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I bought this camera whilst on holiday staying with my stepdaughter in Kuwait. I bought it there because I wanted DV-in which, due to some stupid European rule, is horrendously expensive over here. The TRV11E on sale here in the UK have not got the facility to record back to the camera. I had previously tried a software solution on a Sony TRV120E but it was not successful, the picture looking like it had been scrambled. The camera is lovely to hold, one handed if you like, and with 'Super Steady Shot' the pictures recorded come out fine. It has a nice normal zoom and a digital zoom of 120x if you really need it! Super Night Shot and Super Laser Link are also features if you really need them as well! It comes with a Memory stick for stills but at a resolution of 640 x 480 I won't be using it - my Casio QV3000EX beats that easily! (see my opinion on the Casio!) The DV tapes are tiny and should you need to buy some then go to 'Tempo' - they are much cheaper there! Two for about a tenner at the moment (Sony's). The LCD screen is a nice size - much bigger than my old TRV120E and the camera has a colour viewfinder as well. Lots of effects are built in to the camera but if you will be editing and sending the finished video back to the camera you won't need them and of course if if you do edit back to the camera there is absolutely no loss of quality. That's the beauty of digital video!
I have only recently bought this product for the small fee of £1000 so haven't mastered it yet. However i have found it a vast improvement on its pretty lame analogue brothers. Features include a Carl Zeiss lens with 40x digital zoom as well view cam and memory stick function. The digital effects are amusing at first but won't be needed to much but could come in handy for drunken scenes (you'll see when you use the trail function) or creating ghostly images( overlap). It doubles up as a digital camera as you can take pictures and use the memory stick to edit them and print them on your computer. Ive only roadtested it twice. Once at a party and the second time at a local bands performance. It held up well and is comfortable to use. Id reccomend it for serious film makers as a start off camera before upgrading to a shoulder or free standing camera. It maybe a bit dear for just recording "precious panoramic moments". It also encorporates nightshot and laser link. A great camera which shouldnt be needed to be upgraded for a good few years!!
This came out back in June2000 if I remember. It was one of the smallest lightest and feature packed digital handycams I could find. For the price, it was pretty good value compared to some of the other cameras around. It has Super Night vision, a great zoom, links to a PC and you can even take digital stills on to a memory stick. A great feature I found was being able to create still images from the moving image captured on the DV tape. I took the camera when hiking up the Inca trail - it's size and weight were great for climbing up a mountain! Plus the quick switch on and ready to use meant I didn't miss many moments. The images I got looked so clear when played back on my TV. All the great picture functions such as the fade modes meant I could create some effects to make the filming seem a lot more professional (okay...in my opinion anyway!) The large LCD viewfinder also meant it was easy to film when travelling across rougher terrain. Plus the price has come down a lot since the original intro to make it more competitive. Unfortunately I don't have a Sony Vaio which means I can't link up to download moving images to my PC. But that's about the only major drawback I can think of. Picture rating : 5/5 Sound rating : 4/5 Looks : 5/5 Accessories : 3/5 For the more professional user, I'd suggest looking at the TRV20 or even the new PC110 just out.