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Sony DCR TRV 230

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the portability and design. The color and value for money are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative reviews about the features and reliability, and the size and image quality get mixed views.

usability, value for money, color, design, portability

reliability, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR TRV 230 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 68/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 59 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR TRV 230

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 230 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

value for money, usability, portability, design, color

image quality, reliability, features

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV230 Digital8 CamcorderSony DCRTRV230 Digital8 Camcorder

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Sony DCR-TRV230 Camcorder Review - Sony Digital8 Camcorders

 

The Sony DCR-TRV230 is a Digital8 camcorder. The camcorder has an MSRP of $599 and a street price around $400. It has many features and is effectivly the DCR-TRV130 but it can play back Hi8 and 8mm tapes. The camcorder isn't for the serious...

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Good entry level Digital 8 model

 

My wife and I both liked using the camera. We bought it for general family use. We have owned it since June 2003. Main reason I bought this model was price and because I could record to and play my existing Hi8 collection on this model. Things I ...

Price, ease of use, format

picture quality just good, menu cumbersome

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Sony DCR-TRV230

 

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Big Disappointment

 

I bought TRV230 because it was one of the lowest priced digital camcorders out there. BIG MISTAKE!! The picture quality is grainy especially in low light levels. The digital still is even worse. There are loads of features but what's the point when...

Digital

Everything else

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My worst buy ever

 

I bought a Sony DCR-TRV230 from my local BestBuy without doing my homework. I paid for my mistake dearly!

backward compatibility

poor picture quality, particularly under low light conditions

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TRV-230

 

Definately an outstanding camera. I have had no trouble with it ever. I always use it, take it snowboarding, skating, and it still looks and acts brand new. A solid product. Theres so many features it's amazing, and you can't go wrong by buying it....

Easy to use, has great quality

Still picture feature almost useless

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Sony DCR-TRV230 Digital8 Camcorder -- Spend a Little More, Get a Lot More

 

Digital8 recording, backwards compatible with 8mm/Hi8, manual focus.

Very basic digital still capabilities, no manual white balance setting.

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Sony DCR-TRV230 Digital8 Camcorder / Still Camera WIth Backward Compatibility And ADC

 

Looks, picture and sound, inputs, compatibility, features, ease of use, remote

700x zoom is useless, sometimes manual exposure correction needed in dark scenes

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Sony Handycam DCR-TRV230 Digital-8 Camcorder

 

Looks, picture and sound, inputs, compatibility, features, ease of use, remote

700x zoom is useless, sometimes manual exposure correction needed in dark scenes

Product Specifications

The DCR-TRV230 brings you the benefits of the DCR-TRV130 with a 20% smaller chassis size, an intelligent accessory shoe, analog inputs and an enhanced 25X Optical / 700 Digital Zoom. With its affordable price, the DCR-TRV230 brings some of the latest SONY video recording technologies. To outline the most stunning features of this camera, one can mention that it allows to records outstanding digital picture and sound on affordable Hi8 and 8mm tapes. It offers up to 500 lines of resolution with 3X the color bandwidth of VHS and significantly lower video noise. 1/6" CCD with 460, 000 pixels provides stunning detail and clarity, with exceptional video and still image performance. 25X OPTICAL/ 700X DIGITAL ZOOM brings the action up close from far away. STEADYSHOT picture stabilization system uses motion sensors to compensate for camera "shake" without compromising picture quality. And super NightShot allows capturing video even when shooting in total darkness (0 Lux) using the built-in infrared system up to ten feet away. The Super NightShot mode automatically adjusts the shutter speed to increase picture brightness and clarity.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.3in
Height:3.9in
Weight:2lbs
Width:3.3in

Display (Projector)

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

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:TRV230
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.7
Max Focal Length:60mm
Min Focal Length:2.4mm
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:290Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:460Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
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

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Digital8 / Hi8 / Video8
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
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