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Sony DCR-TRV265

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews of Sony DCR-TRV265. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and usability also get good opinions. There are some mixed comments about the size. Some have doubts about the reliability and battery.

price, usability, portability, image quality, zoom

battery, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV265 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV265 from The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and usability also get good views, whereas many are negative about the battery.

price, usability, portability, image quality, zoom


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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV265E Digital CamcorderSony DCR-TRV265E Digital Camcorder

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: dino (

Sony DCR-TRV265




Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

quality product from sony!


night shot- ...

Dec, 2004

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Simply perfect


The Sony DCR-TRV265E Digital Camcorder being my first digital camera i was sceptical to whether i had a good deal, but without a d...

Nov, 2004

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Looking for a bargain digi camcorder? Found it!


Bought this Sony DCR-TRV265E camcorder mainly because of the price, I have seen it advertised elsewhere for ?330+ so it's a bargai...

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: UK Guest (

Can't go wrong with this greatvalue entry level Camcorder


In short, I'm very happy with this Sony DCR-TRV265E camcorder, Would recommend to a friend.

Apr, 2004

Consumer review by: rajufarhad123 (

it is very convenient.


Very cheap. i have a Sony Handycamcamera .so i can share my picture with me and my family. i also share my picture with my friends. ... Read review

Good video quality


Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: ir4waw (

camcorder for beginners


Sony has been updating various Digital8 Handycams with the DCR-TRV265, which will provide users with their first experience using a digital camcorder and video editing on a PC. Offering a selection of new and interesting with the same upgrade path to...

simple, cheap, easy to perform editing

use of tapes as storage media

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: Guest user (



Pros - It was the cheapest sony handycam at the time. Easy to use. Cons - Uses 8mm tapes. These are getting expensive as sony seem to be the only company using the digital 8 format. Overall - I'm happy with mine. It got me through a video editing unit...

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: goodfellaship (

How This Camera Is Better!


probly have a long life ive owned mine for 2 years,Works with both xp osx

big tapes,quite a big camera not too big though,photo's are not brillient.

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: Guest user (



After having experienced Sony's current poor quality and shocking customer service, I will never be buying a Sony product again.

Nothing sufficient to counter the poor quality.

Sony equipment simply isn't the quality it used to be. It is pretty much guaranteed to break as soon as the warranty period ends, and when it does Sony will leave you high and dry. The warranty period is only one year, which is really indicative of the...

Aug, 2005

Product Specifications

The DCR-TRV265 offers an opportunity to create your own movies fast and easy. It comes bundled with Picture Package, doing away with the need for complex video editing software on the computer. It also includes a software application that can burn footage to the popular VCD format as well as DV-IN, a function which allows video edited on a PC to be recorded back to tape. The DCR-TRV265 - making movie creation truly simple.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Type:NP-FM30

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:4
Playback zoom (max):N
Webcam capability: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35
Display Resolution:123000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.54

Lens System

Digital Zoom:990
Focal length range (f-f):2.5 - 50
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.4
Max Focal Length:50mm
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:350Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:540Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Steady Shot)/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Focus:auto / manual
I/O ports:Audio Out, i.LINK (DV) In/Out, S-Video Out, USB Terminal, Video Out\n
Lens system:Sony
Power requirements:AC-L15

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Package\n


Camera shutter speed:1/50-1/4000

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:990
Faders:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Media Type:Digital8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Stretch


Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :9.8
Weight:780 / 890