EXCLUSIVE: Sony is set to announce the launch in Australia of what’s being described as the world’s smallest HD GPS handycam. The price is a mere $1,799.
Sony is set to announce the launch in Australia of what’s being described as the world’s smallest HD GPS handycam. The price is a mere $1,799.
The new TG5 which will be revealed tomorrow at the PMA conference in Sydney has a 16GB internal memory which can store up to six-and-a-half hours of HD movies, and up to 13 hours when an optional 16GB Memory Stick is used.
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The new camera has an optional wide-angle conversion lens for panoramic landscape shots, built-in GPS antenna and digital maps that allow users to tag their videos and photos.
The TG5 also has a 4.0 megapixel camera for still shots, and includes camera technology such as face recognition and “Smile Shutter”, which automatically snaps shots of people when they are smiling.
Sony’s previous attempt at breaking world records was their TG1 model which was described at the time as the world’s smallest pistol-grip Full HD camcorder. Heavily criticised because of usability issues the new model has improved functionality. The other improvements are GPS to geotag technology, which works with Navteq maps. It also has improved image processing technology as well as 1920 x 1080 AVCHD video, 2.7-inch touch screen display, and a 10x optically stabilised zoom exposing a 2.4 megapixel CMOS sensor.
At the end of the day this is a big price to pay for a pocket handycam device when you can get a slightly larger Full HD Camcorder from Kogan for $369 for almost all of the same features found in the new Sony handycam.