Sony claims its new HDR-TG1 Handycam is the lightest and most compact AVCHD camcorder available in the market today.


May 16, 2008: Sony claims its new HDR-TG1 Handycam is the lightest and most compact AVCHD camcorder available in the market today.
Developed using Sony’s “High Definition To Go” design concept, the TG1 is a pocket-sized, Full HD camcorder delivers Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording and captures still images of up to four megapixel resolution on various Memory Stick Duo media. Measuring 32 x 119 x 63mm and weighing just 300g, the TG1 has a scratch-resistant casing and a chassis that contains pure titanium to ensure light weight plus a robust construction.
The HDR-TG1 has been developed especially for people with an active lifestyle. It features Sony’s original ClearVid CMOS sensor with Exmor-derived technology and the BIONZ image processing engine that is inherited from Sony’s still camera range. Face Detection, Dynamic Range Optimisation functions are provided for users’ convenience. The Face Detection system can identify up to eight faces in the camcorder’s LCD frame. It automatically allocates more pixels to a detected face during the AVCHD encoding process, optimising focus, exposure and colour for natural-looking skin tones.
The D-Range Optimiser adjusts exposures to record both highlight and shadow detail, ensuring more natural, evenly-exposed pictures of high contrast subjects and strongly backlit scenes. The in-built zoom microphone also allows the TG1 to focus sound capture on selected subjects, ensuring a clear audio recording in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.


Side view of the HDR-TG1 camcorder showing the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens.
Like its predecessors, the TG1 has a simple interface that allows users to shoot, review and edit images with ease. Indexing options include the conventional visual and date index plus a Film Roll Index that displays thumbnails of scenes captured at specific intervals, and a Face Index which organises scenes by faces that have been captured using Face Detection technology.
The TG1 also features a One Touch Disc Burn button on its Handycam Station that allows video clips to be transferred directly to an AVCHD or DVD format disc. Alternatively, the Easy PC Backup feature creates a backup copy of new videos on a PC automatically. Bravia Sync enables viewing of video and still images from the TG1 directly on any compatible Bravia LCD TV with an optional HDMI cable using just the Bravia remote.
The TG2 is supplied with Picture Motion Browser Software, which can be used Picture Motion Browser Software to upload Handycam footage from a PC to the web. It goes on sale this month at an RRP of $1599. For more information, visit