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Sony CCD-TRV27

alaTest has collected and analyzed 124 reviews of Sony CCD-TRV27. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The usability and portability are also appreciated, but there are some less positive opinions about the memory and zoom.

image quality, portability, usability, price, size

zoom, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony CCD-TRV27 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 user reviews of Sony CCD-TRV27 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the size and price. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative opinions about the memory and zoom.

image quality, portability, usability, price, size

zoom, memory

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-TRV27 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


Sony's DCR-TRV27 is a brand new addition to the Sony MiniDV line with a street price around $999. Whereas many camcorders are upgrades to older models, Sony has added the DCR-TRV27 in-between the DCR-TRV18 and the DCR-TRV50.

May, 2002

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A great value


I purchased my Sony DCR-TRV27 in August of 2002 from an online vendor. I had researched millions of other mini-DV camcorders online and finally came to the decision of the TRV27. Some of its features include a microphone input, super night shot, steady...

Great picture, good sound, perfect size, mini-dv format

Bottom-loading tape, some low-light issues

Jul, 2006

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Excellent Cam New and even after 1 yr.


Wow! What a great camera! This product I had researched for what seemed like forever. I knew what I was buying before I actually purchaseed it. I strongly recommend to anyone that they should research techy products before buying them first hand on ...

HUGE LCDWebcam functionality with Firewire or USB.

No light for extra lighting.. you need to purchase this add-on.

Jan, 2004

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Great DV Camcorder


I have owned this camcorder for a year and I felt very satisfied with it. Very solid quality for both video image and static image. I credit this to the Carl Zeiss Lens, which is famouse for the quality. Big LCD screen makes you more confortable in...

Great picture quality, easy control, large LCD, color viewfinder, long life battery

Still a little bit heavy, only 10x zoom, high price, not-so-good low light performence

Sep, 2003

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High price, but worth every penny...


High priced, but worth every penny...

High quality output for both video and sound, ease of use, digital format.

High Price, Low light conditions could be better.

Mar, 2003

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light on weight,heavy on features


This is one of the most outstanding camcorders on the market- awesome product for the price(paid nearlly

high quality videos outdoors,clear,crisp still images,ergonomic

not so good when you shoot indoors

Mar, 2003

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Paying a little extra over Sony's competition for much better video quality


After buying and subsequently returning various other video cameras, I finally ended up with the Sony TRV27 and am extremely happy with it. Although I had to pay a bit of a premium over Sony's lower-priced competition, the video quality it offers is...

Great vivid, clear video quality. Good feel. Great screen.

Little larger than I would prefer.

Jan, 2003

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TRV-27: I always buy a little more than I probably need!


It usually helps me to know something about a reviewer's frame of reference when considering his/her thoughts about a given product; therefore, I offer the following:

huge LCD, very good image quality

microphone, 10X optical (though that's standard for MiniDV camcorders today)

Jan, 2003

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Features wonderful, reliability suspect, support terrible


Update several years later (4/5/2005): This Camcorder has been trouble free and the features are still fairly cutting edge. As long as one doesn't need to deal with support, this is a fairly good choice. Changing review from 1 to 3 stars... ...


Reliability, Support

Jan, 2003

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I purchased a Sony TRV 27 at Best Buy last week. It was the first day it was available and I had been debating between this cam, the TRV 50 and the Panasonic 951(2).

Price, lens, MPEG feature

Quality control issues.

Jan, 2003

Product Specifications

The wait is over for camcorders that offer high-resolution video and the latest in digital imaging technology thanks to Sony's new line of MiniDV Handycam camcorders. The DCR-TRV27 aims to please cost-conscious video enthusiasts with one of the most attractively priced Sony MiniDV camcorder ever. While the MiniDV format delivers a powerful combination of precise image detail and vivid colors, the DCR-TRV27 takes video resolution even further with the incorporation of megapixel CCD imagers. The new camcorder incorporate USB Streaming, a feature that turns the camcorder into a webcam with a simple USB connection and video conferencing software like Microsoft Windows NetMeeting software. By connecting the camcorder to a PC, users can privately stream live video of their baby's first steps or play back a previously recorded little league game over the Internet. This Digital Handycam camcorder also sports a new feature that lets users take a still image of an important event while recording the motion in video, rather than interrupting the recording to switch between still and video modes. For improvement of video quality in dark and low-light settings, this solution includes two recording modes. Super NightShot mode enables monochrome video taping in total darkness. Color mode records full-color video in dimly lit places, providing the user with the ability to capture true-to-life video of sleeping babies, birthday candles, nocturnal animals and more. The DCR-TRV27 comes equipped with MPEG MovieEX, which captures MPEG1 video clips with audio onto Memory Stick media up to the length of the media capacity. MPEG1 video can be captured directly to Memory Stick media or shot to the tape and converted in camera to MPEG movie format later. MPEG MovieEX makes it easy to send video as an e-mail attachment or insert video clips into Web pages and presentation materials.

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

Type: None

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/1.8-2.0
Max Focal Length:37mm
Min Focal Length:3.7mm
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 Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Window wipe
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 Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor