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alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 reviews of Sony DCR-TRV50E. 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. Views about the durability and size are overall positive. The design and portability also get good feedback, but the battery and color get less positive opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-TRV50E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Sony DCR-TRV50E from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the portability and image quality.

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This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV50 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/ 3.5" Touch Panel LCD, Mega Pixel Video/ Still, Memory Stick & Network CapabilitySony DCRTRV50 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/ 3.5" Touch Panel LCD, Mega Pixel Video/ Still, Memory Stick & Network Capability

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-TRV50 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders


Sony's MiniDV DCR-TRV50 is their upgrade to the popular DCR-TRV30. The camcorder is a standard form factor, with many neat features and excelent still quality. The DCR-TRV50 carries a street price around $1,599.00.

Jul, 2002

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Low light filming, blue tooth. Large screen display and touch screen. Considering this is now an old model that I have had from new, it still produces stunning audio and video quality.

firewire connection now uslesss as allnew laptops/pc do not have them. I have had to purchase a second hand laptop with firewire to download my 30 hours of film to the computer in order to edit.

Aug, 2012

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Quality and portability


excellent video images, in doors with video light

Inconvenient changing a tape when you use a tripod .

Jun, 2004

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There are better Cameras out there (DCR-TRV 820 is better)


Small, lightweight, ok picture quality

price, no night mode, limited zoom, not good stills

Dec, 2002

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Sony Handycam DCRTRV50 works for me and mine!


Lightweight, feature rich, high quality and durable.

Pricey, battery to heavy, not enough cables included.

Dec, 2002

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this is good


large screen, good video quaity, stylish

don't work well in low light conditio

Nov, 2002

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Awesome Cam


Excellent image, focus, everything!

I have not found any

Nov, 2002

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small, lightweight, easy to use camera with tons of feature.

doen't work easily with Sony's wireless products

Nov, 2002

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very nice camera with bells and whistles


Nice video, light weight, easy to use

zoom touchy, stills are ok but, not real good

Sep, 2002

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I Wouldn't Go To My Son's Match Without It


Large LCD display and color viewfinder

Could use a stronger digital zoom

Aug, 2002

Product Specifications

Sony's DCR-TRV50 MiniDV Handycam camcorder delivers up to 530 lines of horizontal resolution and incredible 1360x1020 digital still images. You won't believe your eyes! And with state-of-the-art features such as an intelligent pop-up flash, you can capture crisp images in just about any setting. The 1.5 Mega-Pixel CCD camcorder also has a precision color viewfinder, four flash modes to accommodate different shooting environments and the 3.5" precision LCD. Touch panel functions allow you to operate by touching the LCD panel with supplied stylus pen or your finger. The Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar lens will capture every shot with stunning detail and clarity. The incorporation of Bluetooth wireless connectivity alongside the touch screen working in network mode transforms the DCR-TRV50 into a sophisticated network acquisition device. Live from the scene of the action, the camcorder user can shoot the story and review the material on the LCD screen. Once happy with the video, the user can select an email address from the 50 he or she has stored on the camcorder. The user can write an email (up to 512 characters) using the control panel and send it together with the video file (MPEG 1) as an attachment (max. 3MB) using their Bluetooth enabled mobile telephone to establish an ISP connection. The camcorder can also be used in this network mode to surf the Internet and browse web pages from any location. The camcorder works at the same speed as a standard 56K modem.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):135min/140min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating (270
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:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.2
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Colour:Black / Silver/Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:970Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.55Mpix
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/Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random/Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random / White fader / Window wipe
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/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/Flash Motion / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Still / Stretch / Strobe / Trail / Wipe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor