Sony unveils 'world's smallest' HD camcorderHandycam is a little bigger than a mobile phone

07 April 2008

The Sony Handycam HDR-TG3E

Sony’s has unveiled a new high definition (HD) camcorder which it claims is the smallest of its kind in the world.

The Handycam HDR-TG3E is described as little bigger than a mobile phone.

Sony says it’s the smallest, slimmest, lightest camcorder ever to feature 1920x1080 full HD recording.

The Japanese electronics giant says it’s also the world’s first camcorder to feature a pure titanium body.

Titanium body

Titanium is 40% lighter than steel and twice as strong as aluminium. The camcorder also has a scratch-resistant coating.

Features include a 2.7 inch display, face detection technology which automatically adjusts focus, exposure, colour balance for clear videos and a built-in zoom microphone that can capture surround sound.

The camcorder records onto a 4GB Memory Stick - enough for around 1.5 hours of footage at the highest quality – and can take up to a16GB version, which will record over five hours of full HD movies in long play mode.

High definition

Files stored on Memory Stick can be burned to DVD at the touch of the button using the handycam’s docking station or backed up to a computer hard drive.

The camcorder will be available from May, with pricing yet to be confirmed.

Which? technology expert Dave Holes said: 'This camcorder sounds interesting but the important thing is how well it performs and how easy it is to use - we'll know that once we've tested it.'