Sony Intros Mini HD Camera With GPS

Apr 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Video

Sony today unveiled a new high-definition camcorder, the HDR-TG5V Handycam.

The camcorder captures 1920×1080 high-definition video and can snap four-megapixel photos. The model includes 16GB of Flash memory (a portion of which is used for data management), embedded GPS and a new “intuitive” user interface for the touch-panel LCD.

The HDR-TG5V has a built-in GPS antenna and NAVTEQ digital maps, so that photographers can geo-tag their videos and photos, documenting destinations on a map. Geo-tagged content is marked at each shot location, and can be played back on the camcorder map index display on the 2.7-inch (measured diagonally) wide LCD touch panel. This map-browsing feature also works on the computer using the included Picture Motion Browser software.

The 16GB of embedded memory accommodates over six hours of high definition video footage (in LP mode). Users can also capture content onto separately-purchased Memory Stick PRO Duo media to add recording time.

A new graphical user interface helps personalize menus and sort through captured content. “Smile Shutter” technology automatically captures faces when they smile, even while recording video at the same time and “Face Detection” technology recognizes and enhances faces by auto-correcting focus, exposure and color control.

In addition to a BIONZ Image Processor that works with an Exmor CMOS sensor for pristine imaging, the camera features a Carl Zeiss® Vaio-Tessar lens with 10X optical zoom designed specifically for compact camcorders. A built-in flash is provided for still images in low-light situations.

Pricing and Availability

The HDR-TG5V camcorder will ship in May and suggested retail price is around $1,000. An optional travel kit (Sony ACC-TCH5) with a battery, travel charger and pouch will set you back another $100. There is also a wide angle conversion lens (Sony VCL-HGE07TB) accessory costing about $100.

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