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Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam

alaTest has collected and analyzed 206 reviews of Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The design and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical reviews about the connectivity and reliability.

portability, usability, design, image quality, size

reliability, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 122 user reviews of Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the size and image quality are generally positive. The design and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical views about the reliability.

usability, portability, design, image quality, size


89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-TG1 4MP High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Super Steady Shot Zoom (4GB Memory Stick Included)Sony HDR-TG1 4MP High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 10x Optical Super Steady Shot Zoom (4GB Memory Stick Included)

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Sony HDR-TG1


HD in your pocket

Highly portable, arresting design, performed well in bright lighting

Below average low-light performance, unconventional shape takes some getting used to

The HDR-TG1 is the smallest HD camcorder we've ever reviewed. To a certain extent, its portability comes at the expense of video quality. However, it still offers an impressive performance across the board. Enthusiastically recommended.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Danny Gorog (

Review: Sony HDR-TG1


Traditionally, still point-and-shoot cameras, not video cameras, were pocket sized. But Sony are out to debunk that theory if the new Sony HDR-TG1 is anything to go by.

Small, light, scratch resistant, Full HD resolution, no moving parts

Records onto Memory Stick, zoom control tricky to use

Australian Macworld Buying Advice. The HDR-TG1 is Sony’s smallest full HD camcorder. It’s a pint sized camcorder that can easily fit in any bag and makes a perfect travel companion. The on-board zoom controls take a little getting used to and the lens...

Oct, 2008

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing: Yes


Battery Type:Rechargeable


Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: Yes
Headphone Jack: No
Headphones out: No
Line-In Audio: Yes
S-Video out: Yes
S-Video Output: Yes
USB: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Black, Silver


Display diagonal:6.86
LCD resolution:211000 pixels
LCD size:2.7 inch
Screen Resolution:211000 pixels
Screen Size:2.7 inch
Screen Type:LCD


Web Cam Function: No


Internal flash/video light: Yes

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Effective Pixels:1.43 Megapixels
Number of effective pixels:1.43 Megapixels
Number of total pixels:2.36 Megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Total MegaPixels:2.36 Megapixels

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:180
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:10


Aperture (Wide-lens):F1.8-F2.3
Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-F2.3
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:20 x
Focal Length (35mm equiv):53-621 mm
Focal length (Wide-lens):3.2-32 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):3.2-32 mm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Digital)
Manual Focus: Yes
Optical Zoom:10 x
Shutter speeds:1/2-1/500 seconds
White Balance:Auto


Dimensions (HxWxD):119.38x33.02x63.5 mm
Weight:227 grams
Weight (lb):0.5 lb

Other features

Audio recording formats:1440 x 1080
Minimum RAM:4096
Resolution:2304 x 1728

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power source

Battery Type:Lithium Ion rechargeable


Sensor Size:1/5 inch
Sensor Type:CMOS


Built-in Memory: No
Built-in Storage Size:0.0 GB
Camcorder tape type:Mini-DV
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Inbuilt Memory: No


HDV Recording:HDV 1080i
High Definition Recording:HDV 1080i
Recordable File/Disc Formats:MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Recording Format:Memory Stick PRO Duo
Recording System:NTSC
Video Resolution:1920x1080

Weight & Dimensions

Height :11.9