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Sony DCR-TRV19 Mini-DV Camcorder

by Sony
9 customer reviews

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  • MiniDV Handycam with DV in/out for PC editing
  • 2.5" LCD monitor (123K)
  • Touch Panel function
  • Super SteadyShot (800K pixel CCD)
  • USB terminal
  • USB streaming
  • PC application accessory supplied
  • USB cable, driver software, ImageMixer

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 9 x 11.2 cm ; 2 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 9 g
  • Item model number: DCR-TRV19
  • ASIN: B00008AQ9U
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,116 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The super-compact DCR-TRV19 offers a powerful combination of digital video, digital audio and USB streaming. It's also 28 per cent smaller than previous Sony MiniDV models with a 0.25 inch Advanced HAD CCD and a 2.5 inch SwivelScreen LCD. Additional features include the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens and 10x optical/120x digital zoom plus a new touch panel (with stylus) that makes it a cinch to access the functions of the camcorder.

The DCR-TRV19 features 0.25 inch Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD with 340 K (effective) pixels that provides stunning detail and clarity, with exceptional video (up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution) and still image performance. Realise great-looking digital still images utilising 340 K (effective) pixels. This new, unique design complements the product's ultra compact size while providing easy, comfortable access to the video controls.

MiniDV digital recording format delivers 3X the colour bandwidth of VHS and lower signal to noise ratio compared to analogue formats, providing stunning video performance comparable to DVD. Carl Zeiss lenses have an advanced optical multi-layer coating offering less glare and flare with increased contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-to-life colour saturation and perfect renditions of subtle tones. The optical zoom brings the action close up from far away. In addition, precision digital zoom interpolation technology means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom. The 2.5 inch SwivelScreen touch panel LCD display provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The 123 K pixel LCD rotates up to 270-degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The "On Screen" touch panel system allows you to navigate through the camera's menu system at the touch of the LCD screen.

Stay connected with family and friends by broadcasting live video with audio via the Internet with the USB interface. You can even playback your favourite recorded scene stored on tape. It's like having your own web camera or video conferencing system. There is also DV-in/out, providing a high speed bi-directional digital video/audio communication between two compatible devices equipped with an IEEE1394 interface, including camcorders, digital VTRs, capture cards and PCs.

The DCR-TRV19 incorporates an advanced version of Sony's SteadyShot system that controls an even higher range of shake and vibration frequencies to achieve an even higher level of smoothness without degradation of video like some other image stabilisation systems. With Sony's NightShot infrared system you can capture video even when shooting in total darkness (0 lux) up to 10 feet away using the built-in infrared system.

Battery information is momentarily displayed without having to power on the camcorder. Quickly access the battery's status by pressing the Battery Info button. Recording time available is displayed in minutes on either the LCD screen or viewfinder. Charge the battery at any time because unlike NiCad (nickel cadmium) batteries Sony's rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are not subject to a life-shortening memory effect. Sony's exclusive AccuPower meter displays the remaining battery time in minutes in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. Using the separately available NP-QM91D InfoLithium battery (not supplied) the DCR-TRV19 can record up to 12 hours on one complete charge, providing extra long battery life.

Manufacturer's Description

The subject here is form factor! The super-compact DCR-TRV19 offers a powerful combination of digital video, digital audio, and USB streaming at an amazing value. And it’s 28x smaller than previous MINIDV models with a 1/4" Advanced HAD CCD and a 2-1/2" SwivelScreen LCD with viewfinder. Additional features include the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens and 10X optical/120X digital zoom.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jon Lacey on 15 Jan. 2004
I did a bit of research before buying my first camcorder, and narrowed it down to either a Sony, Panasonic or JVC camcorder. I looked at the current models in my local Comet and decided the JVC was a bit too 'plasticky', so it was between the Panasonic NVGS-50 and either a Sony TRV19, or Sony TRV22. I read plenty of reviews, and looked at reliability charts, and there still was'nt much between them. The thing that swung it to the Sony TRV19 was the fact that it didn't have a memory stick/card. I decided that with the low quality of stills from a camcorder compared to that of a basic digital camera, I would end up not using it; so why pay extra for something that wouldn't be used? The Panasonic also felt too small in my hand, and so uncomfortable to use; and the Sony seemed to have better low light shots, so I went for the TRV19.
I have used this now for a month, over Christmas, and have been very impressed by the results. The infa red night shot works well at close range (up to about 4 metres), even in total darkness. The anti-shake works very well. It has an easy to use touchscreen, which makes the adjustment of setings easy to do, even when recording.
The picture quality is excelent, although the auto white balance is not always very acurate under tungsten lights, but that can be sorted in a reasonable PC editing software (not the one included). It picks up sound very well, but is not a directional mic, so in a crowded room can be just a lot of noise.
These are just minor points though, which are no different from any other camcorder, and there is usually a way to overcome the problem.
In summary, a very good camcorder, well built, at a good price. Ideal for the beginner or low user.
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Sept. 2003
Having done a lot of research on the various digital camcorders available on the market,I decided to buy this one. The key features I was looking for were (a) good picture quality (b) good build quality (c) the ability to interface well to a PC. This camera meets all of these criteria, the main difference between this model and the more expensive ones (DCRTRV22,33) is the addition of a memory stick (useful for photos, not much else) and a couple of extra digital effects. On the whole I reckon neither of these features are particularly useful, if you want to be taking digital photos a digital camera is a far product superior in terms of picture quality. With regard to digital effects, these are standard features on pretty much all digital video editing software.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 July 2004
When I bought the TRV19 I was astonished with the number of features it had considering the amount I had payed for it.
Video Quality:
The video quality is absolutely fantastic for an entry level camcorder. The image is very crisp and colour depth is not bad. Images appear a lot more vibrant on the LCD display though than they actually are. This isn't too bad as most editing software you get on PCs allow to configer saturation and various other values when you save it.
Sound Quality:
Yet again, for an entry level camcorder it isn't bad at all. It can record in 16bit stereo which is fantastic quality although the standard on the tape is 12bit which yet again isn't bad. Most camcorders only offer mono recording or 8bit audio so this is a major step up from those. Voices are very clear and you don't get any whistling from strong winds. Also, I happen to record very amusing footage with friends and accidentally laugh quite a bit when recording. However, the camcorder doesn't normally pick it up which is a plus.
If you want to be more professional I would recommend buying one of the many microphones that fit in it's Intelligent shoe located on the top of the camcorder.
Effects:
Now personally, I don't use these much at all as I can edit the tape on my PC. I have used some of them though and they are incredibly easy to use. Just navigate through the touch screen menu and select the effect you want and you're done within 20 seconds.
Battery Life:
One of the TRV-19s very few downfalls is the battery life with the supplied battery. You get about an hour and a half recording time if you really conserve that energy and use the LCD display as little as possible.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "dwjohns1" on 20 Jan. 2004
This camera is perfect for anyone new to digital camcorders. Why pay more for higher spec makes when you can do all your editing on your PC with a fairly basic editing software... take the plunge and buy one!
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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Matthews on 28 Jun. 2003
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My sister-in-law and I both bought a camcorder at the same time. We did our research independently, and when it was time to hand over our hard-earned cash we compared notes.
We'd both started with simple criteria: a compact Mini-DV camcorder with good battery life, firewire and ideally a nice set of features such as a good Steady-Shot and 0-lux (night filming). My sister-in-law also wanted some kind of camera capabilities, although that was not important to me as I already had a Canon Digital IXUS which does the job.
Over our couple of weeks independent research, I looked and almost finalised on various camcorders of various makes (JVC, Panasonic, Canon) but all of them had that one 'issue' which kept my wallet safely in my back pocket. After asking around friends and reading reviews in camcorder magazines and on the internet, one brand name seemed to stand out for being consistently high quality - Sony. Fair enough, I thought... but do they have a model for me?
They did - the Sony TRV19. Compact, feature-packed, and well finished. It even has the nice-to-have features I wanted... and more. Now I've had it a few weeks and I'm impressed and happy to recommend it. Tip though: don't bother with the USB... spend a few quid on a firewire card.
btw... remember I mentioned my sister-in-law who wanted photo capabilities and did all her own research?
Sony TRV22.
:)
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