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Sony CCD-TRV27

alaTest has collected and analyzed 164 reviews of Sony CCD-TRV27. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and size. The usability and portability are also appreciated, whereas the connectivity and memory get negative views. There are some mixed views about the price.

image quality, portability, usability, size, battery

zoom, memory, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony CCD-TRV27 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 user reviews of Sony CCD-TRV27 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The usability and portability are also appreciated. There are some negative reviews about the memory and zoom.

image quality, portability, usability, price, size

zoom, memory

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV27 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/ 3.5" LCD, MPEG EX, Memory Stick & Mega Pixel Video/ StillSony DCRTRV27 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/ 3.5" LCD, MPEG EX, Memory Stick & Mega Pixel Video/ Still

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-TRV27 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


Sony's DCR-TRV27 is a brand new addition to the Sony MiniDV line with a street price around $999. Whereas many camcorders are upgrades to older models, Sony has added the DCR-TRV27 in-between the DCR-TRV18 and the DCR-TRV50.

May, 2002

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Sony goes from


Enjoyed using it, while it worked...

Very, Very expensive to repair.

Jul, 2004

Consumer review (

Great Camera


LCD screen size, Video Quality


Jul, 2004

Consumer review (

Great camcorder


Wide range of features, large LCD screen, color viewfinder

On the heavy side, flimsy zoom switch

Feb, 2004

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Be aware of Sony products


good picture quality, compact, long battery life

poor picture quality in low/dark environment. poor warranty

May, 2003

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Finding the beginging of a new clip impossible


nice weight and size

cannot find the beging of any new movie on a 120 min tape

Apr, 2003

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Sony Handy Can DCR-TRV27 -PRblem with USB Driver


camera is ok

connectivity with computer is bad

Apr, 2003

Consumer review (

Very Very good camera!


Exceptional video quality, lightweight, digital camera

Small memory card included. Small battery included, price

Feb, 2003

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Sony TRV 27


light weight, compact,new features

Results not good on TV, VCR

Feb, 2003

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Still and Movie Quality


Jan, 2003

Product Specifications

The wait is over for camcorders that offer high-resolution video and the latest in digital imaging technology thanks to Sony's new line of MiniDV Handycam camcorders. The DCR-TRV27 aims to please cost-conscious video enthusiasts with one of the most attractively priced Sony MiniDV camcorder ever. While the MiniDV format delivers a powerful combination of precise image detail and vivid colors, the DCR-TRV27 takes video resolution even further with the incorporation of megapixel CCD imagers. The new camcorder incorporate USB Streaming, a feature that turns the camcorder into a webcam with a simple USB connection and video conferencing software like Microsoft Windows NetMeeting software. By connecting the camcorder to a PC, users can privately stream live video of their baby's first steps or play back a previously recorded little league game over the Internet. This Digital Handycam camcorder also sports a new feature that lets users take a still image of an important event while recording the motion in video, rather than interrupting the recording to switch between still and video modes. For improvement of video quality in dark and low-light settings, this solution includes two recording modes. Super NightShot mode enables monochrome video taping in total darkness. Color mode records full-color video in dimly lit places, providing the user with the ability to capture true-to-life video of sleeping babies, birthday candles, nocturnal animals and more. The DCR-TRV27 comes equipped with MPEG MovieEX, which captures MPEG1 video clips with audio onto Memory Stick media up to the length of the media capacity. MPEG1 video can be captured directly to Memory Stick media or shot to the tape and converted in camera to MPEG movie format later. MPEG MovieEX makes it easy to send video as an e-mail attachment or insert video clips into Web pages and presentation materials.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):135min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.0
Max Focal Length:37mm
Min Focal Length:3.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Still / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD