updated 01:20 am EDT, Thu April 2, 2009
Sony titanium HDR TG5V
Sony has debuted a new high-definition camcorder, the HDR-TG5V, that is designed for travelers requiring lightweight gear. The Handycam features a Carl Zeiss lens, with 10X optical zoom, and captures 1920 by 1080 pixel video and four-megapixel still images. A titanium body and compact form factor contribute to the low weight. An integrated GPS antenna and NAVTEQ maps can be used to automatically geo-tag videos or images to keep a record of the exact shooting location.
The geo-tagged content carries a push-pin reference marker for each location. A map index is available from the 2.7-inch LCD touchscreen, or users can access the geographic data from the included Picture Motion Browser software. Six hours of HD footage can be stored on 16GB of embedded memory, while recording time can be extended with a Memory Stick PRO Duo.
The camcorder also features Smile Shutter technology that is designed to snap a still photo when the subject smiles, even while recording video. The system also employs facial recognition algorithms that are claimed to automatically adjust focus, exposure and color control.
The HDR-TG5V should ship in May for an estimated price of $1000. Sony will also offer a travel kit with an extra battery, travel charger and a pouch for around $100. Customers can also add a wide angle lens for $100.