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Sony DCR TRV 310

alaTest has collected and analyzed 143 reviews of Sony DCR TRV 310. 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. Opinions about the zoom and price are on the whole positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed reviews about the color.

image quality, usability, portability, price, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR TRV 310 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 119 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 310 from 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 Reviewers really like the zoom and price. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the color. There are some less positive views about the size.

image quality, usability, portability, price, zoom


92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV310 Handycam Digital CamcorderSony DCRTRV310 Handycam Digital Camcorder

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-TRV310 Camcorder Review - Sony Digital8 Camcorders


The DCR-TRV310 is a Digital8 camcorder with a MSRP of $999. Sony Digital8 records a digital signal onto standard 8mm or Hi8 tape. It is possible, according to Sony's claims, to record up to 500 lines of resolution on a Digital8 tape. The compression...

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: The_Director (

The 310 from SONY... Great value for home movies!


There are many Epinions about this unit that describe all the features, all the capabilities, in great detail. You don't need those items recapped once again. I'd like instead to give you some practical and useful real-world application notes on...

Exceptional quality and capability, with understanding of limitations.

For a compact camcorder, none really.

Apr, 2001

Consumer review by: marctasman (

Save Time In A (Digital) Bottle


When my wife gave the best material birthday present of my life, it was a profound experience. Memory is our personal history. So there is no way that I'm going to be left out of the digital memoirs revolution. I am interested in the meticulous...

as slick as you want be

trigger is a bit small and tight

Jan, 2001

Consumer review by: aachim (

Solid choice for computer videomakers on a budget


Jan 2005 Update The review below was written by me almost 5 years ago and it probably is obsolete and useless at present time, since the only place to find this camcorder is on eBay, used or damaged. I am however writing this update, for those ...

digital, 20x optical zoom, records on Hi8, night vision, analog input, large LCD

no direct audio dubbing

Dec, 2000

Consumer review by: skipcar (

Lives up to it's "Handycam" name


My wife and I purchased this camera because we were trying to have a baby and wanted to be ready for the arrival. We purchased it at Best Buy while it was on sale for $999 and while we had a 10% off coupon. We managed to get the camera for...

Weight, Rugged Construction, Powerful Battery, Crisp Picture

The "Saddam-Vision" 0-Lux feature...

Oct, 2000

Consumer review by: Supreme1 (

Why settle when the 510 is better


When I bought this camcorder it was the top model in Sony's new Digital 8 camcorder line. The DCR-TRV310 is basically identical to the Sony DCR-TRV510. Here are some specs: a built-in speaker, 20X optical (360X digital) power zoom, 4 lux and 0 lux...

This is a great camcorder for a novice

It could get more for you money with the DCR-TRV510

Sep, 2000

Consumer review by: dreamer_awakes (

Memories made digital


Oh boy, I do so love this camera. I made the decision to buy a camcorder last summer, right before my trip to London. I wanted something to capture all the fun and something to shoot amateurish short films. )Note to self, get around to actually...

picture quality, features, sound

too darn small.

Aug, 2000

Consumer review by: QueenLyssa (

The perfect intuitive camcorder.. if you can find it


When I set out to find our family's first camcorder, I had a set of features in mind. I wanted a HI8 removable media camcorder that was under $1000, was firewire compatible so I could edit my movies on my iMac, felt comfortable in my hand, and had a...

Ease of use, large LCD display, comfortable and sturdy

Hard to find, discontinued and out of stock in most stores

Jun, 2000

Consumer review by: pizzaboy54 (

Do you want to take a look? I do!


Ah yes the digital camcorder. Now you can record video and transfer it to your computer. Sounds great right? Well that was the original idea, but things did not turn out quite the way the makers of the digital camcorders hoped. They were hard to use...

Great picture quality. The lcd screen.


May, 2000

Consumer review by: pizzaboy54 (

Do you want to take a look I do!


Great picture quality. The lcd screen.


May, 2000

Product Specifications

Sony's line of ground breaking Digital Video equipment offers you unsurpassed creative and technological freedom. The bridge between DV cameras and PCs has now raised personal video recording standards to the highest possible levels. And with the Sony product line, you know you're getting the highest quality for all your personal video recording needs.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F330
Run Time (Up To):75min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None


3 Chip Technic: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

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

General Features

3D: No
Format:Digital 8
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Standard Definition


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

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:290Kpix
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


HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:4:3

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Mosaic fader
Digital Zoom:360
Media Type:Digital8
Special Effects:Black & White / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic