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Sony CCD TR 516

Sony CCD TR 516
alaAverage 4.5

4 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 reviews of Sony CCD TR 516. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the usability and image quality are generally positive. There are some mixed opinions about the price.

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great entry-level


This is the cheapest Hi-8 camcorder Sony makes, and as such, it's a lot like a cheap Toyota--you don't get lesser quality, just fewer features.

great picture quality

lack of features

Sep, 2000

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My Sony HI-8mm Camcorder isn't listed here, but I can assume the quality has only improved since I bought mine 2 years ago. Mine features a 12x Optical Zoom and a 40x Digital Zoom (Which I don't recommend using too often, as it distorts the image too...

Well made, plenty of features


Jun, 2000

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Save those precious moments


I bought the Sony about a year ago, and have never owned a camcorder before. I bought it since I have a young daughter and wanted to capture the moments as she grows up. I would not consider myself an expert by any means with gadgets, and have...

Simplicity, quality


Apr, 2000

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Great, Inexpensive HandyCam


My husband bought this for me to record the birth and milestones of our first child. This is a wonderful, lightweight Handycam that takes very good quality video. There are numerous buttons and gadgets that I cannot even begin to figure out, I have...

Simple, Idiot proof, lightweight

8mm needs to be transferred to VHS

Jan, 2000

Product Specifications

The CCD-TR516 camera features Hi8 High quality Video Recording with up to 400 lines of horizontal resolution. New 18x Optical/330x Digital Zoom brings the action up close from far away. This Sony camera has the stamina to record up to 14 hours on one optional battery (NP-F950). Also included is Rechargeable InfoLithium Battery with AccuPower Meter System that continuously displays the amount of power remaining in minutes, in the viewfinder. With Sony's NightShot System you can capture video even when shooting in total darkness (0 lux) up to 10 feet away using the built-in infrared system. 3-Watt Built-In Video Light brightens your videos when shooting. 113k Advanced Color Viewfinder provides a clear, full color view of video subjects. Add creativity to your movies with 8 Picture Effects, such as Slim, Stretch, Mosaic, Solarization, Black and White, Sepia, Neg. Art and Pastel. Control L (LANC) connects Sony VCR's and editing controllers for precise control and ease of use during editing. Sony also allows the user to display any of the camcorders preset titles in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese. Sony's 6 Program AE modes will make all of the necessary settings to the shutter speed, aperture and focusing for a variety of indoor and outdoor situations. These AE modes consist of Portrait Mode, Sports Lesson Mode, Spotlight Mode, Beach and Ski Mode, Landscape Mode, and Sunset and Moon Mode. Optimum Record Control, when activated, will perform a short record and playback of the inserted videotape to analyze the tape and to check the condition of the video heads. 16: 9 Recording allows the user to record in a true "widescreen" aspect ratio. This will become even more important as consumer TVs adopt the widescreen format.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Run Time (Up To):2hour(s)

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight


Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam CCD

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.4-3.0
Max Focal Length:73.8mm
Min Focal Length:4.1mm
Optical Zoom:18
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Dark gray

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:270Kpix
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader
Digital Zoom:330
Media Type:Hi8 / Video8
Special Effects:Black & White / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD