battery, viewfinder

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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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 also get good views, whereas there are mixed comments on the zoom and battery.

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

2018-07

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...

2008-06

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Sony TG3E / TG1 camcorder review

 

We had the good fortune to receive a Sony HDR-TG3E (aka, HDR-TG1 for North America) review unit on the day we departed for a bit of tropical relaxation. As such, we return with a real world look at how the Titanium-shelled TG3E performed in the ...

2008-05

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

2008-05

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

2008-09

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.

2009-05

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.

2008-09

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...

2008-04

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...

2008-06

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

2009-10

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...

2009-03

Product Specifications

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