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Sony DCR TRV 103

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 reviews of Sony DCR TRV 103. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the durability and battery are on the whole positive. The zoom and image quality also get good reviews, whereas many are less positive about the size. The portability and price get mixed opinions.

usability, image quality, zoom, battery, durability

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR TRV 103 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR TRV 103

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 103 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the reliability and battery are overall positive. The zoom and image quality also get good reviews. There are some mixed reviews about the price. There are some less positive comments about the size and portability.

usability, image quality, zoom, battery, reliability

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86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV103 Handycam Digital CamcorderSony DCRTRV103 Handycam Digital Camcorder

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV103 Camcorder Review - Sony Digital8 Camcorders

 

The DCR-TRV103 is a Digital8 camcorder with a MSRP of $999. Sony Digital8 records a digital signal onto standard 8mm or Hi8 tape. Sony claims that it is possible to record up to 500 lines of resolution on a Digital8 tape. The compression, however, only...

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: digitaleight (epinions.com)

Although a few years old, TRV-103 a very high quality camcorder w/ all the toys.

 

I've had my Sony TRV-103 since about the time it hit the scene (6/2000). Though the new tech trends, 2 megapixel CCDs and 3-CCD imaging, are very desirable, they're pricey, and they don't have a whole lot more going for them than the 103. Consider...

The TRV-103 is sturdy and reliable with great video and stereo sound

The Sony TRV-103 won't fit into your shirt pocket. Maybe your jacket pocket

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: davidsilva (epinions.com)

My first video experience was a good one

 

The Sony DCR-TRV103 is my first and only video camcorder, so I can't compare it to any other product. However, I love it! I should mention that I didn't buy the camera; it belongs to my boyfriend... who isn't getting it back ;)

Easy-to-use, unbelievably easy to use with iMovie on the Mac, Firewire

Can't limit sensitivity of zoom switch ; Hard to use special effects and modes

Feb, 2003

Consumer review by: pippadaisy (epinions.com)

Sony DCR-TRV103 Camcorder: Be Your Own Reporter

 

crisp, clear picture, relative ease of use, small, portable

battery life

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: zookeepers (epinions.com)

You won't believe my story!

 

can withstand the toughest conditions

can't think of any

May, 2001

Consumer review by: zookeepers (epinions.com)

You won't believe my story!

 

I highly recommend this video camera if you are accident prone and forgetful. I know this is not a new camera model, but if you are in the market to get a used camera I would definitely say that this is the one to get. I bought this camera when it ...

can withstand the toughest conditions

can't think of any

May, 2001

Consumer review by: pippadaisy (epinions.com)

Sony DCR-TRV103 Camcorder: Be Your Own Reporter

 

I'm lucky that I have a husband who loves gadgets and in-laws who like to buy them for him, or I would never have this camera, which has become my new best friend. While expecting our daughter, my husband and I decided that we really needed a...

crisp, clear picture, relative ease of use, small, portable

battery life

Nov, 2000

Consumer review by: radioguy (epinions.com)

Sony DCR-TRV103 Digital8 Camcorder -- Get My LCD Screen!

 

LCD Screen, Economical Tape Stock

Out-of-Production Model, LCD Screen Guzzles Juice

Sep, 2000

Consumer review by: jeffersmom (epinions.com)

You'll Love This Camera for Video and Stills

 

We purchased this product for the birth of our son. We had a horrible time deciding between a camcorder and a digital camera. Thanks to Sony, we have both. This is a great camera. It it very easy to use, has all of the bells and whistles you can...

Light weight, easy to use, good quality video and photo

A bit pricy, have to purchase editing software seperately

Jun, 2000

Consumer review by: jeffersmom (epinions.com)

You'll Love This Camera for Video and Stills

 

Light weight, easy to use, good quality video and photo

A bit pricy, have to purchase editing software seperately

Jun, 2000

Product Specifications

Sony digital camcorder lets you capture life's precious moments with quality and ease. New Sony DCR-TRV103 incorporates Digital8 Video Recording that records digital video and audio for outstanding digital quality with up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution. This Handycam camcorder has the ability to playback virtually any 8mm or Hi8 Tape. This camera is also capable of recording 12 Bit or 16 Bit PCM digital stereo audio. New 20x Optical/360x Digital Zoom brings the action up close from far away. 2.5" Active Matrix LCD Screen provides excellent viewing clarity, with improved resolution. Steadyshot Picture Stabilization is the image stabilization system using motion sensors that compensates for camera "shake". 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. By applying slow shutter in the NightShot mode picture quality is increased. LaserLink Wireless Transmitter with TV Control provides wireless connection between your camera and TV, up to 16 feet. TV Control will power your TV on, and set it to the proper video input. SteadyShot eliminates shaky camera shots without compromising picture quality. New Analog Recording Capability allows you to record from an analog source and converts to digital video through A/V inputs. To make sure you get the maximum benefit from each charge, Sony's InfoLithium batteries have no life shortening "memory effect." To keep you informed of remaining power, Sony's AccuPower meter spells out remaining battery time in minutes on the camcorder's LCD Monitor or Viewfinder. Forget about cables, wires and adapters. Edit, Dub, Archive, or Playback between two digital components with virtually no generation loss with a help of i.LINK DV Interface. Intelligent Accessory Shoe Communicates signals such as Power On/Off, Control L, and Audio between the camcorder and accessories to simplify usage.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.5in
Height:4.2in
Weight:2lbs
Width:4in

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 / Lesson mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon / Twilight mode

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:TRV103
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

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

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:460Kpix
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 / Overlap fader
Digital Zoom:360
Media Type:Digital8 / Hi8 / Video8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Art / Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Slow Shutter / Solarization / Still / Stretch / Trail
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD