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Sony DCRTRV950 Mini DV Camcorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 185 reviews of Sony DCRTRV950 Mini DV Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the color and portability are overall positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, but views are divided on the memory.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCRTRV950 Mini DV Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Sony DCRTRV950 Mini DV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the image quality and battery are generally positive. The usability and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the price.

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-TRV950 3 CCDSony DCR-TRV950 3 CCD

Sep, 2017

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 user reviews of Sony DCRTRV950 Mini DV Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the color and price are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably.

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95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRTRV900 MiniDV Handycam Digital Video Camcorder with Builtin Digital Still ModeSony DCRTRV900 MiniDV Handycam Digital Video Camcorder with Builtin Digital Still Mode

Sep, 2017

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Expert review by: TIPA Awards (

Sony DCR-TRV950

Jan, 2003

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

First Review Available! Sony DCR-TRV950 Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders was the first to report rumors of the DCR-TRV950, and now we're the first publication to have a full hands on review! Sony has set a new standard for high level consumer / prosumer camcorders with the 3 CCD MiniDV DCR-TRV950. The...

Jun, 2002

Expert review by: D. Eric Franks (

Sony DCR-TRV950 Mini DV Camcorder Review


The Sony DCR-TRV900, released in 1998, is an undisputed classic in the world of serious consumer Mini DV camcorders. We were understandably excited when Sony announced, and then sent us the new TRV950. Facing more competition than the $4,000 TRV900 had...

Crystal-clear video, One-touch manual controls, Automatic features

Default audio set to 12-bit

Another interesting networking feature of the TRV950 is the ability to send (stream) video and sound over a USB connection to a computer and around the world live via the Internet. With the appropriate software (e.g. Microsoft NetMeeting), you can use...

Oct, 2002

Expert review by: Joe McCleskey (

Sony DCR-TRV900 Mini DV camcorder

May, 1999

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Sony DCR TRV950


Sony DCRTRV950 Mini DV Digital Camcorder.

Near the top of Sony's line of MiniDV camcorders stands the Sony DCR TRV950, the successor to the wildly popular TRV900. Packed with features such as the CCDs, 12x optical zoom, pop-up flash, manual and automatic controls, and a large 3.5-inch LCD...

Consumer review by: danger (

So Good I want a second One!


Great quality video. The still shots are very good too.

I wish the still resolution was higher.

Feb, 2004

Consumer review by: (

TRV - 900 for the outward bound / great camera.


Picture quality awsome, dependable, durable, versatile,

Stills are a little grainy, but acceptable after touch up.

Aug, 2003

Consumer review by: Brent (

Lots of nice features


3 ccd/picture quality

Difficult to hold

Apr, 2003

Consumer review by: Dominik Martin (

tremendous picture...


beautiful picture!!! The 3CCD clarity is simply amazing

audio features are definitely inferior to those on Canons

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: (

Easy to use



need extra light for darker viewing

Jan, 2003

Product Specifications

Put on your director's hat! Sony's DCR-TRV950 Digital Video Handycam camcorder will help you shoot life-like video and digital still images. Accuracy is the key and you have all the features you need for clear pictures with vivid colors in both still and motion formats. With 3 CCD Mega Pixel Advanced HAD technology and Optical SteadyShot, an excellent image is what you'll get. Add to that the ultimate convenience of Bluetooth wireless technology to help you get connected to the Internet to let you e-mail still images or MPEGs to friends and family without hooking up to a PC. You'll also enjoy all the conveniences such as the Touch Panel screen controls with supplied stylus pen and STAMINA 6-hour battery. You'll love the results every time. Create your first film starring the ones you love with the DCR-TRV950.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):150min/2.5hour(s)

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Minimum illumination:4 / 7

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:None/Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight




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 / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon/Beach & Ski / Night mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon/Block shot (10 seconds) / Photo mode / Shutter-priority / Sports mode / Sunset & Moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card/Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:8MB


Country Kits:Europe
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.38 / 690000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4 / 25.4 / 4.7
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:0.18 / 1.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150 / 48
Focal length range (f-f):3.6 - 43.2 / 4.3 - 51.6
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.8
Max Focal Length:43.2mm/51.6mm
Min Focal Length:3.6mm/4.3mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens


Colour:Black / Metallic silver/Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:380Kpix/690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4"/1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 )/6.4 mm ( 1/4" ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD
Sensor Resolution:1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical/Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Horizontal resolution:500 / 530

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Video formats supported:DV

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:DV/MPEG EX
Digital Zoom:150/48
Faders:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Random
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode/Digital photo 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 / Negative Art / Old Movie / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Still / Stretch / Trail/Negative / Old Movie / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Stretch / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.3 / 9.9
Height :20.2 / 9.3
Weight:1.06 / 880
Width:19.3 / 9.3