Sony HDR-TG3E reviews: Memory card storage Full HD camcorder

139 customer reviews

+ This camcorder scores high on features. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 139 reviews.
Sony HDR-TG3E: Vertically held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick Duo card. See full product description
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Graham, Honiton, Devon in UK Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Handy to carry around in pocket and takes great video.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 May 2011

Philip, Beverley Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent movie definition and very easy to use.
Bad points:
Battery life not brilliant and low light not great but acceptable. Still image performance is OK, but it wasn't bought for that and I hardly use it.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 May 2011

Derek, Bristol Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The quality of film is superb, on a HD TV there is nothing better, even the stills are pretty good, its so easy to use.
Bad points:
Takes some getting used to no view finder, and you really need a bigger card than the 4g it came with. You either need to buy more cards, or take a lap top on holiday to down load film, ( I take a lap top ).
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Feb 2011

Gary, St. Austell Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Build quality, ease of use and quick start up.
Bad points:
When switched to camera mode it's a pity start/stop button can't take photo. Still photo quality grainy. No remote. No internal memory.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 5.0
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Review date: 08 Jul 2010

Keith, New Technology Fan

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good with still images
Bad points:
Does not perform well with moving images at its highest quality setting
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 5.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Aug 2011

kieran, lurgan Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
very user friendly
Bad points:
camera not working out of warranty but still like the device
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 6.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Sep 2011

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 3.0/10
Good points:
Excellent sharp Hd picture. Easy to use
Bad points:
Terrible battery life/charge. Have purchased a new lithum battery (£70) as the first one was failing to charge after 3 uses.( have had the camera 2 years, but have only used it 3 times, hence dead lithium battery) The new battery is failing to charge, obviously something wrong with the camera and Sony wish to charge me £172 to attempt to fix it. I could understand if this camera was used consistantly over 2 years, but being used so little and to have this large expense is very very disappointing. I will not be purchasing another Sony product as the aftercare is shocking.
Overall rating 3.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 2.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 1.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Jan 2061

This Sony HDR-TG3E is reviewed on PC Advisor

This Sony HDR-TG3E is reviewed on Expert Reviews

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format Memory card
Connections USB
Type of memory card Memory Stick Duo
Shape of camcorder Vertically held
Digital zoom ratio 120
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/800
Weight (g) 240
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.3
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 53
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 621
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2008-04-30

Also known as: SONY HDRTG3E, Sony Handycam, SONY HDRTG3E.C, Sony HDR TG3, HDR-TG3, Sony HDRTG3

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Manufacturer's Description

Tough, chic and amazingly compact

Stylish, ultra-small and light design with tough titanium body. Full HD recording on Memory Stick™, plus 5.1 surround sound, Face Detection and SteadyShot image stabilization.

Small and light enough to keep with you

With less size and weight to carry, it’s easy to slip your camcorder into a pocket or bag: you can be sure it’s always with you, wherever you go.

Sound all around

Surround sound adds an extra dimension of realism to your videos, just like at the cinema. 5.1 channel recording captures crisp, lifelike audio that sounds great on your home theatre system. Best of all, you don’t need extra microphones or cables: everything’s built in to the camcorder.

Natural looking faces every time

Faces can look dark and underexposed in bright, backlit situations like a sun-drenched beach. And if you’re shooting indoors there’s a risk your subject’s skin tone can look unnaturally coloured. The camcorder fine-tunes focus, exposure and skin tone for more natural looking faces.

Find your footage

With hours of footage stored on your camcorder, it can be hard tracking down a particular scene. Face Index helps you find shots containing faces in an instant. Film Roll Index cuts longer recordings into shorter ‘chapters’, making it quicker and easier to find the right moment.

Have more fun with your video collection

It’s easy to manage your video clips and photos with Picture Motion Browser for your PC – included free with your camcorder. Sort, search and browse through all your clips and photos in an instant. Burn them to disc, email to friends or upload to social networking sites with a few clicks.


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