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Sony DCR-TRV480

alaTest has collected and analyzed 382 reviews of Sony DCR-TRV480. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, 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 price also get good opinions, whereas comments about the color and battery are mixed. Many are less positive about the reliability.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom

reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV480 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-TRV480

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV480 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. Reviewers really like the size and price. The design and usability also get good reviews. Reviews are divided on the image quality. Some have doubts about the memory.

portability, usability, design, price, size

memory

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV480Sony DCR-TRV480

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-TRV480

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 300 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV480 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. Opinions about the zoom and battery are generally positive. The portability and price also get good views. Many are critical about the color and reliability, while reviews are divided on the image quality.

usability, price, portability, battery, zoom

reliability, color

77% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV460 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical ZoomSony DCRTRV460 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by: EISA (eisa.eu)

SONY DIGITAL 8

 
Jun, 1999

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-TRV480 review: Sony Handycam DCR-TRV480

 

The Sony Handycam DCR-TRV480 lacks the compact size and more advanced features found in MiniDV and DVD camcorders, but its ability to play back and digitize 8mm and Hi8 tapes will be appealing if you have a large collection of analog footage. Though it...

Inexpensive; plays and digitizes analog 8mm and Hi8 tapes; responsive automatic mode; video light and infrared mode for night shooting.

Bulky; mediocre video quality; imprecise manual focus; black-and-white viewfinder.

With its ability to play and transfer your old tapes, the Sony Handycam DCR-TRV480 is an attractive choice if you're upgrading from an 8mm or Hi8 camcorder. But if you don't need 8mm or Hi8 compatibility, competing MiniDV cameras offer superior...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

Sony DCR-TRV review:

 

Inexpensive; large feature set for the price; analog-to-digital conversion with no need for another player; built-in video light; USB streaming.

Bulky; mediocre video quality; black-and-white viewfinder; manual focus difficult to use; bottom-loading cassette.

The Handycam DCR-TRV460 offers an excellent upgrade from an 8mm or Hi8 camcorder, with digital video recording and the ability to view and transfer your old tapes. But if you don't need 8mm or Hi8 compatibility, competing MiniDV cameras offer superior...

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

The Sony DCR-TRV480 has the key feature that makes a Digital8 camcorder at least something of a viable purchase: backwards compatibility. Were it not for this feature, which allows you to view your old 8mm and Hi8 tapes, the Digital8 camcorder would be...

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Nick Hyacinthe (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV480 Camcorder Review

 

Sony introduced its high-end Digital8 camcorder this year at CES. Other than a new color scheme and memory mode, the DCR-TRV480 has not evolved much from last year's DCR-TRV460. The camcorder still has the same 20x optical zoom lens with 290K effective...

Mar, 2005

Consumer review by: Solomon (reevoo.com)

Sony DCR-TRV480

 

Every thing is nice to me except one issue

Battery life and the unavailability of flash disc everywhere

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: southernchick (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sony Handycam DCR-TRV270: this is the camera you want

 

This Is the Best camera for the price. I have had mine for going on 3 1/2 years. it has good picture quality. make sure. you use high 8 tapes. if you connect it to the computer you'll have to hit menu and go down to the settings and hit yes for usb...

takes good picture good sound good quality

that you have to buy lot of tapes

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: parisbeach (dooyoo.co.uk)

Canon MV800: smile please your on candid camera

 

Smart little camcorder light and easy to use. Accessories camera came with compact power adaptor battery pack lithium button battery lens cap and cord stereo video cable scart adaptor It was brought for me as a present i think it cost around £200. I...

light easy to use

no long play feature

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: gnipping (dooyoo.co.uk)

Canon XL2: Go PRO for less

 

The Canon XL2 is the pro-sumer miniDV camcorder that is most often spotted on the sets of low budget and independent films. Not because it is a cheap option, but because for a fraction of the cost of a professional rig, you can deliver the same...

