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Sony DCR-TRV520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the value for money and image quality are on the whole positive. The size and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical reviews about the resolution and viewfinder. Reviews are divided on the memory.

portability, usability, size, image quality, price

battery, viewfinder, resolution

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-TRV520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

size, portability, usability

memory, resolution

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV520 Digital CamcorderSony DCRTRV520 Digital Camcorder

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Sony DCR-TRV520 Camcorder Review - Sony Digital8 Camcorders

 

The DCR-TRV520 is Sony's middle range Digital8 camcorder with a MSRP of $1099. Sony Digital8 records a digital signal onto standard 8mm or Hi8 tapes. Sony claims that it is possible to record up to 500 lines of resolution on a Digital8 tape. The...

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I Love this Camcorder

 

This camcorder is a wonderful unit. I just love it. I was afraid it would be hard to operate but I found the instruction manual very easy to read. Within minutes of opening the box I was ready to start filming. The digital still feature was the main...

Very easy to use, Takes digital stills, 3.5 in LCD screen size

A little heavy, LCD drains battery life really fast

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looking for complete camcorder?

 

This camcorder is for some one who wants a complete camcorder.The first time i saw it i liked it because it had nightshot which lets you see at night in the dark, but you can only see 3 meters long of distance at night which is still good. The other...

easy to use for a first time user

its heavy and makes you feel uncomfortable after a while

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TRV520

 

I purchased this camcorder about six months ago. I have been really pleased with the abilities of it. Rather than purchasing one based solely on size, I looked at all the functions these cameras have to offer. The TRV520 has everything, especially...

Great quality picture, Easy to Use, Lots of functions and many ports.

Little bit bulky compared to others

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TRV525 and what's coming with it

 

Being a very critic spirit, rarely I can say about a product that meets all my expectation, beating even the most optimistic expectations. This is the case with my Sony TRV525. From the day I bought it my daily activity has changed completely. This is...

Image quality, picture effects, reliable

No

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Shoot movies, transfer them to your PC

 

Sony is undoubdly the best company among camcorder manufacturers. Their camcorders are leading the market while their technologies are being used by many different manufacturers. Digital-8 is one of the many technologies Sony has invented and used in...

Digital, ergonomic, good quality, lots of effects

Bigger than MiniDV models, B/W viewfinder

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Great Unit for the price

 

I am a first time owner of a camcorder but have used so many models owned by others. This is a great machine.

Great picture quality, 3.5inch screen and 25X opt zoom is great

3.5 inch Screen sucks power. Little heavy compared to latest models

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Digital Video and Stills--the ?best? of both worlds?

 

I did some research on digital camcorders when I decided I wanted one and this camera seemed to fit the bill. I have never owned or operated a video camera in my life, so I thought I was in for a long learning curve. After learning to use it, which...

Easy camera to use, great computer adaptability.

Battery drains quickly, still picture quality is moderate.

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To View, Or Not To View

 

I really have grown to like my Sony TRV520 and since I've had it my life has become much more digital. I no longer take pictures with my regular 35mm camera because my camcorder has a digital camera built in. The included memory stick has 4MB of memory...

Digital Zoom, Optical Zoom, Night Shot, Memory Stick, Etc.

Picture Quality in Digital

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Digital Recording on a Hi8 Tape!

 

The Sony DCR-TRV520 is a superb digital video camera for all your home movie needs. This camcorder has Digital8 technology developed by Sony. What this means it will record a digital signal with digital sound on a standard Hi8 tape.

You can play a 8mm or Hi8 home movie in the Sony DCR-TRV520.

Heavier and bulkier than a true digital camcorder.

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Product Specifications

Feast your eyes on Digital8 pictures. Bask in Digital8 sound. And enjoy the show on Sony's 3-1/2 Inch SwivelScreen Color LCD Monitor of the DCR-TRV520 from Sony. DCR-TRV520 achieves stunning picture quality, with up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution and records high quality 12-bit digital stereo audio. Digital 8's recording pattern allows digital recording on affordable 8mm or Hi8 tapes. Built-in Digital Still Camera with Memory Stick allows you to store still images in digital format at 640x480 resolution in Sony's new Memory Stick memory. 12-bit/16-bit PCM Digital Stereo Audio Recording offers a choice of either a single 16-bit/48kHz stereo audio track for DAT-quality recording, or two 12-bit/32kHz stereo tracks for CD sound quality. To make sure you get the maximum benefit from each charge, Sony's InfoLithium batteries have no life-shortening "memory effect." To keep you informed of remaining power, Sony's AccuPower meter spells out remaining battery time in minutes on the camcorder's LCD Monitor or Viewfinder. Another thing you don't need to worry about is holding the camcorder perfectly still. Sony's SteadyShot system uses sophisticated motion sensors to remove unwanted picture shake. With Sony's Hyper-Precision CCD image sensors, you're not sacrificing image size or picture quality. Super NightShot Enables you to shoot subjects up to 3 meters away in total darkness. Sony Digital Handycam camcorders record audio in the digital format, which gives you the power, clarity, and accuracy you've become accustomed to from compact discs. Control L (LANC) Provides two-way communication between the camcorder and other video devices. When you're out shooting the action, the last thing you want to see is the dreaded flashing battery indicator - the sign that you've got no power left. That's why Sony cut power consumption and extended battery life. Forget about cables, wires and adapters. Sony's Super LaserLink system uses infrared light to make a wireless connection from your camcorder to your television. Just use the transmitter in that is built-in to the camcorder together with the optional receiver. The Super LaserLink System features a transmission range up to 8 meters.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:9.2in
Height:4.2in
Weight:2.2lbs
Width:4.4in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:7 settings/Beach & ski / Landscape / Lesson mode / Night mode / Slow shutter / Spotlight / Sunset & moon/Beach & ski / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset & moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:4MB

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:TRV520/TRV520E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-3.3
Max Focal Length:92.5mm
Min Focal Length:3.7mm
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black / Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix/440Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:460Kpix/800Kpix
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

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader
Digital Zoom:100/450
Media Type:Digital8/Digital8 / Hi8 / Video8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Stretch/Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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