Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V Camcorder Review

A very minor upgrade over last year’s HDR-TG1.



In most ways, the Sony HDR-TG5V ($999 MSRP) is a very minor upgrade over last year's HDR-TG1. It has the same sensor and lens, but has been outfitted with a new menu system, a redesigned LCD touchscreen, and includes 16GB of internal flash memory. Sony also changed the color scheme a bit and made the new TG5V slightly more compact than the HDR-TG1.

The HDR-TG5V is not a top-of-the-line camcorder when it comes to performance. In fact, it more closely matches up with mid-range camcorders in that regard. Its benefits stem from a sleek design, durable body, and unique handling experience.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Ease of Use
  12. Handling
  13. Controls
  14. Features
  15. Recording Options
  16. Hardware
  17. Other Features
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  19. JVC Everio GZ-X900 Comparison
  20. Sony HDR-XR520V Comparison
  21. Conclusion
  22. Photo Gallery