By >Daimaou - G.G-B
Sony Handycam HDR-TG1 VS Sanyo Xacti HD1000
So finally after the review, here’s the comparative between the Sony Handycam HDR-TG1 and the Sanyo Xacti HD1000, I underlined the most important thing and put in green the points that seemed the most attractive. Enjoy!
|Sony Handycam HDR-TG1||Sanyo Xacti HD1000|
|Design||Very compact, but square||Prominent Optics , but more stylish and good grip|
|Optical Stabilization||Great Performances||Weak point of Sanyo, the HD does not forgive!|
|Focus||Accurate, Focal point losses is rare||Difficult to follow sometimes|
|Video quality||Good quality, but a little fuzzy in Full HD with loss of detail (HD720 upscaled?)||Good quality but too much pixilated in FullHD (HD720 upscaled?), but good sharp / contrast|
|Video formats (some difficulties to find details for Sony)||Full-HD 1920×1080i and HDV 1440×1080i (16, 9, 7 and 5 Mbps), 640×480 and 640×360 (9, 6 and 3 Mbps)||Full-HD 1920 x 1080i (60 fields/s 12Mbps), HD-HR 1280 x 720p (60fps, 12Mbps), HD-SHQ 1280 x 720p (30fps, 9Mbps), TV-HR 640 x 480 (60fps, 6Mbps ), TV-SHQ 640 x 480 (30fps, 3Mbps), Web-SHQ 320 x 240 (30fps)|
|Video Codecs||HD : MPEG4 AVC/H.264 (.MTS proprietary formats) and SD : MPEG2||MPEG4 AVC/H.264 (.MOV, recognized without problems in 720p, but requires an earlier version of Quick Time to be read for FullHD -ver. 7.1.6-)|
|Awful , it is better to make a video screenshot||Good, but not excellent.|
|Lens||F1.8～2.3 (41-410mm 16 :9 without stabilization)||F1.8～2.5 (38-380 mm 16 :9 with/without stabilization)|
|Lens Accessories||Nothing||Wide 0.7x, FishEye and Zoom 1.6x|
|External Plug||Cradle, power supply, AV composite and HDMI||Cradle, power supply, headphones, external microphone, USB host (with adapter cable) and HDMI / AV composite (with cable adapter)|
|Memory Support||Memory Stick Pro Duo||SD & SDHC|
|Battery||6.8V 6.1Wh => 897 mAh||1900 mAh => better autonomy|
|Japan Price (1 US Dollar = 104 Yens)||90 000 ~ 100 000 Yen||50 000 ~ 60 000 Yen|
Neither is really better than the other , each having its own advantages and weaknesses. But as a general rule, professionals prefer the Sanyo Xacti HD1000 thanks to its optical options, the possibility to put an external microphone and the multitude of other options which suits to customers’ needs. Sony, with its Handycam HDR-TG1, aims clearly the general public who wants HD in his/her pocket, without any extras… it loses on ergonomics and menus, if you are apt to change theHDR-TG1 settings.
For now, the current market price for the HD1000 is half as much as the HDR-TG1 (probably simply because of how new to the market the TG1 is and its brand name), so, as Sanyo seems to have more video modes, longer battery life, uses SD memory cards which have become insanely cheap, and many other options that are simply not available on the Sony, this should give them a very good advantage. We imagine that there will be another Full HD Xacti announced soon (the HD1000 has been on the market for 1 year now) and we hope it receives an update correcting the weaknesses we have found during our review.
Sony is still new at the ‘ergonomic’ or vertical style, and will surely improve upon the TG1 as time goes by. Just because they are a little late in the game for these types of cameras doesn’t mean that they won’t come out with an incredible product to knock our socks off in the future, but for now, its really a simple matter of taste as to what you prefer regarding the cameras available today.
In conclusion, as each camera has its advantages and disadvantages and certainly both have been designed well, everyone should find the device which corresponds to their own needs, as both are should make their owner happy as long as they are purchased with the foreknowledge of the weaknesses/strengths of their camera.