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alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Sony DCR-TRV50E. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and size. The design and portability also get good reviews. Many are negative about the battery and color.

image quality, portability, design, size, durability

price, usability, zoom, color, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV50E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV50E from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the portability. The image quality also gets good reviews.

price, image quality, portability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV50 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/ 3.5" Touch Panel LCD, Mega Pixel Video/ Still, Memory Stick & Network CapabilitySony DCRTRV50 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/ 3.5" Touch Panel LCD, Mega Pixel Video/ Still, Memory Stick & Network Capability

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-TRV50 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


Sony's MiniDV DCR-TRV50 is their upgrade to the popular DCR-TRV30. The camcorder is a standard form factor, with many neat features and excelent still quality. The DCR-TRV50 carries a street price around $1,599.00.

Jul, 2002

Consumer review by: usa (

Quality and portability


excellent video images, in doors with video light

Inconvenient changing a tape when you use a tripod .

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: Benny the Jet (

There are better Cameras out there (DCR-TRV 820 is better)


Small, lightweight, ok picture quality

price, no night mode, limited zoom, not good stills

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Sony Handycam DCRTRV50 works for me and mine!


Lightweight, feature rich, high quality and durable.

Pricey, battery to heavy, not enough cables included.

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: (

this is good


large screen, good video quaity, stylish

don't work well in low light conditio

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: Fleet (

Awesome Cam


Excellent image, focus, everything!

I have not found any

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: Dixie Jim (



small, lightweight, easy to use camera with tons of feature.

doen't work easily with Sony's wireless products

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: Terry W (

very nice camera with bells and whistles


Nice video, light weight, easy to use

zoom touchy, stills are ok but, not real good

Sep, 2002

Consumer review by: Ronald Jacobs (

I Wouldn't Go To My Son's Match Without It


Large LCD display and color viewfinder

Could use a stronger digital zoom

Aug, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Sony HandyCam Review


Not to heavy, easy to use

larger LCDmakes camcorder hard to handle when using eyepiece

Aug, 2002

Product Specifications

Sony Europe announces the introduction of new high-end DV Handycam within its mini DV family that establishes new standards in image quality, user functions and network interfacing capabilities. The DCR-TRV50 provides the highest video quality (530 lines) as well as unrivaled photo quality (1, 362 x 1, 020 pixel) available in the mini DV format. This enhanced photo quality allows users to print higher resolution and larger copies of their favorite images. The DCR-TRV50's superb image capture capabilities are reinforced by market leading PC and remote network interfacing capabilities. This model incorporates Bluetooth wireless communication capabilities connecting the camcorder and other Bluetooth compatible AV/IT devices, specifically mobile telephones. A significant feature for the model is video streaming via the USB port. This feature transforms these camcorders into advanced Webcams within an Internet-based video communication network or alternatively allow PCs without Sony's innovative i.LINK interface to mimic their video streaming capabilities direct to PC.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):135min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

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 / Night mode / 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/1.8-2.2
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:970Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.55Mpix
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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Still / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD