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Sony DCRTRV20 Digital Camcorder with Builtin Digital Still Mode

by Sony

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  • MiniDV camcorder
  • 3.5 inch swivel LCD monitor
  • 10x optical plus 120x digital Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar lens
  • Digital still camera mode with 4 MB MemoryStick media card
  • Includes PictureGear imaging software
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Technical Details

  • 1152 x 864 Still Image Resolution
  • Carl Zeiss Lens
  • Memory Stick

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  • Item Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00004YB5Y
  • Item model number: DCRTRV20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,896 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 1999

Product Description

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Camcorders that take stills are becoming much more common, but those that take 1-megapixel stills are still very few and far between. The Sony DCR-TRV20 features the capability of producing 1,152 x 864 images, which are stored on the included 4 MB Memory Stick. Plus you get the superior video and audio inherent in digital video.

The quality Carl Zeiss 10x optical zoom lens is paired with Sony's Super SteadyShot image stabilization to help reduce the effects of unsteadiness common at high zoom levels. A 3.5-inch color LCD monitor makes it easy to frame your shots. Additionally, the DCR-TRV20 features analog inputs, so you can convert your old footage to digital. Super NightShot is an infrared mode for 0-lux shooting. And Sony's Super LaserLink technology means you can wirelessly play back your footage on any TV equipped with a LaserLink receiver.


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Manual focus is controlled by the ring, which also looks cool.
A Customer
The unit also functions as a digital camera, which is a great bonus.
Taj Deluria
The TRV20 is small enough to slip in a coat pocket with comfort.
E B Wingfield

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Daemous Riel on October 13, 2000
I love this camcorder. I never owned one before, but I'm a photographer and a computer programmer. I wanted video. I got so much more. It's easy and completely excellent. I love the interaction between digitized analog (mini-DAT) and the memory stick and the PC cabling. Fun fun stuff in any-which-way you can concieve. Grab stills from your video, dump them to the stick and then the PC. Or if you like, upload a logo with a bluescreen to your stick and then record live video with that logo blue-screen-burned in it. There are too many options to talk about. It does take your fingers a tiny bit of time to get used to where buttons and levers and switches are. I counted them and came up with 50+ of them. But the ones you use often enough come easily to remember. The ergo is fine. I usually use the viewscreen to film and snapshot. But the single eye view is great too. I don't think I could ask for a feature it doesn't have.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Red Baron on March 15, 2001
As much as I love Sony's megapixel sensor implementation in this camcorder, I no longer think it's the best one out there. If this cam is on your shopping list then definitely check out its closely related sibling: PC110. It has the same features, it is over twenty percent smaller, has a decent built-in flash, and in addition to being capable of megapixel shots, it records short MPEGs to the memory stick. The drawbacks could be the smaller 2.5-inch LCD and the vertical form factor (I actually prefer it). But other than that, everything else is the same or better, even the price...
You should also consider TRV900 which offers three CCDs instead of one, resulting in much better video quality, especially in low light conditions (worse resolution for the still pictures and slightly larger body size though), and many additional semi-professional features for not much more money.
Whichever you choose, stay with a Sony camcorder and their miniDV tapes. Their quality is great, drivers widely supported, and countless sites and newsgroups will help you enhance your digital movie and photo experience.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By E B Wingfield on October 13, 2000
I bought this to take on my honeymoon in Jordan. It weighs about the same as a SLR, but you can take single shots as well. The night vision feature is great. By attaching the camera to my computer via a firewire system, I can also capture still shots from the video mode and print them out. I love it. The TRV20 is small enough to slip in a coat pocket with comfort. Around the neck or over the shoulder, it doesn't cut into you because of the wide strap. I wish the lens cap had a cord attached to keep up with it. The reversable viewing screen is wonderful for showing your movies when a TV hookup is not convenient. Over all, once you learn all the buttons and features, this is a dandy little unit for amateur or semi-professional alike.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Taj Deluria on January 13, 2001
All in all this camera has a very useful set of features for the amateur videographer and those who simply wish to record interesting experiences.
It's got full DV capabilities, as well as a few built-in transitions that some may find useful. It also has a useful selection of effects that are not too cheesy. Likewise, the menu system is easy to get used to and becomes second nature after a few uses.
The SuperSteadyCam feature works and works quite well.
The Supernightshot capability is a great, allowing footage to be taken in complete darkness, albeit with less color quality. I find that mixing the SEPIA effect with the night shot capability results in a more natural effect than the default green cast provided by the nightshot light (built-in).
The unit also functions as a digital camera, which is a great bonus. You can choose resolutions up to 1152 pixels. This should be good enough for amateur webmasters who simply want photos for their sites. Photos are saved to Memory stick. You may find that the 4MB Memory stick that is included is way too small in capacity. It can hold as many as 20+ photographs at medium resolution.
It also supports the "SMART" tape cartridges that can be indexed and titled. For those who use up little tape per session and end up covering more than one event on a single tape, I highly recommend the use of the smart cartridges to allow proper indexing of the differing events on the tape.
The automatic white balance adjustment is commendable, as is the wonderfully sharp optics of the Carl-Zeiss lens.
There are only a few things that may make you think twice about this unit.
- Tape loading happens from beneath the unit, making tape changes a bit fussier.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2000
Fits in the palm of your hand. As small as practically possible without being annoying. The only other camcorder that comes close is the DCR-PC100, which feels very awkward in your hands. They both have the same CCD and the same High Quality Lens. If quality is your main concern... there is no other camcorder to consider.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 2000
I bought this because of the form factor and the lens (Ziess). Movies look great and pictures look great if you are OK with resolution. I picked it up so that when we travel, I could take snap-shots for my web site and make movies to bore my family. The only thing I do not like is the ergonomics: learning to zoom smoothly takes a while. I cannot change the options for the movie, or even add a backlite when filming in the sun without taking my hands off the camera, looking for the button and activating it. There are many options that take a while to learn where they are and how to access them. I still love this machine and really do commend it.
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