Excerpt: Making camcorders out of titanium makes about as much sense as making fire guards out of wax, but this slimline Full HD shooter luxuriates in its classy metallic shell. Can the video quality match the aesthetics?
Pros: The Sony HDR-TG3′s build quality is exceptional, from the machined metal zoom rocker and to the pristine 10x Carl Zeiss optics. It’s also unbelievably easy to use, more simple and it’d be a shoe-in for the next Big Brother. Inside its sexy metal case are a bunch of powerful features, including manual focus, face detection, telemacro and exposure tweaks, but it’s the glorious1080i footage that impresses most – it’s rich, sharp and jerk-free, all complemented by an in-c...
Cons: The flip-out screen doesn’t exactly enamour left-handers, plus there’s no HDMI cable in the box and battery life is poor. And where’s the progressive and cinema (24fps) recording? Hmm?
Summary: 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.
Summary: Sony’s charming new TG3 is, we can confirm, the world’s smallest Full HD camcorder. But while that’s an impressive little victory, the previous wearer of the crown, Sanyo’s HD1000 , isn’t giving up its title lightly. A quick comparison reveals that it’s still a close call between the rivals. The HD1000 is significantly cheaper and throws in a mic socket, hot shoe and an adaptor ring for adding wide-angle and zoom lenses.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Carved from a block of ultra-light, ultra-tough titanium, the TG3 nestles confidently in your hand like a piece of dangerous military hardware. Build quality is exceptional, from the machined metal zoom rocker and crystal-clear 2.7-inch touchscreen to the pristine 10x Carl Zeiss optics (complete with bright f/1.8 maximum aperture). The interface is simple but hides powerful features like manual focus, face detection, telemacro and exposure tweaks. Above all, the 1080i...
Cons: Left-handers might not enjoy the flip-out screen, there’s no HDMI cable in the box and battery life is as skinny as the TG3’s waistline. Video purists might also sniff at the lack of progressive and cinema (24fps) recording.
Summary: 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 form factor. Highly recommended.