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Sony DCR-TRV38 Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 reviews of Sony DCR-TRV38 Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the design and portability are generally positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative opinions about the battery and zoom. There are some mixed views about the size.

price, usability, image quality, portability, design

zoom, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV38 Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV38 Camcorder from 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 Comments about the design and portability are overall positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, but there are some less positive opinions about the battery and size.

price, usability, image quality, portability, design

size, battery

75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV38 MiniDV 1Megapixel Camcorder with 3.5" LCDSony DCRTRV38 MiniDV 1Megapixel Camcorder with 3.5" LCD

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-TRV38 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


The Sony DCR-TRV38 is located in the exact middle of the line for the new 2003 MiniDV camcorders - and being positioned exactly in the middle has it's advantages. Priced at $900 this middle camcorder includes all the quality features of the Sony line...

Jan, 2003

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Sony DCR TRV38


Sony DCRTRV38 MiniDV 1Megapixel Camcorder with 3.5" LCD.

Despite having a smaller and lighter design than previous models, the Sony DCR TRV38 loses nothing in optical and audio performance. The camcorder's features include a 10x optical zoom, a 16:9 widescreen mode, a 3.5-inch LCD with touchscreen control,...

Consumer review by: makavelli (





Apr, 2004

Consumer review by: BERRY (





Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: BigDaddy (

Months of research-this was the call


Quality, ease of operation, LCD size & touch screen

Supplied Battery life is short, Warranty is minimal

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: SamOfMan (

one of the best i've seen for this price


LCD screen, manual features.

tape loads from bottom

Sep, 2003

Consumer review by: (

sony trv38


large 3.5 LCD screen very nice,

Zoom button,

Jun, 2003

Consumer review by: Richard Detroiter (

great camera


beautiful picture detail due to carl zeiss lens,

zoom control could be better

Jun, 2003

Consumer review by: donalem (



My Sony Handycam DCR-TRV38 was great for the first couple of years. It has always had great sound quality and great picture quality. In these aspects it was superior to many cameras that I used at work and which cost well over a thousand dollars. These...

excellent sound and picture, great variety of useful editing and recording settings and options

It is eating my tapes

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: lcsdr60 (

sony handycam tvr38


easy to begin using, reasonably priced accessories, easy recording features,

too many buttons to figure out

Jun, 2005

Product Specifications

Sony's DCR-TRV38 MiniDV Handycam camcorder has a 1 Megapixel CCD and features an eye-catching 3.5" LCD screen. Higher 14-bit DXP captures more dynamic range between light and dark areas providing smoother gradations without losing detail. This model also includes the new 16: 9 mode that covers a wider area with better picture quality, MPEG Movie EX for longer recording time, MPEGs and Super NightShot 0 Lux with Color Slow Shutter for recording in color at night. Plus, USB streaming makes it possible to use your camcorder to stream live or recorded content to a PC. It also features convenient Touch Panel operation making it even easier to operate and learn. Convenient little package... brilliant results!

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):95min

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 (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.0
Max Focal Length:37mm
Min Focal Length:3.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / Vertical wipe
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD