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Sony Handycam DCRTRV80 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 reviews of Sony Handycam DCRTRV80 Mini DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The portability and image quality also get good comments. There are some less positive views about the reliability and durability. There are mixed opinions on the memory and price.

usability, image quality, portability, design, size

durability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCRTRV80 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam DCRTRV80 Mini DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCRTRV80 Mini DV Camcorder from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the size and battery. The memory and viewfinder also get good opinions, but there are some negative comments about the portability.

price, viewfinder, memory, battery, size

portability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV80 MiniDV CamcorderSony DCR-TRV80 MiniDV Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam DCRTRV80 Mini DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCRTRV80 Mini DV Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the connectivity and zoom. The design and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the memory and durability. There are some mixed views about the image quality.

usability, portability, design, zoom, connectivity

reliability, price, durability, memory

65% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV80 MiniDV 2Megapixel Camcorder with 3.5" LCD, Memory Stick, Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity, and Networking CapabilitySony DCRTRV80 MiniDV 2Megapixel Camcorder with 3.5" LCD, Memory Stick, Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity, and Networking Capability

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Jan Ozer (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-TRV MiniDV Handycam

 
Jun, 2003

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV80 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

The Sony DCR-TRV80, priced at $1,500 is Sony's top of the line horizontal MiniDV camcorder. Featuring a 2.1 Megapixel CCD, it is the first 2 Mega Pixel MiniDV camcorder along with the DCR-TRV70. The DCR-TRV80 features a 3.5 in. LCD screen and Bluetooth...

Feb, 2003

Expert review by: Patrick Lang (videomaker.com)

Sony Mini DV Camcorder Review: DCR-TRV80

 

$1,499 Sony Electronics 1 Sony Drive Park Ridge, NJ 07656 (887) 865-SONY www.sonystyle.com Remember in grammar school when your lunches included a hybrid eating utensil called a spork? Come on, you remember: it was a cross between a spoon and a...

Roomy 3.5-inch LCD ; Ease of Use ; Sharp, vivid digital stills

Lack of manual controls and buttons ; Bottom-loading tape transport

The TRV80 does an excellent job as a digital still camera and camcorder. The price is a little steep, and with the price and size of 2-megapixel digital cameras dropping relatively quickly, you might ask if it is worth the extra price to have both...

Sep, 2003

Expert review by: Diana Weynand (videomaker.com)

Sony DCR-TRV80

 

The TRV80 is a feature-rich camcorder for folks looking for an all in one imaging solution.

Roomy 3.5-inch LCD, Ease of Use, Sharp, vivid digital stills

Lack of manual controls and buttons, Bottom-loading tape transport

Sep, 2003

Consumer review by: MirrorMan (shopzilla.com)

Too expensive if you campare it to Panasonic

 

very easy to use, great customer support

bluetooth useless, the price is too high for its quality

Oct, 2003

Consumer review by: RammerJammer (shopzilla.com)

Waiting for a review

 

I have just placed my order for this camera on-line for $1k

I'll let ya'll know how it performs when I receive it

Sep, 2003

Consumer review by: David McClelland (shopzilla.com)

Highly Recommended

 

Touch screen spot cntrls, high-quality optics, A/D pass-thru

Bluetooth a waste, touch screen jiggles cam

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: rkiblo (pricegrabber.com)

Samsung SCD-365 Mini DV

 

2006-10-20 07:53:58 Pros: This camera was purchased mainly for conversion of VHS home movies to digital to create DVDs. Conversion is very easy to perform and Apple's iMovie captures content without effort. Easy to use once you get past the...

Ease of use, AV-IN for digital conversion, size, Mac-compatibility.

Battery life, viewfinder, documentation, lack of Firewire cable, Mac-compatibility, mini DV tape not included

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: toronto65 (epinions.com)

TRV80: Last of the ?good? Sony consumer camcorders

 

The TRV80 & 70 (and 50, 30, 20 & 10 before them) occupied that “middle ground” between consumer (TRV39 and below, and new HC65 and below) and true prosumer camcorders (TRV900, 950, VX2000, 2100, and the new HC1000). As a single CCD camcorder, ...

Great video quality, large LCD, good widescreen mode, good build quality

Lack of manual audio level control, must use menu for manual exposure and fader

Jul, 2004

Consumer review by: brainstrain (epinions.com)

A really excellent camcorder

 

Attracted by the all advantages offered by 'digital video' I looked at the reviews for dv camcorders. A long term Sony fan I soon settled on the TRV50 - the camcorder of the year. As this was in the process of being superceded by the TRV80 I decided to...

Analogue in/dv out facility. Steadyshot. Excellent picture quality

Bottom tape loading a bit fiddly. Zoom control requires a delicate touch

Jan, 2004
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Product Specifications

The DCR-TRV80 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder doesn't just deliver exceptional-quality digital video, digital audio, and 2.0 megapixel digital still images. This unit also features BIP (improved Bluetooth capability, enabling peer-to-peer data transfers between Bluetooth products) networking, USB streaming, the revolutionary Carl Zeiss Lens T coating for a 70% improved reflection rate, and a sprawling list of powerful features and design elements. An added bonus is the new touch panel (with included stylus) that can be used to access the functions of the camcorder.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM50
Run Time (Up To):120min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS / MS Pro
USB: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless Interface: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:6.7in
Height:3.7in
Weight:1.5lbs
Width:2.9in

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

General Features

3D: No
Format:MiniDV
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:TRV80
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.1
Max Focal Length:45mm
Min Focal Length:4.5mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.08Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.1 mm ( 1/3.6 ) / 7.1 mm ( 1/3.6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:4:3

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 / Vertical wipe/Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Chroma Key / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Still / Trail/Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD