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Sony CCD-TRV98

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 reviews of Sony CCD-TRV98. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the color and price. The usability and image quality also get good feedback. Many are negative about the reliability.

portability, image quality, usability, price, color


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony CCD-TRV98 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Sony CCD-TRV98 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size and price. The color and portability also get good feedback.

image quality, portability, color, price, size

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony CCDTRV98 Hi8 Camcorder

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Randall Redmond (

Hi8 Camcorder Review: Sony CCD-TRV98 Hi8 Camcorder


Sony's compact CCD-TRV98 Hi8 camcorder is basic enough for even the newest video enthusiast, yet packs enough features to please intermediate level users who wants more bang for the buck. The camera's cordless laser-link capabilities, infrared...

Compact, easy to use, Wide array of effects and features, Front-mounted light

No manual white balance, No mike jack

The TRV98 has many entertaining bells and whistles, including NightShot, the LaserLink wireless transmission system, five mode fader effects, six auto-exposure modes, 16:9 wide-screen mode, eight picture effects and a five-language titler. Turning and...

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Rob Porter (

Incompatibility between Digital 8, Hi8 and 8...

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Great Handycam!


Easy to use and great quality video.


Consumer review by: pat8722 (

I have since discovered manual exposure


sony is a quality product

I had to change the default exposure to get a good shot.

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: photopapa (

It broke after 4 years!


Great pictures.Super features like steady shot and night shot.Easy to use.

Heavy. On/off switch hard to move. Expensive for a Hi 8.

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: markboyden (

BEWARE!! - Unreliable/Short Warranty




Reliability ; Warranty ; Lack of real customer service ; Price

May, 2002

Consumer review by: mihailescu (

SONY: Great Brand Equals Quality!


My experience so far using this product has been great. My baby is due in about 4 days, and I wanted to have a great quality camcorder for years to come. I did my research, talked to my company's Media Expert, and he recommended Sony 100%. He asked me...

Great Brand Equals Quality


Dec, 2001

Consumer review by: mikibee (

Easy for amateurs


I bought this camera to take home videos of my kids after my old VHS camcorder died. After having done a lot of research on-line and on foot for a good quality camcorder for my budget, I came upon this camcorder.

Lots of features, easy to use

A tiny bit heavy to carry for long periods of time without a strap

Aug, 2001

Consumer review by: nwinston (

Sony CCD-TRV98 - Shoot Me Mom!


Sony quality, reputation and tons of features

Heavy. Features take a while to learn

Jul, 2001

Product Specifications

Record outstanding pictures and sound on affordable Hi8 and 8mm tapes with the CCD-TRV98. With the 1 / 4" CCD the camera achieves stunning detail, clarity and exceptional video performance. With the 20x optical / 560 digital zoom you will be able to bring action up close even from far away. Additionally, Sony's Picture Stabilization System brings superior picture stability despite camera shakes thanks to motion sensors integrated with your CCD-TRV98. Be the first to buy the best from Sony!

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: None

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 / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam CCD

Lens System

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


Color:Black / Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:200Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:320Kpix
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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader
Digital Zoom:360
Media Type:Hi8 / Video8
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD