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Sony DCR-TRV480

We have collected and analyzed 10 expert reviews and 363 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 51/100 and users rate it 76/100. The average review date is Nov 27, 2007. We have compared these reviews to 369383 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 80/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 14, 2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-TRV480


alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV480 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The design and usability also get good opinions. There are some mixed opinions about the image quality, while there are some less positive reviews about the memory.

portability, usability, design, price, size


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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV480Sony DCR-TRV480

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-TRV480


alaTest has collected and analyzed 300 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV480 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and battery. The portability and price also get good comments. There are some critical opinions about the color and image quality, and reviews are divided on the reliability.

usability, price, portability, battery, zoom

image quality, color

77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV460 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical ZoomSony DCRTRV460 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (

Image quality


Sony Handycam DCR-TRV480

Inexpensive; plays and digitizes analog 8mm and Hi8 tapes; responsive automatic mode; video light and infrared mode for night shooting.

Bulky; mediocre video quality; imprecise manual focus; black-and-white viewfinder.

With its ability to play and transfer your old tapes, the Sony Handycam DCR-TRV480 is an attractive choice if you're upgrading from an 8mm or Hi8 camcorder. But if you don't need 8mm or Hi8 compatibility, competing MiniDV cameras offer superior...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (

Sony DCR-TRV review:


Inexpensive; large feature set for the price; analog-to-digital conversion with no need for another player; built-in video light; USB streaming.

Bulky; mediocre video quality; black-and-white viewfinder; manual focus difficult to use; bottom-loading cassette.

The Handycam DCR-TRV460 offers an excellent upgrade from an 8mm or Hi8 camcorder, with digital video recording and the ability to view and transfer your old tapes. But if you don't need 8mm or Hi8 compatibility, competing MiniDV cameras offer superior...

Jun, 2004

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The Sony DCR-TRV480 has the key feature that makes a Digital8 camcorder at least something of a viable purchase: backwards compatibility. Were it not for this feature, which allows you to view your old 8mm and Hi8 tapes, the Digital8 camcorder would be...

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Nick Hyacinthe (

Sony DCR-TRV480 Camcorder Review


Sony introduced its high-end Digital8 camcorder this year at CES. Other than a new color scheme and memory mode, the DCR-TRV480 has not evolved much from last year's DCR-TRV460. The camcorder still has the same 20x optical zoom lens with 290K effective...

Mar, 2005

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (


Jun, 1999

Consumer review (

"good camcorder for whatever."


it is a good camcorder, especially these days because you can get it on ebay for cheap as [censored]. the sensor is alright in low light, not as good as the TRV19 or the TRV22 but it works. it has a high resolution sensor on it, that gives you a little...

nightshot, digital tape (not analog), lens extention threads, hot shoe, mic input, headphone output, memory stick recording, video input.

battery is sort of meh, old memory sticks are uber expensive, no option to choose between firewire or USB like my old digital8 camcorder, touch screens are dumb and break easy, bottom loading tape.

May, 2012

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Sony Handicam is great quality at an affordable price ”


I purchased the Sony Handicam to record my daughter's gymnastics meets.  Since the camcorder features a "sports" setting, I thought it would be ideal for these events.  In my opinion, it does a great job and certainly meets my expectations; however, if...

May, 2010

Consumer review (

Popular but flawed


When this camera came out it was a flawed camera that was still revolutionary. It looked like the ultimate tool for professionals with limited budgets- i.e. event videographers, independent journalists industrial video producers etc... This was a ...

PAL/NTSC recording.

Heavy, complicated, unbalanced, controls not easily located.

Sep, 2008

Consumer review (

Great camera ”


Sony Handicam is easy to use.

Aug, 2008

Consumer review (

great product, everyone should have one ”


easy to use, great picture , light and portable. so simple to use that your kids can  help to make great home videos of vacations and family events, light wiehgt for travel and will fit in your purse easily, also sports strap to make it easy where ever...

Jun, 2008

Product Specifications

Experience all of your memories digitally with Sony's DCR-TRV480E camcorder. It is fully equipped with the latest Sony technology. Providing the bright lens (37mm filter) with a 20X optical zoom, which ensures a clear, high quality image throughout zooming in on the subject. The 2.5-inch LCD display also has a Touch Screen, which can be used in conjunction with Sony's Active Menu, a logically structured graphical user interface for camcorder controls. With Memory Stick you can also easily shoot and store digital still images for sending over the Internet to friends. Sony's unique Easy Handycam menu gives one-button access to basic camera operation and recording settings. The Sony DCR-TRV480E is backwards compatible with both Hi8 and 8mm videocassettes, providing an ideal upgrade path to digital for experienced video enthusiasts with sizeable tape stocks. Additionally those wishing to preserve their video memories on these older formats can take advantage of digital connectivity and ease of use offered by the Sony DCR-TRV480, including Picture Package software. This camcorder features both digital i.LINK IN and OUT, as well as Analog IN and OUT for archiving analog tape recordings. USB provides connectivity to a PC, while Audio IN and OUT ports are ideal for easy dubbing to and from the tape and playing back with TV. 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. The Super NightShot plus function on the Sony DCR-TRV480E uses a slow shutter speed to allow color video under very dark conditions. The USB Streaming facility allows fulfill an additional function as a Webcam, an increasingly popular method of Internet communication.


Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium
Battery Type:NP-FM30
Battery voltage:7.2
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM30
Video recording time:4

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:1 / 4
Photo effects:Black&White, Mosaic, Negative film, Pastel, Sepia, Solarisation

Camera Flash

Type: None


Color of product:Black, Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.5
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

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


Built-in flash: No
Built-in light: Yes
Flash modes:Auto, Manual


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam CCD/Sony Handycam DCR

Image Sensor

Number of CCDs:1
Optical sensor size:1/6
Scan technology:CCD
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.32 / 0.54 / 3.31

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.65 - 33.1
Digital Zoom:990
Filter size:1.46
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.65 - 33.1
Focal length range (f-f):0.0984 - 1.97
Image Stabilizer: No
Interchangeable Lens: No
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.4
Max Focal Length:50mm
Maximum aperture number:2.4
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Minimum aperture number:1.6
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Light Exposure

Scene modes:Beach, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Sunset

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:200Kpix/290Kpix/350Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:320Kpix/460Kpix/540Kpix
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

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Steady Shot)/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other Features

Flash:Auto / Manual
I/O ports:Audio Out, USB Terminal, Video Out\n
Lens system:Sony
Media types supported:Hi8/Video8, Digital8
Power consumption (typical):2.9
Resolution:640 x 480

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:Picture Package\n
Cables included:AV
Lens hood: Yes

Ports & interfaces

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/3-1/4000 / 1/60 - 1/4000


Camcorder media type:Videotape
Camcorder tape type:Digital 8 / Hi 8

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Full HD: No
Video compression format:MPEG1 / MPEG2
Video formats supported:MPEG1 / MPEG2

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader/Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader/Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Stripe / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:990
Media Type:Digital8/Hi8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Card Mix / Chroma Key / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch / Trail/Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization / Still / Trail/Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch/Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarization / Stretch
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic/LCD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.86 / 5.94
Height:3.86 / 5.94
Weight:28.2 / 31.4 / 32.1

White Balance

White Balance:Auto