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1. Sony DCR-TRV480 Digital8 Handycam
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2. Sony DCR-TRV280 Digital8 Handycam
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3. SONY Digital 8mm Video Walkman
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4. Sony CCD-TRV138 Hi8 Handycam Camcorder
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5. Sony DCRTRV260 Digital8 Handycam
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6. Sony DCRTRV460 Digital8 Handycam
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7. Sony DCRTRV250 Digital8 Camcorder
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8. Sony DCRTRV520 Digital Camcorder
9. Sony DCRTRV103 Handycam Digital
$467.99
10. SONY DCR-TRV460E PAL Digital8
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11. Sony DCRTRV240 Digital8 Camcorder
$328.99
12. SONY CCD-TRV428E PAL System Hi-8
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13. Sony DCRTRV140 Digital8 Camcorder
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14. Sony DCRTRV320 Digital Camcorder
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15. Sony DCR-TRV130 Digital8 Camcorder
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16. Sony DCRTRV120 Digital Camcorder
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17. Sony DCRTRV530 Digital8 Camcorder
18. Sony DCRTRV310 Handycam Digital
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19. Sony DCRTRV340 Digital8 Camcorder
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20. Sony DCRTRV350 Digital8 Camcorder

1. Sony DCR-TRV480 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0007M3PJY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 143
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Digital8 record/play, Hi8/8mm play only * digital photo mode * MPEG Movie EX mode * compatible with Memory Stick or Memory Stick PRO® (available separately) * 460,000-pixel CCD * 2-1/2" color touch-panel LCD * ... Read more

Features

  • Backward compatible with 8mm, Hi8 and Digital8 video tapes
  • Grow into digital video recording with a Digital8 Handycam camcorder that lets you watch all of your old analog video tapes in addition to filming new digital videos
  • 1/6-inch CCD Imager with 460K effective pixels
  • 20x optical zoom lens with 990x digital zoom
  • 2.5-inches SwivelScreen touch panel LCD display

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars A versatile choice
If you're looking to make that digital transition from your old 8mm, this one gives you the best of both worlds at an affordable price.This camcorder allows you to digitize all of your old analog tapes.I figured that with all of the additional features it has compared to the TRV280, it was worth 50 more bucks to go with the TRV480.

But if you plan on converting your stack of 8mms, you'd better give yourself some time.Capturing video and burning a "VCD" is a slow process.Depending on the speed of your computer it will probably take several hours per tape.So far I have only tried it with the provided USB cable.I would consider going with another cable and maybe even some other software.I've only had the camera for a couple of days, and so far all I have used it for is converting.I'll update this review in the near future.

4-0 out of 5 stars Camera is Nice, Software is Useless
I bought my Sony DCR-TRV480 a week ago, to replace a 9-year-old Sony Hi8 model.My primary requirements were for a model that would make it easy to capture aging 8mm tapes on DVD media, and provide 5-10 years of use for more family videos.My first reactions are that the camera will do the job, but that the provided DVD/VCD software is useless.I have not really tested the camera functions yet, beyond generating a few minutes of digital tape to play with for quality comparisons.Thus I must limit my thoughts to the software and the camera interface to my PC.[See my update below.]

My first goal was to capture some minutes of preexisting material on my PC to learn the process and explore the software.After diligently reading the manual, I discovered that to burn DVDs with the Sony software, you must own a Sony VIAO computer.Otherwise you are stuck with direct burning of VCDs, and that without any true editing capabilities.Further, Sony's software will only capture to MPEG-2 format with the use of a firewire/I-link/IEEE 1394 connection (not provided), and does not work with USB2.The direct VCD format is (I believe) MPEG-1.

That said, after an hour of reading and experimenting, I was able to burn a VCD from a preexisting tape using the provided USB2 cable.The process requires starting the application on the PC, then initiating the burn from the camera.(Be patient, it can take 20-40 seconds for the camera and software to shake hands and get to it.)Recording begins at the current location on the tape, puts in chapter marks at fixed (but configurable) time intervals, and quits when it sees a gap on the tape.The camera appears to be in control of the process.The manual does NOT say that the camera will refuse to start the process if you have not inserted a completely new CDR in your burner.It also automatically finishes the disk when blank tape is found, so you cannot add more segments to a half full disk.This will waste a lot of CD space if you have more than a few gaps on your original tapes (something I am very guilty of ;-)).After wasting 5-6 CDRs, I was pretty frustrated.The clincher was a number of computer lockups, apparently from some of the software failing to close when instructed to do so.(My OS is Win2K Pro on a new 2.8Ghz P4).

At this point, I was considering returning the camera.Luckily, my burner (from TDK) came with Roxio's DVDMax software, and I decided to see if it would do better.It did.I spent 5 minutes with the DVDMax tutorial, then set DVDMax to capture the USB2 input stream, and just hit play on the camera.Video worked on the first try, with Audio coming along when I realized that I was pointing the software at the wrong source.It was easy to capture segments, though the two devices are not linked at the control level, meaning that you have to start the camera playback and click the record button on the PC separately, the old fashioned way.The resulting quality from a variety of old tapes (standard 8mm, Hi8, new digital) is adequate for home movies, when set at 640x480 (I do not expect professional quality results, however much I would wish for them, especially with my older analog tapes).The Sony software limited me to a lower resolution when using the USP cable, though I should note that the manual suggests that higher quality is possible with a firewire connection.I am intending to test this in the next week or so, once I can buy the cable.I believe that DVDMax was able to get the higher 640x480 resolution through the USB cable, but I have not confirmed that at this writing.

After building a test movie with DVDMax, and checking it on the system in the living room, I deleted all of Sony's software, except the base driver, and will happily live without it.If you buy Sony, you will want to do the same, and use DVDMax or some other third party tool to capture, manage, and burn your movies on a PC.

UPDATE:I bought the Firewire cable (6 pin to 4 pin) and tested the capture system again with Roxio's DVD Builder.The camera and software linked up immediately, with the PC controlling the camera as needed.The camera delivered 720x480 frames with no problems, giving me a sample from a 15 year old standard 8mm tape, a newer Hi8 tape, and some Digital 8 footage taken with the new camera.Both the analog recordings were much better than the earlier test with the USB2 connection.The Digital 8 recording was excellent, though still not commercial quality.I expect I can get a further improvement on all my material if I get software with better rendering capabilities, which is the next purchase on my list.The Digital 8 recording also automatically separates out segments for editing with each record/standby transition you film, which is a nice feature for the future.The camera cannot do this for either analog format.

I have also been able to test the camera modestly.The zoom is better than my old camera, able to frame a large bird at 150 feet (optically, not digitally).Like all small camcorders, stability when zoomed in is a problem, but no worse than on our old camera.I do not like the zoom control:it is small and very sensitive.You use your right index finger to push/pull a small protruding control.With my large hands, I found it at the edge of awkward.A two-button design would have been much better.As for the rest, only time will tell. ... Read more


2. Sony DCR-TRV280 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B0007M3PJO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 260
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Capture high-quality digital audio and video with Sony's DCR-TRV280 Digital8 Handycam camcorder. The DCR-TRV280 features Digital8 recording for 3X the color bandwidth of VHS, providing you with stunning video performance. The CCD imager captures clear and detailed images for consistently outstanding image quality. With Sony's NightShot Plus infrared system you can capture natural looking video, even when shooting in low light. Don't let its compact design fool you, the DCR-TRV280 carries great power with the Stamina battery power management system, which allows you to continuously record for up to 12 hours on a single full charge1. Editing and sharing hours of video is easy with the i.LINK DV interface, which allows you to easily connect your camcorder to your TV or PC. Keep Subjects in Sight with 2.5-inch Swivelscreen LCD MonitorGet up Close with 20x Optical and 990x Digital ZoomUSB Streaming for Webcam Utility or video Conference ToolMinimize Shaking with SteadyShot Picture StabilizationRecords Superior Digital Video on Affordabel Hi8 or 8mm Tapes Stepping into the Digital age has never been easier with the DCR-TRV280. Featuring Digital Recording along with SteadyShot Image Stabilization and NightShot Plus Technology. ... Read more

Features

  • SteadyShot picture stabilization system
  • Go digital. Capture high-quality digital audio and video with Sony's DCR-TRV280 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder
  • 1/6-inch CCD imager with 290K effective pixels
  • 20x optical zoom lens with 990x digital zoom
  • 2.5-inch SwivelScreen LCD display

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST top bang-per-buck value in digital camcorders!
This is easily the best value DIGITAL camcorder out there today, hands down.'Digital8' is just as good as 'MiniDV' in terms of resolution and picture/audio quality.Why pay more for MiniDV?For under three 'Benjamins', you get reliable digital video and audio quality with over 500 lines of resolution, and a proven medium (Digital8) whose videotapes cost half as much or less than MiniDV tapes.The video quality in low light is also excellent, with a low light switch and feature that works great. And size-wise, the camcorder is not much larger than a MiniDV unit.It is feature-rich and comes with all the accessories you would need, including a charger, battery, lens cap, A/V cable for connection to your TV, a USB cable and software for connection to your PC or Mac.The owner's manual is one of the best i've ever seen, with very intuitive diagrams and easy to operate instructions.And the battery level meter and 'time left' indicator on the LCD view panel is very useful and amazing in it's detail and usefulness.Folks, this is one serious digital camcorder that is available 'for a song'!Great job Sony!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Family Camera
For under $300. you get a camera with a lot more than anyone would expect.Besides VERY good camcorder recordings, it also takes good snapshots.I've only owned mine a few days, but I'm already wild about it.Unless a person must have professional quality in a camcorder ($3,500+ and maybe a lot more), the DCR-TRV280 is a good choice - it is certainly a good buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camcorder
My husband and I were looking for a good camcorder that was functional but not too expensive. THIS is it!! For $300 we got a great camcorder that you can also take still shots with. Lots of features and very very easy to use. We have had it about a week, not really used it for lots of videoing, just getting used to it. But the quality of the recordings are great, the light is VERY BRIGHT and it picks up sound good too. We both give it 5 stars. It was just what we were looking for.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great value camera
I bought this camera for family videos and I wanted the ability to edit on my Apple Powerbook in iMovie.This camcorder is great for that.The video is very good, the tapes are cheaper than MiniDV, and the camera has a solid feel to it.If you want something smaller or more pro, you want to go with MiniDV probably anyway, but for home use and some basic editing and such, this is a great camera, especially for only $300.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome! (for the price)
For $300, THIS IS AWSOME! The + are: 20x zoom, USB connection, Effects, Titles, Lights, Small price, Nightshot plus, Stereo sound. The - are: Low lighting inside without all lights on, Low picture quality without computer editing. You can also play back video on your TV. Hope this review was usefull ... Read more


3. SONY Digital 8mm Video Walkman
by Sony

our price: $549.94
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Asin: B00006JQQ6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 7183
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Sony GVD-200 Digital8 video walkman is a portable, all-digital solution for downloading and editing video from Digital8 camcorders. It is also backward compatible with Hi8 and 8mm camcorders. This lightweight, portable unit lets you edit together 20 segments into a movie or presentation without the need for a PC.

The built in Assemble Editor lets you mark cut-in and cut-out points for up to 20 separate scenes. Use the Video Walkman as your source VCR, while controlling almost any remote capable camcorder or VCR, via Infrared, as your recorder. The Index Titler enables you to choose from 8 preset titles (such as Happy Birthday) or create custom titles (up to 22 characters) in 2 sizes, 7 colors, and 9 positions. The 2x playback allows for high-speed playback in forward and reverse, while the 2x playback zoom feature allows you to zoom into a selected area of the video.

