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Sony DCR TRV 330

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 reviews of Sony DCR TRV 330. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good views. There are some critical reviews about the battery and color, while there are some mixed reviews about the viewfinder and memory.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

color, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR TRV 330 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR TRV 330

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 330 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the zoom and price. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. The reliability and durability get mixed reviews. The color and memory get critical comments.

usability, image quality, portability, price, zoom

battery, memory, color

83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV330 Digital8 CamcorderSony DCR-TRV330 Digital8 Camcorder

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR TRV 330

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 330 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the zoom and image quality. The size and portability also get good opinions. Many are less positive about the color.

usability, portability, size, image quality, zoom

color

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV330 Digital8 Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still ModeSony DCR-TRV330 Digital8 Camcorder with Built-in Digital Still Mode

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV330 Camcorder Review - Sony Digital8 Camcorders

 

Sony's Digital8 DCR-TRV330 has an MSRP of $799 and a street price around $600. The camcorder is the sweet spot in the Sony Digital8 line, with the perfect combination of features and low price.

Mar, 2002

Consumer review (ciao.co.uk)

Fantastic camcorder - bit of an odd fish.

 

Sony pioneered the camcorder for the mass-market around twenty years ago, nowadays of course, a lot of us have smartphones that easily outstrip even high-end machines of several years ago, the truly astonishing thing about the DRC-TRV330 is that it...

Multi-format analogue and digital camcorder with VCR facilities

No manual zoom or focusing - 'retired' format

Mar, 2013

Consumer review (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sony Handycam DCR TRV330 : Get what you pay for

 

This camera is already third generation of video cameras of format Digital8. This format has good popularity due to lower cost cameras on a comparison with miniDV-cameras. But they have equivalent quality of shooting and possibility of using...

Nov, 2001

Consumer review (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sony Handycam DCR-TRV330: Get what you pay for

 

This camera is already third generation of video cameras of format Digital8. This format has good popularity due to lower cost cameras on a comparison with miniDV-cameras. But they have equivalent quality of shooting and possibility of using...

Good image and sound quality, a possibility of reproduction and digitization of analog video, high contrast of LCD-screen and color viewfinder

In conditions of insufficient light exposure the picture very much "noises

Nov, 2001

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Great Camera, Great Deal, Great Everything!

 

Why I Bought It

Small, cheaper tapes than a DV, firewire

Still image capture is only OK

Jun, 2002

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Sony DCR-TRV330 Camcorder

 

I think this camera is a great alternative to these "DV" camcorders out there, costing at least $900. I got my one for $550 at the time and am very pleased with it.

Picture quality ; Options on LCD ; IEEE1394 ; Price

Snapshot picture ; difficulty of putting on/removing overhead light ; battery runs out too quickly

Apr, 2002

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Hey it's a Sony!

 

And I hate to say it but they're not perfect. I spent an extra hundred bucks to get something I'm probably rarely going to ever use -- the still picture feature on this otherwise excellent D8 camcorder. The TRV230 was out of stock and a hundred bucks...

Digital (Sony) quality ; backwards-compatible with analog 8 tapes ; compact size ; total ease of use

Memory Stick still picture feature -- why bother

Feb, 2002

Consumer review (epinions.com)

THE BEST EVER

 

THE BEST CAMCORDER THAT I HAVE EVER OWN, AND FOR THE PRICE YOU CAN NOT FIND A BETTER VALUE. EASY, EASY TO USE. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GO AND BUY YOURSELF ONE TODAY. THIS CAMCORDER WILL BRING YOU YEARS OF ENJOYMENT. THE ZOOM IS THE BEST. I WAS ABLE...

GREAT SIZE. EASY TO USE, GREAT PICTURE

NOT ONE

Jan, 2002

Consumer review (epinions.com)

DCR for Dummies er...beginners

 

Before I begin, I must point out that I am a novice videographer and this camera is my first attempt at moving from still into the more complex world of video recording.

Great price. Easy to use for a first-timer

Too many options. Still shots could be better. Does Sony need a manual writer

Jan, 2002

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Good camera for price

 

I got this camera at a local Best Buy for $799. I took it home and charged it up. I went down the street and tried some shots. They were very nice quality movies. The pictures were ok also. However, in low light the quality is not AS good, but it's OK....

Very nice features, still camera, good price, good quality outdoors

Grainy indoors, low battery life

Dec, 2001
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Product Specifications

Be First. Buy Sony now. Wouldn't be great if your video camera could also capture still shots and transfer them to your PC easily? Well now with DCR-TRV330 with Sony's Memory Mode, you can take great looking shots and save them in versatile MemoryStick or using your USB connection in your camera. DCR-TRV330, loaded with a host of features, records outstanding digital picture and sound on affordable Hi8 and 8mm tapes. It offers up to 500 lines of resolution with 3x, the color bandwidth of VHS, and significantly lower video noise. DCR-TRV330's 1/6" CCD provides stunning detail and clarity, with exceptional video and still image performance. 25x optical/ 700x digital zoom brings the action up close from far away. SteadyShot picture stabilization system uses motion sensors to compensate for camera "shake" without compromising picture quality. You can capture video even when shooting in total darkness (0 lux) using the built-in infrared system up to ten feet (3 m) away. The Super NightShot mode automatically adjusts the shutter speed to increase picture brightness and clarity. 7-mode program A/E provides a quick and easy setting for the proper exposure, shutter, and depth of field for a variety of environments. The 7 modes are Portrait, Beach and Ski, Sport Lesson, Landscape, Spotlight, Sunset and Moon, and Low Lux. Your can capture digital still images at 640 x 480 resolution, directly onto MemoryStick media for easy transfer to email, printing, or sharing with other compatible MemoryStick devices. During video playback, pause mode or while viewing still images stored on MemoryStick digital media, you can zoom in up to 2x closer. Zoomed images also may be stored to a MemoryStick digital media. Using Sony's unique Adaptive Frame Interpolation for better image quality in Photo mode, you can store hundreds of individual still images with 7 seconds of audio on to the tape. Sony's Digital 8 camcorders feature LP recording mode for up to 90 minutes of spectacular digital video on a standard P6-120 Hi8 cassette. 2.5" SwivelScreen LCD display provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. You can rotate this color LCD up to 270-degrees to provide multiple viewing angles for recording and playback flexibility. DCR-TRV330 Digital 8 Handycam camcorder, featuring Stamina power management system, will record up to 10 hours, using the viewfinder, with the optional NP-FM91 InfoLithium M-series battery. The camera provides power, on/off, and special operational commands to a variety of Sony Intelligent Accessories via an 8-pin interface. This enables easy synchronized operation between this Handycam camcorder and such accessories as video lights and infrared lights. DCR-TRV330 versions for American and European markets differ in shutter speed interval (1/4-1/4000 vs 1/3-1/4000), CCD resolution (460,000 vs 800,000 pixels gross, 290,000 vs 400,000 actual), and LCD resolution (61,600 vs 123,200 pixels).

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:20.5cm
Height:10.2cm
Weight:0.9kg
Width:8.5cm

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:4MB

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:TRV330
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.7
Max Focal Length:60mm
Min Focal Length:2.4mm
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Colour:Black / Silver

Optical Sensor

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 Stabiliser:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:700
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
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white