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Sony DCR-TRV33 Mini-DV Camcorder

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  • Compact MiniDV digital camcorder with 1-megapixel imaging
  • 10x optical, 120x digital, zoom with Super SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 2.5-inch touch-panel colour SwivelScreen LCD display for easy access to the entire
  • camcorder menu
  • Includes 8 MB Memory Stick for still image and MPEG1 capture
  • NightShot O Lux infrared system with colour mode for recording in total darkness

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Item model number: DCR-TRV33
  • ASIN: B00008AQC4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,751 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

The DCR-TRV33 is a spectacular option for those looking for great video and stills in a compact camcorder. Offering a one-megapixel CCD imager, this high-quality camcorder delivers 10x Optical/120x Digital Zoom and Carl Zeiss optics for incredible picture clarity. Featuring a one-megapixel (Gross) Advanced HAD CCD Imager MiniDV Recording Ultra Compact Design Professional Quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar Lens 10x Optical/120x Precision Digital Zoom.

MPEG Movie EX Mode: unlike earlier MPEG1 Movies, MPEG Movie EX will allow you to record uninterrupted to the full capacity of the Memory Stick media. For example a 128MB Memory Stick will record up to 85 minutes of non-stop MPEG1 video.

USB streaming: 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.

i.LINK(1) DV Interface (IEEE1394): 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.

Progressive Shutter System: a mechanical shutter system that provides Progressive Scan performance while utilizing an interlaced scanning system, digital still images will be sharp and clear with excellent definition.

InfoLithium BatteryWhen the action rolls, you need the power to capture it. Smarter batteries help you prepare. Sony InfoLithium Batteries communicate with your Handycam camcorder's AccuPower meter, telling you how much shooting time remains. And because they resist "memory effect," Sony InfoLithium Batteries do not prematurely reduce recording time. It's a smart way to be ready for action.

Megapixel Performance: of all the world's consumer camcorders, Sony was the first to break the megapixel barrier. Working with high-resolution recording and high-precision Carl Zeiss or Sony custom optics, the benefits are dramatic. You'll see amazing detail on everything you shoot. Every blade of grass, every strand of hair; the names on the back of player uniforms and megapixel resolution is also a great benefit in Sony's Digital still camera function (Memory Mode).

Digital Still Memory Mode: capture digital still images directly onto Memory Stick media for easy transfer to e-mail, printing, or sharing with compatible Memory Stick devices. Digital still images can be captured while in Memory Mode, or images from the videotape can be captured onto Memory Stick media. This feature provides the Dual Function of having one camera for video and still images, and provides the user with a whole new world of imaging possibilities.

MPEG Movie Mode: originally found on step-up Sony Digital Still Cameras, Sony presents another camcorder first--MPEG Movie Mode for select Handycam Camcorders. Capture MPEG digital video and store it directly to your Memory Stick Media. Movie length ranges from 5 seconds to the length allowed by the capacity of your memory stick with MPEG Movie EX. Take the "Best Of" scene recorded on video tape, convert it to an MPEG Movie and share it with family and friends via the internet.

Super Nightshot 0 Lux System: low light? No problem. Absolutely no light? No sweat. Now you can capture video even in total darkness (0 lux). Sony's NightShot system uses infrared light to capture images invisible to the human eye. You can shoot subjects up to 10 feet away in total darkness.

SteadyShot Picture StabilizationThere's a world of difference between experiences that are moving and the ones that are simply shaky. To encourage the first and prevent the second, Sony invented SteadyShot picture stabilization. It smoothes and steadies your images without degrading picture quality. Sony does it with motion sensors--- a more accurate system than many other camcorders on the market.

The MiniDV Format: MiniDV, the most common type of digital camcorder, records video using the standard DV-format. It's the preferred format for broadcast-quality video, and it is also highly regarded for its high audio and still image quality. This is all delivered on a cassette that's 1/12th the size of a standard VHS tape. Tapes come in lengths of 60 and 80 minutes at standard speed (SP), with use of lower speed mode (SP) increasing time to 90 and 120 minutes while reducing resolution.


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By Neil VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2003
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When looking for a camcorder, I essentially wanted something that recorded good quality video footage, with some basic editing features.
Overall, this camcorder has absolutely loads of features (most of which I'll never use!). It's small & light; the super-steady shot function works well, with most camera shake removed. Picture quality is superb (Carol Zeiss lens), as are sound recordings. This camcorder has the added benefit of recording in 16:9 widescreen, which has even better picture quality (rectangular CCD). As with most DV camcorders, the optical zoom (10x) is good, with the digital zoom (120x) being near to useless!
Feature-wise, this camera has firewire AND USB slots; as well as normal recording, it can be used as a webcam (USB streaming) and digital camera (stores pictures on Sony Memory Sticks). You can also record short MPEG videos to the memory stick. Other features include night-vision, DV in and out, a remote control, AV in and a rather nify touch-screen for the menu. Menu-wise, the options are displayed in a easy to use and informative manner, which makes a nice change! It's also quite light and has an accessory shoe.
I only have 2 issues with this camera - (1) standard battery life is only 1.5hrs, so you'll need a better battery; (2) as with most new camcorders, the tape loading mechanism is on the bottom of the camera, which means removing any tripod connections if you want to change the tape!
Apart from that, definitely a recommended buy!
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Overall, a very easy to use piece of equipment. As with all Sony camcorders, ejecting the tape is a bit of a pain - it's underneath the unit, which means having to take off any tripod equipment before taking out the cassette. Battery life is acceptable - you'll need to buy an extended battery to film any long shots, and there is no carry case supplied!
Apart from the above, the actual unit is very, very nice. Lots of features - for a start, it has a stereo microphone, decent zoom (I tend to leave the digital zoom switched off), touch screen menu, remote control (for recording AND playback), and will also film in 16:9 widescreen. It's also fairly light and will act as a camera (camera shots are stored on the supplied Sony memory stick).
The 'super steady shot' feature also works well, reducing the amount of camera 'shake' (it's quite noticable when you switch this feature off).
Build quality feels more solid than Panasonic models. The actual layout is also better than both Panasonic and JVC. The only thing to bear in mind is 'hand cramp' - make sure you physically hold the camera for at least 10 minutes before buying one, just to make sure that it doesn't cause your hand to ache! - Saying that, this applies to all camcorders.
Plugging in the unit to a PC or TV couldn't be easier. Most of the cables have been supplied - camera to TV SCART or audio/visual; camera to USB;camera to firewire (cable not supplied). The USB connection allows the camera to be used as a webcam if you want to... there are lots of other features, most of which I haven't had a chance to use as yet... But am definitely pleased - for the price, this is a good piece of equipment.
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I've just bought one, and I'm impressed! It just feels good: a a reassuringly solid build compared to the similarly priced JVC GR DV700EK that I was also considering. The TRV33 feels balanced in the hand, is small enough to be extremely portable, has an easy to use no-fuss touch-screen menu system and setup procedure, and more features than you could poke a stick at (some of which I bet almost nobody uses).
The manual focus modes and exposure controls cater for more serious enthusiasts than I can yet claim to be. The wide-screen 16:9 mode is a really nifty feature: great for capturing action on sporting fields, stages etc., and the Sony's are famous for reasonable low light photography (mini-DV cams have a bad reputation for indoor photography under dim lights). The zoom works well and is pressure sensitive, allowing a gentle (watchable) pace of change.
I haven't used the still shot capability (I have a Fuji A201 still camera with twice the resolution). I've tried to use the webcam feature (my Fuji also does that, but needs the lights turned up incredibly bright), but couldn't get the Fuji driver to be listed in the MS Netmeeting Video Options dialogue - disappointing. The sony.com web site doesn't seem to address this as well as it should, and the driver updates section is a bit of a mess.
All up, I'm impressed and would recommend the camera heartily.
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My search is over. After 2 months of research I have found what I was looking for. In one word "FANTASTIC". Even my newborn doughter likes to be in front of this camera. She always smiles when we are shooting. While my wife can just point and shoot, it still allows me to do spot focusing and spot metering which if you've never used these features on a camera, you will now. It's that easy. Low light features are great, the slow-shutter feature lets you take cool MTV-style videos in low light with great color quality. Software provided is OK. Good ZOOM. Picture quality has improved with Mega Pixels and almost all the buttons have been moved to the screen which make the camcorder really stylish and handy.
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