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Sony Handycam DCR TRV285

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR TRV285. 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. People really like the image quality and design. The durability and portability are also mentioned favorably. The viewfinder and control panel get negative opinions, and there are some mixed comments about the price.

usability, portability, durability, design, image quality

battery, size, control panel, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR TRV285 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam DCR TRV285

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR TRV285 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the reliability and price. The durability and usability are also appreciated, but many are critical about the size and battery.

portability, usability, durability, price, reliability

control panel, viewfinder, battery, size

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV285E Handycam Digital8 CamcorderSony DCR-TRV285E Handycam Digital8 Camcorder

Aug, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam DCR TRV285

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR TRV285 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Some have doubts about the price.

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV 285E PAL CamcorderSony DCR-TRV 285E PAL Camcorder

Aug, 2017

Consumer review by: Howard (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV285E

 

reliable,

after moving house and got a new computer, ,,i must of lost my set up disc,,now i find it very difficult to get my cam to work on my computer,,in fact, it wont accept my cam,,and i cant find an automatic download driver?

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: ezzat (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV285E

 

any one can use,copy of movies to comp.tapes are available,can be used at any situation

hard to find batteries,cannot edit date and time when copping to comp as shown on camera screen

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: samson (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV285E

 

Looks great

too much technicality too many controls

Apr, 2011

Consumer review by: mazhar (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV285E

 

excellent easy to use very clear picture?

none

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV285E

 

Has a "night mode" and a good LCD screen

Too heavy

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV285E

 

easy cam is great. great weight for hols.

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: Lynne (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV285E

 

I would tell anyone to practice with the product before going on holiday

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: LYNDSEY (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV285E

 

Easy to use Simple instruction

Slightly big for little hands, struggle to fit around to use

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: jason (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV285E

 

very easy to use

low standard battery life

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV285E

 

easy cam is great. great weight for hols

Reviewer left no comment

Oct, 2005

Product Specifications

This new Sony Digital8 camcorder provides all the advantages of digital movie making. The DCR-TRV285E is well suited to first time camcorder owners. Suitable for a first Digital Handycam user, the Sony DCR-TRV285E camcorder allows you to enjoy all the advantages of digital recording. There's an i.LINK connection for digital video editing on a PC or to copy footage to a DVD recorder, as well as USB for Web streaming purposes. PRODUCT FEATURES: 2nd Start / Stop REC button on LCD frame; 2nd zoom button on LCD frame.

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:TRV285E
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:350Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:540Kpix
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:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:990
Media Type:Digital8
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD