Sony announces $1000 HDR-TG5V camcorder with GPS

San Diego (CA) – Sony announced an extremely sleek and small 1920 x 1080 HD camcorder with 4 megapixel photo resolution, 16 GB of internal flash memory, embedded GPS, minimal buttons and a touch-panel LCD display. The HDR-TG5V device is designed for single-hand use and costs a hefty $1,000, and can take photos while recording video.

The camera records in excess of six hours of HD video footage in LP mode with its built-in 16 GB memory. Additional storage can be added with Sony’s Memory Stick PRO Duo media, increasing recording time or to transfer data to another Sony device.

It has a built-in GPS and uses NAVTEQ digital maps to digitally geo-tag your photos and present them wherever you were when you took them. The 2.7 inch LCD touch panel allows this type of photo-album to be presented by map and date, with extensions to the more usable Sony Picture Motion Browser software on a PC.

It contains Smile Shutter technology allowing photos of up to 4 Megapixel to be snapped even while recording video at the same time whenever somebody smiles. When in this mode, its Face Detection system tracks the subject and recognizes their face gestures, automatically adjusting for lighting, focus, and other feature which could reduce the photo quality.

An internal BIONZ Image Processor is augmented with an Exmor CMOS sensor, producing high quality images. It also has a 10x Carl Zeiss optical zoom using the Vaio-Tessar camera lens. It has a built-in flash and digitally reduces shadows in low-light conditions.

While the unit itself sells for about $1,000, it comes with an optional travel kit with battery and pouch for an additional $100. There is also a wide-angle lens accessory that will also be about $100 extra.

The device can be purchased at Sony Style retail stores.  See Sony’s press release.