Sony HDR-TG7VE

Full HD point and shoot perfection?

In terms of operation, it couldn't be simpler - point it at something you want to capture and hit record. The 10x optical zoom can take a little getting used to - as it's a circle it can take some time to remember which way is zooms in and out, but with a little practice it's not too hard to master.

Sony HDR-TG7VE

No power switch, just flip open the screen to turn it on

In bright surroundings the footage was excellent and even in low light conditions, you could still make out what you were shooting. The auto focus is fast and accurate in daylight, although if you're filming in near darkness it can take some time to get a lock occasionally.

Verdict

If you're shopping for a proper camcorder - and have got a budget to match - then the Sony HDR-TG7VE is an excellent choice. It's quick to fire up, ensuring you won't miss the shot, and incredibly easy to use. The extras such as GPS and Smile Shutter are nice inclusions and the footage it captures is decent, even if you're not in the brightest of surroundings. ®

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Sony HDR-TG7VE

Sony HDR-TG7VE

Point and shoot simplicity, combined with excellent results and fun extras.
Price: £630 RRP