Sony Announces Smallest Full HD Camcorder

Handycam line shrinks again.

We like tiny, but the problem is when a company declares something the smallest/lightest/most compact it invariably leaves out the weight and measurements. In this instance I’ve managed to track them down however and remain clueless as to why Sony remained so cagey.

At 33 x 119 x 63.5mm and 283g the ‘HDR-TG3E’ is miniscule by any standard and offers Full HD (1080p) recording, 4MP stills and even the option to capture 2.3MP stills while recording. A ClearVid CMOS Sensor with ‘Exmor’ is employed, a technology derived from the company’s professional camcorders and its alpha digital SLR cameras. Intelligent face detection and autofocus are also available when shooting either stills or video while audio is recorded in 5.1 channel digital surround with an automatic zoom microphone function that focuses on foreground subjects.

Despite its teeny dimensions, the TG3E has a large 2.7in adjustable viewfinder too and while all content is shot on the supplied 4GB Memory Stick an optional 16GBer will hold almost six hours of HD video in LP mode. Files stored on the memory stick can then be burned to DVD at a touch of the ‘Disc Burn’ button on the unit’s base station and HDMI output enables the unit to be hooked up directly to any modern HDTV.

UK pricing hasn’t yet been revealed, but it’ll set you back $900 (approx £450) in the US when it launches next month. Apply the usual Being British calculator and you get £499 to £599 and the end of May.

Sony Style UK (should be hitting there any minute)

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