Sony HDR-TG5V Handycam camcorder launched

Sony HDR-TG5V Handycam camcorder

Sony announces a new camcorder for enthusiastic travelers. Dubbed as the HDR-TG5V Handycam camcorder, the new model comes in a durable titanium body. The sleek device offers embedded GPS along with high-performance.

The new high-definition camcorder provides users with simple operations in a rather sleek and portable body. The HDR-TG5V snaps 4-megapixel pictures while capturing videos at 1920 x 1080 high-definition resolution. The compact device supports 16 GB flash memory and a novel user-interface that is intuitive.

Sporting a 2.7” wide touch panel LCD, the TG5V comes with minimal buttons and an integrated GPS antenna with the Navteq digital maps. Users can now geo-tag videos and images which can be played later on the device’s map index. Geo-tagged content can be easily identified by a push pin marker at each shot location. With the Picture Motion Browser software, the function can also be used on the PC.

According to Kelly Davis, director of camcorder marketing at Sony Electronics, “Travelers are looking for high-quality products that focus on performance and portability This new model has a titanium body with a premium hard coating enhancing durability and it’s packed with high-performance features—like GPS and Smile Shutter technology—that deliver the best combination for your travel experiences.”

Enabled to hold more than 6 hours of HD video in the LP mode, the camcorder sports an exciting graphical user interface that allows users to personalize their menus. Users can easily operate the device while also being able to quickly sort through content. Powered by a Bionz Image Processor, the camcorder works with an Exmore CMOS sensor.

Other features of the HDR-TG5V include a professional-class Carl Zeiss Vaio-Tessar lens with 10x optical zoom and a built-in flash that lowers shadows and provides improved still images even in low-light environments. Additionally the camcorder includes the Smile Shutter and Face Detection technologies. Users can also transfer captured content to the Memory Stick PRO Duo media which is sold separately.

Expected to start shipping from May 2009 onwards, the HDR-TG5V camcorder is priced at $1000. Users can also purchase an optional travel kit, the Sony ACC-TCH5 for $100. It includes a battery, travel charger and pouch. For about $100, users can also avail of a wide angle conversion lens accessory namely the Sony VCL-HGE07TB.