Sony yesterday unveiled a sleek high-definition camcorder which includes an embedded GPS and retails for $1,000. The HDR-TG5V Handycam camcorder captures 1920×1080 high-definition video and four-megapixel photos. With a compact design, the model includes 16GB of flash memory (a portion of which is used for data management but still allow for 6 hours of high def recording) and minimal buttons thanks to the user interface displayed on the touch-panel LCD.
The camcorder’s built-in GPS allows to geo-tag videos and photos. Sony has also included a worldwide NAVTEQ digital map so 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. This feature can also be enjoyed on a PC using the included Picture Motion Browser software.
With this new camcorder Sony is enlarging its range of GPS-enabled camcorders, after launching three initial products earlier this year at the CES trade show.