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Sony DCR-TRV720

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and color. The battery and image quality are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the features and value for money.

portability, image quality, battery, color, usability

value for money, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV720 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-TRV720

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV720 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.

portability, viewfinder, battery, color, memory

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV720 Digital CamcorderSony DCRTRV720 Digital Camcorder

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The Complete Package!

 

I work in sales and we were clearing out our old stock of video cameras so I approached our most experience salesperson of 23 years in the industry. I told him I wanted a Digital 8 camera which takes stills. He showed me the DCRTRV720 and DCRTRV730...

4" LCD Screen, built in audio, tonnes of great features and very easy to use!

None, it has EVERYTHING I wanted!

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To Kathmandu and back.

 

I bought this camera for my daughter, a high school sophmore, off to Kathmandu, Nepal for the summer. She used it during the school year for school projects. In the past she had used a regular VHS camera for her projects but the edit work was a...

Easy to use. Good quality results.Very durable!

Buttons are a bit small. Takes practice to use.

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Good camcorder

 

SONY TRV-720 is one of the best in its Digital-8 TRV-x20 series however not supported any more by Sony, therefore cheaper nowadays. The newer series is TRV-x30. A tip of usage: whichever camcorder you buy, try to chose the smallest, and the lightest,...

Very comfortable, many functions, easy to use

None

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Everything a camcorder is suppose to do

 

Before I start I just want to let you know that I did quite a bit of research on this product before I bought it. I use to work at an electronics store. There I was in charge of selling TV's, DVD players, camcorders, and cameras. Sony makes average to...

Big LCD screen, most features for the money, backward compatibility

Digital stills aren't that good

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Next step in camcorder evolution

 

Let me say one thing first, this is a compromise camcorder. If you are truely starting out from "ground zero" then you should probably look at the DV camcorders. They offer smaller size and a slightly better set of features. If, on the other hand, you...

Great camera, supports older 8mm tapes, excellent picture/sound.

Larger than the DV models.

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A few quirks but overall a great cam!

 

After reading several opinions here, I finally broke down and purchased the DCR-TRV720. I was leaning toward the 520, but opted for the larger LCD panel of the 720. My previous cam was a Sharp Viewcam (analog) with a 3.5" LCD and I was very satisfied...

Converts old analog to digital. Good feature set for the price.

Heavy. LCD useless outdoors.

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Solid Overall Performance

 

I bought this camcorder about 6 months ago with the intention of using it to preserve the memories of my daughters childhood. Overall I have been very pleased with the performance. I bought this camcorder strictly for home use and it serves that...

Large screen, Built in digital camera, Picture Quality

Lack of sound control, Some features poorly executed

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After much research - bot the Sony TRV720

 

This is my second Sony camcorder. The first was analog, and did a pretty good job. However, I wanted to be able to transfer the recording directly to my computer. After much research, decided on this high 8 digital camcorder with its price and...

Excellent Features, IR wireless connection, 1394 connection

Small buttons on camera selector, no 1394 cable included

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great camcorder

 

This is my first camcorder and I couldn't be happier. Because of the arrival of my son/daughter in the near future, I figured it was time to get a camcorder. I decided on the Sony because of all the good reviews and the features. It has a big color...

easy to use,

need to buy a larger battery

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Good all around Video Camera

 

I was looking around for a new video camera when I visited a SONY showroom. The staff was very hospitable and they let me try all the cameras they had. I told the staff what I was looking for a camera (Digital format and still capable) and my budget....

All in one camera, huge LCD and good video quality

Heavy, short battery life and below average stills

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Product Specifications

DCR-TRV720 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. 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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Weight:2.4lbs

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:4in
Diagonal Size (metric):10.2cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:4MB

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:TRV720
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
Camcorder Sensor Resolution: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

Digital Zoom:450
Media Type:Digital8 / Hi8 / Video8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Slow Shutter / Solarization / Still / Stretch / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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