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Sony DCR-TRV17

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 reviews of Sony DCR-TRV17. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the image quality and size. The price and portability also get good views, but there are some critical views about the zoom and memory.

usability, portability, price, size, image quality

reliability, battery, durability, memory, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV17 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-TRV17

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV17 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the reliability and size. The image quality and usability also get good comments. Some have doubts about the price and durability.

portability, usability, image quality, size, reliability

durability, price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV17 DV CamcorderSony DCR-TRV17 DV Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-TRV17

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV17 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and size. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the reliability and durability.

usability, portability, price, size, image quality

durability, reliability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV17 MiniDV CamcorderSony DCRTRV17 MiniDV Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV17 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

The TRV17 is the latest edition to Sony's midrange MiniDV camcorder line. The camcorder has an MSRP of $1099. It's the follow-up to the TRV-11. The TRV-17 packs a 10x optical 120x digital zoom. It comes with a one hour battery but you can purchase up...

Jul, 2001

Expert review by: Bruce Coykendall (videomaker.com)

Sony DCR-TRV17

 

Affordable DV, Focus ring, Image quality

Tape loads from the bottom, LCD must be open to use VCR transport, Proprietary memory format

Feb, 2002

Consumer review by: Mark (shopzilla.com)

One of Sony's Best!

 

Easy to use, Huge LCD screen, color view finder

Still picture quality mediocre

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

Anand's 17TRV

 

Light weight, high quality video and audio on cassette.

Low resolution, and low optical zoom

Apr, 2003

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

Good things come in small packages!

 

excellent camera/many features-easy to use-one of sonys best

Battery life! Alittle pricey!

Jul, 2002

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

great camera

 

very easy to use, big LCD,light and handy

the battery runs out quckly, cant miss treat it at all

Jun, 2002

Consumer review by: Jim Bowman (shopzilla.com)

Fire Wire troubled

 

easy to use

I'm on my third camera in 6 months

Jun, 2002

Consumer review by: Ramon Guadalupe MD (shopzilla.com)

an excellent equipment for a good price

 

Excellent product a good value for your money

accessories are expensive

May, 2002

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

Sony Digital Camcorder

 

Great camera, lots of capabilites

accessories are expensive

Apr, 2002

Consumer review by: Timothy Allen (shopzilla.com)

People's View

 

small, lite,great picture, screen to watch while recording, great sound, power cords

None

Apr, 2002
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Product Specifications

The DCR-TRV17 delivers a powerful combination of digital video, digital audio and digital still capability with Memory Stick media in a compact design. It also has a 1/4-inch advanced CCD and a 3.5" SwivelScreen LCD display. Additional features include the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar Lens, 10X optical/120X digital zoom, and a Super LaserLink Wireless Transmission System. Don't let a special moment slip away - turn your moments into memories with the DCR-TRV17. On top of various new features, the DCR-TRV17 incorporates 113, 000 Pixels Color Viewfinder, 120x Digital Zoom, Signal Convert function, MPEG Movie Recording Mode and Still Picture Mode. In addition, users can enjoy up to 10 hours Stamina with M-series InfoLithium Battery System. The DCR-TRV17 is equipped with USB terminal for transmitting images through USB cable directly from Memory Stick to PC at high speed. Besides, the i.LINK DV In / Out Terminal (IEEE1394 Standard) also allows easy digital data transmission between Digital Handycam, DV VCR or PC. With an i.LINK or an infrared remote control, users can choose up to 20 image groups for the highly accurate synchronized editing procedure at one time. Super LaserLink Wireless Transmission system uses infrared light to make a wireless playback connection from the camcorder to the optional receiver and your television up to 26 feet away. Users can have more fun with MPEG Movie Recording Mode, Digital Picture Effect Modes as well as Memory Mix function. With the DCR-TRV17, users can shoot short movie clips of MPEG1 up to 85 minutes and 20 seconds with an optional 128MB Memory Stick. The Digital Picture Effect Modes let users edit pictures in 8 styles, including B&W, Mosaic, Negative Art, Pastel, Sepia, Slim, Solarization and Stretch.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:None/Pop-up flash

Configuration

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

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS / MS Pro
USB: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:17.5cm
Height:9.5cm
Weight:0.7kg
Width:7.4cm

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:4MB

General Features

3D: No
Format:MiniDV
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:TRV17/TRV17E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.7/F/1.7-2.2
Max Focal Length:33mm
Min Focal Length:3.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Special Functions:Macro
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Colour:Black / Silver/Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Recording

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Still / Stretch / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor