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Sony DCR TRV 530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 reviews of Sony DCR TRV 530. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and price. The image quality and usability also get good comments. There are some mixed reviews about the memory, while there are some critical reviews about the reliability and durability.

portability, usability, image quality, price, zoom

viewfinder, durability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR TRV 530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 530 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the zoom and battery. The price and portability also get good comments. Many are critical about the reliability and durability. There are some mixed opinions about the image quality.

usability, portability, price, battery, zoom

viewfinder, size, durability, reliability

73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV530 Digital8 Camcorder with Builtin Digital Still ModeSony DCRTRV530 Digital8 Camcorder with Builtin Digital Still Mode

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: Lester (

Very affordable camera


Memory card loads like a disk drive.

Black & white view finder

May, 2003

Consumer review by: Vinay Khandka (

Reliable camcorder with good video


Good video quality. IEEE 1394 port to upload videos to my PC

Low res. of still photos. Poor night shots / low lux

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: Mahesh Dhulashia (

I love sony from now


Excellent Picture and sound Quality

Lower Battery Life

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: (



easily transportable

must transfer to larger tape to view thru vcr

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Miguel Rodriguez (

Sony Handycam DCR-TRV530 review


This is an excellent camara


Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: (

sony = many good memories


lite weight, versatile, quality pix & film, good user manual

many features to learn

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Lynn (

Sony handy cam


Handy travel size

Length of battery power

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Sony Handycam DCR-TRV530


excellent camera


Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Kalin Honda (

Why I would you, chose this Sony...


Very good quality video

power useage on video screen high

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: (





Apr, 2002

Product Specifications

Be First. Buy Sony now. DCR-TRV530 provides crystal-clear pictures and CD quality digital stereo. With Sony's entire line of Digital8 camcorders, you get a wide array of performance features. DCR-TRV530 records outstanding digital picture and sound on affordable Hi8 and 8mm tapes, offering high resolution with 3x the color bandwidth of VHS and significantly lower video noise. 1/6" CCD 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 compensates camera "shake". DCR-TRV530 allows to capture video even in total darkness (0 lux) using the built-in infrared system up to ten feet (3 m) away. The Super NightShot mode automatically adjusts the shutter speed to increase picture brightness and clarity. 7-mode program A/E provides a quick and easy setting for the proper exposure, shutter, and depth of field for a variety of environments. You can capture digital still images directly onto MemoryStick media. During video playback, pause mode or while viewing still images stored on MemoryStick digital media, you can zoom in up and store the zoomed images. Using Sony's unique Adaptive Frame Interpolation for better image quality, you can store hundreds of individual still images with 7 seconds of audio on to the tape. Sony's Digital 8 camcorders feature LP recording mode for up to 90 minutes of spectacular digital video on a standard P6-120 Hi8 cassette. 16-bit recording capability offers the outstanding CD sound quality. 12-bit recording enables signal transfer via i.LINK for dubbing and non-linear editing. 3 1/2" (8,8 cm) SwivelScreen color LCD display, that could be rotated up to 270-degrees, provides excellent viewing clarity. Sony DCR-TRV530 Digital 8 Handycam camcorder, utilizing Stamina technology, records up to 10 hours, using the viewfinder, with the optional InfoLithium M-series battery. Intelligent accessory shoe provides operational commands to Sony Intelligent Accessories via an 8-pin interface. This enables easy synchronized operation between the Handycam camcorder and such accessories as video lights, infrared lights, and microphones. Super LaserLink wireless transmission system allows user to transmit signal via infrared from the camcorder to optional IFT-R20 LaserLink receiver at a distance of up to 26 feet (8 m) for true worry-free playback. DCR-TRV530 features also USB and i.LINK (IEEE 1394) DV interfaces. DCR-TRV530's 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 800,000 pixels gross, 290,000 vs 400,000 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: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 / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:4MB


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


Color:Black / Silver

Optical Sensor

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

Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random
Digital Zoom:700
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
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white