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Sony Handycam DCRTRV18 DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 reviews of Sony Handycam DCRTRV18 DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The portability and usability are also appreciated, but the battery and memory get less positive opinions.

image quality, usability, portability, price, size

memory, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCRTRV18 DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam DCRTRV18 DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCRTRV18 DV Camcorder from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the zoom and durability. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably.

portability, image quality, usability, durability, zoom

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV18 Mini DV CamcorderSony DCR-TRV18 Mini DV Camcorder

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam DCRTRV18 DV Camcorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCRTRV18 DV Camcorder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and portability. The usability and price are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the durability and battery.

image quality, price, usability, portability, size

memory, battery, durability

94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV18 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/ 2.5" LCD. MPEG, & Memory StickSony DCRTRV18 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/ 2.5" LCD. MPEG, & Memory Stick

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV18 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

The Sony DCR-TRV18 is Sony's low end MiniDV camcorder with a street price around $799. The camcorder offers many manual features but the picture quality is disappointing with this replacement for the DCR-TRV17 and the still quality is poor.

May, 2002

Consumer review (alaTest.co.uk)

sony camcorder review

 

Very easy to use, without any annoying wires to lose, just plug it straight in and it works. The face detection stuff is cool, especially when combined with the calendar. Very useful for all kinds of job: video diary, blue screen work, animation...

Very easy to use, without any annoying wires to lose, just plug it straight in and it works. The face detection stuff is cool, especially when combined with the calendar. Very useful for all kinds of job: video diary, blue screen work, animation...

Autofocus is a bit slow, and there is no manual focus... in fact no manual features at all. Opening the screen from that angle means you can't rotate it 180 degrees and then push it back into the body, if you do the image is turned 90 degrees, and very...

Nov, 2010

Consumer review (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sony Handycam DCR-TRV18: I love my Sony, a joy to use

 

My third camcorder had to be a digital one didn't it? I hinted, smiled, generally sucked up to..... my husband. And I got one for my birthday!!! Lucky me!! I knew it was coming, had already passed my old one on to someone else. Opened the box with...

simple for the novice but loads of features for the more experienced user

None that I have found

Oct, 2005

Consumer review (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sony Handycam DCR TRV18 : I love my Sony, a joy to use

 

My third camcorder had to be a digital one didn't it? I hinted, smiled, generally sucked up to..... my husband. And I got one for my birthday!!! Lucky me!! I knew it was coming, had already passed my old one on to someone else. Opened the box with...

Oct, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Not bad for the Money !

 

In all honesty I was looking for something better, but for the money I decided to purchase the Sony Handycam DCR-TRV18 model. I have used this digital camcorder like crazy since I have owned it, and can report it works like a charm with no problems at ...

Great for amateur home videos

Quality really could be better, and the photos are not much to brag about

Aug, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Sony DCR-TRV18 Excellent Value for $$$

 

I purchased mine in Sep 2003 at Circuit City for the heavily discounted price of $580.00 including a $150.00 10-hour "smart" battery (was marked as damaged, but everything was still in the original shrink wrap--no damage!). Included Memory Stick and...

Outstanding picture & sound ; extended battery is awesome

Extensive software loading necessary for computer connection ; tapes are only 80 mins max

May, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Best at it's price point - but it annoys me regularly.

 

I love this camera. It's easy to use, it has fantastic picture quality, and it's small and light ...

Great picture quality/features

Ergonomics lack - poor industrial design

Aug, 2003

Consumer review (epinions.com)

One of the BEST Basic Camcorders Around

 

iAs an avid amateur videographer on a limited budget, the Sony DCR-TRV18 has all the essential funct ...

Semi-lightweight, great image quality, USB / memory stick, all-around good basic Mini-DV camcorder

Bottom-loading cassette, slight low light issues

Jul, 2003

Consumer review (epinions.com)

A Good Consumer Camcorder

 

I purchased my Sony DCR-TRV18 in August of 2002 from an online vendor. I had researched millions of ...

easy to use, compact size, picture quality, great features

bottom tape compartment, some low light issues, microphone wind noise

Jun, 2003

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Good Buy for Hobbyists

 

I primarily bought this camcorder for my home videos, and also for my long time ambition of making a mini-movie. This camera provides a mix of economy and quality, keeping the operations of the device quite straightforward. I like the steady shot...

Great Picture Quality, Very Light

Still Image Resolution, Menu Button Placement

Feb, 2003
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Product Specifications

Sony introduces its new Mini DV Handycam camcorder incorporating Carl Zeiss optics, USB streaming and the MPEG Movie EX feature - the DCR-TRV18. The camcorder will record for up to 12 hours or playback for up to 13 hours (with LCD screen off) on a single charge with the optional NP-QM91 battery. The Super NightShot function allows you to capture monochrome video even when shooting in total darkness (0 lux) using the built-in infrared system up to ten feet away. The Super NightShot mode automatically adjusts the shutter speed to increase picture brightness and clarity. With Color Slow Shutter, full-color video is recorded in dimly lit places, enabling users to capture video of sleeping babies and nocturnal animals in color. Sharing special moments with family and friends across the world is easy, with the incorporation of USB (Universal Serial Bus) Streaming into this Digital Handycam camcorder. USB Streaming allows users to stream live and recorded video to the Internet with their PCs using Microsoft Windows NetMeeting. This feature turns the camcorder into a webcam with a simple USB plug-in and Microsoft's free NetMeeting software. Now parents can either share baby's first steps live or stream a pre-recorded video of the event to loved ones who can't be there.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):90min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

Minimum illumination:5

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:16.3cm
Height:9.6cm
Weight:0.6kg/0.8kg
Width:7.6cm

Display

Display:LCD

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Country Kits:Europe
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:TRV18/TRV18E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor resolution:680000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Focal length range (f-f):3.3 - 33
Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.2
Max Focal Length:33mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Colour:Black / Silver/Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
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/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Flash memory:16
Horizontal resolution:500

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / Window wipe/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/Digital photo mode / PC camera mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Still / Stretch / Trail/Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Still / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor