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Sony DCR TRV 8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 reviews of Sony DCR TRV 8. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the battery and portability are generally positive. The size and image quality are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the zoom. Some have doubts about the reliability and memory.

usability, image quality, size, portability, battery

price, durability, memory, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR TRV 8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR TRV 8

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 8 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the price and portability. The size and usability also get good opinions, whereas views are divided on the durability.

image quality, usability, size, portability, price

78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV8 Handycam Digital CamcorderSony DCRTRV8 Handycam Digital Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: DigitalDaddy (photographyreview.com)

Sony DCR-TRV8 - (Digital Camcorders)

 
Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: juleslian (epinions.com)

Not just for the pros

 

My husband is a filmmaker and when we were approaching the birth of my first son, he was gung ho on getting a videocamera worthy of capturing the magic (never mind that I wasn't at all gung ho about being filmed!). We searched for months and read...

Excellent features, very light and compact, awesome battery life

VERY expensive, tapes are also expensive

Oct, 2001

Consumer review by: maddieslyo (epinions.com)

Too bulky to use!

 

good picture quality, sharp contrast

durability, reliability, ease of use, price

Mar, 2001

Consumer review by: annieh (epinions.com)

Great Camera

 

I took this camera on a sailing trip to the British Virgin Islands. I got excellent pictures - as good as any I've seen on TV. And it was so easy to use. I never even read the directions and was able to take great pictures. Just think what I'll be...

Superb picture quality, great battery life, easy to use.

battery recharge on camera only - would be nice to have an external charger

Mar, 2001

Consumer review by: gd134 (epinions.com)

A Bad Quality Product

 

I just bought the Sony DCR-TRV8 a month ago and after spending a lot of time on vacation with it, I am not impressed at all! I know I am being extremely picky with this review, but I know Sony can do better. I recommend the Panasonic PV-DV800...

many high-tech features, battery life

bulky, quality, annoying lens cap, cost, low light problems, customer service

Mar, 2001

Consumer review by: elmoebeesn (epinions.com)

Falls Short For the Price

 

When I worked in an electronics store over the Christmas holiday, I had the great opportunity to try out many new products for myself and also had a chance to see what many other consumers thought about the products as well. This camcorder from Sony...

Very nice features, performs a great deal of tasks

very expensive and durability issues

Feb, 2001

Consumer review by: smeehan (epinions.com)

Become a Prefessional with this camera

 

This camera is great. I have captured and preserved birthdays, first steps, varsity basketball games and 50th annaverseries with it. The quality of the picture is great. It is nearly twice as fine as earlier models. The camera is easy to use. It...

The camera is very easy to use and records great quality

a little more expensive than other products on the market

Feb, 2001

Consumer review by: sliznyak2 (epinions.com)

Need a camcorder? Try Sony

 

I trust Sony with many products and when it comes to camcorders, Sony is at it's best. I tried many brands in the past, some Canons, Panasonics etc. Sony is easy to use, all buttons and controls are a piece of cake to use. Not only is it easy, it is...

great digital quality, durability and ease of use

price

Feb, 2001

Consumer review by: flindingo (epinions.com)

Sony's DV entry level, aint too shabby.

 

Sony is/has been a leader in the technology sector since the early 80's. Not because they're the best, nor that they are any cheaper, it's just that they are well known. Although much of thier equipment is terribly designed and falls apart quickly....

Affordable, Nightvision, LCD screen

Entry level consumer only.

Feb, 2001

Consumer review by: skategoat7 (epinions.com)

Perfect little camcorder

 

Previously, I owned a Sony 8mm camera. Having built up quite a collection of tapes, I naturally opted for a Digital 8 camera when it was time to upgrade. The D8 (Sony model, can't remember the model number) was fine but it was too darned heavy. ...

Small size, easy controls

Don't need all the bells & whistles

Dec, 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

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
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:6.2in
Height:3.5in
Weight:1.4lbs
Width:2.7in

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 / Low light / Soft / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

General Features

3D: No
Format:MiniDV
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:TRV8
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Max Focal Length:33mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
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 (Steady Shot)

Recording

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD