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Sony DCR-TRV280

alaTest has collected and analyzed 204 reviews of Sony DCR-TRV280. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and portability. The image quality and price are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the viewfinder. Views about the zoom and reliability are different.

usability, price, image quality, portability, size

viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV280 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-TRV280

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 176 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV280 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the durability and portability. The image quality and usability also get good comments, whereas there are some mixed views about the reliability.

price, usability, image quality, portability, durability

80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV280 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical ZoomSony DCR-TRV280 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

At this point, the only people buying Digital8 camcorders over MiniDV must be doing so by choice. They may have been the cheaper option at one time, but now that the under-$300 barrier has been cracked by digital cameras, dinosaurs like the Sony...

Ease of use, - Widescreen mode, - 20x Optical zoom

Lack of still photo feature, - Video performance, - Inability to read analog 8mm tapes

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Nick Hyacinthe (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV280 Camcorder Review

 

The DCR-TRV280 is this year's low-end addition to the Sony Digital8 series. What it lacks in manual control options it makes up for in price, and what it lacks in chic packaging it compensates for in ease of use. It's the only Sony model that does not...

Apr, 2005

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Nice little camcorder

 

Lets get to the point. If you want a high end camcorder dish out the cash and get something else. I don't have any problems with unit at all.Also unit will get broken if you drop it just like a laptop would. Since other people who post there review...

Price,nice display for it's size

tape is used

Dec, 2007

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Nice little camcorder

 

Price,nice display for it's size

tape is used

Dec, 2007

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Great Family Camera

 

Great features, digital photo mode and good quality picture.

The weight is a bit much and the zoom controls are poorly located

Mar, 2007

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Great Family Camera

 

We bought this camcorder mainly for taking family videos, but the quality was good enough that we actually ended up taping events and selling the videos to other families! Although it is slightly inconvenient to use tapes, at least you can buy several ...

Great features, digital photo mode and good quality picture

The weight is a bit much and the zoom controls are poorly located

Mar, 2007

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Great Family Camera

 

We bought this camcorder mainly for taking family videos, but the quality was good enough that we actually ended up taping events and selling the videos to other families! Although it is slightly inconvenient to use tapes, at least you can buy several...

Great features, digital photo mode and good quality picture

The weight is a bit much and the zoom controls are poorly located

Mar, 2007

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Serious Problems

 

Absolutely none

Piece of junk

Feb, 2007

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Serious Problems

 

I always thought of SONY as being a quality company - producer of high quality products. Sadly, I had similar problems to other buyers of Sony HandyCams - sudden and irreparable failure of viewfinder. This is a KNOWN problem with Sony digital cams and...

Absolutely none

Piece of junk

Feb, 2007

Consumer review (pricegrabber.com)

Sony TRV 280 Digital 8 camcorder

 

We were disappointed that this camera would not play our analog tapes from our old sony 8mm camera.

Great picture

none that I have found

Dec, 2006