Other features include:

    Included AC adapter; also compatible with optional InfoLithium batteries (NP-F550, NP-F750, or NP-F960)
  • Time Base Correction (TBC) replaces the video signal with a clean sync pulse, to correct timing errors
  • Digital Noise Reduction reduces chromanance (color) noise by 20% when recording
  • S-Video and composite input/output
  • PCM stereo digital audio
  • Sony's Crystal Clear still/slow motion and frame-by-frame advance

Tech Talk

  • Digital8 video: The Digital8 format, created by Sony, delivers high-quality digital video and audio, with up to 520 lines of horizontal resolution and either 12-bit or 16-bit PCM digital stereo audio.
  • PCM digital stereo audio: PCM stands for Pulse Code Modulation, which is the type of stereo digital audio system that is used on compact discs. Digital video cameras can record at the 16-bit level on two channels (CD-quality sound) or the 12-bit level, which divides the audio into four tracks (two recorded and two saved for postproduction editing and dubbing).
  • i.LINK: Sony's terminology for the IEEE 1394 standard for high-speed transfer of digital information. IEEE 1394 allows loss-free digital transfers between camcorders and PCs or other peripherals. If your computer has an IEEE 1394 port, you can transfer, edit, and save video from your IEEE 1394-equipped camcorder.

What's in the Box
Sony GVD-200 Digital8 video walkman, AC adapter/charger (C-L10A), RCA video cable, and mini male connecter to RCA female cable. ... Read more

Features

  • The Sony GV-D200 is an ultra portable VCR for recording and playing Digital-8 format videocassette tapes
  • Also plays Hi-8 and regular 8mm videocassettes
  • Integrated 20-segment assemble editing allows editing of up to 20 assembled scenes at a time
  • Built-in IEEE1394 FireWire iLink interface port allows easy and direct connectivity with digital camcorders and DV equipped Vaio and other comparably equipped computer systems
  • Composite ports allow tapes to be viewed on any TV

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for playing back old hi8/8mm tapes
If you are like me and have tons of old 8mm (or Hi8) tapes lying around, this 8mm Walkman is perfect. I upgraded to MiniDV but forgot to transfer my old 8mm tapes before giving my Canon 8mm camcorder away, so with this I'm not stuck with useless tapes. It plays back regular 8mm, Hi8, and also Sony's Digital8 formats. You can hook it up to a VCR or TV, and even to a DV-savvy PC. I capture my 8mm videos to my Fujitsu LifeBook C2210 laptop, using Windows Movie Maker 2 (download for free on Microsoft's website). I'm now about 40% done with transfering my old tapes, but I also enjoy hooking this up to my TV and playing back old tapes and re-living old memories. Ah, how time just flies... ... Read more


4. Sony CCD-TRV138 Hi8 Handycam Camcorder
list price: $289.99
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Asin: B0007M3PJ4
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 723
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Product Description

The CCD-TRV138 provides high quality video and audio recording. It includes NightShot Plus Infrared Recording for capturing video in No Light (0 Lux) and provides a built-in light LED for capturing video in vivid color while in difficult lighting situations.Quality Video and Audio at a Great Value with Hi8 Video Recording Keep Subjects in Sight with 2.5-inch Swivelscreen LCD Monitor Get up Close with 20x Optical and 990x Digital Zoom NightShot Plus 0 Lux Recording Captures Beauty Even in Darkness Easy Handycam Button Resets Your Camcorder Settings Back to Auto Mode With the Battery infor Button You'll Never Run Out of Juice Video Hi8 Recording - Records outstanding video quality up to 400 lines of horizontal resolution with Hi-Fi sound on affordable 8mm and Hi8 tapes.1/6-inch CCD Imager, 320K Pixels Gross - 1/6-inch CCD Imager with 200K (effective) pixels provides great detail and clarity along with exceptional analog video performance.20X Optical/990X Digital Zoom - The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition the Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zooms.2.5-inch SwivelScreen LCD Display (123K Pixels) ... Read more

Features

  • NightShot Plus infrared system
  • Sony's CCD-TRV138 Handycam camcorder offers outstanding Hi8 video and Hi-Fi sound recording at an affordable price
  • 1/6-inch CCD imager with 200K effective pixels
  • 2.5-inches SwivelScreen LCD display
  • 20x optical zoom lens with 990x digital zoom

5. Sony DCRTRV260 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B0001BVT0S
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 183
Average Customer Review: 3.14 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Digital8 Handycam camcorder and digital still camera with 460,000-pixel CCD
  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 990x) with Super SteadyShot image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch rotating LCD and black-and-white viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings, built-In white LED light, and manual focus
  • NP-FM30 InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery

Reviews (7)

3-0 out of 5 stars NOT backward compatible
This model is NOT backward compatible with old analogue Hi8 tapes. So, if you have some old footage from your old analogue camcorder that you want to dump into the computer, this is NOT the camera for you. I was told by the store that it would play them, but it doesn't. And Sony also agreed that it does not. That feature is not available until the 460. <br /><br />I can't comment on the record side of this camera, because I never even tested that. I tested its ability to play old tape first, and it does not, so back it goes.

2-0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Very slow to focus! Compared to older models it is very shakey as well. It does not hold a candle to last years trv250 model, so check your stores as I found last years model at a great price.

5-0 out of 5 stars love it
i love my new sony handycam it has nite vision and it has the usb cabel hookups and the a/v hookups even though they dont make a remote for it i dont care bout that i love this camera and i use it for skateboarding ....they also showed on the news that this and another model was the top two to own.. i love to make dvds outta of it

3-0 out of 5 stars If You Want Digital8, Get The TRV-460 Instead!
Someone stole my DCR-TRV240 camcorder, so I thought I'd purchase a DCR-TRV260 so that I could play my old Digital 8 tapes and continue converting my VHS tapes to digital. Big mistake! On the plus side, the TRV260 is somewhat smaller front-to-back than the TRV240. On the minus side: (1) The TRV 260 lacks the ability to make digital copies of VHS videotapes that the TRV 240 had. That is, the A/V jack is only "out," not "in/out." (2) There is no audio input jack or headphone jack, so you can't connect an external microphone or listen to the audio that you're recording. (3) There's no "Intelligent Accessory Shoe" so you can't connect an extra video light or a shotgun mike.

Since the DCRTRV250 mentioned in the February-March 2004 Amazon reviews is apparently no longer manufactured, if you're in the market for a new Digital8 camcorder, get the TRV 460 instead for $50 more. It has "Analog-to-Digital Conversion with Pass Through" (i.e., "Convert and/or record any analog NTSC video source to digital video via the analog inputs," even in real-time - which was not found on the TRV-250). In addition (and less important to me), the TRV-460 has the ability to record still pictures on a Memory Stick (instead of on the D8 tape), a remote control, and a "Touch Panel" LCD screen. The TRV460 still doesn't have #2 or #3 in the paragraph above, but at least it's closer to what I came to expect from the 240. When I receive my 460, I'm going to take all my analog and D8 videos and digitize them to a format readable by computers into the foreseeable future since VHS and D8 are both moribund. Buy the DCRTRV460 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder from Amazon.com!

2-0 out of 5 stars Like this model? Better buy TRV250 then!
Beware! It doenst have a remote control. Otherwise it is same as the TRV250 model. Still, it costs much more than TRV250. Better go and buy TRV250, it is amazing.
I also planned on buying TRV260, but just realized in time that 235 was certainly the better of the two, lesser price and you get remote control too! Now, thats a deal! ... Read more


6. Sony DCRTRV460 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $399.99
our price: $349.99
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Asin: B0001BW0U6
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 40
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Digital8 Handycam camcorder and digital still camera with 460,000-pixel CCD
  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 990x) with Super SteadyShot image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch rotating LCD and black-and-white viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings, Memory Stick Pro slot, and analog-to-digital conversion ability
  • NP-FM30 InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works Great, Good Battery Performance
I've been using the DCR-TRV460 for about six weeks and have been very pleased. I use it for home movies, transfer of my old 8MM tapes to the computer and burning Video CDs (MPEG-2 format).

Several reviews have mentioned poor battery performance and incompatability with generic batteries. I've had none of those problems. The battery supplied with the camera lasts about one hour. I bought a Duracell lithium battery on sale at Circut City for $30 and it lasts over two hours and works just like the Sony battery. I really like the battery management system that Sony provides which shows the charge status both when charging and when using the camera.

The touch screen controls are, in my opinion, a huge improvement over the mechanical buttons of previous Digital 8 models. One secret (when editing or transfering video to a PC) is to turn the screen completely around and click it back in place on the side of the camera. Then the camera can be easily controlled without the screen sticking out to the side.

I bought the Sony Digital 8 EZ Editor kit ($45 from Sony on clearance) which comes with a firewire card, cable and movie making software. It works great with my Windows XP PC. The PC sees the camera quickly when it's plugged in and even recognizes the model number. Capturing video, editing, adding backgroud music/transitions/titles, and burning video CDs has been very easy. I expect burning video to DVDs will work just as well.

The DCR-TRV460 is an inexpensive camcorder so it's CCD imager is small. It's video quality isn't as sharp as more expensive camcorders. However, for the price it does a lot of things very well. For home movies and amature video it's worked flawlessly for me. I play back the video on a standard 36" TV and the quality is fine. I also like the camera's compact size and it's ease of use which is an improvement from previous Digital 8 models. It also plays my old 8MM analog tapes and can convert them to digital output to the PC.

I bought the DCR-TRV460 at Ultimate Electronics for $340 ($400 list price less a 15% off promotion on any single item in the store). After using it for six weeks, I would buy it again.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Deal That Makes You Smile All The Way
Hi,

I bought a DCR TRV-460 about 10 days ago and have only shot an hour of video till now. But I am more than happy with the results and the ease of handling this camcorder. The picture quality is good. I agree that it gives you not more than 45 - 50 mins of battery time in one shot but then my requirements are such that I am comfortable with this so called drawback. I would have given it a 5 star rating but for the camcorder size.

I think this is the camcorder for the people who have a medium budget but do not want to compromise on the quality. I had a budget of $450 - $500 for the complete set that would include the Camcorder + 4 Tapes + Bag + 128 MB Memory Stick + Lens Cleaning Set and to be true, I got all this in less that $500 and the only thing that I had to compromise was the size. So for me, its a deal worth my TOTAL HAPPINESS.

For all those who think their needs are somewhat like mine, then I would definitely suggest DCR TRV-460. We have to remember one thing that if you have the budget, you can get whatever you want. But before buying an camcorder do sit down and analyze what would you be doing with it actually and if you are getting all that in a $399 camcorder then why do you want to spend more just because it has that added fancy feature.

Happy shopping..!!

-Anurag

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1-0 out of 5 stars Camera is a nightmare from hell
In addition to making you buy and new battery and memory stick, the Sony Corp sticks you with bad software which will not let you download your videos to your hard drive with music and special effects that have been preselected by Sony. There is no way to get rid of the music and special effects and just have the raw video as you made it. Its a perverted piece of software that leaves you stuck with someone else adding things to your videos that you don't want. Don't buy this camera, don't buy anything Sony. We just wanted a simple camera that would download to our computer so we could do what we wanted with our videos but all we got was a lot of extra expense and no freedom at all with our videos. ... Read more


7. Sony DCRTRV250 Digital8 Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, USB Streaming and Remote
by Sony
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B000087BV9
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1049
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The value-priced Sony DCR-TRV250 camcorder delivers all the benefits of Digital8 recording quality in a smaller chassis. In addition to its crisp, clear digital video and stereo audio, the TRV250 can also stream live and recorded moving video to a PC via USB. Transfer video to your PC via iLink interface (also known as FireWire) to edit your masterpiece with the included software.

Image Stabilization
Sony's SteadyShot picture stabilization smoothes and steadies your images without degrading picture quality. Sony does it with motion sensors--a more accurate system than those used by many other camcorders on the market.

Optics

  • 1/6-inch CCD with 460,000 gross pixels
  • 20X optical zoom
  • 700x digital zoom
  • f1.6-f2.4
  • Focal distance: 2.5-50mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/60 to 1/4,000 (AE mode)

More Features
Now you can capture video even in total darkness. Sony's NightShot system uses infrared light to capture images invisible to the human eye. You can shoot subjects such as a sleeping baby up to 10 feet away in total darkness. With the optional HVL-IRC NightShot light, you can even capture images from up to 100 feet away.

Sony's Stamina power management system and InfoLithium battery give the TRV250 incredible operating time. To keep tabs on battery life, Sony's AccuPower meter displays the number of minutes remaining--right in the viewfinder.

