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Sony Handycam DCR TRV40

Sony Handycam DCR TRV40
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3 reviews

Oct, 2017

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Consumer review by: petrolero (

Lots of features for the money, but hard to find


The DCR-TRV40 is identical to a DCR-TRV50 except that it does not have the Blue Tooth technology that the 50 has. That's it! Blue Tooth is just a big gimmick - almost no one would be able to use Blue Tooth 'out of the box' - you have to pay (a lot)...

Great video quality & features for the price!

Hard to find in the USA.

Aug, 2003

Product Specifications

The application of Mega Pixel CCD imagers enhances the picture quality of the video captured by this model. By incorporating a 1.55 Mega Pixel CCD imager with 530 lines of horizontal resolution, the DCR-TRV40 (NTSC) reproduces video of precise image detail and vivid colors. Another advanced technology pre-installed in the DCR-TRV40 is the touch panel function for easy operation management. The 3.5-inch LCD touch screen panel allows users to have better control over the Handycam's auto focus. By touching the LCD screen, users can select any applications or bring distant objects into focus easily when shooting. With the new USB streaming function, this model 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. This model has the Digital Still Camera (DSC) function that lets users capture a still image while recording any motions in the video. The DCR-TRV40 can produce high quality still images of resolution up to 1, 360 x 1, 020. 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. For instance, a 128MB Memory Stick can store up to 95min of MPEG movie clips. With the MPEG Movie EX function, users can send video as an E-mail attachment or insert video clips into Web pages and presentation materials. The supplied PIXELA Image Mixer Editing Software lets users capture still images and movies through USB or i.LINK, and edit them on a PC. The DCR-TRV40 features a 14-bit DXP (Digital Extended Processor) that enhances signal-processing abilities. As digital noise is reduced, the contrast between dark and luminous areas is further reduced, resulting in a more natural balanced picture. It is also 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. The pre-installed Stamina rechargeable battery allows long continuous operation of 7 to 10 hours.

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 / 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 (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD