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Sony Unveils Camcorder With GPS

The HDR-TG5V receiver automatically adjusts the camcorder's clock to the proper time zone and shows the current location on the LCD map display.

Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V With GPS
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Sony Handycam HDR-TG5V With GPS

Sony this week introduced a camcorder with a global positioning system that can add location information with recorded videos and still photos.

The Handycam HDR-TG5V features high-definition 1,920 by 1,080 video recording and 4 megapixel still shots. The lightweight device with a titanium body is small enough to be dropped into a pocket or purse.

The HDR-TG5V, launched Wednesday, has a built-in GPS receiver that automatically adjusts the camcorder's clock to the proper time zone and displays the current location on the LCD map display. In addition, the receiver tags video and photos with the location, making it possible to see where the pictures were taken on the device's internal map or on the electronic maps that ship with the camcorder's PC software.

GPS is becoming a must-have feature in smartphones and even less-expensive mobile phones. Manufacturers that have added GPS to their smartphones include Apple in the iPhone 3G and Research In Motion in the BlackBerry. HTC also has added the feature to its Touch line of Windows Mobile smartphones.

The Sony device comes with 16 GB of embedded flash memory for storage and also supports the use of a removable Memory Stick. Video and images can be copied to the stick from the embedded storage.

Other features include Sony's face-detection technology that automatically controls focus, exposure, and color to create a more natural skin tone. The camcorder also allows users to create a short movie for playback on a digital TV directly from the device. The editing software in the camcorder compiles scenes and can also insert music transitions.

Finally, the Picture Motion Browser software that comes with the camcorder for installation on a PC offers the ability to transfer, sort, and view video and images. The software also can burn the content to a DVD or Blu-ray Disc, as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of video and photo sharing sites.

The Handycam HDR-TG5V sells for $1,000.

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