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Sony Handycam DCRTRV18 DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the color and usability. The portability and value for money also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the features and resolution.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCRTRV18 DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Sony DCR-TRV18 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


The Sony DCR-TRV18 is Sony's low end MiniDV camcorder with a street price around $799. The camcorder offers many manual features but the picture quality is disappointing with this replacement for the DCR-TRV17 and the still quality is poor.

Consumer review by:

Great cam for beginner


Firewire, Excellent image quality, very good size & weight

10x zoom, images only in 640x480

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I'd buy it again


Firewire(and USB) connectivity, overall excellent

need to purchase bigger battery and memory card


Consumer review by:

Very nice camcorder


Small, easy to use, good pictures in decent light

Slight motor noise in audio, indoor images mediocre

Consumer review by:

Beats the Canon ZR45 in my book.


Image Quality, Low Light Capabilities, Recorded Noise Level

Bottom-Load Tape, Included Battery, Battery Price

Consumer review by:

Sony TRV18 for 'walk-away' of $720 & before the $100 rebate!


Overall quality.

None for me

Consumer review by:

Required for HS parents


Excellent when recording in Auditoriums (plays)

Don't have any

Consumer review by:

Great Movie Camera!


I love the great zoom, the pull-open screen, easy loading

forget to take it with me!! :)

Consumer review by:

From a semi-professional


Lightweight, easy to use

Need longer zoom, LDC screen destroys battery life

Consumer review by:

Good Buy


Good picture quality, nice features, easy to use

No manual white balance

Product Specifications

Sony introduces its new Mini DV Handycam camcorder incorporating Carl Zeiss optics, USB streaming and the MPEG Movie EX feature - the DCR-TRV18. The camcorder will record for up to 12 hours or playback for up to 13 hours (with LCD screen off) on a single charge with the optional NP-QM91 battery. The Super NightShot function allows you to capture monochrome video even when shooting in total darkness (0 lux) using the built-in infrared system up to ten feet away. The Super NightShot mode automatically adjusts the shutter speed to increase picture brightness and clarity. With Color Slow Shutter, full-color video is recorded in dimly lit places, enabling users to capture video of sleeping babies and nocturnal animals in color. Sharing special moments with family and friends across the world is easy, with the incorporation of USB (Universal Serial Bus) Streaming into this Digital Handycam camcorder. USB Streaming allows users to stream live and recorded video to the Internet with their PCs using Microsoft Windows NetMeeting. This feature turns the camcorder into a webcam with a simple USB plug-in and Microsoft's free NetMeeting software. Now parents can either share baby's first steps live or stream a pre-recorded video of the event to loved ones who can't be there.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):125min/90min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:8MB


Country Kits:Europe
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.2
Max Focal Length:33mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



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/Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Still / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe/Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Still / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD