Summary: I bought one of these to transfer my old 8mm to DVD. What I didn't realize was that it made great video too, as it's a mega pixel camcorder. So the tapes are a bit bigger, and the camera is heavy. It is a nice back up if you need it, and you will have to look very closely to see much difference between a TRV30 and this one. With the larger lens (37mm), it still blows away the new mid grade mini DV's with the 25mm, bad-in-low-light lenses.
Summary: I love this camcorder! I can get the close ups skinnaMAX can't touch. The zoom is top notch and the wide angle action catches the nips. I would recommend checking the manuel as it gives the down low you can't get just by trickin the gadget. The nightvision brings the dish to light and makes the digital quiver. I would encourage those who haven't to experience the Sony DCR-TRV730 for themselves.
Summary: This is the first camcorder I have bought. I did a lot of research and finally decided to go with the Sony DCR-TRV730... and I am glad that I did. The picture is great!! Very crisp and clear DVD quality. It is very easy to use. Within 5 minutes, I had it setup and ready to use. The controls are intuitive and well placed. However I would suggest reading through the excellent manual when you have a chance to learn about all the features.
Summary: My comments on this camcorder are to help those who are not into specs but just plain English about this product. First, my dislikes about this camera is 1. Black/White electric viewfinder - but the view is bright and clear 2. Don't expect to take great clear 35mm quality still pictures. The print quality is a bit grainy.