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Sony DCR-TRV25

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 reviews of Sony DCR-TRV25. The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and price. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the zoom.

portability, usability, image quality, price, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV25 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-TRV25 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


Sony's DCR-TRV25 is a brand new addition to the Sony MiniDV line with a street price around $899. Whereas many camcorders are upgrades to older models, Sony has added the DCR-TRV25 in-between the DCR-TRV18 and the DCR-TRV50.

May, 2002

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A good, solid 1 chip consumer camcorder


Footage taken with the TRV-25 outdoors on a clear day could easily be mistaken for footage taken wit ...

excellent color range, fast accurate autozoom, manual exposure controls, easy computer interface

on board mic, touchy zoom, tiny buttons, low light/indoor quality

Aug, 2003

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Very satisfied


I thoroughly enjoy using this camera. Being able to edit the tapes on my computer has been a great experience. It is a very simple process with the right software ( I use Ulead Video Express).

Small, great video, plenty of features

Tape ejects from the bottom, low light capability

May, 2003

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The sony DCR-TRV25


As a desktop publisher, I got interested in video editing, so I wanted to purchase a good quality camera. For my price range, the TRV25 was the best I could get. Although great for home or fun, this isn't something I would use for professional filming....

good reliability, can go anywhere, good video quality

pictures are not so well done, lighting greatly affects quality

May, 2003

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A Great Feature-Rich Camera


When I started looking at camcorders, I talked to a friend of mine who videotapes football games, weddings and such. He recommended a Mini DV camcorder because of the video quality and flexibility. Because of our budget, I had to find one for around...

Many Features

Have to remove it from the tripod to change the tape

Mar, 2003

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Sony delivers


I bought the TRV-25 after many hours and days of reading reviews and comparing features and prices.

Great features, good size, Sony quality

A bit pricy

Feb, 2003

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Good investment


We bought our Sony camcorder mainly for our trip to Disney World. We've been borrowing my parents' older JVC camcorder, but I wanted a good digital camera too. Since we would be packing for three adults and two children for one week's stay in...

Small size camcorder and digital camera in one

Kind of heavy when taping a long show

Dec, 2002

Consumer review (

A solid camcorder with a tweak of magic!


I bought this camcorder from Best Buy which has an extensive amount of electronic selections. The price was $700 plus another $50 for Best Buy's two year insurance policy.

video, easy to use, light for me


Nov, 2002

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Sony DCR-TRV25

Sep, 2002

Consumer review (

Good camera, okay price.


The Sony DCR-TRV25 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder is a quality camera. It features good resolution and good good over all filming quality. Its list of features makes it a competitor with any other camera in its price range. It has built in components like a...

A good quality camera, good picture quality, light weight

A little to expensive

Sep, 2002

Product Specifications

Take your MiniDV memory-making to the megapixel level! The DCR-TRV25 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder delivers mega-powered functionality in a sleek design. Everything from digital video to digital audio and digital still image capability, with Memory Stick Media storage and the most advanced features are available. With a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens, 10X optical/120X precision digital zoom, color viewfinder, Memory Stick Media storage, and so much more, the DCR-TRV25 makes it easier than ever to take spectacular video and share it with the world.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):145min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Webcam capability: 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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):340000
Optical sensor resolution:680000
Optical sensor size:1/4
Scan technology:CCD
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:1.07

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter size:1.18
Focal length range (f-f):0.13 - 1.3
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.0
Max Focal Length:37mm
Min Focal Length:3.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):32 - 104
Operating temperature range (T-T):32 - 104

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Horizontal resolution:500

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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:Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Still / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD