Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V Camcorder Review



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. Product Tour
  3. Color & Noise Performance
  4. Motion & Sharpness Performance
  5. Low Light Performance
  6. Compression & Media
  7. Manual Controls
  8. Still Features
  9. Handling & Use
  10. Playback & Connectivity
  11. Audio & Other Features
  12. Sony HDR-XR520V Comparison
  13. JVC GZ-X900 Comparison
  14. Sanyo VPC-HD2000 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Photo Gallery
  17. Specs and Ratings