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Sony DCR-TRV33

alaTest has collected and analyzed 331 reviews of Sony DCR-TRV33. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV33 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-TRV33 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


The $799 DCR-TRV33 is the high end of the Sony entry level 2003 MiniDV camcorders. The DCR-TRV33 produces impressive looking video and does a good job in low light situations. The quality still performance on the DCR-TRV33 combined with it's great...

Jul, 2003

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Sony DCR TRV33


Sony DCRTRV33 MiniDV 1megapixel Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Color Viewfinder & Memory Stick capabilities.

Of all the world's consumer camcorders, Sony was the first to break the megapixel barrier. Working with high-resolution recording and high-precision Carl Zeiss or Sony custom optics, the benefits are dramatic. You'll see amazing detail on everything...

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Sony DCR TRV33 Mini DV


Sony DCR-TRV33 Review December 29, 2006 It may seem strange to be reviewing this mini dv camera 3 years after I bought it (2003), but I wanted to give others a sense of this piece of equipment so that they might have a bit of an informed opinion if ...

Great lens ; ergonomically comfortable to use ; wonderful sound and picture quality

Cassette loads from camera bottom ; mediocre image stabilization ; lens has narrow angle of coverage

Dec, 2006

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Sony DCR TRV33 Mini DV


Great lens ; ergonomically comfortable to use ; wonderful sound and picture quality

Cassette loads from camera bottom ; mediocre image stabilization ; lens has narrow angle of coverage

Dec, 2006

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DCR-TRV33 camcorder handycam with black screen


Good,Clarity Picture and video

Blank Recording video ....only audio recording and service is really ridiculous

Dec, 2006

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Sony has extended the CCD warranty on this


Good picture quality and features.

Early imaging chip failure.Obtuse owners manual.

Sep, 2006

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Good things do come in small packages


This light weight digital camcorder is a must buy. If you are looking for a MiniDV camcorder with get focus and extraordinary zoom, the TRV33 is the right choice. This camera is filled with many great features. Touch screen control, night vision and ...

Small size, night vision, accessory hot shoe, touch screen, color view finder

Small size

Dec, 2004

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A camera that does it all....with a touch screen!


When I was presented with the choice of which camera to get for my birthday at my local Best Buy, there were a lot of options. I wanted something small, versatile, and packed with features. The Sony Handycam DCR-TRV33 NTSC hit it on the spot. This...

Great picture,sound,options, etc.. and touch screen

A little expensive

Oct, 2004

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Keep the movie going baby


Well I have had this camera since last December and let me tell you that I enjoy every bit of this well-designed camera.The reason I went with Sony is becasue I had their Sony HI 8 camera that I got back in 1998. I was going on an oversea trip so I ...

Feature packed. Easy to use

Not everyone can afford such a nice camera

Jul, 2004

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Easy and simple to use


Ease of use, Sony Brand, Size and Style, Ergonomics

No in-built flash, Poor Battery Life.

Apr, 2004

Product Specifications

The DCR-TRV33 is a spectacular option for those looking for great video and stills in a compact camcorder. Offering a 1.0 Megapixel CCD imager, this high quality camcorder delivers 10X Optical/120X Digital Zoom and Carl Zeiss optics for incredible picture clarity. The 1/4.7" Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD imager with 690K (effective) pixels provides excellent detail and clarity, with exceptional digital video performance (520 lines of horizontal resolution). Realize great looking digital still images utilizing 1000K (effective) pixels. The Megapixel technology enhances your digital videos and digital still photography performance. The MiniDV digital recording format delivers 3X the color bandwidth of VHS and lower signal to noise ratio compared to analog formats, providing stunning video performance comparable to DVD. Ultra Compact Design This new, unique design complements the product's ultra compact size while providing easy, comfortable access to the video controls. The Professional Quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar Lens has an advanced optical multi-layer coating offering less glare and flare with increased contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color saturation and perfect renditions of subtle tones. The optical zoom brings the action close up from far away. In addition, precision digital zoom interpolation technology means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:7

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight




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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 4.7
Total megapixels:1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter size:1.18
Focal length range (f-f):0.146 - 1.46
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

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

Flash memory:8

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
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions