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Sony announces HDR-TG5V Handycam camcorder with GPS

Sony HDR-TG5V Handycam

Sony has announced their latest HDR-TG5V Handycam camcorder that can record high-definition 1920×1080 videos and 4-megapixel images, and also features built-in GPS antenna. The GPS function with the included NAVTEQ® digital maps allow users to geo-tag their videos and photos and document their destinations on a map.

SAN DIEGO, April 1, 2009 – Sony has unveiled a new high-definition camcorder that combines powerful performance and simple operation in a sleek, portable body for travelers.

The HDR-TG5V Handycam® camcorder can capture 1920×1080 high-definition video and 4-megapixel photos. The model includes 16GB of flash memory, embedded GPS, minimal buttons and a new intuitive user interface for the touch-panel LCD.

The camcorder’s built-in GPS antenna and NAVTEQ® digital maps geo-tag your videos and photos so you can document your destinations on a map. Geo-tagged content is marked by a push pin at each shot location and can be played back on the camcorder map index display on the 2.7-inch wide LCD touch panel.

With 16GB of embedded memory, the HDR-TG5V camcorder holds more than six hours of high definition video footage (LP mode) so it is virtually ready for capture right out of the box. You can also capture content onto Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media (sold separately) for additional recording time.

In addition to a BIONZ™ image processor that works with an Exmor™ CMOS sensor for pristine imaging, the camera features a professional-quality Carl Zeiss® Vaio-Tessar® lens with 10X optical zoom designed specifically for compact camcorders. For added clarity and detail, a built-in flash reduces shadows and improves still images in low-light situations.

Pricing and Availability

The HDR-TG5V camcorder will ship in May for about USD1,000. An optional travel kit (Sony ACC-TCH5) with a battery, travel charger and pouch will be available for about USD100. There is also a wide angle conversion lens (Sony VCL-HGE07TB) accessory for about USD100.

Source: Sony

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