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Sony High Definition Handycam Camcorder - HDR-TG1

Abt Model: HDRTG1 | UPC Code: 027242729810
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Sony Flash Memory High Definition Handycam Camcorder, Model HDRTG1

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Shoot amazingly crisp HD footage with an unbelievably small camcorder that lives up to the Sony name. The HDR-TG1 Handycam® camcorder records Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution video2 from a lightweight, slim body crafted from pure titanium. It's tough enough for everyday HD video shooting and perfect for travel with its compact size that won't take up much room in your bag. The stylish design incorporates a Premium Hard Coating for superior resistance to even the smallest scratches. It records to convenient Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media8, and Sony's ClearVid™ CMOS Sensor (with Exmor™ derived technology) and BIONZ™ image processor provide spectacular video and stunning 4.0 megapixel still images. Face Detection technology is also included, which automatically finds and enhances faces for beautiful results.

Key Features:

  • 1920 x 1080 high-definition Resolution captures all your memories in exceptional Sony Full HD quality2.
  • Slim, lightweight (8oz without battery) camcorder body is constructed of high-quality pure titanium, and a Premium Hard Coating for superior Resistance to scratches and fingerprints.
  • Face Detection technology controls focus, exposure, and color for both video and still images, so faces are captured more clearly and skin tones look more natural.
  • Get bright, vivid, and detailed video, as well as 4.0 megapixel still images, with the 2.3 Megapixel ClearVid™ CMOS sensor (with Exmor™ derived technology) and Bionz™ Image Processor.
  • Compact design offers the ultimate in mobility, making the HDR-TG1 the ideal companion for shooting HD video during travel, for business, or just during everyday events.
  • 2.7"1 wide touch panel Clear Photo LCD Plus™ Display lets you view your shots with superb clarity and color reproduction, and an anti-reflective coating provides excellent visibility even when viewing outdoors in bright sunlight.
  • Super SteadyShot® image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake, so your images stay crisp and clear.
  • Professional Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens delivers crisp detail and excellent Contrast.
  • From the stands or on the sidelines, capture every moment with 10x Optical Zoom and 20x Digital Zoom.
  • Built-in Zoom microphone with Dolby® Digital 5.1 channel Surround Sound recording focuses audio on your subjects in Sync with the camera’s Zoom lens, so your memories ring true with clear dialogue and crisp sounds.
  • Supplied Picture Motion Browser Software makes it easier to upload, organize, and Search video and photos on your PC.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer helps you capture natural, clearly detailed images by properly exposing both light and dark areas of a scene.
  • Smooth Slow Record increases the record rate from 60 frames per second (fps) to 240 fps, letting you capture 3 seconds of fast motion and play the video back in 12 seconds -- a great tool for analyzing a golf swing or a viewing a bird in flight. In addition, you record an audio track to narrate the video footage.
  • Enjoy a more natural color experience with x.v.Color™ technology, which can capture or Display nearly twice as many (1.8x) viewable colors than the standard RGB color range.
  • Dual record capability lets you capture precious still shots while simultaneously shooting High Definition or Standard Definition video.
  • Quick On button instantly wakes the camcorder from Power Save mode with the touch of a single button or when the LCD panel is opened, so you never have to worry about missing an important shot.
  • PhotoTV HD compatibility6 lets you automatically create high-Resolution thumbnails optimized for viewing on a Sony® BRAVIA® HDTV7.
  • Image Management features help you easily find videos and still photos with the ability to Display videos as Thumbnail images (Visual Index), create indexes and Display scenes sorted by human faces (Face Index), or Search specific scenes by shooting date (Date Index). Additionally, the Film Roll Index feature lets you preview the beginning of scene and also create indexes to Display scenes at specific intervals.
  • Included Handycam® station with One Touch Disc Burn helps you easily burn a DVD copy of your footage using the supplied software. Simply place the camcorder in the Handycam Station Cradle, connect the Handycam Station to your PC via a USB cable and press the One Touch Disc Burn Button2.
  • A mini HDMI™ connection provides HD video and Surround Sound audio via a single-cable connection5 to your compatible HDTV, while integrated BRAVIA® Sync™ technology delivers the ability to control both the camcorder and HDTV using a single BRAVIA TV remote4.


1920x1080 Recording
Record stunning, incredibly detailed video footage in the clarity of 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution.

Lightweight, Pure Titanium Body
Slim and lightweight -- only 8oz without the battery -- the HDR-TG1’s body is constructed of high-quality pure titanium. Additionally, a Premium Hard Coating is applied on the body surface (except for hinge and lens ring area), providing superior resistance to scratches and fingerprints.

Face Detection for Video Footage and Digital Still Photos
Made possible by the BIONZ™ image processing engine, Face Detection technology recognizes up to 8 faces anywhere in the frame and automatically controls focus, exposure, and color to help capture smiling faces brightly and clearly. Face Detection technology also helps make skin tones look natural without affecting other colors in the image.

2..3 Megapixel ClearVid™ CMOS sensor (with Exmor™ derived technology) and BIONZ™ image processor
Sony's newly designed CMOS image sensor delivers bright, vivid, and spectacularly detailed 2.3 megapixel (effective) video footage, as well as 4.0 megapixel still images -- all with prolonged battery life. Exmor™ technology captures images with high resolution and high sensitivity. In addition, the advanced Sony BIONZ™ image processor improves camera response time and screens out noise so the signal from each pixel is as pure as possible.

Supremely Mobile Design
Sony has created a camcorder with the ability to fit in a shirt pocket, yet still capture stunning Full HD resolution video and 4.0 megapixel still images. Whether for personal or business use, around town or on vacation, the HDR-TG1 is the ideal travel companion for capturing those special memories.

2.7"1 Wide (16:9) Hybrid Touch Panel Clear Photo LCD Plus™ Display (211K Pixels)
The 2.7"1 Wide (16:9) LCD screen provides exceptional viewing clarity with improved resolution (211K pixels). The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The widescreen format makes shooting in 16:9 mode and composing shots even easier.

Super SteadyShot® Image Stabilization System
An advanced version of Super Steadyshot® Picture Stabilization from Sony controls an even higher range of shake and vibration frequencies, to achieve an even higher level of smoothness without degradation of video like some other image stabilization systems.

Professional Quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® Lens
Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lenses use highly advanced optics to deliver vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color saturation, and perfect renditions of subtle tones.

10x Optical/20x Digital Zoom
The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom.

Built-In Zoom Microphone with 5.1ch Recording
Featuring Dolby® Digital 5.1 Creator, the built-in zoom microphone focuses audio recording on your subjects in sync with the camera’s zoom lens, helping memories ring true with clear dialogue and crisp, discrete sounds.

Picture Motion Browser Software
Supplied software makes it easier to upload, organize, search, and edit video and still images on your PC. With the included Handycam® Station, Picture Motion Browser software also provides one-touch operation to create a disc of your video or digital photos.

Dynamic Range Optimizer
Powered by Sony’s exclusive BIONZ™ high-speed processing engine, D-Range Optimization preserves image data in bright highlights, such as suppressing “whiteout” in skies. When shooting in backlit settings, D-Range Optimization reveals more detail in shadows, preventing “blackout.” As a result, the captured image appears as natural as the original scene.

Dolby® Digital 5.1ch Recording
Record in Dolby Digital 5.1ch surround sound with the camcorder’s built-in microphone. Recording in 5.1 channel surround sound allows you to experience your home movies with active sounds coming from all directions, so you can enjoy your personal home movies the way you experienced them while recording.

Smooth Slow Recording
By increasing the record rate from 60 fields per second (fps) to 240 fps for 3 seconds allowing you to capture 3 seconds of fast motion and play the video back in 12 seconds. This is great for analyzing a golf swing or a viewing a bird in flight. In addition, record an audio track to narrate what is being seen during the video.

x.v. Color™ Technology
x.v.Color™ technology can capture or display nearly twice as many (1.8x) viewable colors than the standard RGB color range. This provides a more accurate and vivid color range, for a more natural, lifelike overall experience.

Dual Record
While recording video in High Definition you have the ability to capture still images directly to Memory Stick Duo™ media (4GB3 Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media included).

Quick On
Missing an important scene can be frustrating, especially if the reason is because your camcorder is turned off. With the Quick On feature, the touch of a single button places that camcorder in Sleep mode. Another push instantly wakes the camcorder, so you'll always be ready to capture special moments.

PhotoTV HD Viewing6 with HDMI™ Output7
With direct HDMI™ output to your BRAVIA® HDTV and other compatible HDTV screens, so you can view and share photos in breathtaking clarity and detail. You can choose between standard 4:3 and widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio -- and with select BRAVIA® HDTV models, your photos are automatically optimized in sharpness, gradation, and color reproduction.

Face Index
Face Index makes it easier than ever to find and play back the right video scene. Using Face Detection technology, Face Index indexes your video footage according to the faces detected in each scene. When it's time to play back video, simply search for what you want by selecting from among the detected faces displayed in the index.

Film Roll Index
Like chapters in a book, Film Roll Index helps you easily find desired scenes in video footage. When using this feature, the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and can create scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes).

Handycam® Station
Simply placing the camcorder on the supplied Handycam Station provides quick connections to a TV for viewing or a PC for editing and sharing, all while charging the battery so your camcorder is always ready to go.

One Touch Disc Burn
Easily burn a DVD copy of your footage using the supplied software. Simply connect the camcorder to your PC via a USB cable and press the One Touch Disc Burn Button.2

InfoLITHIUM® Battery with AccuPower™ Meter System
Unlike NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries, Sony's rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries are not subjected to a life shortening "Memory Effect," so you’re free to charge the battery at any time. Additionally, Sony's exclusive AccuPower™ meter displays the battery time remaining in minutes, in either the viewfinder or on the LCD screen.

Stamina® Battery Power Management System
When using the Sony InfoLITHIUM® Battery, the Stamina® Battery Power Management System helps the camcorder prolong battery life for extra long continuous recording times from a single charge.

Battery Information
At the touch of a button, battery information is displayed on the LCD screen when charging and when the camcorder is turned off. When using the LCD screen or viewfinder, the display will show how much the battery is charged -- in 10% increments -- and the recordable time left.

HDMI™ Connection with BRAVIA® Sync™ (CEC) Technology
HDMI™ connectivity provides a simple, high-quality video and audio connection, with the ability to transmit HD video and 5.1 channel audio directly from the camcorder to compatible HDTVs via a single cable. With BRAVIA® Sync™ (CEC) technology, the HDMI connection also delivers the ability to control both the camcorder and HDTV using a single BRAVIA TV remote.4

Built-in Intelligent Flash
For added clarity and detail when taking pictures in low-light situations, the built-in flash improves pictures and reduces shadows.*

BIONZ™ Image Processor
The advanced Sony BIONZ™ Image Processor uses hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry that improves camera response time, screens out noise before RAW data conversion, handles Dynamic Range Optimization processing, and prolongs battery life.

Exmor™ Imaging Sensor
Exmor™ technology captures video and still photo images with high resolution, high sensitivity, and exceptional detail. Advanced on-sensor A/D conversion yields rich tonal reproduction with high signal-to-noise ratio.

Tele Macro Function
Images shot in the Tele Macro Mode help your subject stand out by properly focusing the subject while leaving the background unfocussed. The Tele Macro Mode is useful for shooting close-up shots, especially when you need to prevent the camcorder from casting a shadow on the subject.

Date Index Function
Search recorded content by shooting date to quickly and easily find a specific scene.

Switchable HD/SD Format Recording
Record and play back both High Definition (HD)4 and Standard Definition (SD) video.

USB 2.0 Interface6
The USB 2.0 interface6 provides an easy way to connect your camcorder to a PC for fast transfer of video and still images for editing.

Manual Focus
Manually adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel. Manual focusing also allows the user to control the focus in difficult situations where either the environment or the subject does not allow the camcorder's auto focus to perform optimally, such as when shooting through a window or in a crowded environment.

Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media Slot
Capture still images directly onto Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media (sold separately) for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing, or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick® devices (sold separately).

Fader Effects
Enhance your personal videos by adding professional looking fader effects. Choose from Black and White.

Picture Effects
Get creative when recording or playing back your videos with Sony's Picture Effect Modes. Effects available in Camera mode: Monotone, Pastel and Sepia. Effects available in Playback mode: Monotone, Pastel and Sepia.

Scene Selection Modes
Scene Selection modes make recording easy even when filming in challenging situations. Choose from Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sports Lesson, Spotlight, and Sunrise & Sunset.

