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Sony CCD TRV 87

alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 reviews of Sony CCD TRV 87. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but there are some negative reviews about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony CCD TRV 87 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Sony CCD TRV 87 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the price and portability are on the whole positive. The design and image quality also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony CCDTRV87 Hi8 CamcorderSony CCDTRV87 Hi8 Camcorder

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: emptywallet (

Can I ever trust Sony again?


After my last Sony Handycam caught on fire, yeah...I said FIRE, I picked up this gem. I needed something to at least last long enough to help me transfer/edit my 8mm tapes to DVD. Just before the 3 year anniversary of the purchase the thing went nuts. ...

It was less expensive than my first Sony.

Broke after 3 years of modest use.

May, 2006

Consumer review by: vespanidus (

Director's Cut Take 2


Most of what follows is from my review of the Sony CCD-TRV67, the first camcorder I owned. I bought the step-up model CCD-TRV87 after just over a year of using the 67. I have altered my review where necessary to explain ...

Beautiful Hi8 picture quality, loads of neat features

Onboard mike leaves something to be desired, manual focusing is tough, no accessory shoe.

Feb, 2004

Consumer review by: mikeymars (

The last of the decent Sony pure analog camcorders


This camcorder was introduced in 1999, which was in essence the "high water" mark year of the Sony analog camcorder line. Digital -- which had been introduced by Sony two years earlier -- took over the "top of the line" position the following year,...

Analog video that rivals digital, crammed with every advanced feature Sony ever put into Hi8

Not trendy "teeny-weeny" size ; since out of production is getting somewhat harder to find

Nov, 2003

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Aug, 2003

Consumer review by: hmdonald (

Great Camera!


I use this camera for digital video. Although its not a digital video camera, Hi8 works fine for me. I use a video to firewire converter connected to my Mac, and I am able to import video very easily. I can also export my completed video to the camera,...

Easy to hook up to other devices. Great for personal/semi professional use.

Pricey, since its a Sony. Some features won't get used. Viewscreen could be larger.

Aug, 2001

Consumer review by: andycharger (

Advice on my Sony Camcorder


Camcorders have always been viewed in my family as an extravagant toy. Something that is not essential to everyday life.

Good picture quality, price, weight, looks

Small buttons, B&W viewfinder, No screen

Jul, 2001

Consumer review by: disartain (

Sony Video Hi8 XR or Camcorder


My husband wanted a camcorder for Christmas and since I was buying it and knew absolutely nothing about the cameras, I went to Best Buy where the sales personnel are very knowledgeable. They had a wide selection that you could pick up move around and...

Easy to handle and record. Quality stereo sound.

Awkward to hook up to TV. Too many features that go unused. Not for beginners.

Mar, 2001

Consumer review by: leekimrey (

Unbeatable Analog Camcorder!


After researching tons of camcorder websites, talking to tourists, and playing with all the models at Circuit City, I found this camera to be the perfect fit for me. I wanted something with a small form factor, very durable, excellent video, and sound...

Durable, easy learning curve, AWESOME picture quality, clear and crisp sound, ergonomic button placement.

Comes with a cheap battery, Included shoulder strap is pathetic, the on/off/VCR button is annoying.

Feb, 2001

Consumer review by: genkle1 (

Just a great camera.


The only thing that I personally didn't like is the frail feel of the camera. Always feel like I have to be extra careful with it. Everything else is fantastic. There's a S-Video out for high quality transfer. Or you can watch and listen to your tape...

Easy to use, great picture and sound, nice features.

Feels frail.

Feb, 2001

Consumer review by: efamilyPete (

the best (non-digital) camcorder I could find !


This was the best camcorder I could find for the money in May 2000. This camcorder is well worth the price, and is easy to use, but with so many features, even an advanced user will appreciate it. I am glad to see that SONY models are coming down into...

very high quality video and audio, lightweight, lots of features

not digital, but otherwise very very high quality picture and sound

Jan, 2001

Product Specifications

Whether you're recording a baby's first steps or a teenager's first school dance, the Sony Handycam Vision Series camcorders make capturing a lifetime of memories as easy and worry free as can be. The Handycam Vision series is loaded with a remarkable array of technological advancements and new performance enhancements that deliver a spectacular level of image clarity and detail. 470, 000 pixels allow this camera to capture more detail and brilliant sharpness at full 64x or 72x zoom ratio, as well as achieve SteadyShot picture stabilization without compromising picture quality. Advanced Color Viewfinder provides intense color and resolution, while the exclusive Solar Window panel allows ambient light into the viewfinder to brighten the display and eliminate washout. Advanced Five-Language Titler allows for creative titling of videos in five languages, including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Chinese. Auto Lens Cover protects the optical lens and opens automatically when camera mode is selected. Auto Date automatically records the date on your videos at the start of each day's recording. Advanced 10-bit processing automatically performs all internal processing digitally focusing exposure control (both aperture size and gain control), and color (white balance) control. Digital Noise Reduction reduces color noise by up to 20% for crisp picture quality. Edit Search feature lets you review the tape in forward and reverse for quick on the spot retakes. Add creativity to your videos with Slim, Stretch, Mosaic, Solarization, Black and White, Sepia, Negative Art, and Pastel picture effects. The Recording System utilizes five heads for optimal picture quality in both SP and LP recording modes, and "glitch free" editing stops and starts. Each time recording is stopped and started, Flying Erase head eliminates "rainbow noise" glitches for smooth transitions. Full-Range Auto Focus provides fast, accurate, automatic focusing from macro close-up to infinity. This camera provides superior Hi-Fi audio quality by way of Audio Frequency Modulation (AFM) technology in stereo for greater realism. Easy-to-use on-screen menus are grouped by icon for quick, easy access. Laserlink Wireless Connection System allows you to beam videos from your camcorder to your TV from up to 16 feet away-wire free with optional IFT-R10 receiver. Manual Backlight Control Button compensates for strong light behind subject. Sony's Program AE system provides six auto positions for a variety of shooting situations (Portrait, Beach & Ski, Sports Lesson, Landscape, Spotlight, Sunset & Moon). Also include is a full-function remote control that lets you put yourself in the picture. By combining low power consumption with high-capacity InfoLithium batteries, Sony Handycam camcorders have the stamina to record for up to 12 hours1 on one optional battery. Even without a charged battery, the camcorder will run for up to two hours on six AA batteries.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash/None


3 Chip Technic: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

General Features

3D: No
Format:Hi 8
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Standard Definition


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam Vision

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.4-2.7/F/1.4-2.9
Max Focal Length:65.6mm/72mm
Min Focal Length:3.6mm/4.1mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Metallic silver/Gray metallic

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:470Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic


HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:4:3

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Bounce fader / Dissolve / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Vertical wipe/Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader
Digital Zoom:64/80
Media Type:Hi8/Hi8 / Video8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Fader / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch/Black & White / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white/Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD