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Sony CCDTRV16 18x Optical Zoom 180x Digital Zoom Hi8 Camcorder

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  • 180x digital zoom
  • Night video capability
  • 6 programmed exposure modes
  • 2.5-inch swivel LCD screen
  • Wide selection of special effects
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Product Manual [2.20mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 4.2 x 7.6 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00000JMML
  • Item model number: CCD-TRV16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,266 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 1973

Product Description

Product Description

Sony 8mm Handycam Vision camcorder with 180X digital zoom, Nightshot (TM) Infrared 0 lux system, special effects, 2.5" SwivelScreen color LCD, and 16:9 recording mode

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The Sony TRV16 Handycam offers a great range of high-end camcorder features in an affordable package. It combines easy operation with a wide variety of advanced features, such as preset exposures, special effects, and Sony's unique NightShot feature. Sony's elongated Handycam design fits easily in one hand and is well-balanced. While not the lightest of camcorders, we found the Handycam line to be one of the most ergonomic and easy to use.

The Sony TRV16 Handycam has a nifty status screen on the outside of the LCD screen module that lets you know how many minutes you've recorded or how far you've played a tape. It also tells you if there's a tape in the camcorder. The LCD screen swivels 210 degrees, which lets you record above your head, or put yourself in the picture. The optical viewfinder is black and white, which is not a real drawback since we ended up using the LCD screen for most of our shooting.

The Sony TRV16 Handycam lets you manually adjust focus and exposure; it also includes six programmed exposure modes, plus backlight compensation, to help optimize your video under different shooting conditions. It features a 180x digital zoom, great for getting closeups and recording faraway events.

We enjoyed Sony's full range of special effects, including the distinctive pastel, slim, and stretch picture modes. The TRV416 also provides widescreen, black-and-white, sepia, negative, and solarized modes. We liked the range of fade options, which included fade to black, mosaic, monotone, and a bounce-image effect.

The camcorder includes Sony's exclusive NightShot capability, which lets you shoot video in total darkness. The TRV16 emits an invisible infrared beam to light the scene. The resulting video is basically black and white, and usually lower quality than normal video, but being able to get decent images in complete darkness is nonetheless pretty amazing.

This camcorder uses the 8mm format, which means you can't play the tapes in your VCR; you have to connect the camcorder to your TV for playback.

Pros:

  • Ergonomic design
  • NightShot capability
  • Wide range of exposure settings
  • Good selection of special effects

Cons:

  • Optical viewfinder is black and white

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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
I am an aspiring filmmaker, so I wanted a good-quality camcorder at a low price. I got it with this. It's only $499 (which is great, considering all the stuff it has) and can do some cool effects. It has 8 filming effects, 4 fading effects, a 2.5" color LCD screen, a black and white viewfinder and much more. You can even create your own titles! This is a great camcorder for beginners to use to get a feel for it. I think it's great!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Anthony S. Zorn on January 11, 2000
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I bought this for christmas and I must say I am quite impressed! light enough for easy handling, good image quality, a lot of features for the low, low price. LCD panel does drain the battery quite quickly but with the eyepiece (black and white...aaarrgghh) you can get almost 8 solid hours of filming in...more than enough...recommended for first or second camcorder owners...
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
For an avid hunter and outdoorsman, like myself, the Sony "Night Shot" technology cannot be more fun! The liturature I have seen on this camcorder emphasizes the ability to record in total darkness; however, I find the little camcorder's performance in very low light conditions, such as moon light, to be very exciting for animal observation.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kenmore Hutson on December 26, 1999
I'm not an ellectronics person and I never used a camcorder before, so when I was given one as a gift from my wife I started to get worrried. But the instructions were easy to follow and the camera works beautifully. I used it all Christmas day and the quality of the pictures are wonderful. I think as a result of having such good fortune with my camcorder, I am looking forward to my next sony purchase
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David J. Gannon on March 8, 2002
...The unit is easy to use and the instructions are simply presented and very clear cut. My wife uses it without complaint and is always happy with her results.
On the other hand, the unit does have some nice�though limited-- advanced features such as preset exposures, special effects, and Sony's unique NightShot feature. My daughter especially likes the special effects package. I particularly appreciate the Night Shot feature. I video a lot of youth sporting events that can involve a lot of transitional lighting issues, especially on those evenings around the time change seasons, an this unit handles all those issues very well. It does a commendable job in moonlight as well.
The unit is well designed and rugged. It is not a choice for die-hard vidoephiles�the range of advanced features is too limited, but they should be adequate for normal family outing type use.
Battery life using the LCD is rather short. The viewfinder picture is black & white. Using it rather than the LCD expands battery life significantly but the quality of he picture in the viewfinder is not good.
The audio quality is average. Functionality of interface with other devices (TV, PC, etc.) is good.
On the whole, a great unit to start out with or for more adventurous outings where camera safety might be an issue. (I took this one white water rafting�not my state-of-the-art unit.). It has enough features to give a feel for an advanced unit without overwhelming the user, provides better than average output and cost wise is a relative bargain.
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26 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1999
The TRV-16 provides good quality image with no frills to hike up the cost. I am not a video enthusiast, but will be travelling to Poland soon. Not wanting to invest a significant amount of money, the price is great. I find the LCD panel to be a battery drain, given the benefit it provides is not a necessity. Overall, the unit performs well for what it is, an entry-level camcorder. I bought one to take to Europe and feel that it will perform satisfactorily. Check again in Mid-August for an updated review.
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