Multi-Language Menu
Change the menu display from English to English (Simplified), Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese

Image Sensor1/5 type ClearVid CMOS Sensor™ with "Exmor" derived Technology
Pixels for Image RecordingStillMax. 4.0 megapixels (2,304 x 1,728, 4:3)
Gross pixelsApprox. 2,360K pixels
Effective PixelsMovieApprox. 1,430K pixels (16:9), 1,080K pixels (4:3)
Still1,490K pixels (16:9), 1,990K pixels (4:3)
Minimum IlluminationNTSC: 5 lux (Auto Slow Shutter ON, 1/30 Shutter Speed)
PAL: 5 lux (Auto Slow Shutter ON, 1/25 Shutter Speed)
LensCZ Vario-Tessor Lens
ZoomMovieOptical: 10x Digital: 120x
StillOptical: 10x
SteadyShotSuper SteadyShot (New Active Image Area Method)
Recording MediaMovieMemory Stick PRO Duo*
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
StillMemory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo*
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Video RecordingHD: MPEG4 AVC/H.264
Still Image SizePhoto ModeApprox. 4,000K pixels (2,304x1,728 4:3)
Approx. 3,000K pixels (2,304x1,296 16:9)
Approx. 1,900K pixels (1,600x1,200 4:3)
Approx. 300K pixels (640x480 4:3)
Movie ModeApprox. 2,300K pixels (2,016x1,134 16:9)
1,700K pixels (1,512x1,134 4:3)
  • (Intelligent Flash)
  • LCD Monitor2.7 type (16:9), 211k Clear Photo LCD Plus
    Rec Start/Stop and Zoom Buttons
    Easy Handycam
    Tele Macro
    NightShot/Super NightShot
    Color Slow Shutter
    Scene SelectionAuto, Twilight, Twilight Portrait (still images only), Candle, Sunrise & Sunset, Fireworks,
    Landscape, Portrait (Soft Portrait), Spotlight, Beach, Snow
    Digital EffectOld Movie
    Picture Effect Sepia, Monotone, Pastel
    FaderWhite, Black
    Battery InfoInfoLITHIUM Battery
    StaminaApprox. 1 hour 35 minutes
    (with NP-FH50, backlight OFF)
    - HDMI Mini Connector
    - A/V Remote jack
    - DC-IN

    Handycam Station
    - A/V OUT jack
    - USB jack (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)**
    - DC-IN
    Supplied Accessories- 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2)
    - AC adaptor (AC-L200)
    - Power cord
    - InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery (NP-FH50)
    - Handycam Station
    - Wrist Strap
    - Component A/V cable
    - A/V cable
    - USB cable (long)
    - USB cable (short)
    - Dedicated USB Terminal Adaptor
    - USB adaptor cap
    - CD-ROM ("Picture Motion Browser" for Microsoft® Windows®, Handycam Handbook)
    Approximate Dimensions:
    Width1.26" (32mm)
    Height4.69" (119mm)
    Depth2.48" (63mm)
    Approximate Weight:
    Unit (body only)0.53 lbs. (240g)
    Shipping5 lbs.
    Warranty Information:
    Manufacturer Warranty
    (authorized online retailer):
    1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor


    1. Viewable area measured diagonally.
    2. Camcorder captures High Definition footage in the AVCHD™ format. Using the enclosed PC software, High Definition footage can be copied onto DVD media. However, DVD media containing AVCHD footage should not be used with DVD based players or recorders, as the DVD Player/recorder may fail to eject the media and may Erase its contents without warning. DVD media containing AVCHD footage may be played on a compatible Blu-ray Disc™ player/recorder or other compatible device.
    3. 4GB means 4 billion bites. Available storage capacity may vary and a portion of the memory is used for data management functions.
    4. Requires BRAVIA Sync feature in each product. Please refer to owner’s manuals to determine compatibility.
    5. HDMI cable sold separately.
    6. Compatible BRAVIA® HDTV and special TV settings are required. See BRAVIA® TV instruction manual for details regarding PhotoTV requirements.
    7. HD viewing requires a Sony® HDMI™ connector cable and HDTV, each sold separately.
    8. Only use media bearing the Mark 2 logo (or other media suitable for high speed applications) when capturing AVCHD content to Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media.

    Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

    Key Features
    1920 x 1080i Full HD Resolution Recording/ Face Detection/ 2 Megapixel ClearVid CMOS Sensor With Exmor/ Bionz Image Processor/ Record To Memory Stick Media/ 10x Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Lens/ 2.7 " Touch Screen LCD/ Built-In Zoom Microphone With 5.1ch Recording/ Dynamic Range Optimizer/ Titanium Finish
    More reasons to buy the Sony HDR-TG1 from Abt Electronics
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    • The Sony HDR-TG1 is Brand New.
    • The Sony HDR-TG1 Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
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