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Sony DCRTRV30 DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 129 reviews of Sony DCRTRV30 DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and portability. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive opinions about the reliability. There are some mixed comments about the zoom and battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCRTRV30 DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Sony DCRTRV30 DV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the image quality and portability are overall positive. The durability and price are also mentioned favorably.

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

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Nov, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of Sony DCRTRV30 DV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the durability and design. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical reviews about the reliability.

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

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Nov, 2015

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Jan Ozer (

Sony DCR-TRV30

Apr, 2002

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-TRV30 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


Sony's latest MiniDV is the TRV30. This stylish camcorder packs a quality picture and many features with a somewhat moderate price tag. The camcorder includes many manual features and many new features which really add to the product. The picture...

Oct, 2001

Expert review by: Claudio Meira (



It's Coming, Agoraquest's Redesigned Website is launching next week!!!

Aug, 2001

Consumer review by: (

Be aware of Sony products


good picture quality, compact, long battery life

poor picture quality in low/dark environment. poor warranty

May, 2003

Consumer review by: Herbert (



Mega pixels, clean picture.

Remote control take too much electrocity, nightshot useless.

Apr, 2003

Consumer review by: Camcorder Guru (

Good Camcorder


Flash for still pictures; big screen for viewing

Tape loads on bottom; battery life short

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: (

Problems after only 6 months & Sony's repair system stinks!


Easy to use, great quality video

Broke after 6 months!

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: Dr.R.Buddhadev (

Its very small,handy & affordable


small,handy,long battery life


Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: (

poor buy for the money


For the high price can't think of any

poor zoom and control,flickering lines in playback,support ?

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: ChrisMar, APATactica (

The ultimate for 2001 and even 2002...people say


Picture Quality for both stills and video

Bottom feeding the dv cassette

Oct, 2002

Product Specifications

Life is too fleeting, and its joys too precious, to waste time with anything but the best. Sony's Mini DV DCR-TRV30 digital camcorder is the next peak in DV. Simply the ultimate in still and video image quality available. Editing and sharing your stunning imagery is also made fast and easy by USB, i.LINK (DV in/out) and Memory Stick as well as Internet friendly features like MPEG E-Movie. Why settle for less? Sony DCR-TRV30 camcorder lets you capture life's precious moments with quality and ease. The camera offers up to 530 lines of horizontal resolution, 3x color bandwidth, and lower signal-to-noise ratio, to provide stunning video performance. Advanced HAD CCD imaging device provides stunning detail and clarity, with exceptional video and still image performance. Capture digital still images at 1360 x 1020 or 640 x 480 resolution, directly onto Memory Stick media for easy transfer to PCs for email, printing, or sharing. Large, detailed still image resolution provides unprecedented detail and exceptional quality that is ideal for printing or Internet applications. Enhanced CCD design allows more light to reach the imager, which reduces video noise to improve signal-to-noise ratio by up to 6dB (2x better than a standard CCD). It is particularly effective when shooting in dark situations. Carl Zeiss lens have an advanced optical multi-layer coating offering less glare and flare with increased contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color saturation, and perfect renditions of subtle tones. Sony's optical zoom brings the action close up from far away. In addition, precision digital zoom interpolation technology means that extreme digital zooming is cleaner, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom. The LCD display makes images sharp and detailed during playback or when monitoring recording. Sony's exclusive AccuPower meter displays the battery time remaining in minutes, in the viewfinder or LCD screen. Super SteadyShot picture stabilization minimizes high frequency shake and vibration without compromising picture quality. It uses motion sensors and a HyperPrecision CCD imager that does not change or degrade the video. Capture video even when shooting in total darkness (0 lux) using the built-in infrared system up to ten feet (3 m) away. The Super NightShot mode in conjunction with progressive shutter system automatically adjusts the shutter speed to increase picture brightness and clarity. Super LaserLink wireless transmission system allows the user to transmit audio and video. This system eliminates the need for video cables or adapters for true worry-free playback. Intelligent Accessory shoe provides power, on/off, and special operational commands to a variety of Sony Intelligent Accessories via a multi-pin interface.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:4MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

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 Video Format:MPEG-1
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Black & White / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Still / Stretch
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD