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Sony Handycam DCR TRV15

alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR TRV15. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the zoom and portability are overall positive. The price and image quality are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the size. Many are less positive about the reliability and color.

usability, image quality, price, portability, zoom

battery, color, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR TRV15 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR TRV15 from 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 Reviewers really like the zoom and portability. The price and image quality are also appreciated. There are some negative reviews about the reliability and design. There are some mixed opinions about the size.

usability, image quality, price, portability, zoom

battery, design, reliability

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV16 Mini DV CamcorderSony DCR-TRV16 Mini DV Camcorder

Jun, 2018

Product Specifications

The Sony DCR-TRV16 is designed to meet video enthusiasts' needs with a host of outstanding technologies, such as Mega Pixel, network capabilities, Touch Panel and USB streaming. The application of Mega Pixel CCD imagers enhances the picture quality of the video captured by this model. With the new USB streaming function, The Sony DCR-TRV16 can act as a Webcam with a simple USB connection and video conferencing software such as Microsoft Windows NetMeeting software. To executives, this video conferencing function helps reduce the needs of traveling. Simply connecting the Handycam to a PC, users can stream live video of any conferences and special occasions. The other new function is the MPEG MovieEX, which can capture MPEG video clips with audio onto the Memory Stick media. Alternatively, users can shoot video clips to the tape and convert in-camera to MPEG movie format by saving it to the Memory Stick. This function can lengthen the recording time. The Sony DCR-TRV16 is equipped with Carl Zeiss Lens and 120x precision digital zoom (10x optical zoom). The Super NightShot function and the Color Slow Shutter function make it possible to capture vivid images in dark environment.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):125min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:5

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight




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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image Sensor

Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Focal length range (f-f):0.13 - 1.3
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.7/F/1.7-2.2
Max Focal Length:33mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black / Silver/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/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / Window wipe/Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Overlap fader
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / PC camera mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Stretch/Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Still / Stretch / Trail


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD