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For the detailed spec on this camera, read Flossy's opinion below. All the relevant points are covered. I bought this camera because I wanted the cheapest digital camera with reasonable picture quality I could find - and at around £390 (if you hunt around), it's not a bad deal. A few points that you should be aware of... This camera, unlike other Digital8 models, won't play back your old analogue 8 or Hi-8 tapes. The still capture feature isn't very good - if this is important to you, then don't buy this model. The TRV comes with a DV-Out connector (firewire) This is DV-OUT only - no DV-IN. Unlike almost every other digital camcorder, the TRV130 has no LANC remote control connector - so you can't buy one of those widgets for it that enable the DV-IN. (You CAN send it off to get done however) Another annoyance is the lack of an external mic jack - can't see why Sony left this out -whilst including a headphone socket... Other connectors out are composite video + audio and S-Video. Finally, the tapes are a lot cheaper than DV tapes - I got 3 for around £12 from Dixons which isn't bad. Recording time is 60mins per tape in SP mode. Hope this helps you if you're thinking of buying one.. J
When we finally had enough money to buy a camcorder I was totally confused with the different makes and models on the market. It seemed that you could spend as little or as much as you wanted and the technology on them all, seemed to be very different indeed. We had set ourselves a budget of £500 and we went about the task of seeing what we could get for our money. It took several weeks but in the end we choose the Sony DCR-TRV130 and this is why...... The camcorder is digital. With it costing £500 it is one of the cheaper digital camcorders on the market and so I did wonder if that meant the quality wouldnt be as good. My fears were put to rest straight away. The picture quality is superb. It is very crisp and clear and with this quality alone I felt like we had made the right choice. The main features are: Adjustable exposure. There is a nightshot feature which is very simple to operate and is very effective. If the nightfeature isnt enough then the supernightshot should do the trick. This makes the subject about 16 times brighter than using the nightshot. A very simple idea that is very effective. There are also modes called:- SPOTLIGHT - This stops people faces from being extremelly white when using in places such as a Theatre were there are strong lights in the area. SOFT POTRAIT - This brings out the person or subject and makes the background seem very soft. SPORTS LESSON - This vertually stops the shake on fast moving subjects such as in football or tennis. BEACH AND SKI - This helps peoples faces from being made very dark by the light reflecting off the beach or off the snow. SUNSET AND MOON - This allows you to maintain atmosphere and is brilliant when recording sunsets or firework displays. LANDSCAPE - This is when you are filming something in the distance and it prevents the camcorder from focusing on glass if you are behind a screen or a window. LOW
LUX - This makes what you are filming brighter if there isnt enough light. To help your recording look like a masterpiece the camcorder also includes:- A fader (speaks for itself I think!) Special effects - I havent really mastered the art of this yet, but you can add special effects to your recording. These can include things such as a still image superimposed on a moving image, swapping a brighter area in a still image with a moving image and you can even add an old movie type atmosphere to your masterpiece. All this is very good but it is quite technical and I havent quite worked it all out yet!! Superimposing a title - You can chose one from eight preset titles (which are hello, happy birthday, happy holidays, congratulations, our sweet baby, wedding or vacation. You can then change the language the size and the colour. Zoom Lens - This is brilliant. I cant remember what the actual ratios are but we have recorded things that you can just see on the horizon with your eye, and using the zoom, they come at as clear as they are standing right next to you. One major advantage of a Digital camcorder is that you can take stills from it. When recording normally, you simply press a button and it freezes that frame for five seconds. We have managed to get some excellent pictures like this, although they arent as clear as they are from a normal camera. The only disadvantage to this camera is that is doesnt have a memory card. This means that if you have been recording for a little while and you have taken a "picture" the middle, the only way to find it is to rewind and search using your own eyes, rather than the camcorder doing it for you. All in all and Im very pleased with this Sony camcorder. It has everything we will ever need. As well as the added features it also has a LCD screen which I personally find much easier than using the eyepiece. The quality of the film is perfect and, on the whole is it e
asy to use. Although it isnt the smallest camera on the market (this is partly because it uses the slightly larger H8 tapes), it is quite light and I can hold it for quite a while whilst filming. The buttons that you use whilst filming (such as the fade) are in a sensible place, so you can easily reach them without having to search for them. For the money, I dont think that there is a better digital camcorder on the market and I really cant think of a bad thing to say about it!! Top marks for Sony!!