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Sony DCR-TRV480

alaTest has collected and analyzed 382 reviews of Sony DCR-TRV480. 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. Reviewers really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the reliability. There are mixed views on the color and battery.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom

reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV480 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-TRV480

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV480 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the size and price. The design and usability also get good reviews. There are some mixed comments about the image quality, and there are some less positive views about the memory.

portability, usability, design, price, size

memory

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV480Sony DCR-TRV480

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-TRV480

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 300 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV480 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 zoom and battery. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed views about the image quality. Some have doubts about the color and reliability.

usability, price, portability, battery, zoom

reliability, color

77% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV460 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical ZoomSony DCRTRV460 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-TRV480 review: Sony Handycam DCR-TRV480

 

The Sony Handycam DCR-TRV480 lacks the compact size and more advanced features found in MiniDV and DVD camcorders, but its ability to play back and digitize 8mm and Hi8 tapes will be appealing if you have a large collection of analog footage. Though it...

Inexpensive; plays and digitizes analog 8mm and Hi8 tapes; responsive automatic mode; video light and infrared mode for night shooting.

Bulky; mediocre video quality; imprecise manual focus; black-and-white viewfinder.

With its ability to play and transfer your old tapes, the Sony Handycam DCR-TRV480 is an attractive choice if you're upgrading from an 8mm or Hi8 camcorder. But if you don't need 8mm or Hi8 compatibility, competing MiniDV cameras offer superior...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

Sony DCR-TRV review:

 

Inexpensive; large feature set for the price; analog-to-digital conversion with no need for another player; built-in video light; USB streaming.

Bulky; mediocre video quality; black-and-white viewfinder; manual focus difficult to use; bottom-loading cassette.

The Handycam DCR-TRV460 offers an excellent upgrade from an 8mm or Hi8 camcorder, with digital video recording and the ability to view and transfer your old tapes. But if you don't need 8mm or Hi8 compatibility, competing MiniDV cameras offer superior...

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Sony DCR-TRV480 has the key feature that makes a Digital8 camcorder at least something of a viable purchase: backwards compatibility. Were it not for this feature, which allows you to view your old 8mm and Hi8 tapes, the Digital8 camcorder would be...

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Nick Hyacinthe (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV480 Camcorder Review

 

Sony introduced its high-end Digital8 camcorder this year at CES. Other than a new color scheme and memory mode, the DCR-TRV480 has not evolved much from last year's DCR-TRV460. The camcorder still has the same 20x optical zoom lens with 290K effective...

Mar, 2005

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by: EISA (eisa.eu)

SONY DIGITAL 8

 
Jun, 1999

Consumer review by: bakonfreek (cnet.com)

"good camcorder for whatever."

 

it is a good camcorder, especially these days because you can get it on ebay for cheap as [censored]. the sensor is alright in low light, not as good as the TRV19 or the TRV22 but it works. it has a high resolution sensor on it, that gives you a little...

nightshot, digital tape (not analog), lens extention threads, hot shoe, mic input, headphone output, memory stick recording, video input.

battery is sort of meh, old memory sticks are uber expensive, no option to choose between firewire or USB like my old digital8 camcorder, touch screens are dumb and break easy, bottom loading tape.

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Hope51 (viewpoints.com)

Sony Handicam is great quality at an affordable price ”

 

I purchased the Sony Handicam to record my daughter's gymnastics meets.  Since the camcorder features a "sports" setting, I thought it would be ideal for these events.  In my opinion, it does a great job and certainly meets my expectations; however, if...

May, 2010

Consumer review by: dkla2001 (epinions.com)

Popular but flawed

 

When this camera came out it was a flawed camera that was still revolutionary. It looked like the ultimate tool for professionals with limited budgets- i.e. event videographers, independent journalists industrial video producers etc... This was a ...

PAL/NTSC recording.

Heavy, complicated, unbalanced, controls not easily located.

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: lisa12 (viewpoints.com)

Great camera ”

 

Sony Handicam is easy to use.

Aug, 2008

Consumer review by: ladyangelsim... (viewpoints.com)

great product, everyone should have one ”

 

easy to use, great picture , light and portable. so simple to use that your kids can  help to make great home videos of vacations and family events, light wiehgt for travel and will fit in your purse easily, also sports strap to make it easy where ever...

Jun, 2008

Product Specifications

Experience all of your memories digitally with Sony's DCR-TRV480E camcorder. It is fully equipped with the latest Sony technology. Providing the bright lens (37mm filter) with a 20X optical zoom, which ensures a clear, high quality image throughout zooming in on the subject. The 2.5-inch LCD display also has a Touch Screen, which can be used in conjunction with Sony's Active Menu, a logically structured graphical user interface for camcorder controls. With Memory Stick you can also easily shoot and store digital still images for sending over the Internet to friends. Sony's unique Easy Handycam menu gives one-button access to basic camera operation and recording settings. The Sony DCR-TRV480E is backwards compatible with both Hi8 and 8mm videocassettes, providing an ideal upgrade path to digital for experienced video enthusiasts with sizeable tape stocks. Additionally those wishing to preserve their video memories on these older formats can take advantage of digital connectivity and ease of use offered by the Sony DCR-TRV480, including Picture Package software. This camcorder features both digital i.LINK IN and OUT, as well as Analog IN and OUT for archiving analog tape recordings. USB provides connectivity to a PC, while Audio IN and OUT ports are ideal for easy dubbing to and from the tape and playing back with TV. Low-level light recording technology is incorporated in the form of Night Shot Plus, which can record in more natural color in low-light environments. The Super NightShot plus function on the Sony DCR-TRV480E uses a slow shutter speed to allow color video under very dark conditions. The USB Streaming facility allows fulfill an additional function as a Webcam, an increasingly popular method of Internet communication.

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

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser / No
Sensor Size:1/6''

Connectivity

Digital Input:No / Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface:No / Yes
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS / MS Pro
USB:No / Yes
USB Interface:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.9in
Height:3.9in
Weight:1.8lbs/2lbs
Width:3.3in

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

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

General Features

3D: No
Format:Digital 8 / Hi 8
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:TRV138/TRV460/TRV460E/TRV480/TRV480E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam CCD/Sony Handycam DCR

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/3
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000

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:200Kpix/290Kpix/350Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:320Kpix/460Kpix/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)/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3 / 4:3

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader/Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader/Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Stripe / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:990
Media Type:Digital8/Hi8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Card Mix / Chroma Key / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch / Trail/Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Still / Trail/Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch/Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic/LCD