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Sony DCR TRV 510

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 reviews of Sony DCR TRV 510. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and zoom. The usability and portability are also appreciated, but the durability and price get critical opinions.

image quality, portability, usability, zoom, battery

price, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR TRV 510 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR TRV 510

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 510 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the battery and zoom. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the durability.

portability, image quality, usability, zoom, battery

durability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV510 Handycam Digital CamcorderSony DCRTRV510 Handycam Digital Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV510 Camcorder Review - Sony Digital8 Camcorders

 

The DCR-TRV510 is a Digital8 camcorder with a MSRP of $1299. Sony Digital8 records a digital signal onto standard 8mm or Hi8 tapes. Sony claims it is possible to record up to 500 lines of resolution on a Digital8 tape. The compression allows you to...

Jun, 2001

Consumer review by: diggerdirect (epinions.com)

Perfect camera!

 

I purchased this camera (used, but like new) three years ago on ebay for 500 bucks, what a deal!!! I make 'how-to' videos. This is one of the few cameras that will convert analog to digital 'on-board' by connecting the a/v cables (those things with ...

onboard conversion analog to digital, a/v input/output, rugged, wonderful!

Need to upgrade OEM battery- (NO biggy! :)

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: Hal2001 (epinions.com)

Great Quality Digital 8 Camcorder

 

This camcorder was purchased at near $1000 when they first came out. I bought it to replace an older Sony 8mm Handycam and still be able to use the old 8mm video and even move to digital.

Large Color Monitor, edits older 8mm tapes, firewire editing, still photos on memory or tape

Need to read manual to use all functions, no memory stick or mpeg

Dec, 2001

Consumer review by: sailesh (epinions.com)

just right

 

I bought the Sony DCR TRV510 camcorder for several reasons. I continue enjoying it for most of these reasons. The large swivel screen is marvelous - and so is the color view-finder for the weak-batteried folks. I upgraded to an NP950 battery ($140)...

small, versatile, great video and audio, terrific swivel display

poor photo quality/software, badly designed lens cap

Nov, 2000

Consumer review by: radioguy (epinions.com)

Sony TRV510 Dig8 Camcorder -- Get Me the Biggest LCD Screen!

 

Sony has taken an interesting, unusual, and innovative approach to offering digital camcorders to compete in the consumer-level price range. In 1998, the Japanese consumer electronics giant brought out its line of Digital8 camcorders. These camcorders...

Savings on Tape Stock, Giant LCD Screen

Pricey, Out-of-Production, LCD Screen Guzzles Juice

Sep, 2000

Consumer review by: rahillfla (epinions.com)

Sony DCR - TRV510

 

The Sony Digital Handycam DCR-TRV510 is the most useful product that a video person can have. It has two modes of operation that I found to be very useful.

Great features trouble free

none

Aug, 2000

Consumer review by: christieray (epinions.com)

TRV510, Digital Videos and Photos

 

The TRV510 is a great camcorder and goes great with Sony's R553DS PC computer and the Epson 870 (see my reviews). I purchased all three, and they work together flawlessly to view and transfer your new Digital 8 tapes, as well as your old analog 8mm...

Digital Photos and Video to PC Capability

Doesn't include the $40 camera to PC cord

Aug, 2000

Consumer review by: xxdonxx (epinions.com)

Love this camera

 

I bought this camera after finding out that my hi end hi-8 Canon camcorder

Battery life,color viewfinder,low light capability

No sequential still shot taping

Jul, 2000

Consumer review by: porklob (epinions.com)

Not Macintosh Friendly

 

This camcorder has all the features you'd ever need EXCEPT Macintosh compatibility. I purchased this camera to edit digital movies, and with Apples free program iMovie and a IEEE 1394 (not supplied with the camera), I had not problem downloading...

Great features, including excellent video quality

No Macintosh still picture support

Jun, 2000

Consumer review by: psimon (epinions.com)

My fantastic camcorder!

 

Note: This opinion has been relocated to it's proper category from elsewhere on Epinions. This category wasn't around when I created the opinion originally!

All the features you could possibly want. You can still view your old 8mm tapes.

Can't think of any.

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
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F330
Run Time (Up To):3hour(s)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.1in
Height:4.6in
Weight:2lbs
Width:4.3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:4in
Diagonal Size (metric):10.2cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Portrait mode / Sand & snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:2MB

General Features

3D: No
Format:Digital 8
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:TRV510
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

Recording

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Mosaic fader / Vertical wipe
Digital Zoom:360
Media Type:Digital8
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Mosaic / Negative / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Still / Stretch / Strobe / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD