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Sony DCR TRV 530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 reviews of Sony DCR TRV 530. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the zoom and price. The image quality and portability also get good comments, whereas there are some negative opinions about the reliability and memory.

usability, portability, image quality, price, zoom

viewfinder, durability, memory, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR TRV 530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 530 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the zoom and battery are on the whole positive. The price and portability are also appreciated. There are some negative opinions about the reliability and durability, while there are some mixed views about the image quality.

usability, portability, price, battery, zoom

viewfinder, size, durability, reliability

73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV530 Digital8 Camcorder with Builtin Digital Still ModeSony DCRTRV530 Digital8 Camcorder with Builtin Digital Still Mode

Dec, 2018

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Hi-end camcorder for less price


This camcorder has a big LCD 3.5" screen. It has all the features that a standard camcorder in the SONY TRV range has.

3.5" LCD. Super nightshot, USB, I.Link, Memory-stick, light weight, 25X Optical-zoom

Low battery-life, Still Photos not so good resolution, b & w viewfinder

Nov, 2002

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Close to prosumer quality


The Sony TRV530 is a great digital camcorder for both home video and amateur filmmaking.

High video quality, Large LCD monitor, good size, Hi8 Tape

No white balance ability, no microphone volume control

Aug, 2002

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Overall a good camera


I bought this camera based on two criteria; Name and price. The camera is a great camera for video pictures. Slightly on the heavier side as compared to others in it's class. The features are enough for my use. If you are a REAL video enthusiast, then...

Good Picture, Easy to use

Low battery life, digital still quality poor

May, 2002

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Sony DCR-TRV530

Oct, 2001

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Good Compromise for those who want digital quality and 8mm


Sony's hybrid 8mm/digital camcorder line puzzled many experts when first released a few years ago. Why would consumers want to stick with the old 8mm format when they could simply convert to pure digital? But Sony recognized a large consumer market...

digital 8 format, 3.5 inch screen, Sony quality, reasonably priced

still pictures, a bit bulky

Aug, 2001

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TRV-530...A great little camera!


The Sony TRV-530 was recommended to me by an acquiantance who also owns one. I was surprised by the low cost and by the fact that there were so many extra features. Personally, I like the night vision feature, as some low light conditions were used...

Ease of use, numerous features, great price

Battery and memory card that come with it aren't long lasting

Aug, 2001

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I recently bought the Sony TRV-530 by mail order from Berger Brothers Inc. My father paid for it, but of course, I will be the only one to use it. My friends and I are into amateur video, so this was a definite peak in our life when my dad purchased...

Super NightVision, Large LCD, Effects, USB, i.Link

Battery Life

Jul, 2001

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Digital 8 at its BEST


This camera will not only take Digital Video on the Digital 8 tapes, but also can record still pictures like a digital still camera on memory sticks. I am very happy that Sony came out with this new camcorder that has USB connectivity. This USB...

Good price, quality picture, USB

Not so hot Still pictures. Only comes with 4 MB Memory Stick

Jun, 2001

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Sony DCR-TRV530 Digital8 Camcorder -- Like the TRV330 with a Bigger LCD


As with many consumer electronics products, buying a Sony Digital8 camcorder is a "One from Column A, One from Column B" type of decision. The camcorders in the Digital8 line are physically almost identical, all being encased in the same plastic body,...

Digital8 format, 3.5-inch LCD screen

Costs $100 more than identical camcorder with 2.5-inch LCD screen

Jun, 2001

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Sony DCR-TRV530 Digital8 Camcorder / Still Camera For Those Who Like Large LCDs


Large LCD, good picture and sound, features and Digital8 value, remote and looks

Only 640x480 still pictures

Jun, 2001

Product Specifications

Be First. Buy Sony now. DCR-TRV530 provides crystal-clear pictures and CD quality digital stereo. With Sony's entire line of Digital8 camcorders, you get a wide array of performance features. DCR-TRV530 records outstanding digital picture and sound on affordable Hi8 and 8mm tapes, offering high resolution with 3x the color bandwidth of VHS and significantly lower video noise. 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 compensates camera "shake". DCR-TRV530 allows to capture video even 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. You can capture digital still images directly onto MemoryStick media. During video playback, pause mode or while viewing still images stored on MemoryStick digital media, you can zoom in up and store the zoomed images. Using Sony's unique Adaptive Frame Interpolation for better image quality, 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. 16-bit recording capability offers the outstanding CD sound quality. 12-bit recording enables signal transfer via i.LINK for dubbing and non-linear editing. 3 1/2" (8,8 cm) SwivelScreen color LCD display, that could be rotated up to 270-degrees, provides excellent viewing clarity. Sony DCR-TRV530 Digital 8 Handycam camcorder, utilizing Stamina technology, records up to 10 hours, using the viewfinder, with the optional InfoLithium M-series battery. Intelligent accessory shoe provides operational commands to Sony Intelligent Accessories via an 8-pin interface. This enables easy synchronized operation between the Handycam camcorder and such accessories as video lights, infrared lights, and microphones. Super LaserLink wireless transmission system allows user to transmit signal via infrared from the camcorder to optional IFT-R20 LaserLink receiver at a distance of up to 26 feet (8 m) for true worry-free playback. DCR-TRV530 features also USB and i.LINK (IEEE 1394) DV interfaces. DCR-TRV530's 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 800,000 pixels gross, 290,000 vs 400,000 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:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
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


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


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


Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white