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Sony DCR TRV 130

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Sony DCR TRV 130. 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. People are impressed by the design and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback, but opinions are divided on the size. There are some negative comments about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, price, portability, image quality, design

viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR TRV 130 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR TRV 130


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sony DCR TRV 130 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The price also gets good opinions, but reviews are divided on the portability.

price, usability

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

Sep, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR TRV 130


alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 130 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 Reviews about the design and image quality are overall positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, portability, price, image quality, design

viewfinder, memory

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

Sep, 2019

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-TRV130 Camcorder Review - Sony Digital8 Camcorders


The Sony DCR-TRV130 is a Digital8 camcorder, rounding out the bottom of Sony's Digital8 line. The camcorder has an MSRP of $599 and a street price around $400. It has many features but lacks playback of Hi8 and 8mm tapes. It lacks features for the...

Mar, 2002

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Digital on the cheap


In 2002, why would anyone buy an analog camcorder? While they are a bit cheaper than digital, the price gap is rapidly shrinking. This Sony is an excellent choice for someone who wants an affordable digital camcorder.

Excellent picture and sound quality. Very easy to use

Bulky. B/W viewfinder. No separate charger

Jul, 2002

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Sony DCR-TRV130


Unlike some of the other reviews, I would like to comment on the things I find annoying about this camcorder.

Cheapest sony digital camera, easy to use, still has many options for the lowest line

No software included for computer, no cables to connect to computer

Mar, 2002

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Good Quality Digital Camera


The Sony DCR-TRV130 is an attractive camera that is very simple to use. I have owned an older Sony HI8 camera and loved the features of it. The similarities between them swayed my decision to buy the TRV130.

High definition, ease of use, crystal clear optics, great optical zoom, night vision

Eats tapes quickly, no macro, difficult manual focus, not backwards compatible w/ analog tapes

Mar, 2002

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Sony cuts corners


I was very disappointed when I first got the 130. I thought *all* Digital 8s were backwards-compatible to analog 8mm tapes of which I had several year's worth. Previous incarnations of Sony's 1xx series were compatible with analog, but now you have...

Easy to use ; good video quality

Bulky for its size ; NOT backwards-compatible with analog 8mm

Feb, 2002

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the optimal compromise of quality and features


why TRV130?

resolution ; all u need from CAMCORDER and cheap ; night vision

could be smaller ; manual focus is inconvinient ; viewfinder is not adjustable for short sighted

Dec, 2001

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Great camera


I am a first time camcorder user and have wanted to buy a Sony for a long time. To me, two things are utmost important of a camcorder, picture quality and simple sturdy design. Let me get this straight first, TRV130 actually shoots much better pictures...

Picture quality, price

A little bit big

Jul, 2001

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Sony DCR-TRV130 Digital8 Camcorder - Bottom of the Line, and it Shows


Digital8 format, automatic modes for beginning videographers

Low-resolution CCD limits resolution, no manual focus ring, many more

Jun, 2001

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Sony DCR-TRV130 Digital 8 Camcorder - Not Exactly TRV120 Replacement


Inexpensive, excellent picture and sound, features

Less features than TRV120 had, no 8mm/Hi8 playback, no analog passthrough

May, 2001

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Sony Handycam DCR-TRV130 Digital-8 Camcorder


Inexpensive, excellent picture and sound, features

Less features than TRV120 had, no 8mm/Hi8 playback, no analog passthrough

Product Specifications

Be the first to buy the best from Sony! Sony's most affordable Digital8 Handycam camcorder is packed with features. It records high quality digital video and audio on readily available 8mm videotapes or Hi8 tapes. You can fast forward to the digital future, without leaving your analog past behind! DCR-TRV130 features large SwivelScreen color LCD, SteadyShot picture stabilization, built in flash, Super NightShot 0 lux infrared recording, analog audio / video inputs to record Digital8, and more. SteadyShot picture stabilization system uses motion sensors to remove unwanted picture shake. And with Sony's Hyper-Precision CCD, you're not sacrificing image size or picture quality. Super NightShot 0 lux recording system allows you to shoot subjects in total darkness up to 10 feet (3 m) away using the built-in infrared system. It automatically adjusts the shutter speed to increase picture brightness and clarity for even better picture quality. Super LaserLink allows the user to transmit video and audio via infrared to an optional IFT-R20 LaserLink receiver at a distance up to 26 feet (8 m). This system eliminates the need for constantly connecting audio/video cables. The last thing you want to see is the dreaded flashing battery indicator - the sign that you've got no power left. Sony's Stamina power management cut camcorder power consumption and extends the life of your batteries. DCR-TRV130 versions for American and European markets differ in shutter speed interval (1/4-1/4000 vs 1/3-1/4000), and CCD resolution (460,000 vs 540,000 pixels gross, 290,000 vs 350,000 actual).

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):100min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

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 / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.4-2.9
Max Focal Length:72mm
Min Focal Length:3.6mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens


Colour:Black / Silver

Optical Sensor

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 Stabiliser:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:560
Faders:Black & white fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random
Media Type:Digital8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Still / Stretch / Trail


Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white