Sony’s new HDR-TG5V takes the palm-held digital camcorder category to the pinnacle of the technology. The device is heralded as both the world’s smallest and lightest in its class. Undoubtedly, it’s a fabulous camcorder, but it comes at a fabulously high cost.
Impressive camera, to say the least, but has Sony created this expensively small gadget for the wrong reasons and at the wrong time when people are cutting back on spending? For its $1,200 price you can certainly find other high-definition palmcorders. And with the launch of Canon’s T1i, the newest entry-level DSLR last week, you can get a fully capable digital still camera system with proper interchangeable lenses and 1080p video recording for only $900. Add in an extra hundred or so and you can get one of those portable GPS geotagging solutions, and still come in $200 less than the TG5V. All you’re sacrificing is the convenience of the smallest palmcorder in the world.
Note: While this camera’s labeled the TG5V for Japan, it may have a different label overseas–TG7VE in Europe, for example. It would be nice if Sony kept its labeling in order!