Sony Handycam DCR-TRV20 Camcorder - Gray

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  • Sony DCR-TRV20 Digital MiniDV Camcorder With Memory Stick

    Apr 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Picture and sound quality, features, looks and size
    Cons: Price

    Summary: The Sony DCR-TRV20 uses MiniDV format as opposed to the line of Sony’s Digital 8 camcorders. MiniDV allows you to hold more video and on a more compact tapes. The camcorder weighs just 1lb 7oz and looks very nice. ... read more

  • bad quality of product

    Jul 13, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: video (in some specific conditions) is good enough.
    Cons: lowlight video and stills quality; bad durability; bad quality of product; price of repairs.

    Summary: I bought this camera soon after it entered the marked. It was a great advertisment, good firm name and a lot of advantages of this type. From the beginning I got a lot of problems with this camera. It had a problems with a USB link to computer, which ... read more

  • Overall good camera, but bad battery

    Jul 25, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Simple to use and great quality, great for pictures
    Cons: Poor Performance with Battery, Expensive to replace

    Summary: Well I bought my Sony TRV20 about 1 1/2 years ago and have not used it too much, but when I do get i ... read more

  • Be aware of Sony products

    May 18, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: good quality picture, analog to digital function,
    Cons: weak warranty, poor picture quality in low/dark environment

    Summary: I purchased dcr-trv20 for about $1600.00, this camcorder one day just stopped working. It lasted only for 3 years but only used it for recording 6 cassettes. I sent in for repair and they told me it'll cost me $1350.00 to repair. The whole system board ... read more

  • The Sony DCR-TRV20 More Bang For The Buck!

    May 21, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent picture quality, solid sound capture.
    Cons: At a consumer level none.

    Summary: The Sony DCR-TRV20 at first glance seems very familiar. It looks like many other lesser quality cameras and to my knowledge that is its only drawback. When I first saw the camera I was extremely skeptical. I had used at a consumer level the Sony Vx 1000 ... read more

  • Sony Video

    Nov 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent video imaging and quality built.
    Cons: Below average digital pic images in low light shooting environments.

    Summary: Bought this camcorder a year ago and it is still working flawlessly. The video footage is impressive with clear and audible sound recordings. This camcorder excels in daylight with clear, crisp, and vibrant video footage. It is easy to use and small ... read more

  • Great Little Digital Camcorder

    Jul 26, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small in size, lightweight, crisp, clean and clear display, optics, video or snapshot modes
    Cons: Only 10x zoom, no "extras" included in purchase price.

    Summary: I have owned my Sony DV camcorder for one year now. I purchased it shortly after they were released to the market because I found it to have everything I needed (digital camera) and wanted as well (a camcorder), but could not afford both. I started ... read more

  • Great toy at high price

    Jul 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: high tech toy, camcorder and decent digital camera in one package
    Cons: Poor quality in low light, microphone picks up noise from the tape mechanism

    Summary: TRV-20 was a "simple" choice in my search for the camcorder. I was not up for the truly professional model and in the store comparison between PCR-100 and TRV-20 proved favorable for TRV-20 -- it's viewfinder tilts and extends while ... read more

  • Sony TRV20 - expensive but worth it

    Jun 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: small size, larger view screen, variable zoom speed
    Cons: high price, no built in light

    Summary: I just got my TRV-20 about a month ago after extensive research on epinions.com, amazon.com, and google news. I was looking at several different miniDV camcorders and wanted to stay under $1000 so I was looking at the TRV-11. But after putting ... read more

  • Above average camcorder

    Jun 7, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An all around camcorder/ digital camera and a lot of other nifty features.
    Cons: Expensive.

    Summary: I use the DCR- TRV20 for work. It is primarily used for videotaping but along the way, the other neat features proved to be useful. It uses a MiniDV digital tape, and the device is much better quality wise compared to the first generation of ... read more

  • You get what you pay for

    May 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Night Vision/Super Night Vision 8 hour battery, 1 mega pix CCD
    Cons: Pricey, Size, Zoom

    Summary: I just bought my Sony TRV-20 digital camcorder and a firewire card last week from outpost.com Price: When i buy expensive electronic equipment for things like camcorder and laptop. Things that's over $1,000 i like to buy it online where ... read more

  • Times have changed...

    May 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: lightweight, nightvision, still pictures, cool effects, great sound, impressive chroma key effects
    Cons: no video on memory stick, shuts off automatically when not used in 5 minutes

    Summary: This little sucker is so cool compared to my last video camera (Hitatchi gun camera with shoulder strap port-a-pack VCR ) that I bought for the same price way back in 1984! It is it's own studio, with chroma key and luminence effects that ... read more

  • Sony's wonder cameras

    Apr 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Does everything
    Cons: not high end film or still quality, optical zoom isn't great

    Summary: I spent nearly 3 months researching video/still shot cameras before I decided to buy this one. After checking out all of my options, I chose the Sony DCRTRV20 because of the combination of features and guaranteed Sony quality. I am not a high end user ... read more

  • Great little camera at a good price

    Apr 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great video quality, good price, small package
    Cons: included accessories aren't so hot

    Summary: I toyed with buying the high-end "prosumer" VX2000. I wanted to make movies that could pass for professional. But at 2000-3000 dollars, it was a lot of money and I saw many concerns about an audio hiss. Since this was my first video camera, I couldn't ... read more

  • camcorder/camera hybrid

    Mar 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great stills for a camcorder, video quality is excellent, TONS of features
    Cons: no progressive scan, almost TOO compact, accessories cost way to much

    Summary: this is my first video camera i've purchased. i did extensive research for about three weeks, trying to find what i needed, what price to pay, and what brand to get. After all that time i finally settled on the sony trv20. what intrigued me the most ... read more

  • You're Gonna Like This One

    Mar 11, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, light, great stills and video quality.
    Cons: We kind of expect at least two megapixel stills these days!

    Summary: I am a dedicated researcher when it comes to consumer products. Trust me, I thought this purchase through. After reading epinions.com, consumerreviews.com, deja.com, and several professional reviews as well as several in-store tests, I came to the ... read more

  • Unbelievably small packed with BIG features and primo image-quality!

    Feb 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ultra-compact size; optics; great LCD screen and the usual fun Sony toys
    Cons: Pricey; included battery pack & Memory Stick are a bit on the stingy side

    Summary: Sony has "wowed" me again! I was trying to hunt down a nice camcorder to capture some travel adventures without hating the thing for weighing me down. Plus, I wanted the ability to take still images and to easily edit all of them and/or add ... read more

  • Sony DCR-TRV20 is a WINNER!

    Jan 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Awesome picture quality. Digital photos. Compact design.
    Cons: No separate battery charger.

    Summary: This is the third camcorder I have owned. My previous two were a full sized panasonic S-VHS model and a canon A-1 Digital Hi-8 model. It has been 9 years since purchasing my last camcorder. Before I decided on this model, I ... read more

  • Digital Home Video with the TRV20

    Jan 21, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lightweight, easy to use, good in low light
    Cons: Expensive media, still pictures need flash

    Summary: I've recently purchased the Sony TRV-20 after extensive research. I've chosen a Sony camera as they are the established market leader, and most digital editing hardware and software is designed specifically for this camera. The camera is quite easy to ... read more

  • This camcorder KICKS serious ASS!

    Dec 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything!
    Cons: Nothing!

    Summary: Take home movies further with Sony DCR-TRV20! This camcorder is great. Unfortunately I can not make the claim of owning this beautiful electronic. I do, however, have a friend who has it and got to spend a whole day with this lovely camera. Very clear ... read more

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