The TRV250 features a 2.5-inch color LCD (123,000 pixels) and a black-and-white viewfinder. The USB streaming feature can turn the TRV250 into a video conferencing tool or a Webcam, with the ability to stream 320 x 240 pixel video at 30 frames per second (compatible only with Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, and XP).

Digital8 Format
Digital8 camcorders deliver high-quality digital video and audio, with up to 520 lines of horizontal resolution and either 12-bit or 16-bit PCM digital stereo audio. The Digital8 format also allows for digital recording on 8mm or Hi8 tapes--the most popular camcorder format in the U.S.

Size and Contents
The TRV250 measures 3.63 by 4.00 by 7.88 inches and weighs 1 pound 12 ounces. This package includes the TRV250 camcorder, power adaptor/in-camera charger (AC-L15), InfoLithium rechargeable battery (NP-FM30), wireless remote (RMT-814), AV cable, lens cap, shoulder strap, USB cable, two AA batteries, and CD-ROM with PIXELA ImageMixer Ver. 1.5 and USB drivers. ... Read more

Features

  • Digital8 camcorder with 20x optical and 700x digital zoom
  • SteadyShot picture stabilization system
  • 2.5 inch color LCD and black and white EVF
  • NightShot infrared mode for lowlight shooting; built-in light, easy dubbing features
  • USB streaming feature, can turn camcorder into a video conferencing tool or webcam

Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great digital8 camera
We decided to go with the digital8 format for our upcoming first baby as the quality is similar to miniDV but the camcorders are about [$$$] less right now. Plus the Hi-8 tapes that digital8 uses are cheaper too.

I am very pleased with the results so far and it seems like an excellent camcorder. The low-light is good enough and the daylight is spectacular. I have already shot a clip of our dog, transferred via firewire to our PC, converted it to a smaller size and emailed it. The quality is great. I look forward to getting a DVD writer and archiving our baby videos.

If you like the Sony name and don't want to spend the [$$$] for a Sony miniDV camcorder, this is the one to get.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Bang for your Bucks
This camera is great. It does the job and fits into my budget. I was debating between this and the Canon ZR65 but found that this Sony has better quality. I checked at Best Buy to see the image quality and it helped a lot. The only benefit I saw in getting the canon was to take still pictures and it has a slot for memory card. But the still pictures are poor quality and meant for a digi-cam which I recently purchased too. =) This Sony trv250 camcorder gave me everything I wanted: best picture quality for lowest price, digital and capability to transfer to pc. When you watch the videos, the picture looks perfect. But once you record it onto vhs, you lose picture quality but that's due to the VHS technology. One of the main reasons I got this is to transfer the videos to my pc. The software it came with sucks. It saves it as .mpg which is great, but I couldn't even save a 20 mins video. It crashed several times. So I ended up using windows movie maker and it made my video fine but as an .avi format. I need to find a program that converts the .avi to .mpg so I can burn into vcd. One big flaw though is when you transfer the video using usb (it's 1.0, not 2.0), it becomes choppy, unbelievably choppy. I was scared I couldn't transfer videos anymore as it can get very annoying watching my home videos choppy. So I went out and got a firewire card and tried again and it worked smoothly. I was getting nervous about my purchase but it worked out. The night version is awesome. In a pitch dark room, I can see everything, in green. Its infrared vision makes me feel like a G.I. Joe. I took this camcorder out to the dessert and videotaped my trip and it came out well. My friends thought the quality was pretty good too. The accessories that I bought were a stand, NPFM70 battery that lasts 4+ hrs, camera protective lens for the dusty times (avoid scratches on the actual lens), digital8 tapes (it should've at least came with one, cheap-a*s Sony), and a camcorder backpack to keep everything. All in all, for the price of the camera, I think it was a great purchase.

4-0 out of 5 stars very pleased
I basically have been torturing my kitty learning this. But it's easy to use. I have sworn I cannot get good pictures of kitty because she does not slow down. Now I came have a kitty cam!! hehehe. Seriously, the pictures were sharp. I had now trouble loading there. It's small, compact and basically great fun for a cheap price. Hard to believe Sony that reasonable.

I only give it four stars because it I am still learning, so don't know enough about to give it really high rating as compared to others.

3-0 out of 5 stars Bad Customer Service
I had my camcorder for 4 months. I used it 3-4 times when I first got it. Than when I went on vacation (only days after the 90 warrantly expired) it did not work. When I called customer service when I got home, they told me it would cost $290 to fix it. I am still hashing it out with them, however they have not offered me an acceptable response so far. Basically I paid $360 for a camera I was only able to use 3-4 times, and now it's worthless. Even worse, if you read the troublshooting guide you will find that you will have problems when you take the camera to another climate. They claim it can adjust after 1 hour, but mine did not. Needless to say, I did not get to record any footage from my vacation...and I'm very unhappy with Sony.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing! Unbeatable product for the price!
Great quality, comfortable, easy operation. Wonderful night shoot feature. Amazing zoom power. Very handy remote control (Beware of TRV260 model that doesnt come with remote and still costs much more!)
A great buy at this price. I love the thin and wide mode too, it is fun. ... Read more


8. Sony DCRTRV520 Digital Camcorder
by Sony
list price: $1,099.99
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Asin: B00004WZR6
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 7008
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Sony DCR-TRV520 uses the Digital 8 format, which digitally recordsimages onto standard Hi8 tapes. If you're upgrading from an 8mm or Hi8 camera,this format gives you the combined benefits of digital image quality andbackwards compatibility with your old tapes.

A 25x optical zoom and 450xdigital zoom will bring your shots closer, and Sony SteadyShot imagestabilization technology will help to keep shakes and wobbles out of your video.For audio, the DCR-TRV520 offers 16-bit PCM digital stereo with 12-bit dubbing.If you prefer to shoot in the 16:9 widescreen ratio, this is also an option. Tocompose your films, you can use either the standard eyepiece viewfinder or a3.5-inch swivel color LCD display.

With Sony's LaserLink feature, playback canbe a snap--you just aim the DCR-TRV520 at the LaserLink receiver on select SonyTVs from up to 16 feet away, press play, and enjoy your videos directly on yourTV--without wires or cassette adapters.

If you're planning to digitally edityour videos on your computer, the Sony includes an industry standard IEEE 1394port (also known as iLink and FireWire) for image transfer and a Control-L(LANC) interface for connection to editing equipment.

Sony's Super NightShotinfrared system lets you capture footage in two modes. In standard NightShotmode, the camera uses available visible and infrared light to illuminate thesubject. With Super NightShot, an infrared LED on the front of the camera actslike an infrared spotlight: to the naked eye, it just looks like a standard redLED, but it produces enough infrared light to effectively illuminate the area infront of the camera.

The camera includes numerous extra features, including 14picture effects and a five-mode audio-video fader, end search (whichautomatically forwards your tape to the end of the last footage shot), editsearch, seven-mode program auto exposure, pass-through analog AV inputs, and anintelligent shoe for accessories. ... Read more

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars I love my camera!
It is not perfect,but I have used it at least once a week for two and a half years now. The zoom is out of this world! I have taken photos as close as two feet and really far away and have gotten super clear shots. I have taken still, moving and portraits. I like it. My friends like it too. It has a lot of flexability for taking pictures. For example; I run the camera and then when I plug it into my firewall I am able to take out still shots,the ones I want.I can also put my film on a video cassette.Personally, I would have rathered gotten a full version of the MGI software for the price I had to pay for the camera though. But I do like the software. I also shoot a lot in the dark. I'm using the night shot & super night shot right now.Super night shot works well although if there is a lot of movement, the pics are distorted. I plan to buy a light soon. Bottom line, I don't regret my purchase.Mechanically, I have had absolutely no problems. I have an 8 hour battery and I use the lcd screen to film. It is sufficeint.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good camera indeed
I've had my TRV520 for a little over a year now and I'm very pleased with it. The quality of the video when transferred to VHS is very high. The camera is implicitly easy to use and handle. But to be honest there were one or two things that I found disappointing: The quality of the stills taken are not that great. Unless the light on the subject is very good I find that the images are quite grainy. Do not buy this camera for excellent digital photos. You won't get um. The images are just okay. I'm in the market for a digital camera now. Another thing I find annoying is that the camera shuts off if there no activity for 3 mins. This is a 'battery saving mechanism' but I have not found a way to disable it if the the camera is plug into the AC outlet. Other than that, I think it's a very good buy and I won't be changing it anytime soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
I've owned camcorders before but never digital. Before I made my choice, I did a lot of research on the net. The Sony products always seemed to show up on the recommended lists. I have a friend who owns the DCR-TRV320 and decided to check it out. I was very impressed with the camera. The features of the 320 and the 520 are basically the same. I like the bigger LCD screen on the 520 though and went for that instead. I Nightshot feature is GREAT on these cameras. You can shoot virtually anything up to 10 feet away in TOTAL darkness. I recommend this camera to anyone looking for a high quality, fully featured digital camera. But note that you can always save some bucksn if you opt for the DCR-TRV320. One extra note though. Get yourself a longer lasting battery with your new camera. Or at least a spare one. Anyone who's owned a camcorder will tell you the same!

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent!
DCR-TRV520. I bought this Digitial 8 camera (I am not a previous user/owner of any camcorder) about 4 weeks ago after much prognosticating over the miniDVD format in the Panasonic and Canon brands for a similar price (I would have gone for the Sony miniDVD but didn't want to pay the extra bucks). So I made my decision based on the extra features of optical stablization, manual focus and the greater zoom capability - also I trusted the Sony brand more, but that reason was entirely subjective. I have not been disappointed with this camera. The stabilization is excellent - in fact, while I like compact cameras and would have preferred miniDVD because of size, this camera is not that much bigger, and increased size and weight may be an advantage as the camera feels solid and steady to hold. The auto focus is excellent - I may never need to use the manual focus unless I want to get really fancy. The zoom capability works very well, even at the highest mag., and is more useful than what I would have thought. This alone places it above the other miniDVD cameras including the Sony which have lower zoom. With iMovie, $50 from Apple (I have a Mac G3), the only extra I needed was the $30 Firewire cable (4 pin-camera, to 6 pin-Mac) and I was importing and editing the video. Also, I put in a Hi8 tape of our wedding and was amazed that this non-digital format was automatically transmitted from the camera into iMovie as digital information with no apparent loss in resolution! Regarding memory stick, with iMovie there does not seem to be a way to directly import the stills, but if they are first copied to the tape, then they can be imported. However, the resolution after doing this is no better than a still made with iMovie from video. Maybe the resolution will be better after direct import, but I doubt it. In Photoshop a video still and memory stick import from tape has the same pixel count as specified for the still camera - 680 x 460 I think or thereabouts. Some people say the memory stick stills suck in resolution - they are not that bad. Hey, you're buying a camcorder first and foremost, not a digital camera. One other reason I got this camcorder was that some reviews said the Canon and Panasonic miniDVD didn't work too well at low light levels. I've never tried those cameras, but I can also tell you that this Sony I bought works great at low light as well. Sony 520 versus 320 - I went for ther 520 because of the bigger LCD display - I'm glad I did - the extra size is excellent as you can replay what you have shot and easily see it on the screen. Overall, this camera has no weaknesses and some advantages. Another thought - if you are considering buying Hi8 or even 8 so you can get a cheaper camcorder - don't! There is so much you can do with digital if you have the computer. and the video quality if better. Its worth the extra bucks. Cheers!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camcorder
When we bought this camcorder I was a little worried, since I never handled a camcorder before. I had no problems! It was so lightweight and easy to use. I love the display that tells you how much time is left on the battery. I would recommend this camcorder to everyone! ... Read more


9. Sony DCRTRV103 Handycam Digital Camcorder
by Sony

Asin: B00000JMO3
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 6519
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 360x digital zoom
  • High-quality Digital 8 format
  • Infrared night video capability
  • Stereo recording
  • 2.5-inch swivel LCD screen

Reviews (20)

5-0 out of 5 stars Hard to beat this one
I have had this camera for about 3 months, and I am very satisfied with the quality of the camera itself (not surprising from Sony), and the quality of the results. Considering the resolution (500 lines, compared to 240~260 for VHS & 400 for S-VHS, both of which are analog), I don't really see any great advantage to going with DV technology, except that a full digital camera is a bit lighter and the fact that you can record up to 2 hours on a DV tape, compared to 1 hour on either 8mm or Hi8 tape. I use both tapes, by the way, and there is no readily noticeable difference in quality. As far as the weight, since I do a lot of handheld recording, I find that I like this one better because a lighter camera is more difficult to keep steady. The recording sound quality is very good also, as well as being able to record in darkness! The ONLY, and I mean ONLY thing about this camera that bothers me is the fact that more of the on-camera controls are not duplicated on the remote control, such as fades, backlight, etc. I do a lot of active videography, and even though I have a very steady hand, it's very hard not to jiggle the camera when trying to turn on a fade or the backlight or one of the picture processing modes. Other than that, I would highly recommend this camera to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb camcorder especially for sub $1000 models.
Originally I wanted a DV model camcorder but I couldn't find one that I really liked that was under $1000. I had looked at the Sony Digital 8 format and thought it was a great idea so I bought this model. I has the features I wanted; DV firewire in/out, S-video in/out, rca a/v in/out, it's stereo, and has a built in 2.5" lcd monitor. The separation on the stereo audio is quite good considering how the left/right mic pickups are in the same chasis. I have yet to hear scanner motor noise in the audio either and it has an external stereo mic input if you want to get a higher quality mic. I used it on an overcast day in the country to get some footage of the dark clouds and the audio was beautiful. The tapes I've tried using are regular 8mm tapes and it came with a Hi-8 tape and to be honest I have yet to see a difference in the video quality (although years from now there may be more dropouts).

