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alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews of Sony DCR-TRV50E. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The design and image quality are also mentioned favorably. The usability and color get less positive comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV50E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV50E from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the portability and image quality are overall positive.

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Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-TRV50 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


Sony's MiniDV DCR-TRV50 is their upgrade to the popular DCR-TRV30. The camcorder is a standard form factor, with many neat features and excelent still quality. The DCR-TRV50 carries a street price around $1,599.00.

Jul, 2002

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Sony DCR-TRV50

Feb, 2003

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Excellent Camcorder


The Sony DCR-TRV50 is a wonderful camcorder. I am a feature person. Greater numbers of features allow for greater creativity in many cases and the TRV50 doesn't disappoint in this area. Though there are some minor drawbacks, the advantages of the TRV50...

Excellent feature set. Excellent video quality. Good still quality

A bit pricey. Limited manual controls

Jul, 2002

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Sony DCR-TRV50 1.5-Megapixel MiniDV Digital Camcoder With USB, MemoryStick And Bluetooth Decease


Picture quality, features, design, 1.5-Megapixel CCD, USB, analog inputs


Jul, 2002

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Sony Handycam DCR-TRV50 Mini DV Camcorder


Picture quality, features, design, 1.5-Megapixel CCD, USB, analog inputs


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Low light filming, blue tooth. Large screen display and touch screen. Considering this is now an old model that I have had from new, it still produces stunning audio and video quality.

firewire connection now uslesss as allnew laptops/pc do not have them. I have had to purchase a second hand laptop with firewire to download my 30 hours of film to the computer in order to edit.

Aug, 2012

Product Specifications

Sony Europe announces the introduction of new high-end DV Handycam within its mini DV family that establishes new standards in image quality, user functions and network interfacing capabilities. The DCR-TRV50 provides the highest video quality (530 lines) as well as unrivaled photo quality (1, 362 x 1, 020 pixel) available in the mini DV format. This enhanced photo quality allows users to print higher resolution and larger copies of their favorite images. The DCR-TRV50's superb image capture capabilities are reinforced by market leading PC and remote network interfacing capabilities. This model incorporates Bluetooth wireless communication capabilities connecting the camcorder and other Bluetooth compatible AV/IT devices, specifically mobile telephones. A significant feature for the model is video streaming via the USB port. This feature transforms these camcorders into advanced Webcams within an Internet-based video communication network or alternatively allow PCs without Sony's innovative i.LINK interface to mimic their video streaming capabilities direct to PC.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):135min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight


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 / 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

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.2
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:970Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.55Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Still / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD