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Sony CCD-TRV238

alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 reviews of Sony CCD-TRV238. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and durability are on the whole positive. The size and usability also get good opinions. Many are less positive about the design, while comments are divided on the portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony CCD-TRV238 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Sony CCD-TRV238 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and durability. The usability and size are also appreciated.

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82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony CCD-TRV238 Handycam Hi8 Camcorder [20x, 2.5" LCD]Sony CCD-TRV238 Handycam Hi8 Camcorder [20x, 2.5" LCD]

Mar, 2019

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Sony CCD-TRV238


Useful for viewing old tapes

Nov, 2007

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Sony CCD-TRV238


Easy compact camera

None really

Nov, 2006

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I bought this Sony CCD-TRV238 camcorder as my first video camera and its very easy to use... virtually no instuction manual needed...

May, 2006

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Does What It Says On The Tin!


I bought my Fiancee this Sony CCD-TRV238 camcorder for Christmas 2005. WOW It's great. It does everything that is claimed by ...

Feb, 2006

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Sony Handycam DCR-TRV238: Bridging the generations...


I bought my first camcorder when my son was born, nearly 10 years ago. I went for a Canon UC30 Hi, a Hi8 model that had what I considered a great virtue at the time; it was very small and light compared to most competition. I went for Hi8 as I liked...

CHEAP!, Plays back 8/Hi8 and outputs digitally

Heavy and larger than many miniDV camcorders

Jun, 2002

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Great product


This Sony DCR-TRV238 Handycam camcorder is a perfect combination of price and Features. I recomend this camcorder to all my friend...

May, 2002

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Excellent Value


The only diffence between the Sony TVR238 and the more expensive TVR240, that I can see is DV in. That is you can down load your v...

May, 2002

Product Specifications

Sony CCD-TRV238E is an ideal introductory camcorder, while more senior family members will appreciate the no-nonsense camera functions, solid, easy to grip body, and 2.5-inch LCD display with easy to read menus. The 20X optical zoom on the CCD-TRV238 ensures a clear, high quality picture throughout zooming to the subject. It takes a 37mm filter and can thus deliver better performance. The camcorder also features a 990x digital zoom facility. Sony's STAMINA technology makes sure you have a worry free long recording time on the camcorders. They are powered by "infoLITHIUM" battery that can provide continuous recording, rechargeable via a supplied AC adaptor. A Battery Info button displays available recording times and remaining charge level on the LCD display when activated. This function is accessible anytime when the camcorder is turned off. Ease of use is of prime concern for this model. Situated handily on the frame of the LCD monitor is a Start and Stop Record button and the secondary Zoom button for quick access when viewing the subject on the display or for during difficult shooting situations, even when you are holding the camera above your head. Another enhancement is the Easy Handycam menu. With one-button access, this function locks out the more advanced features of the menu, giving the user a quick and easy selection of basic camera operation and recording settings to choose from. These are displayed on the LCD screen in large, easy to read characters. Low-level light recording technology is incorporated in the form of Night Shot Plus, which can record in more natural color in low-light environments.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):16
Battery Type:NP-FM30
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM30

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
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 CCD

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.38

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700 / 990
Filter size:1.46
Focal length range (f-f):0.0945 - 2.36 / 0.0984 - 1.97
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.4
Max Focal Length:50mm
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20 / 25
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:230Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:380Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Other Features

Focus:Auto / Manual
Horizontal resolution:500
I/O ports:Audio Out\nVideo Out
Lens system:Sony

Ports & interfaces

DV port: No
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: No

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/50-1/4000


Camcorder tape type:Digital 8

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Stripe fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:990
Media Type:Hi8
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:27.5 / 31.4