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Well, This camera. There are many advantages and disadvantages about this camera. I think the advantages deffinatly out way the disadvantages though. For a start the camera is big, a lot of people don`t like big cameras considering all the new digital camcorders are extremely small, but very expensive. The 820 has many advantages over the 320 and the 520, and the price difference isn`t much. For a start the 820 has a 4 inch viewscreen, it has a built in printer, which i suppose is a good thing but its not that good quality. The camera has a 25x optical and a 450x digital zoom. The zoom is pretty good quality and one advantage of this is that you can zoom in into previously recorded videos. You get o-lux with super night shot which means when you are in complete darkness it will shine up the room through the view screen without having a built in light, which francly are a waste of time when you have technology as good as this. There are 14 picture affects, which 6 of them are digital. You also get an infra red system with the camera, I wouldn`t have a clue what a family orientated camera would need infra red but its another option attracted me to the camera. Well one of the biggest things that attracted me to the camera was the digital still camera built in to the package. The pixels is (640x480). Not the best amount of pixels a camera has used but for an extra but it is pretty good. It uses sonys new memory stick technology that can be plugged into your pc to download the photos or to a portable printer. I would suggest that anyobdy who is going to buy this camera shop around on the internet first because I went on to a few sites and it was being sold for like £1400 and then I went to a certain site where i bought it from and I had it imported from america for about £500 which is a pretty amazing price for the amount of technonlogy you are getting in one machine that says quality. This is the site i bought it from http://www.aaanet-inc.com/store/dcr-trv820.html
The DCR-TRV820 is Sony's top of the line Digital8 camcorder. Sony Digital8 records a digital signal onto standard 8mm or Hi8 tapes. It is possible to record up to 500 lines of resolution on a Digital8 tape. This camcorder allows you to digitally transfer your video to a computer using the FireWire standard, just like MiniDV. The camcorder comes with a 4-inch Liquid Color Display (LCD) screen and a color viewfinder. A nifty gadget that comes with the camcorder is a color printer. The camcorder has a large 25x optical zoom and a 450x digital zoom. It allows for analog input so you can transfer old VHS tapes to DV. The camcorder includes Control L, which allows usage in a standard and linear editing system. Still pictures are captured and stored on Sony's memory stick media, so you can proceed to print out those still pictures. Sony's LaserLink system uses infrared light to make a wireless connection from your camcorder to your television. This camera will provide up to 14 hours Stamina recording with optional NP-F960 battery.
The TRV820 is a great and inexpensive camcorder. If you've worked with 8mm or Hi8 before and want a good Digital8 Camcorder, the TRV820 was created for you.