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Sony DCR TRV 130

alaTest has collected and analyzed 87 reviews of Sony DCR TRV 130. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the zoom and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and price also get good comments. Some have doubts about the memory and viewfinder, while there are some mixed reviews about the battery.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom

viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR TRV 130 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR TRV 130


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sony DCR TRV 130 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the usability. The price also gets good feedback, but there are some mixed views about the portability.

price, usability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV130 Digital8 CamcorderSony DCR-TRV130 Digital8 Camcorder

Mar, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR TRV 130


alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 130 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 Comments about the design and image quality are generally positive. The price and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, portability, price, image quality, design

viewfinder, memory

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV130 Digital8 CamcorderSony DCR-TRV130 Digital8 Camcorder

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-TRV130 Camcorder Review - Sony Digital8 Camcorders


The Sony DCR-TRV130 is a Digital8 camcorder, rounding out the bottom of Sony's Digital8 line. The camcorder has an MSRP of $599 and a street price around $400. It has many features but lacks playback of Hi8 and 8mm tapes. It lacks features for the...

Mar, 2002

Consumer review (

Excellent value for money


Does everything you want, digital pic, good sounds & video

charger broke down after 14 month

Feb, 2004

Consumer review (

Don't bother with this camcorder!!


can take digital pictures

cam broke down after 1yr and 2months of purchase

Sep, 2003

Consumer review (

Sony DCR-TRV 130


Good Camera,Quality,and perfornance

nothing important

Sep, 2002

Consumer review (

Sony TRV-130



Battery Drains fast.

Sep, 2002

Consumer review (

Great lil toy...


comfortable to use


Apr, 2002

Consumer review (

sony camera


very easy to use and light weight

did not come with a carrying case

Apr, 2002

Consumer review (

Sony Handycam




Apr, 2002

Consumer review (



powerful,economical and really handy

nothing much really - drains power faster than others

Apr, 2002

Consumer review (

The Sony Handicam


The features

The Price

Apr, 2002

Product Specifications

Be the first to buy the best from Sony! Sony's most affordable Digital8 Handycam camcorder is packed with features. It records high quality digital video and audio on readily available 8mm videotapes or Hi8 tapes. You can fast forward to the digital future, without leaving your analog past behind! DCR-TRV130 features large SwivelScreen color LCD, SteadyShot picture stabilization, built in flash, Super NightShot 0 lux infrared recording, analog audio / video inputs to record Digital8, and more. SteadyShot picture stabilization system uses motion sensors to remove unwanted picture shake. And with Sony's Hyper-Precision CCD, you're not sacrificing image size or picture quality. Super NightShot 0 lux recording system allows you to shoot subjects in total darkness up to 10 feet (3 m) away using the built-in infrared system. It automatically adjusts the shutter speed to increase picture brightness and clarity for even better picture quality. Super LaserLink allows the user to transmit video and audio via infrared to an optional IFT-R20 LaserLink receiver at a distance up to 26 feet (8 m). This system eliminates the need for constantly connecting audio/video cables. The last thing you want to see is the dreaded flashing battery indicator - the sign that you've got no power left. Sony's Stamina power management cut camcorder power consumption and extends the life of your batteries. DCR-TRV130 versions for American and European markets differ in shutter speed interval (1/4-1/4000 vs 1/3-1/4000), and CCD resolution (460,000 vs 540,000 pixels gross, 290,000 vs 350,000 actual).

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):100min

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


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


Color:Black / Silver

Optical Sensor

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 & white fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random
Digital Zoom:560
Media Type:Digital8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Still / Stretch / Trail


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white