I do like the style Sony brings to its compact camera and camcorder lines which makes it all the most frustrating that they refuse to see sense and drop their ridiculous (and convolutedly named) line of Memory Sticks. So how about the best of both worlds...
Announced today is the Handycam HDR-TG7VE, a product Sony declares to be "the world's smallest, lightest Full HD camcorder" yet one which it then neglects to say how small or light it is.
We'll look past this rather daft (yet frustratingly frequent) piece of marketing tittle tattle however as records or not the TG7VE is dinky and with goodies such as a large 2.7in touchscreen display, 4MP stills, 10x optical zoom and 16GB of internal memory capable of holding up to six hours of HD footage I'm in little mind to quibble. Of course if you do wish to broach the topic of Sony's troubled Memory Sticks then an expansion slot can see the TG7VE's total memory expanded to a whopping 32GB.
Cleverly face detection is also compatible with both video and photo modes and simplified controls mean no mode dials to confuse its beginner target market. Powering on occurs as soon as you open the LCD with Sony claiming power consumption has been "improved to almost zero" in standby.
Bundled software brings fast Facebook, Flickr and YouTube uploading too while Sony will break out a range of optional accessories including a wide angle lens adaptor, travel cases, spare batteries, cables and chargers.
There's no price as yet but we will see the Handycam HDR-TG7VE hitting stores from May... and by 'see' I mean only if we take along a microscope.