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Sony DCR-TRV480

alaTest has collected and analyzed 373 reviews of Sony DCR-TRV480. 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 design and zoom. The portability and price also get good feedback. There are some less positive comments about the reliability. There are some mixed comments about the battery and image quality.

usability, price, portability, zoom, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV480 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV480 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The design and usability also get good feedback. Reviews are divided on the image quality, and there are some less positive reviews about the memory.

portability, usability, design, price, size


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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV480Sony DCR-TRV480

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-TRV480


alaTest has collected and analyzed 300 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV480 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the zoom and battery. The portability and price are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability, while the color and image quality get critical reviews.

usability, price, portability, battery, zoom

image quality, color

77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV460 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical ZoomSony DCRTRV460 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (


Jun, 1999

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (

Image quality


Sony Handycam DCR-TRV480

Inexpensive; plays and digitizes analog 8mm and Hi8 tapes; responsive automatic mode; video light and infrared mode for night shooting.

Bulky; mediocre video quality; imprecise manual focus; black-and-white viewfinder.

With its ability to play and transfer your old tapes, the Sony Handycam DCR-TRV480 is an attractive choice if you're upgrading from an 8mm or Hi8 camcorder. But if you don't need 8mm or Hi8 compatibility, competing MiniDV cameras offer superior...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (

Sony DCR-TRV review:


Inexpensive; large feature set for the price; analog-to-digital conversion with no need for another player; built-in video light; USB streaming.

Bulky; mediocre video quality; black-and-white viewfinder; manual focus difficult to use; bottom-loading cassette.

The Handycam DCR-TRV460 offers an excellent upgrade from an 8mm or Hi8 camcorder, with digital video recording and the ability to view and transfer your old tapes. But if you don't need 8mm or Hi8 compatibility, competing MiniDV cameras offer superior...

Jun, 2004

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The Sony DCR-TRV480 has the key feature that makes a Digital8 camcorder at least something of a viable purchase: backwards compatibility. Were it not for this feature, which allows you to view your old 8mm and Hi8 tapes, the Digital8 camcorder would be...

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Nick Hyacinthe (

Sony DCR-TRV480 Camcorder Review


Sony introduced its high-end Digital8 camcorder this year at CES. Other than a new color scheme and memory mode, the DCR-TRV480 has not evolved much from last year's DCR-TRV460. The camcorder still has the same 20x optical zoom lens with 290K effective...

Mar, 2005

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Sony DCR-TRV480


Every thing is nice to me except one issue

Battery life and the unavailability of flash disc everywhere

Jul, 2010

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Sony Handycam DCR-TRV270: this is the camera you want


This Is the Best camera for the price. I have had mine for going on 3 1/2 years. it has good picture quality. make sure. you use high 8 tapes. if you connect it to the computer you'll have to hit menu and go down to the settings and hit yes for usb...

takes good picture good sound good quality

that you have to buy lot of tapes

Oct, 2008

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Canon MV800: smile please your on candid camera


Smart little camcorder light and easy to use. Accessories camera came with compact power adaptor battery pack lithium button battery lens cap and cord stereo video cable scart adaptor It was brought for me as a present i think it cost around £200. I...

light easy to use

no long play feature

Jun, 2007

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Canon XL2: Go PRO for less


The Canon XL2 is the pro-sumer miniDV camcorder that is most often spotted on the sets of low budget and independent films. Not because it is a cheap option, but because for a fraction of the cost of a professional rig, you can deliver the same...

Interchageable lens system, 2xXLR inputs built in, adjustable viewfinder position

Not good for low light performance, bulky when compared to consumer units, not HD

May, 2007

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Sexy and Functional


The Sony Handycam DCR TRV270, a Digital8 model (a combination of the Hi8 analogue tape and the digital codec), achieves a perfect balance between high quality and affordability. Not only is this superb video-camera highly functional, boasting an...

Great audio and visual quality, affordable, lots of features, brilliant zoom

Not for the seasoned professional

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications

Experience all of your memories digitally with Sony's DCR-TRV480E camcorder. It is fully equipped with the latest Sony technology. Providing the bright lens (37mm filter) with a 20X optical zoom, which ensures a clear, high quality image throughout zooming in on the subject. The 2.5-inch LCD display also has a Touch Screen, which can be used in conjunction with Sony's Active Menu, a logically structured graphical user interface for camcorder controls. With Memory Stick you can also easily shoot and store digital still images for sending over the Internet to friends. Sony's unique Easy Handycam menu gives one-button access to basic camera operation and recording settings. The Sony DCR-TRV480E is backwards compatible with both Hi8 and 8mm videocassettes, providing an ideal upgrade path to digital for experienced video enthusiasts with sizeable tape stocks. Additionally those wishing to preserve their video memories on these older formats can take advantage of digital connectivity and ease of use offered by the Sony DCR-TRV480, including Picture Package software. This camcorder features both digital i.LINK IN and OUT, as well as Analog IN and OUT for archiving analog tape recordings. USB provides connectivity to a PC, while Audio IN and OUT ports are ideal for easy dubbing to and from the tape and playing back with TV. Low-level light recording technology is incorporated in the form of Night Shot Plus, which can record in more natural color in low-light environments. The Super NightShot plus function on the Sony DCR-TRV480E uses a slow shutter speed to allow color video under very dark conditions. The USB Streaming facility allows fulfill an additional function as a Webcam, an increasingly popular method of Internet communication.


Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone:No / Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium
Battery Type:NP-FM30
Battery voltage:7.2
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM30
Video recording time:4

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


3D: No
3D compatibility:N
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:1 / 4
Photo effects:Black&White, Mosaic, Negative film, Pastel, Sepia, Solarisation

Camera Flash

Type: None


Colour of product:Black, Silver

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display:Y
Display diagonal:6.35 / 63.5
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Built-in Flash:N
Built-in light:Y
Flash Modes:Auto, Manual


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Number of CCDs:1
Optical sensor size:1/0.236 / 25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.32 / 0.54 / 3.31

Lens System

Digital Zoom:990
Filter Size:3.7 / 37
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42 - 840
Focal length range (f-f):2.5 - 50
Image stabilizer: No
Interchangeable lens:N
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.4
Max Focal Length:50mm
Maximum aperture number:2.4
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Minimum aperture number:1.6
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Light exposure

Scene modes:Beach, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Sunset

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:290Kpix/350Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:460Kpix/540Kpix
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 (Steady Shot)/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Flash:auto / manual
I/O ports:Audio Out, USB Terminal, Video Out\n
Lens system:Sony
Media types supported:Hi8/Video8, Digital8
Power consumption (typical):2.9
Resolution:640 x 480

Packaging Content

Batteries included:Y
Bundled software:Picture Package\n
Cables included:AV
Lens hood:Y

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out:N / No

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/3-1/4000 / 1/60 - 1/4000


Camcorder media type:Videotape
Camcorder tape type:Digital 8 / Hi 8

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Full HD:N
Video formats supported:MPEG1 / MPEG2

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX/MPEG-1
Digital Zoom:990
Faders:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader/Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Digital8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Card Mix / Chroma Key / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Stretch / Trail/Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation / Still / Trail/Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Stretch
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white
Viewfinder resolution:90000
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:15.1 / 151 / 9.8
Height :15.1 / 9.8 / 98
Weight:800 / 890 / 910
Width:8.5 / 85

White balance

White Balance:Auto