Interchageable lens system, 2xXLR inputs built in, adjustable viewfinder position

Not good for low light performance, bulky when compared to consumer units, not HD

May, 2007

Consumer review by: smooth_criminal_ (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sexy and Functional

 

The Sony Handycam DCR TRV270, a Digital8 model (a combination of the Hi8 analogue tape and the digital codec), achieves a perfect balance between high quality and affordability. Not only is this superb video-camera highly functional, boasting an...

Great audio and visual quality, affordable, lots of features, brilliant zoom

Not for the seasoned professional

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications

Experience all of your memories digitally with Sony's DCR-TRV480E camcorder. It is fully equipped with the latest Sony technology. Providing the bright lens (37mm filter) with a 20X optical zoom, which ensures a clear, high quality image throughout zooming in on the subject. The 2.5-inch LCD display also has a Touch Screen, which can be used in conjunction with Sony's Active Menu, a logically structured graphical user interface for camcorder controls. With Memory Stick you can also easily shoot and store digital still images for sending over the Internet to friends. Sony's unique Easy Handycam menu gives one-button access to basic camera operation and recording settings. The Sony DCR-TRV480E is backwards compatible with both Hi8 and 8mm videocassettes, providing an ideal upgrade path to digital for experienced video enthusiasts with sizeable tape stocks. Additionally those wishing to preserve their video memories on these older formats can take advantage of digital connectivity and ease of use offered by the Sony DCR-TRV480, including Picture Package software. This camcorder features both digital i.LINK IN and OUT, as well as Analog IN and OUT for archiving analog tape recordings. USB provides connectivity to a PC, while Audio IN and OUT ports are ideal for easy dubbing to and from the tape and playing back with TV. Low-level light recording technology is incorporated in the form of Night Shot Plus, which can record in more natural color in low-light environments. The Super NightShot plus function on the Sony DCR-TRV480E uses a slow shutter speed to allow color video under very dark conditions. The USB Streaming facility allows fulfill an additional function as a Webcam, an increasingly popular method of Internet communication.

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone:No / Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium
Battery Type:NP-FM30
Battery voltage:7.2
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM30
Video recording time:4

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

3D: No
3D compatibility:N
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:1 / 4
Photo effects:Black&White, Mosaic, Negative film, Pastel, Sepia, Solarisation

Camera Flash

Type: None

Design

Colour of product:Black, Silver

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:15.1cm
Height:9.8cm
Weight:0.8kg/0.9kg
Width:8.5cm

Display

Built-in Display:Y
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.35 / 63.5
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

Flash

Built-in Flash:N
Built-in light:Y

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:TRV460/TRV460E/TRV480/TRV480E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Number of CCDs:1
Optical sensor size:1/0.236 / 25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:0.32 / 0.54 / 3.31

Lens System

Digital Zoom:990
Filter Size:3.7 / 37
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42 - 840
Focal length range (f-f):2.5 - 50
Image stabilizer: No
Interchangeable lens:N
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.4
Max Focal Length:50mm
Maximum aperture number:2.4
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Minimum aperture number:1.6
Optical Zoom:20
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Light exposure

Scene modes:Beach, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Sunset

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:290Kpix/350Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:460Kpix/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

Flash:auto / manual
I/O ports:Audio Out, USB Terminal, Video Out\n
Lens system:Sony
Media types supported:Hi8/Video8, Digital8
Power consumption (typical):2.9
Resolution:640 x 480

Packaging Content

Batteries included:Y
Bundled software:Picture Package\n
Cables included:AV
Lens hood:Y

Ports & interfaces

DV port: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out:N / No

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/3-1/4000 / 1/60 - 1/4000

Storage

Camcorder media type:Videotape
Camcorder tape type:Digital 8 / Hi 8

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
Full HD:N
Video formats supported:MPEG1 / MPEG2

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG EX/MPEG-1
Digital Zoom:990
Faders:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader/Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Digital8
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Card Mix / Chroma Key / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Stretch / Trail/Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation / Still / Trail/Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Stretch
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder:90000
Viewfinder Colour Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:15.1 / 151 / 9.8
Height :15.1 / 9.8 / 98
Weight:800 / 890 / 910
Width:8.5 / 85

White balance

White Balance:Auto