If you want manual white balance, you'll have to pay more, but for what this camcorder cost's, it's amazing. Highly recommended!

1-0 out of 5 stars Former Sony customer
My wife purchased a Sony camcorder model DCR-TRV-103 in the summer of 2000 and gave it to me as a gift for to take on our 25 day tour of Europe in September ,2000. After familiarizing myself it I never had a reason to use it until on our trip. About half way into the trip the unit failed in Rome , Italy with about two weeks left on our tour. After returning home I sent it to a Sony Service Center near St. Louis and received it back about a month later. I did not use it again until the following August for about 15 min. to record a Christening at our church and it Worked o.k. I didn't use it again until Christmas day to record our last holiday in our present home .All our family was present. After nearly an hour I checked to see if the cassette had finished and I was shocked to see it had failed with the same exact failure as the first .I believe it should have held up longer than two hours of recording time since the repair but not so. Now Sony refuses to make the repair good ...

5-0 out of 5 stars So Easy & So Sophisticated
For a unit with advanced features,this unit is remarkably easy to use (even for the klutz in the family). It self adjusts and the many buttons for personalized adjustsments are right at your fingertips. It makes videotaping easy so you can focus on the object and enjoy the event you're taping. Ergonomic, Easy, Affordable Yet Jammed with Sophisticated Features.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic camcorder
This is a fantastic camcorder for the beginner through to the more advanced user. The features on this model are great and given the ease with which you can capture and edit it on a PC or Mac, I would recommend this model for anyone interested in producing low budget digital home movies. With numerous digital and picture affects, it is a great buy and great value for money, especially given it's lasting Digital 8 format. A great buy and I recommend it to anybody. ... Read more


10. SONY DCR-TRV460E PAL Digital8 Handycam(R) Camcorder
by Sony

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Asin: B0001NBHLW
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 5056
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Features

  • THIS PAL SYSTEM SONY DCR-TRV460E WAS MADE FOR USE OUTSIDE THE U.S. -- IT COMES WITH NO U.S. WARRANTY, AND REQUIRES A PAL SYSTEM TV OR MONITOR FOR PLAYBACK
  • This advanced Digital8 Handycam(R) camcorder brings home the best digital features at the price of an analog
  • With a huge 2.5 SwivelScreen(TM) LCD display, a monstrous 20X optical zoom, NightShot(R) Plus infrared recording, USB streaming and Stamina(R) Battery Power Management, this camcorder has everything you need to bring home great footage every time!
  • Touchscreen operation via LCD
  • Digital still image capture onto convenient Memory Stick(R) Media (sold separately)

11. Sony DCRTRV240 Digital8 Camcorder 2.5" LCD with USB Streaming
by Sony
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B000063LGI
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 3198
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Sony DCR-TRV240 Digital8 camcorder is a well-specified model with both DV in and out connections, making it ideal for those wishing to edit digital footage on a PC. Sony's new Digital8 cameras are more compact than previous models. The TRV240 sits neatly in the hand and is light enough to use without effort. Digital8 has the added advantage of being able to play your old analog Hi8 tapes. It's also a less expensive way into digital video than MiniDV camcorders, both in respect of the cameras themselves and tapes.

Digital video comes as a real surprise after analog systems, the image quality is superb and free of all the noise associated with analog systems. Digital8 offers a resolution of 500 lines, over twice that of VHS. The superb Super SteadyShot picture stabilization system means you can produce good, shake-free shots. Sound is also digital, and the built-in microphone is adequate--as long as you remember to keep quiet yourself--but an external one is an idea for more serious work.

There are a wealth of features, many controlled by a menu system on the LCD screen. This helps keep the number of buttons down, but can be tiresome to navigate. Getting started is easy, as everything comes set at automatic. Just pop in a tape and away you go.

The camera boasts a remarkable level of zoom: a healthy 25x optical backed by digital zoom that extends this to 700x. At higher levels, however, the picture degrades considerably and you are advised to keep the digital zoom within reasonable levels. Usefully, the display indicates when you've exhausted the power of the optical zoom and are about to move to digital zoom. The zoom control reacts to pressure, right down to a gentle creep.

There's little else to do for easy shooting. There's a manual backlight button and exposure control. It has 16:9 support, which simply cuts strips off the top and bottom of the image so that, when replayed on a wide-screen television, the image fills the screen. This does of course cut back the image resolution a little. It can also take stills, fitting over 500 on a tape, though the quality of these do not make it a sufficient replacement for a high-quality digital camera.

Battery life is enough for a day trip, but spare or better high-capacity batteries are a wise investment. A full charge takes an hour and a quarter and is good for about an hour's continuous use. If you can resist using the LCD, you might get an extra half an hour. High-capacity batteries that can provide up to 10 hours use are available separately.

Another interesting feature is the time-lapse function, enabling you to film flowers opening and so forth. The Super NightShot mode offers a green-hued recording in darkness thanks to an infrared lamp below the lens. The multitude of buttons can be daunting, but after a while you begin to wish the camera had more to offer direct access to some of these features.

The edit modes include the ability to select scenes, which is excellent if a little fiddly to use. It outputs and inputs analog video either in composite or S-VHS and comes supplied with a composite lead and SCART converter, but includes no S-VHS lead. Digital input and output is via iLink, also known as FireWire or DV-in/out. There's also the ability to output video directly to a PC using a USB cable, enabling you to view them on your PC screen. It can even act as an analog to digital converter, feeding the signal through the camera to another device.

The TRV240 is a sophisticated and capable camera with an impressive feature list that'll take considerable time to explore fully. Having tasted what can be done with a digital camcorder, you won't ever want to go back to analog. --Miles Berkeley

Pros:

  • Sophisticated digital camcorder, yet easy to get started shooting
  • Impressive feature list: time-lapse function, digital still capability
  • 25x optical zoom lens

Cons:

  • Will need to invest in extra batteries to shoot comfortably all day
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Features

  • Digital8 camcorder
  • 25x optical, 700x digital, zoom with Super SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 2.5 inch color LCD monitor and black and white EVF
  • Records digital stills onto tape
  • Features pass-through analog inputs, and mic input

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing little camera!
This is an extremely versatile bit of technology, with a lot of very clever features. It's backward compatible with Hi-8, and has a useful digital pass-through capability that makes it invaluable in editing other video sources.

I simply don't understand the complaints regarding battery life, tape loading, or low light performance. At this price point, and considering the competition, Sony is way ahead of the game.

Two suggestion for all users:

1) Spring [$$$] for a UV or skylight filter to spare the lens.

2) Spend [$$$] for a Firewire card to take advantage of the i-Link port. You can edit video like a pro, record it back onto Digital 8, or even push it back out to any VCR.

If you want to be a professional, get a professional camera, for about [$$$]. If you want to have fun, get this camera and spend the rest on a vacation to try it out!

4-0 out of 5 stars USB streaming / Firewire
This camera works just fine; and despite having a few too many bells and whistles for my taste, the picture is as good as my trusty eight year old Sony camcorder that died last summer. BUT!!!... Be aware that the USB streaming capability that is touted as a selling point is absolutely useless. The USB's connection is slow enough that it's impossible to get anything other than jerky, dark, over-compressed video with tons of dropped frames and terrible sound.
The SOLUTION though, is simple if you have a reasonably new computer with plenty of muscle: ... I picked up an i.link / FireWire card with a video rendering chipset built in that gives me the decent quality video for burning VCD's that I expected. USB bad. FireWire good, camera good. 'Nuf said.

5-0 out of 5 stars very nice!
I bought this camcorder about a year ago & have been very pleased with it. It's a good size, easy to use, & has lots of cool components, especially for the price. I wouldn't buy anything other than a Sony!

3-0 out of 5 stars USB connection total garbage
whoefully disapointed with the quality of the video coming from the usb connection. the analogue outs are much much better. so here we have a situation where the analogue is better than the digital out.

plan on buying a video capture card in order to get decent video to your pc.

4-0 out of 5 stars Indoor recording seems fine
The DCRTRV 240 seems fine in normal indoor lighting conditions, i.e. daylight or ceiling light. The image quality is comparable to what I get with an analog Sony CCDTRV608 (Hi8) camera. If the room is darker (early in the morning or if the blinds are pulled for example), the colors do look dull, and there seems to be a lighting threshold beyond which the image quality goes down sharply. But I don't see why most people would want to record in such low light anyway.

The reviews that say the camera records poorly indoors gave me pause before I bought the camera, but to me it looks fine indoors during the day or if the ceiling lights are on.

I give it four stars because of the short battery life--about 1 hour with the standard battery. Sony could do something about the battery. ... Read more


12. SONY CCD-TRV428E PAL System Hi-8 Camcorder
by Sony

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Asin: B0001N7SWO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2615
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Features

  • THIS CAMCORDER WAS MADE FOR USE IN COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE U.S. -- IT COMES WITH NO APPLICABLE U.S. WARRANTY & REQUIRES A PAL FORMAT TV OR MONITOR FOR PLAYBACK
  • Bring home more than just rapidly fading memories -- with this Hi-8 Camcorder you can view memorable moments again and again in rich detail and vivid color!
  • Large 2.5 SwivelScreen(TM) LCD display
  • NightShot Plus infrared recording system
  • Powerful 20X optical zoom with 990X digital enhancement

13. Sony DCRTRV140 Digital8 Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Video Light & USB Streaming
by Sony
list price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000634T4
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2298
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

You can find digital camcorders for slightly less than the Sony DCR-TRV140, but you won't get Sony's quality and extensive feature list. Captured video proved to be of high quality, whether we viewed it on our TV or transferred it to our PC via the speedy FireWire connection or USB.

The USB connection can also be used for setting up the TRV140 as a Webcam via their USB streaming technology. It took some playing around with the Pixela Image Mixer software before we could get the device working properly. In general, a dedicated Webcam would be a better device for this purpose.

But as a digital camcorder, we were quite pleased with the TRV140. Its 20x optical zoom (and 560x digital zoom) allowed for extreme close-ups, while the Super NightShot infrared mode allowed us to record in complete darkness. The mode automatically adjusted the shutter speed during night recording, resulting in a brighter, sharper image than Sony's normal NightShot mode.

The TRV140 isn't without faults. It won't accept inputted video or play back old Hi-8 or 8mm tapes recorded in analog mode, and the battery lasted only about an hour during our tests. But you can purchase Sony's optional NP-FM91 battery pack, which extends battery life to over 10 hours.

The TRV140 has the typical boxiness of the Handycam, but it weighs only a little more than two pounds, with battery. It's comfortable to hold, and its button layout will prove quite familiar to previous Handycam users. It also comes with a remote control for handling the camera's functions from a distance.

Selling for under $500, the TRV140 is a great digital camcorder for users who intend to edit video on their PCs for distribution to the Web for or burning to CD or DVD. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • 20x optical zoom
  • Super NightShot mode
  • High-quality digital video

Cons:

  • Somewhat short battery life
  • Can't play back analog Hi-8 or 8mm
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Features

  • Digital8 camcorder
  • 20x optical, 560x digital, zoom with image stabilization
  • 2.5 inch color LCD and black and white EVF
  • Features a digital photo mode
  • Comes with NightShot mode and digital faders and effects

Reviews (36)

5-0 out of 5 stars High Quality Digital8 Recording
The DCR-TRV140 is Sony's lowest level digital camcorder, but it is not low-level at all. It records picture at a stunning 520 lines of resolution and sound in PCM digital stereo. You can truly see the difference in picture quality between Digital and Hi8 or VHS-C. The Digital8 system records digital pictures on inexpensive Hi8 tapes. It's got an incredibly large 20x optical zoom. Optical zoom is the most importaint type of zoom because there is no loss of picture quality. It also has a 560x digital zoom which is less importaint because, the farther you zoom, the worse the picture quality gets. One of the most amazing features of this camcorder is the Infared Super NightShot. What it does is project an infared light, invisible to the human eye, allowing you to see in no light at all. It comes with various special effects and fade options. The FM30 InfoLithium battery allows use for 3 hours (1 hour w/LCD). It includes an i.Link DV Interface (IEEE1394) for editing video on your computer. It also allows you to have streaming video via USB. This camcorder is a good, moderately priced introduction to digital video with features surpassing those of other brands.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Digital8 is all you need for hi-res digital videos!
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF DIGITAL8 a 520 line video & hi-fi stereo!!

The DCR-TRV140 Digital8 Video camera recorder (Digital Only). This camcorder is awesome. This is Sony's introductory level Digital8 model. The DCR-TRV-140 is a low price, high value, versatile and sophisticated video cam. This is all you will ever need.

Bottomline - This is what you get; uses Hi8 or Digital8 video tape (the simple difference is a 120 minute Hi8 tape converts to a 60 minute Digital8), 20x Optical Zoom (Most important zoom which maintains hi-res feature), 560x digital zoom ( loses hi-res feature when magnified - I recommend staying with OPTICAL ZOOM ONLY!), 2.5 hi-res color LCD screen (opens 90 degrees & can be rotated 180 degrees with an auto mirror image), built-in light with 5 foot range, remote control & sensor, Steady shot (stabilizer), USB streaming, DVIn/Out - Sony iLink (BEST FEATURE - A 4 pin 2 way FireWire(IEEE-1394) for direct digital video & stereo transfer with no signal loss), digital effects, frame recording, hi-fi sound, interval (lapse) recording, SUPER NightShot ( shooting in a dark room without light), backlit feature ( allows to subdue rear light to increase foreground subjects lighting) and much, much more.

This camcorder comes with a 3 hour battery (its real life is about 75 minutes using the LCD screen. The actual battery time remaining is displayed on the LCD screen. The stabilizer eliminates the camera jitter and the hi-res digital pictures are awesome. The supplied video cables allow you to hook up to a tv or vcr. The video transfer via USB (with supplied PC software) or the awesome Sony iLink (FireWire)allows a 2 way direct digital link to a DVD recorder (ie Philips DVDR-985, DVD+RW (rewriteable) or DVD+R (one time) SEE MY DVDR-985 REVIEW).

In Summary - this is an OUTSTANDING DIGITAL8 Video Camcorder. Again this a DIGITAL ONLY unit. The DVR-TRV140 is a great economical way to move into the hi-res (520 line) digital world. Transferring to PC or DVD burner is so simple and digital pictures & hfi stereo sound is the only way to go. Enjoy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Eject tape broke and Sony won't fix it
We had been very happy with this camcorder - until we pulled it out to take Christmas pictures of our 15-month old son and the camcorder wouldn't record. It wouldn't eject the tape, and after repeated calls to customer service, we've been told that they'll pay for parts, but the labor to fix it is just over $200. Unfortunately even though we've only used the camcorder for under 15 hours, we're outside the 90 days for labor warranty (who'd have thought the camcorder would be unusable after under 15 hours of use?).

Still waiting on a callback from customer service, but having gone up 4 levels already, it's not looking like they'll fix the product.

Think our model will be headed for the trash - and we'll be looking at anything BUT Sony for future purchases. I would definitely steer clear of a Sony after this experience.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great starter digital camcorder
When I first started to look at camcorders I didn't know exactly what I wanted. The number of features was overwhelming and I wasn't sure which ones would prove valuable. I ended up decided on a set of core features: digital recording, reasonable size, good zoom and computer connectivity.

I finally ended up with the TRV-140 and it has been great. It is a standard handcam size, which means it fits comfortably in your hand but isn't tiny. The 20x optical zoom is very nice. I have yet to need the digital zoom and haven't even considered buying a telephoto lens.

To connect the camera to your computer all you need is a firewire card and the right cable (4 pin to 6 pin). Transferring video was as simple as connecting the cable. Windows XP immediately recognized the camera and I was able to capture and edit film using the MovieMaker software included with XP.

My only complaint is the battery life. The standard battery doesn't last very long, especially if you use the LCD. Consider picking up a second battery when you purchase the camcorder. Sony has a couple of offerings, but all are rather expensive. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, check out the compatible batteries made by Duracell or Ray-o-vac.

5-0 out of 5 stars I bought one too
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Its a very good camera for the price and as my old camera was a hi-8 canon Ex1 I didnt have to go out and buy new tapes either as the 140e uses hi-8 tapes. I didnt use the pixelA software as it is rubbish, instead I use Pinnacles Studio8 which allows me to download and convert my video to burn to cd or dvd between different formats. Firewire works well and all functions are simple to use. Image quality is good.

The only blots on its copybook are for me the disabled control facilities from the higher models (you can re-enable them if you know what you are doing) and the lack of DV in (again this can be fixed) finally the lack of an external mic socket...which I'm looking into sorting out...

overall...very good buy.

Ray. ... Read more


14. Sony DCRTRV320 Digital Camcorder
by Sony
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B00004U2JZ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 3354
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Uses Digital 8 format for movies and Memory Stick for stills
  • 25x optical, 18x digital, 450x total zoom
  • IEEE 1394 interface
  • SteadyShot digital image stabilization
  • NightShot infrared system

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great, But......
I found this camcorder perfect for a 12 yr old, but I do belive the memory stick and still photos are a bit much. It has some way cool picture effects (negative, mosiac) and some great features (nightshot, 450x zoom)

It has an increddibly compact size for a camera of its capabilities. I now use it to video parties, and school productions which i make alot of money out of.

However, I do think, that like the analog range, it needs a built in light, so you dont need to pay extra for it to attach to the IAS. (Intellegent Accsoeries Shoe).

Happy Buying!

4-0 out of 5 stars Handheld Video Studio
Even tough I don't own this model, I own one very similar... The DCR-TRV103. This is the newer version of the model up (TRV310)and it has only gotten better. I purchased the camera for making a claymation movie and an action short for a class project. I spent over 200 hours working with all the footage and the firewire port is invaluable! Not only is the sound and video quality unparelleled, the speed at which it is transfered keeps you from getting bogged down waiting for the video to load. The night vision, remote control and special effects provided in the package are superb quality and easy to use. As for durablity, my camera was hit by gravel from car tires and a hail of exploding fireworks and has escape them without even a ding. The only problems I really faced with the camera where the short battery lifes on the stock battery. However, a replacement 8 hour is around $100 and is a good replacement for the 1.5 hour if you plan to film a wedding or long birthday party. Another more-minor problem was the echo-effect on the sound at a distance, however, this plagues every other camera on the market and can be easily fixed with an external microphone from radio shack. Also, the digital recording process takes double the normal recording on 8mm tapes, so if you don't transfer the video off the camera and re-record over, find a place that sells the tapes cheap. Other than that, however, the camera has worked perfectly and has produced some very high-quality video for a non-commerical video camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent buy!
For the price, this is the best buy for the money....it takes excellent video footage...the only drawback is the battery life is short..need to purchase at least the 8 hour capacity (very expensive)...

4-0 out of 5 stars Tons of features....and really a good buy
My first handycam was an F series bought 8 years ago. After 5 years it was broken beyond repair. I was itching to get one and finally did about a week ago.

I was surprise how far the handycam has evolved. I was the production engineer back then in Sony Handycam production line. Even spent 3 month in Sony Minokamo(where current handycam is produced... check your handycam label) in Japan for training. This is a good product for beginner, intermediate and even an expert. It has all the function you need. I think you have read all the pros regarding the handycam.

The low points for me are:

1. The supplied batteries lasts less than an hour. You'd better get another one. But it is very expensive. In fact all Sony products and accessories are expensive.

2. They eat up lots of tape.

3. For F450 model (8 years ago) the battery charger is external and you can charge the battery and still using your camera. But for this handycam the charger is external and when you are recharging the battery you will not be able to use the camera.

Other than that, everything is great. I bought a DV link card using the i-link IE3944, but the card was unusable and I return it to the supplier. Still waiting for a replacement. I would like to create a movie using this card.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for High Quality Home Movies.
This little number is a great step up from DCR-TRV310. I'm Not sure why, but the number is higher, and in my experience that means that it is way better and should cost alot more. I greatly recommend it with the 2.5in screen. Anything larger sucks the life out of a battery like, the KC Chiefs suck the fun out of Monday Night Football. You'll find the zoom is very suitable for most situations. The Info-Lithium batteries are a serious point in favor of the Sony brand family over its competitors. Knowing how much time you have left to shoot is priceless in those once-in-a-lifetime situations. In California, and sweeping quickly east, is the Phenomenon I dubbed "Green Porn". With Sony's 0-lux technology, you call literally see/film in pitch black. The ablitity to create a sensuous mood with the green glow that 0-Lux provides is amazing. It's like wathing The Nature Channel. Overall, if you don't have the money for the big time digitals and don't want junk. Then this is the Cam for you. Happy Honeymoon! ... Read more


15. Sony DCR-TRV130 Digital8 Camcorder
by Sony
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B00005A3M0
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2631
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Digital8 camcorder, uses Hi8 tapes
  • 20x optical (28x digital--560x total) zoom with SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 2.5-inch color LCD monitor with black and white EVF
  • Records still images onto tape
  • Uses Sony NP-F330 InfoLithium battery, included; includes wireless remote control

Reviews (15)

4-0 out of 5 stars New Owner and very pleased !
I visited several sites, and looked at a lot of product reviews. But after reading some of the reviews here, I decided to take the plunge! I purchased mine for ... less than the stated price here, even though I'm not pleased with the customer service I received from the store I bought it at, I VERY please so far with MY NEW Sony DCR-TRV130! I also brought the infrared unit and can't wait to try it out! I going to get the upgrade for my PC, and I will be set.
OOPs almost forgot, both the DV Camcorder kit, and the ULEAD will require updates you can find on their websites to work with XP and they're signed.

Thanks again to all those who took the time to write a review. You, and Amazon.com were VERY helpful in my deciding to make this purchase.

Ok..upgrades in place, and BOY was it a chore! But I'm STILL VERY PLEASED with this camcorder. I got a 1394 Firewire (Home DV Editing Kit) made by SIIG, Inc., which is supported by XP. and increased memory to 512MB. Why was it a chore? Because I let COMPUSA do the upgrade. I must say they did offer to assist me in getting my camcorder to work with the new upgrades with also included a NVIDA Geofore 2MX 100/200, but BELIEVE me...save yourself the hassle, and do it yourself! In the end I did just that! All I had to do once I got everything set up was make sure my camcorder was turned to VCR BEFORE connecting it to my pc, and before opening any editing programs. I have ULEAD VideoStudio, and MS MovieMaker, and Windows Media Player, all work well together. I was able to make stills, and a CD with ease! This camcorder is GREAT no matter what anyone says! I still give it a four because it was a hassle to get to work with my PC. I almost gave up, but glad I didn't. You will need to get patches for the 1394 kit, and ULEAD from their websites to work with XP. Both are digitally signed. Also don't put an antivius program to the 1394 ports.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sony DCR-TRV130 Digital8 Camcorder
This camera is excellent. Excellent Price, excellent features. Picture quality excellent with Stereo Sound. Digital8 holds it's own against MiniDV. And for the price I paid for this Sony CamcorderYou will not be disappointed. Believe me. Nightshot is Off the hook. Super Nightshot is unbelievable. Digital Stills on tape is good, would of perferred a memory stick but for [money], can't complain. To sum everthing up, If you want a guality digital camera for a cheap price, do not overlook this camera. You would be a fool if you did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice Camera
I've had this camera for almost a year now, and it's the first movie camera of any kind I've ever used. I have a digital still camera (an olympus 2100cz) so I'm not a neophyte.
I'm finding it easy to use. I use to film my wifes speaking engagements. So i've used this camera in a small room with only 5 or 6 people in it, or in very large auditorium with 200 or so people in it. It worked beautifully. The remote helps a lot when using a tripod. It does an especially nice job picking up audio even at distance.
I had to get a special cable to do transfers to my Macintosh, but once on the mac everything gets really easy.
I guess it doesnt have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive cameras, but if you look over the stats in the discription above, you should be able to figure out this one is for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for starters
This camera was given to me for Christmas a couple of years ago. It has good video quality, and the ability to play back the tape using an S-video jack. The fade options are limited when compared to other Sony products, but for an entry level camera it is a good value. I recommend this camera to anyone who just wants to record special occasions and for playing around. If you are a serious shutterbug, I would recommend something with more bells and whistles.

Overall this camera is a very good quality at a reasonable price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Digital revolution for computer owners who want versitility
Features of this compact camera holds the interest of all who enjoy movies to still pics importable to the internet. It has great resolution and 16 bit sound for real high quality out sourcing and zooms out 560x with super-night shoot for low level lighting sceenes. It can be used to stream videos over the net or dub movies to your vcr. ... Read more


16. Sony DCRTRV120 Digital Camcorder
by Sony
list price: $899.99
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Asin: B00004WZPY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 6462
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Sony DCR-TRV120 uses the Digital 8 format, which digitally recordsimages onto standard Hi8 tapes. If you're upgrading from an 8mm or Hi8 camera,this format gives you the combined benefits of digital image quality andbackwards compatibility with your old tapes.

A 25x optical zoom and 450xdigital zoom will bring your shots closer, and Sony SteadyShot imagestabilization technology will help to keep shakes and wobbles out of your video.For audio, the DCR-TRV120 offers 16-bit PCM digital stereo with 12-bit dubbing.If you prefer to shoot in the 16:9 widescreen ratio, this is also an option. Tocompose your films, you can use either the standard eyepiece viewfinder or a2.5-inch swivel color LCD display.

With Sony's LaserLink feature, playback canbe a snap--you just aim the DCR-TRV120 at the LaserLink receiver on select SonyTVs from up to 16 feet away, press play, and enjoy your videos directly on yourTV--without wires or cassette adapters.

If you're planning to digitally edityour videos on your computer, the Sony includes an industry standard IEEE 1394port (also known as iLink and FireWire) for image transfer, and a Control-L(LANC) interface for connection to editing equipment.

Sony's Super NightShotinfrared system lets you capture footage in two modes. In standard NightShotmode the camera uses available visible and infrared light to illuminate thesubject. With Super NightShot, an infrared LED on the front of the camera actslike an infrared spotlight: to the naked eye, it just looks like a standard redLED, but it produces enough infrared light to effectively illuminate the area infront of the camera.

The camera includes numerous extra features, including 14picture effects and a five-mode audio-video fader, end search (whichautomatically forwards your tape to the end of the last footage shot), editsearch, seven-mode program auto exposure, pass-through analog AV inputs, and anintelligent shoe for accessories. ... Read more

Features

  • Digital 8 format
  • 25x optical zoom and 450x total zoom
  • IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interface
  • SteadyShot electronic image stabilization
  • NightShot infrared system

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera. No complaints.
I got one of these used a few years ago after doing some research into the features and reputations of similar cameras. I've had no problems with it.

Video quality is excellent, and it works seamlessly with iMovie, which I use for editing.

I disabled the digital zoom (which degrades the picture quality); 25X optical zoom is already impressive, especially with the SteadyShot camera-shake compensation.

The camera operates surprisingly well with low light, even without engaging NightShot.

The "digital still photo" feature on any video camera is essentially a gimmick, so I'm not counting this camera's poor still-photo quality in my rating. Even the cheapest pocket digital camera will take a better still photo than a high-priced video camera -- so hey, buy a DV camera used and get yourself a cheap still camera to go with it.

I've found Digital-8 highly convenient, because I can get Hi-8 tapes in many stores that still don't carry MiniDV tapes.

I only wish the camera were super-tiny, but hey, it's not a cutting-edge supercamera -- it's a good, solid camcorder. Works for me!

1-0 out of 5 stars Tape Mechanism Jams
I bought one of these new. I have had nothing but problems with the tape mechanism. Put a new tape in and it stops half way during the cycle. The door is half open. So much for electronic transports. Don't buy one of these. Sony wants $269 to fix this, not worth it...

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Hi! I prefer in spanish. Compre la camcorder hace 2 años y ha sido la mejor inversion. Su calidad es tan comparable con la Xl1 s de canon que es profesional, que la gente no sabe cual de las dos fue la que use. Mi hijo que estudia cine en Venezuela la usa para sus ejercicios y claro el le saca provecho a todas las funcionas. Solo tengo una critica, costo mas barato cuando la compre en Marzo de 2000.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Digital Camera At A Great Price!
I just recently purchased this video camera after deciding to upgrade from an old Hitachi 8 mm analog camcorder and I am really very pleased with this decision! This particular model is no longer being manufactured by Sony but Sony has a full line of parts and accessories for it and you can find some really excellent deals for a new or refurbished model if you do a little bit of web searching.

The cheapest digital camcorder far surpasses the best analog out there so if you are considering a new video camera, consider this one. I personally do not need, or want to pay for, state of the art features that many more expensive digital cameras have. This one has all of the features that I personally find important:

1.) Really nice resolution @ 460,000 pixels (Same as the 130,140,240,310,340,520,530 for starters)
2.) 25 X Optical and 450 X digital zoom
3.) Electronic image stabiliztion
4.) 2.5 inch swivel LCD screen
5.) Nite Shot and Super Night Shot modes (you can vid in total darkness!)
6.) Backwards compatability with my 8 mm and Hi 8 tapes
7.) Firewire (IEEE1394) output
8.) LANC interface for editing on pc
9.) Last, but not least, a reasonable price!

It has lots of special features that I don't use such as different fade options, titling and special effects but these also can easily be created by editing on your pc.

As a side note, Sony has put together a nice editing package called EZ Editor to go with their digital and digital 8 video cameras that contain the firewire card for the pc, the I-link cable for the camera's connection to the pc, Pinnacle 7 Studio editing software and a thick user's manual. It is so easy and so much fun to edit videos on the computer adding music and titles and voice over's along with different fades. I believe you can also edit analog video as well.

I am very happy with this camera and with the quality of the video that I am taking, especially at the price I paid! It is well worth the money and a high quality Sony product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camcorder!
I am only 13 years old and I purchased this camera because me and my friends wanted to make movies. I use it every day and have had it for 8 months! It can be used for stop motion animation with clay and legos at 8 FPS and is 30 FPS during normal record. The remote is great for seting up the camera and then starting it when your also in the movie scene. Slow Motion is cool to and the Night Shot feature is great! Night shot has a 10 Foot range out side and from personal experience it has over a 50 foot range inside because it can bounce off walls. Night Shot is even better with the night shot upgrade attachment (Sold Sepretly, boost to 100 feet outdoors and over 300 feet indors!) Also in playback mode the buttons light up orange, a bug plus! Also the 25x OPTICAL gives you close ups at great quallity. For example you can zoon into someones PUPIL from 10 feet away with that much zoom and then 450x digital degrades quality but is helpfull for those far away shots. Super Steady Shot is great image stabilization to! The Carl Zies lens can focus at only .5 CM away! If you press your finger on the lense you can see your fingerprint clearly! Photo mode is great and so is the 100 min battery life! LCD screen degrades life by 10% when on. The 480 min batter (8 hour) lasts a long long time and is sold sepritly .... Has IEE 1394, S VIDEO, LAN (For pictures) and RCA COmposit cables for output and RCA Composit cables, S VIDEO and MIC input ports. Also a HEadphone jack and inteligant accesory shoe. YOu can search for pictures, dates, and times on the film and has 14 picture effects like negative and Pastel. 2.5 inch color LCD screen and manual/auto focus and exposure. So many more features I cant list. Has been a great buy and VERY durable (Has been dropped at 4 feet, fallen in puddles, ect). GREAT BUY! ... Read more


17. Sony DCRTRV530 Digital8 Camcorder with Builtin Digital Still Mode
by Sony
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B00005A3M9
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 7205
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The DCR-TRV530 is a full-featured Digital8 camcorder. Digital8 utilizes the digital video format, but records onto Hi8 tapes, and can play your old Hi8 and 8mm movies. The 25x optical (28x digital) zoom is combined with image stabilization, a boon since high zooms can lead to increased shakiness. Additionally, the DCR-TRV530 features Sony's NightShot system for 0-lux shooting. An assortment of special effects and faders help give your footage a more professional feel. Also, a 16:9 widescreen shooting mode lets you shoot movies in the same aspect ratio as Hollywood films.

The black-and-white EVF is adequate, but the large 3.5-inch color LCD monitor is the better bet for framing your shots. Digital stills can be recorded onto the accompanying 4 MB Memory Stick, and images can be downloaded to your computer via USB. Like all DV camcorders, the audio is recorded at CD quality levels--PCM digital stereo. Should you need more professional sound than the built-in mic provides, a mic input jack is located on the camcorder.

Because the DCR-TRV530 uses the DV format, you can download your footage to a computer for editing using an IEEE 1394 cable. Analog pass-through ports are built-in, letting you digitally archive all your old analog footage. Also included are a shoulder strap, lens cap, battery, AC adapter, and remote control. ... Read more

Features

  • Digital8 camcorder
  • 25x optical and 28x digital zoom with image stabilization
  • 3.5 inch color LCD monitor with black and white EVF
  • Records 640 x 480 digital stills onto included 4 MB Memory Stick media
  • Uses Sony's NP-FM30 InfoLithium battery; features Sony's NightShot 0-Lux shooting capability

Reviews (23)

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice camcorder, some disappointments
I have been using a Sony 8mm camcorder for a number of years. I bought this because my wife wanted a digital camera and I wanted to edit video on my computer.

The digital editing has worked out well and it has been fun, once I got my firewire card to work right. The software that comes with it works adequately. I was disappointed in the video quality in low light situations. It gets very grainy compared to my old 8mm unless you turn on Nightshot, but then everything is a shade of green.

The digital camera piece is also disappointing. The picture quality is very poor, though OK for my wife that prints mostly 2X3 inch pictures for scrapbooks. She went with this size because anything bigger looks bad. I do not like looking at the pictures on screen because of the poor quality.

For the price I don't know that you can get any better and I still enjoy and use it, but the quality wasn't as good as I had hoped.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Camera, but has its annoyances
Sony's Digital8 cameras have been consitently good for a number of years. This new line (the 30 series) seems to be a step down from their usual high quality.

I bought the TRV530, and for the most part, I am pleased.

First off- the good features: this camera has a very nice, high-rez 3.5" LCD screen, a more sensitive focus ring than previous cameras, and all of the built-in connections are streamlined along the camera's base, freeing up room around the headphone and mic connections near the base of the lens.

Now, the bad. Most of these comments are more aesthetics than anything, so it'll just take a little getting used to.

Sony's new line now uses the InfoLithium M-series batteries, which are about half the size and twice the price of the L-series batteries used on all previous D8 cams. All of the digital, picture, and auto-exposure options are deep within Sony's on-screen menu instead of having easy-access buttons.

This camera is very compact in size and shape, which is very nice and sleek. However, one compromise of the camera's size is that now, the tape loads from the bottom. At first this is kinda cool, but then you realize that if you're using a tripod and need to change tapes, you must pop the camera off the tripod, remove the mounting plate, eject the old tape, pop in a new one, and remount the camera on the tripod, which, in my opinion, is extremely stupid on Sony's part.

Another thing that really annoys me is the Black and White viewfinder. Whereas all of the cameras in the 20 and 10 series had color viewfinders, all of Sony's new cameras have Black & white viewfinders, which makes it impossible to pick out anything colorful when it's too bright to use the LCD screen.

Also- whereas Sony's TRV720 had a huge 4" LCD screen, the largest LCD screen you can get now is the 530's 3.5" screen. (The TRV730, the so-called "replacement" to the 720, only has a 2.5" screen.)

But again, all of the above comments are aesthetics only, and I'm sure that eventually I can get used to these changes. However, one new feature that bothers me a bit is the grain. Sure, all cameras will become grainy in low-light situations because you have to gain up the iris in order to see. But I've been noticing a subtle but distinct graininess even in full sunlight. The cameras in the 20 series had a slight grain to them all the time, but in this camera the grain seems a bit more defined.

All-in-all, it's a good camera with many nice features (like the 1/30th sec shutter speed- great for a more film-like look.) But the problems with grain and the overall stupidity of a Black and White viewfinder knock down my rating for this.

The TRV-20 series was a work of art. The new TRV-30 series seems more like a step in the wrong direction.

Sony, why mess with a good thing?

3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Digital Camera
Excellent, digital and optical zoom. Special efects wonderfull. I would be great better resolution for taking pictures.

1-0 out of 5 stars VERY disapointing - this camcorder [is bad]!
I recently bought the 530 some time ago and let me tell you it was the biggest mistake of my life.

I am so happy this camcorder is discontinued because it won't make others as angry as it made me.

First off, the digital stills are laughable. VERY WEAK!

The camera is bulky. I can't even get my finger to rest confortably on the zoom. I end up holding the damn thing with two hands!
Okay, the optical zoom is good (that's where it gets ONE star from me). However, the digital zoom is so awful that its pointless that its even there.

Picture is very grainy at times when seen on my TV. This had my family very disapointed as I was filming my first born's first few steps. I was REALLY angry.

This camcorder was a bust for Sony and I'm glad they threw it out.

I will be getting the MINI DV soon.

2-0 out of 5 stars drawbacks galore!
...Comfort and user friendliness is important to me and this just didn't have it. The zoom function was difficult to control and it was hard to reach the zoom button on top of the camcorder and it just didn't feel right to move the lever left to right as opposed to front and back. The viewfinder was only B+W. My Sony Cam from '91 felt more ergonomically correct than this unit. Glad the TRV530 is discontinued. The TRV117 is a much better choice. ... Read more


18. Sony DCRTRV310 Handycam Digital Camcorder
by Sony

Asin: B00000JMO4
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1858
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Sony TRV310 Handycam provides top-of-the-line digital recording with a host of advanced options, including a large 3.5-inch LCD screen. Its powerful 360x digital zoom, wide range of special effects, image stabilization, and Sony's unique infrared night recording capabilities make it a great choice for those needing high-end digital camcorder features. Sony's elongated Handycam design fits easily in one hand and is well-balanced. While not the lightest of camcorders, we found the Handycam line to be one of the most ergonomic and easy to use.

The Sony TRV310 Handycam has a nifty status screen on the outside of the LCD screen module that lets you know how many minutes you've recorded or how far you've played a tape. It also tells you if there's a tape in the camcorder. This screen is backlit for maximum visibility.

The LCD screen swivels 210 degrees, which lets you record above your head or put yourself in the picture. The optical viewfinder is black and white, which is not a real drawback since we ended up using the LCD screen for most of our shooting. The unit's playback buttons are backlit, making it easier to use the Sony TRV310 Handycam as a VCR. This video camera also comes with a remote control unit.

The Sony TRV310 Handycam lets you manually adjust focus and exposure; it also includes seven programmed exposure modes, plus backlight compensation, to help optimize your video under different shooting conditions. It provides three recording modes--normal, hold-down, and five-second--to help you take short, lively video segments. The TRV310 also lets you record still photos. It features a high-powered 360x digital zoom, great for getting closeups and recording faraway events. This Handycam also provides electronic image stabilization to minimize camera shake, which is especially useful when using the zoom or during fast-action events.

We enjoyed Sony's full range of special effects, including the distinctive pastel, slim, and stretch picture modes. The TRV310 provides widescreen, black-and-white, sepia, negative, and solarized modes. We also liked the range of fade options, which include fade to black, mosaic, monotone, overlap, and a bounce-image effect. The camera includes digital effects for playback, including still, flash, lumi, slow shutter, old movie, and trail modes. You can even insert a scene in the middle of a recording.

The camcorder includes Sony's exclusive NightShot capability, which lets you shoot video in total darkness. The camcorder emits an invisible infrared beam to light the scene. The resulting video is basically black and white and lower quality than normal, but being able to get decent images in complete darkness is nonetheless pretty amazing. The TRV310 also comes with a mount for an external standard light.

This camcorder uses the Digital 8 format, which lets you record digital video on a standard Hi8 tape. Digital video gives you extraordinary video quality--up to 500 lines of resolution and CD-quality sound; it's the top-of-the-line format. The digital format allows you to take digital still pictures, just like a digital camera. If you want to download and edit your digital still images and video on a computer, however, you have to purchase a separate video capture card first. You can also use this camcorder to play back analog 8mm and Hi8 tapes--a handy feature if you have previously recorded video in these formats.

Pros:

  • Large 3.5-inch LCD screen
  • Super-powerful zoom
  • Still photo capability
  • High-quality digital format
  • Great selection of special effects
  • Image stabilization

Cons:

  • Optical viewfinder is black and white
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Features

  • 360x digital zoom
  • High-quality Digital 8 format
  • Infrared night video capability
  • Stereo recording
  • 3.5-inch swivel LCD screen

Reviews (42)

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Product w/Lots of Options with a bit of an overprice
The SONY TRV310 Digital Camcorder is certainly one of the finest camcorders I've gotten my hands on, or, indeed, considered getting my hands on. The video quality is excellent, and also is conviniently compatible Analog, NTSC, S-Video and Firwire. The little things are also nice touches; effects that add to the mood of your video. The recharger is also convenient; you don't need to move the battery around a lot. I haven't taken mine out in at least a year! True, it does not have the simple automatic lenscap that has been developed, but I can live with that. The viewfinder is black-and-white, but I don't care about that as I always use the large color LCD screen which is also handy when you want to playback without hooking it up to a VCR. The only downside, I found, was the price. I'm not sure that all these great qualities, while enjoyable, were quite worth the pricetag upon it, but certainly close to it! I'd reccomend this to anyone as long as they're willing to make the small sacrifice finacially. You won't regret it. I didn't.

5-0 out of 5 stars TRV310 & Windows XP - A great combination!
The Sony DCR TRV310 works _very_ well as a Windows XP camcorder. Windows XP Professional include Windows Movie Maker. This el-cheapo free-bee isn't adequate. In 2002, Microsoft released a free upgrade: Windows Movie Maker 2. Version 2 ROCKS. With a whole host of new camera effects, a zoo of fades, excellent title and credit control, and very controllable multiple audio tracks, it's possible to do quite a bit of movie editing, without paying a dime more for software. Version 2 even allows you to re-record your finished video back onto the camera!

I bought my Sony DCR TRV310 used (partly broken). Since the input/output connections don't work properly, I just plug my TRV310 into the FireWire port, and use Windows Movie Maker 2's capture mode to control the camcorder -- right on the computer screen!

I sent somebody some video I had shot, stored as a .WMV file on a CD-R. He sent me back a note thanking me for the DVD!!!

This model is aging, and its cost is going down. Since it does everything you'll want, including playing back 8-mm and Hi8 tapes directly into Windows XP in digital format, it's still an excellent buy -- and an even better value than ever!

Windows Movie Maker 2's minimum computer requirements are, CPU 1,500 Mhz (1.5 GHz), 512 K RAM, lots of disk space (20 GB+), and a FireWire port. Since Windows Movie Maker 2 uses Microsoft-specific storage formats, you may want to spend a few $$$ to purchase third-party video editing software, which will record to more formats, or give you DVD authoring capability.

Suggested equipment upgrades for the TRV310: External clip-on microphone for better forward gain & extended bass sound; 8-hr InfoLithium battery HIGHLY recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars B and W view finder
The B&W viewfinder is better than color for manual focus and contrast. Having both in the package is a plus and not a negative.

5-0 out of 5 stars The last of the great Sony Handycams
This must have been the best handycam for the price when I bought it! And I love the death out of it! All I can say is that this camera would still be great if it were still manufactured, 3 years later! If you find one someone who is selling this camera in good condition, by all means get it! It's a great camera!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sony digital Handycam
This camcorder is great and has every feature you need. It is self expainatory and easy to use. The best feature is the digital camera which takes photos along with being a digital recorder. The only thing that would make it better is if it recorded onto a floppy. The color screen monitor is awesome and the microphone picks up every quite detail. It is well worth the investment and we enjoy it a lot! ... Read more


19. Sony DCRTRV340 Digital8 Camcorder w/ 2.5" LCD USB Streaming, & Memory Stick capability
by Sony
list price: $799.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006341B
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 3504
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Digital8 line was conceived to provide a path to digital for current owners of 8mm or Hi8 camcorders. The DCR-TRV340 succeeds in that regard, playing back both 8mm and Hi8 tapes. Plus, you can use the camcorder as a digital still camera, recording 640 x 480 stills onto the included 8 MB Memory Stick.

Sony put in a 25x optical zoom and paired it with Super SteadyShot image stabilization. Image stabilization is a handy technology that helps to eliminate the shakiness associated with high zoom levels. The only way to avoid shakiness completely is to utilize a tripod, table, or other stable surface. The 2.5-inch LCD is the best way to frame your shots, although you can use the black-and-white EVF to preserve battery life.

In addition to the normal slew of ports (IEEE 1394, S-Video, mini AV) that have made their way onto the TRV340, there's also a USB port, which, with some included software, offers some interesting functions. Specifically, it allows you to use the camcorder to capture stills, or "broadcast live video with audio," according to Sony, which seems to indicate you can use the TRV340 as a Webcam. There is also one very important port on the TRV340: a mic input. Not only do most camcorders have poor built-in microphones, but they are often situated too near the tape mechanism, meaning you get the annoying throbbing sound of the tape pulled through the heads.

The DCR-TRV340 comes with a power adapter, InfoLithium battery, 8 MB Memory Stick, remote control, two AA batteries, AV cable, lens cap, shoulder strap, USB cable, and software CD-ROM. ... Read more

Features

  • Digital8 camcorder with 25x optical, 700x digital, zoom, and Super SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 2.5 inch color LCD monitor and black and white EVF
  • Super NightShot Color Mode enables video taping in total darkness
  • Includes 8 MB Memory Stick for still image (640 x 480) and MPEG1 capture
  • Hi8 and 8mm playback capability; USB streaming capability

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camcorder!!!
My wife and I bought this camcorder before we went on our honeymoon and we found it to be perfect! The quality of the picture is amazing. When we were replaying the tapes on TV it looked like we were watching DVDs. The sound was also very, very good. It's easy to use, everything is self explanatory. I realy like the feature that allows you to film and send it via e-mail as MPEG files. If you plan to send whatever you taped over e-mail make sure you buy 128mb memory card. (this memory card will allow you to record upto 1 minute) If you only plan to take still pictures, you will do fine with the standard (8MB) memory card that comes with the camcorder. Also, I recommend buying 2nd battery since the standard one, which comes with the camera will last you for about 75 minutes using LCD display (2 hours using viewfinder). I bought my second battery in a package with the camcorder bag (surpisingly the bag does not come with the camcorder). By buying in the package you will save $[money]...Overall, I love this camcorder and I think it the best Digital8 camcorder on the market. One of the reviewer complained about the size of this camera. I just want to say that my wife has the smallest hands and she said that it was not too big. However, if you find this camcorder too big, I suggest looking into buying MiniDV (step above Digital8; also $[money] more expensive for pretty much same features). Good Luck with your purchase!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camcorder
I purchased the trv340 about two weeks ago and couldn't be happier with the camcorder. Although I was initially concerned about shooting in low-light settings with a 1/6" CCD, my fears were quickly put to rest. The camcorder shoots beautifully in low light settings, and compared to other camcorders in a similar price range, the picture quality on the trv340 is outstanding. Additionally, the menus on the 340 are incredibly easy to maneuver through. Sony included several ports on the camcorder (most notably a usb port, so those without a firewire card can still view and edit video and pictures on their computer). Although the mic does, as the other reviewer noted, occasionally pick up tape drive noise, I haven't found it to be a problem in filming. If you're in the market for a camcorder, be sure to take a look at the 340. You won't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!!!
Thist is the best camera ive ever purchased and arguably the best Digital8 Camera ever.The TRV-340 has all the features u need. And it beats a MiniDV because it has a Super Night Shot Mode and 700 Zoom wich works great, 25 Optical Zoom too! Believe me u will not be dissapointed if u buy this camcorder!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Value For Money
After reading many specs and reviews for both MiniDV and Digital 8 cameras I settled on the 340. I have not been disappointed. This camera is feature rich and gives excellent quality video. As with any video camera the still picture quality is poor. If you want quality still pictures, the best way is to get a proper digital still camera. The menu system is very easy to use but some parts of the owners manual are not really very clear and skimps a bit on detail so there are one or two features I still haven't worked out. The built in microphone sensitivity is excellent and I have not noticed any real problem with drive motor noise pick up by the mike. The ergonomics of a couple of the controls could be improved. I have an average size hand and find my thumb needs to be almost double jointed to operate the on/off mode switch, especially to switch it on, if I want to use the camera with one hand only. The zoom control could also be improved. I think a two finger forward, aft operated zoom control would have been easier to use. These things I am willing to tolerate because of the excellent value for money this camera provides and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting features and quality for a reasonable price.

4-0 out of 5 stars This is a great video camera for the price!
This is a great video camera for the price.

After getting a chance to play around with my parent's camera, I fell in love with the TRV340. This is my first digital video camera and I'm very happy with it. It produces great video and sound, though you can't compare it with a mega-pixel or 3CCD camera. The camera uses Sony's digital 8 format which lets the camera read older 8mm tapes. Digital quality on Digital 8 tapes is equal to that of MiniDV. So, if you've got a collection of those tapes, this is a great way to convert them into digital video. The camera is a little larger than the MiniDV cameras, but the added weight makes it less shaky in your hand. Because of the included Firewire (IEEE 1394) port, it's a breeze to transfer video to your computer, provided it also has a Firewire port. I use a Mac so I can't comment on the quality of the included windows editing software.

The battery that comes with the camera won't last very long and I highly recommend an additional battery, though they are a bit pricey. I also recommend a good, sturdy tripod, and a screw-on UV filter. This filter costs very little and will protect the lens from scratches and smudges. Another good accessory would be a boom microphone that attaches to the intelligent shoe. Sound is often overlooked on camcorders and most of them have terrible onboard mics.

While this camera has the ability to take digital stills and save them to a memory stick, the resolution is very low and the pictures don't look very good. They're somewhat disappointing.

I highly recommend this camera to anyone looking to get into digital video or anyone with a collection of 8mm tapes that they want to preserve. ... Read more


20. Sony DCRTRV350 Digital8 Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Memory Stick capabilities & Remote
by Sony
list price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000086G0F
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1194
Average Customer Review: 3.64 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With all the features packed into the DCR-TRV350, you won’t believe how affordable Sony makes it to share your photos and videos with friends and family. In addition to its crisp, clear digital video and stereo audio, this Digital8 Handycam camcorder features digital still photo capability, MPEG movie mode, compatibility with Memory Sticks, and USB streaming. Transfer video to your PC via iLink interface (also known as FireWire) to edit your masterpiece with the included software.

Image Stabilizations
Sony's SteadyShot picture stabilization smoothes and steadies your images without degrading picture quality. Sony does it with motion sensors--a more accurate system than that used in many other camcorders on the market.

Optics

  • 1/6-inch CCD with 460,000 gross pixels
  • 20X optical zoom
  • 700x digital zoom
  • f1.6-f2.4
  • Focal distance: 2.5-50mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/60 to 1/4,000 (AE mode)

Digital Stills and MPEG Movie Mode
Capture digital still images directly onto Memory Stick media for easy transfer to e-mail, printing, or sharing. Digital still images can be captured while in Memory Mode, or images from the videotape can be captured onto Memory Stick media. You can capture still images up to 640 x 480 pixels.

Designed to help you make Web videos, the MPEG movie mode produces compressed video files that are small and easy to send by e-mail or post to the Internet. Capture MPEG digital video and store it directly to Memory Stick media. Movie length ranges from 5 seconds to the length allowed by the capacity of your Memory Stick with MPEG Movie EX.

More Features
Now you can capture video even in total darkness. Sony's NightShot system uses infrared light to capture images invisible to the human eye. You can shoot subjects such as a sleeping baby up to 10 feet away in total darkness. With the optional HVL-IRC NightShot light, you can even capture images from up to 100 feet away.

Sony's Stamina power management system and InfoLithium battery give the TRV350 incredible operating time. To keep tabs on battery life, Sony's AccuPower meter displays the number of minutes remaining--right in the viewfinder.

The TRV350 features a 2.5-inch color LCD (123,000 pixels) and a black-and-white viewfinder. The USB streaming feature can turn the TRV350 into a video conferencing tool or a Webcam, with the ability to stream 320 x 240 pixel video at 30 frames per second (compatible only with Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, and XP).

Digital8 Format
Digital8 camcorders deliver high-quality digital video and audio, with up to 520 lines of horizontal resolution and either 12-bit or 16-bit PCM digital stereo audio. The Digital8 format also allows for digital recording on 8mm or Hi8 tapes--the most popular camcorder format in the U.S.

Size and Contents
The TRV350 measures 3.38 by 4.00 by 7.88 inches and weighs 1 pound 12 ounces. This package includes the TRV350 camcorder, power adaptor/in-camera charger (AC-L15), InfoLithium rechargeable battery (NP-FM30), wireless remote (RMT-814), AV cable, lens cap, shoulder strap, USB cable, two AA batteries, and CD-ROM with PIXELA ImageMixer Ver. 1.5 and USB drivers. ... Read more

Features

  • Digital8 camcorder with 20x optical and 700x digital zoom
  • SteadyShot picture stabilization system; 2.5 inch color LCD and black and white EVF
  • NightShot infrared mode for lowlight shooting; built-in light, easy dubbing features
  • USB streaming feature, can turn camcorder into a video conferencing tool or webcam
  • Record digital stills onto Memory Stick media (not included)

Reviews (25)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Features, When They Work
First off, while I don't have much experience with camcorders, I found this relatively easy to get started on. The zoom, night vision, menu, and VCR functions are intuitive, so anyone with a little patience will get rolling fast. The video looks great to this newbie when piped through a TV, too.

But....it doesn't work as advertised. One of the major reasons I bought a camcorder was to upload video to a PC, burn it as a VCD, and send video of my kid to far-off family members. So I plug in the USB cable, start uploading, everything looks great...but no audio's coming through. I figure I've goofed up the USB driver installation, which is pretty complicated, so I back out and reinstall. No dice. I check online forums and Sony's troubleshooting website, both of which recommend I change my audio driver in the provided software from the Sony driver to standard USB audio. Still nothing. I read more forums and find this is a pretty common complaint, and Sony tech support apparently blows people off when they bring it up. The most reliable solution? Upgrading to Firewire.

So that's what I'm doing. Another 35 bucks. Hey, I know Firewire's generally better for A/V anyway, but I just want this thing to work the way Sony told me it would.

Bottom line: You're probably interested in this model because it's cheaper than Mini-DV. I'd recommend this if you're already using Firewire or don't plan on uploading video to a PC. Otherwise, think twice, because you'll spend extra cash adding Firewire to your PC--cash that you could have used to get Mini-DV in the first place.

4-0 out of 5 stars its good but not worth...bucks
good for bigginers for home use
not good for digital pictures(spc'ly at night)
not good quality mpeg files and consume lot of memory(10 min pic requires 350mb of ur hard disk)
bit bulky
provided software is hard to use on low configuratio PC it is very slow
but still I n-joyed it and prefer it if u can get a good deal(as i got)
dont spend money for memory stick of more then 16 mb becs picture quality is very low(u never gonna develop it)
its better to keep the picture on tape instead of taking them on CD
-------- AFTER 6 MONTHS --------------------
I m really n'joying this small pice of electronic, It looks like soy stuffed hell lot of feature in this small(I wont use word compact) camera I m still finding new feturs every time I go throgh the user mannual!! :)
I didnt faced ne problem discribed by other reviwers in this section my amera works perfect when ever I switch betweeen major light or temprature area!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sony Camcorder
I would like to start of by stating its great film quality. Also with its perfect resolution and zooming, it makes this a bullzie for sony. On top of its great control, it has simple and easy to use and fun features. I was very suprisied when my parents bought this also and learned how to use this withen two days [a new world record ;)]THese features include fade, freeze frame (great for an intro) and many others. While the playback on the camera is OK, the sound isnt very good, but then again, you werent ment to watch the movie on the camera, watching it on the TV is what your supposed to do. Which brings me to uploading, The loading it onto the computer takes a longggggggggg time using a USB cable, but using the FireWire(which i am disappointed to say does not come with the package but is supplied at a low price on Ebay) takes a matter of a few minutes. Watching it on the TV is what it all comes down to, because, thats just what you want. To watch your Steven Speilberg movie on the big screen ;). Anyways...My friends and i have a blast fooling around with the features while making suprisingly excellent movies.
Overall: 4.5 STARS Great product

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Camera, Good Luck Uploading to PC
The good:

Clear picture when viewing the digital tapes directly on a television. I like the fade in/out button. Good value.

The bad:

The manual is worthless. ilink is the same as firewire? Won't read that in the manual. Uploading video to your PC via the USB port does not work. The software the camera comes with is horrid. Had to buy a memory stick. The still pictures are horrid. Apparently, through reading other reviews, to get decent uploads of video for burning to VCD's you need firewire. Now I have to buy a cable (35 bucks) and a firewire card for my PC. Perhaps I should have just bought a camera that burns directly to DVDs. Low light shots are not the best quality.

All in all, for the money and my first Camcorder, I am getting great shots of my four month old daughter.

As with all electronic things (first computer, dvd player, mp3 player, etc.), I will be a much more informed shopper on my SECOND purchase.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sony's customer service is horrible!!!
I bought this product 3 months ago. I used it once and it worked beautifully. After I was finished taping, I put the camcorder in my carrying case. The second time I went to use it, I noticed that the zoom button was missing. I don't know how or when it popped off but considering I didn't even know it was gone until I went to use the machine should tell you how poorly this machine is manufactured. I called Sony and they told me I had to take the camcorder in for service. I just got called today and was told that Sony will fix the camcorder for $160. I'm still in shock! $160 for a replacement of a button that probably costs 5 cents to make? For that price I'd be better off just taking a piece of plastic and Supergluing is to the zoom slot! The zoom works fine if you put a pen in the hole and move it back and forth. All I need is a lousy piece of plastic to pop on it to make it accessible for use. I tried calling Sony for an address to write to for complaints because I didn't think it would be fair to take my frustrations out on the phone representative. Unfortunately, the phone rep just aggravated me further and told me that he's not allowed to give me an address to write to. Now how stupid is that? Needless to say, I've bought my last Sony product ever!

I did have a similar problem with my Toshiba television. After alot of use, the remote control stopped working. I called them to buy a replacement remote from them and not only did Toshiba replace my remote, they gave it to me for free! Now that's customer service!!! ... Read more


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