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Sony Handycam HDR-TG7VE - Sony Handycam HDR-TG7VE

By James Morris

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Despite its smallish sensor, as with Sony’s excellent HDR-CX105E, the TG7VE records a surprisingly good picture in low light, thanks to its Exmor technology. The autofocus can be rather sluggish, and the picture is a little noisy in poor illumination, but it’s also surprisingly bright and full of colour. So you should be able to shoot watchable – or at least visible – footage in most conditions.

Most of the TG7VE’s connections are to be found on a separate docking station. This includes a proprietary A/V out which provides either composite or component video output, alongside RCA audio. There is also mini-USB, and even HDMI, as well as a power socket. However, the camcorder itself does have a couple of connections on board. Aside from the essential power socket - so you don’t have to carry the docking station with you on holiday - there’s another A/V output.

Verdict

Now that we have 1080p-shooting pocket Internet camcorders costing under £200, the HDR-TG7VE’s £500-plus price looks a little steep. However, it is in a totally different league in terms of both image quality and features. You can also pick up similarly good camcorders for much less, in particular Sony’s own HDR-CX105E or JVC’s Everio GZ-HD300. Nevertheless, neither are as small or stylish as the TG7VE. It may be a little on the pricey side, but this is one camcorder you could stow in your breast pocket, yet it’s capable of very impressive video quality for its size.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Value 7
  • Image Quality 9
  • Features 8

Skipjack

December 30, 2009, 1:23 pm

Been a fan of small camcorders, had the AVCHD based Sony CX6 and original TG3. the TG3 is still a bargain camcorder as you can pick them up for under £300 as there end of line.


The big drawback on the TG3 and TG7 is battery life! The NP-50 battery that fits inside the chassis is only good for 90mins of footage, hence if you want to continuous recording , you will end up having to battery swap. sound quailty is also good, even at high volume (concerts etc) this is something the early AVCHD camcorders like the CX6 was terrible at.

James Morris

January 1, 2010, 5:08 pm

Good point about the battery life. It is pretty short for both camcorders, although I've found the TG7VE better than the TG3.

p7

May 18, 2010, 3:50 pm

I have a question about a real quality of picture. I think about buying this camera. Can you tell me something about it?

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