Is it bad to lust over Sony’s new 1080i handheld video camera?

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Cx27500_image_03I just can’t help myself because I want to get my mitts on Sony’s new HandyCam HDR-TG1. Maybe it’s the past seven-years of HDTV-watching that has warped my brain, but I’m ready to start saving up my pennies for this $900 model that is available to pre-order tomorrow. Hmm… what would that do for our video reviews I wonder?The TG1 will record nearly two-hours of 1920×1080 interlaced video on a 16GB PRO Duo Mark2 memory card and there’s an 4GB card to get you started. Amazingly, this baby is only 10-ounces in weight and just 1.3 x 4.7 x 2.5 inches in size, easily small enough to take along everywhere. In fact, I couldn’t get my “mitts” on this even if I wanted to… it’s clearly a one-handed device. It also packs touchscreen controls, a Carl Zeiss 10x optical zoom and support for Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Looks like this will be the TG3 in Europe and should appear there in May.

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Rodfather

Heh better than the 50 minutes of 720P video I get on a 16GB card with the Canon TX1 I just grabbed. That comes out to 36Mbps with MJPEG.

The Sony records at 1080i at 16Mbps using AVCHD. Hoping it comes with a 720P 60FPS mode.
Or Canon, Panasonic, Sanyo come out with something similar that uses SDHC cards.

Chris Davies

Not bad, no – I feel exactly the same lust for it, and I’m not into video cameras at all. Sony really know how to make drool-inducing consumer electronics when they put their collective mind to it.

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