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Sony DCR TRV 8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 reviews of Sony DCR TRV 8. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the battery and portability are generally positive. The size and image quality are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the zoom, while many are less positive about the reliability and memory.

usability, image quality, size, portability, battery

price, durability, memory, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR TRV 8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Sony DCR TRV 8 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the price and portability are generally positive. The size and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the durability.

image quality, usability, size, portability, price

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV8 Handycam Digital CamcorderSony DCRTRV8 Handycam Digital Camcorder

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: DigitalDaddy (

Sony DCR-TRV8 - (Digital Camcorders)

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: juleslian (

Not just for the pros


My husband is a filmmaker and when we were approaching the birth of my first son, he was gung ho on getting a videocamera worthy of capturing the magic (never mind that I wasn't at all gung ho about being filmed!). We searched for months and read...

Excellent features, very light and compact, awesome battery life

VERY expensive, tapes are also expensive

Oct, 2001

Consumer review by: maddieslyo (

Too bulky to use!


good picture quality, sharp contrast

durability, reliability, ease of use, price

Mar, 2001

Consumer review by: annieh (

Great Camera


I took this camera on a sailing trip to the British Virgin Islands. I got excellent pictures - as good as any I've seen on TV. And it was so easy to use. I never even read the directions and was able to take great pictures. Just think what I'll be...

Superb picture quality, great battery life, easy to use.

battery recharge on camera only - would be nice to have an external charger

Mar, 2001

Consumer review by: gd134 (

A Bad Quality Product


I just bought the Sony DCR-TRV8 a month ago and after spending a lot of time on vacation with it, I am not impressed at all! I know I am being extremely picky with this review, but I know Sony can do better. I recommend the Panasonic PV-DV800...

many high-tech features, battery life

bulky, quality, annoying lens cap, cost, low light problems, customer service

Mar, 2001

Consumer review by: elmoebeesn (

Falls Short For the Price


When I worked in an electronics store over the Christmas holiday, I had the great opportunity to try out many new products for myself and also had a chance to see what many other consumers thought about the products as well. This camcorder from Sony...

Very nice features, performs a great deal of tasks

very expensive and durability issues

Feb, 2001

Consumer review by: smeehan (

Become a Prefessional with this camera


This camera is great. I have captured and preserved birthdays, first steps, varsity basketball games and 50th annaverseries with it. The quality of the picture is great. It is nearly twice as fine as earlier models. The camera is easy to use. It...

The camera is very easy to use and records great quality

a little more expensive than other products on the market

Feb, 2001

Consumer review by: sliznyak2 (

Need a camcorder? Try Sony


I trust Sony with many products and when it comes to camcorders, Sony is at it's best. I tried many brands in the past, some Canons, Panasonics etc. Sony is easy to use, all buttons and controls are a piece of cake to use. Not only is it easy, it is...

great digital quality, durability and ease of use


Feb, 2001

Consumer review by: flindingo (

Sony's DV entry level, aint too shabby.


Sony is/has been a leader in the technology sector since the early 80's. Not because they're the best, nor that they are any cheaper, it's just that they are well known. Although much of thier equipment is terribly designed and falls apart quickly....

Affordable, Nightvision, LCD screen

Entry level consumer only.

Feb, 2001

Consumer review by: skategoat7 (

Perfect little camcorder


Previously, I owned a Sony 8mm camera. Having built up quite a collection of tapes, I naturally opted for a Digital 8 camera when it was time to upgrade. The D8 (Sony model, can't remember the model number) was fine but it was too darned heavy. ...

Small size, easy controls

Don't need all the bells & whistles

Dec, 2000

Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Standard Definition


HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:4:3