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Sony claims world's smallest 1080 camcorder

updated 08:15 am EDT, Thu April 3, 2008

Sony Handycam TG1

Sony this morning turned around its focus on traditional camcorders to competing against very small cameras such as Sanyo's Xacti line. The AVCHD-based Handycam TG1 is less than five inches tall, 2.5 inches deep, and weighs 10 ounces but is still capable of capturing a 1920x1080 picture. This makes it the smallest HD-capable camera yet, Sony says. While much of this size reduction comes from recording to Memory Stick Pro Duo cards, a 2.7-inch touchscreen offloads many of the controls that would otherwise occupy space on the main body.

In addition to its HD video capture, the Handycam also takes 4-megapixel photos and has a 10X zoom useful for composing either motion or still shots. The BIONZ processor is borrowed from Sony's higher-end cameras and sports an automatic dynamic range compensation feature that reduces the likelihood of blown highlights or overly dark shadows. Sony will offer the camera for $900 in May but notes that it ships the camera with a high-speed 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo Mark 2 card, supplying users with enough memory to start recording immediately.






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  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    the wolf replied

    The better to see your camera-shake with. Seriously- of what use is an HD camera this small with a crappy little lens? HD is for good quality picture. The small size is a detriment for both ergonomics and image quality.

    I predict this will be reflected in the sales numbers.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Buh-Bye!

    Well timed, sprint -- that way, any thunder for WiMax you are hoping to garner will be eclipsed by iPhone/3G to be released in the same time frame - and everyone who will have/want one of those, won't be interested in WiMax (and, no, idelaying it to coincide with iPhone's release, won't steal the iPhone luster - trust me on that)

    Sprint - I like their EVDO data service, I hate their customer service, but AT&T's data service works as well, if not better, and costs me less... Sprint is certainly reinventing itself as a also-ran. The ability of some companies to manage themselves into oblivion is always fascinating.

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