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Sony DCR-TRV280

alaTest has collected and analyzed 207 reviews of Sony DCR-TRV280. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and portability are overall positive. The image quality and price also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the viewfinder. There are mixed reviews on the zoom and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV280 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-TRV280

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 176 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV280 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the durability and portability. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

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80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV280 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical ZoomSony DCR-TRV280 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

At this point, the only people buying Digital8 camcorders over MiniDV must be doing so by choice. They may have been the cheaper option at one time, but now that the under-$300 barrier has been cracked by digital cameras, dinosaurs like the Sony...

Ease of use, - Widescreen mode, - 20x Optical zoom

Lack of still photo feature, - Video performance, - Inability to read analog 8mm tapes

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Nick Hyacinthe (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV280 Camcorder Review

 

The DCR-TRV280 is this year's low-end addition to the Sony Digital8 series. What it lacks in manual control options it makes up for in price, and what it lacks in chic packaging it compensates for in ease of use. It's the only Sony model that does not...

Apr, 2005

Consumer review by: joe858 (epinions.com)

Nice little camcorder

 

Price,nice display for it's size

tape is used

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: joe858 (shopping.com)

Nice little camcorder

 

Lets get to the point. If you want a high end camcorder dish out the cash and get something else. I don't have any problems with unit at all.Also unit will get broken if you drop it just like a laptop would. Since other people who post there review...

Price,nice display for it's size

tape is used

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: freelancepro (shopping.com)

Great Family Camera

 

We bought this camcorder mainly for taking family videos, but the quality was good enough that we actually ended up taping events and selling the videos to other families! Although it is slightly inconvenient to use tapes, at least you can buy several...

Great features, digital photo mode and good quality picture

The weight is a bit much and the zoom controls are poorly located

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: freelancepro (epinions.com)

Great Family Camera

 

We bought this camcorder mainly for taking family videos, but the quality was good enough that we actually ended up taping events and selling the videos to other families! Although it is slightly inconvenient to use tapes, at least you can buy several ...

Great features, digital photo mode and good quality picture

The weight is a bit much and the zoom controls are poorly located

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: freelancepro (epinions.com)

Great Family Camera

 

Great features, digital photo mode and good quality picture.

The weight is a bit much and the zoom controls are poorly located

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: honestdonald (epinions.com)

Serious Problems

 

Absolutely none

Piece of junk

Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: honestdonald (shopping.com)

Serious Problems

 

I always thought of SONY as being a quality company - producer of high quality products. Sadly, I had similar problems to other buyers of Sony HandyCams - sudden and irreparable failure of viewfinder. This is a KNOWN problem with Sony digital cams and...

Absolutely none

Piece of junk

Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: karenl (pricegrabber.com)

Sony TRV 280 Digital 8 camcorder

 

We were disappointed that this camera would not play our analog tapes from our old sony 8mm camera.

Great picture

none that I have found

Dec, 2006

Product Specifications

Now you won't miss a moment on those special occasions when you "do-it-in digital". Sony's new DCR-TRV280 Digital8 Handycam camcorder gives you incredibly clear videos, night or day. Thanks to the easy access record and zoom buttons on the LCD frame and the special SteadyShot feature that reduces the effect of camera shake, your videos are always smooth even if you need to move as you shoot. NighShot plus uses infrared light so your camcorder catches all the action, even in total darkness. And when you make the move from director to editor, Sony's Picture Package software and USB Streaming let you record, edit and send your movies to family & friends, whether it's via e-mail, video CD. Or you use the new "Click to DVD" feature with select Sony VAIO computers to preserve your memories forever on DVD. Make the move to movies and enjoy the results with the easy-to-use TRV280 Handycam camcorder from Sony.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM30

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.9in
Height:3.9in
Weight:1.8lbs
Width:3.3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:TRV280
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.4
Max Focal Length:50mm
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

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 (Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Stripe / White fader
Digital Zoom:990
Media Type:Digital8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD