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Sony DCR TRV 740

alaTest has collected and analyzed 336 reviews of Sony DCR TRV 740. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the zoom and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative views about the connectivity and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, zoom

viewfinder, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR TRV 740 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 110 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 740 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the zoom and size. The price and portability are also appreciated.

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99% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony CX280 Full HD Handycam - Black (50x Extended Zoom)Sony CX280 Full HD Handycam - Black (50x Extended Zoom)

Sep, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony DCR TRV 740


alaTest has collected and analyzed 97 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 740 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and price. The image quality and portability also get good comments. Reviews are divided on the viewfinder, while many are critical about the connectivity.

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV740 Digital8 Camcorder w/ 2.3" LCD, USB Streaming, Memory Stick, & Mega Pixel Video/ StillSony DCRTRV740 Digital8 Camcorder w/ 2.3" LCD, USB Streaming, Memory Stick, & Mega Pixel Video/ Still

Sep, 2017

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

Sony Handycam XR500V review


In what's probably the most interesting development in consumer camcorders thus far in 2009, Sony serves up the Handycam HDR-XR500 series, a pair of hard-disk-based AVCHD camcorders that integrate the dual firsts of built-in GPS and a new Exmor-R...

First-rate video quality and performance; geotagging videos is fun, if limited.

Annoying menu system; no wind filter; no manual shutter-speed, iris, or audio controls; relatively big and heavy; expensive.

Though their geotagging capabilities are mostly novelty and their interfaces could use a complete overhaul, the top-notch video quality, performance, and consumer-friendly feature sets of the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V and HDR-XR520V make them worthy...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-TRV740 Camcorder Review - Sony Digital8 Camcorders


The Sony DCR-TRV740 is Sony's top Digital8 camcorder, second only to the DCR-TRV840. The camcorder has a street price around $800. The DCR-TRV740 provides many great features and superior picture quality. The DCR-TRV740 also offers excellent quality...

Mar, 2002

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (

Sony Handycam HDR-PJ710V


The Sony HDR-PJ710V delivers both focus and image quality.

This not-quite flagship Handycam is just as good than Sony's top models—and cheaper, too.

Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: Tammy (

I would like to order a new adapter cord for this camera.


Execellent viewing screen,zooming,and picture taker.

Batteries dont last as long as I would like.

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: (

Not As Good As My Old Analog Sony


long battery life - thats all I can think of.

no special effects features, bad picture quality indoors

Aug, 2003

Consumer review by: Jack (

Excellent Camcorder


Great Video Quality and 2nd best Digital 8 cam. ever made

Size/Weight-2lbs, but even thats not too bad.....

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: Online Shopper (

Very good. One major glitch.

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: (

Very good. One major glitch.


Very good picture

Ludicrous tape placement. Blocked on tripod.

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: Jay Ruuska (

Great except for recurring audio hum noise.


Excellent video quality, lots of features!

Loud audio hum on tape. Ergonomically challenging.

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Good All-around Performer


High quality recordings, compact, great viewfinder

Some features are complicated

Dec, 2002

Product Specifications

The DCR-TRV740 brings you optimal performance with the introduction of Megapixel quality to Digital8 recording. Realize superb image quality with your videos plus enjoy your ready-to-print digital still images with Megapixel quality. Don't be limited to 60 seconds of MPEG movie recording anymore thanks to MPEG Movie EX, which allows you extended recording time limited only by the capacity of your Memory Stick media.


Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Capacity:1030
Battery capacity (Watt hours):7
Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):40
Battery technology:Lithium
Battery Type:NP-FM50 / NP-FV50
Battery voltage:6.8
Continuous video playback time:1

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


3D: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Camera playback:Highlights, Slide show / movie, slide show
Geotagging: Yes
Image processor:BIONZ
Image quality adjustment:Brightness
Minimum illumination:3 / 6 / 7
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ENG, ESP, FRE, POR
Self-timer delay:10
Supported aspect ratios:16:9 / 4:3, 16:9

Camera Flash

Type: None


Colour of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.35 / 7.62
Display Resolution:123200
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Touchscreen: Yes

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Built-in Flash:No / Yes
Built-in light: No

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:8MB


Closest focusing distance:0.0100
Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Country Kits:Europe
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):8.9
Effective megapixels (movie):8.9
Maximum resolution per CCD:2230000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.88 / 25.4 / 3.91 / 25.4 / 4.7
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:1.07 / 24.1 / 8.9

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120 / 350 / 420
Filter Size:3.7 / 5.2
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):26 - 260 / 29.8 - 1095 / 29.8 - 894
Focal length range (f-f):2.1 - 63 / 3.6 - 54
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable lens: No
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.4
Max Focal Length:54mm
Maximum aperture number:3.4
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):109.5 / 31.8
Min Focal Length:3.6mm
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.6 / 2.98
Optical Zoom:15
Optical Zoom:10 / 15 / 30
Type:Zoom lens

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto
Scene modes:Beach, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset / Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset


Colour:Black / Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.4
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP SP3\nWindows Vista SP2\nWindows7
Fader:Black, Mosaic, Overlap, Wipe, Monotone Bounce, Random Dot
Horizontal resolution:520
I/O ports:Audio In/Out, i.LINK (DV) In/Out, S-Video In/Out, USB, Video In/Out
Lens system:Sony
Light exposure control:Portrait / Beach & Ski / Sports Lesson / Landscape / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon
Noise Reduction: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power Consumption (Standby):2.4 / 3
Power consumption (typical):2.6 / 3.2
Projection time:100

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC, AV, HDMI, USB / AV, Component, HDMI, S-Video, USB
Lens hood: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
PictBridge: No
S-Video Out:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Built-in projector: Yes
Minimum Projection Distance:5
Native Resolution:640 x 360

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Camera shutter speed:1/3-1/4000 / 1/8 - 1/10000
Shutter speed (photo):1/8 - 1/10000
Shutter speed (video):1/250 - 1/10000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:3984 x 2240 / 6544 x 3680
Still image resolution(s):2992 x 2240,3984 x 2240 / 3984 x 2240


Camcorder media type:HDD / Memory Card
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, MPF
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Flash memory:160 / 96
Internal storage capacity:16
Memory slots:1

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28
Capture modes:FH, LP
Dual shot (video & photo): Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:60
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p
Video formats supported:AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4 / AVCHD, MPEG2, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4
Video Resolutions:720 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:420
Faders:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random
Media Type:Digital8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / PC camera mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Old Movie / Slim / Solarisation / Still / Stretch / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white
Viewfinder screen size:0.2
Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.2 / 12.8 / 16.6 / 8.5
Height :10.1 / 5.5 / 6.6 / 8.75
Weight:205 / 404.8 / 580 / 900
Width:10.8 / 20.7 / 5.25 / 5.95

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto