Summary: The camera is fabulous, just what I needed. The only thing I don't care for but am living with it because it is so great in a number of ways is the on/off and record buttons are so close to one another.
Summary: I probably bought this 2003/2004 or so. The TRV25 had just come out and I got 2 bad units in a row with the same defect, returned them both and sought out the TRV17, based on it's reputation. I had to buy it locally, and at a price higher than it should have been, considering it was an "old" model, but it hasn't let me down. Still running (though I've never used it much.) A dead pixel or 2 is the only problem. Whatever, not like I'm shooting feature films or anything.
Summary: An excellent and robust camera with a wide range of capabilities; I purchased one new in 2002 and it is still giving excellent service. The model that superceded it is not (apparently) as good. I took the opportunity to buy a second (used) DCR-TRV17 recently on Ebay while they are still available. I have also been advised that in most cases these cameras can be repaired and serviced while many newer camcorders cannot.
Summary: I bought this item to replace the broken one I have used for years. There's nothing else like this out on the market for the price, ease of use for allt he functions we require as a growing family. Currently, I use the camera to film our older children for sports when requested by College recruiters, this camera is great for this purpose. Indoor Basketball to outdoor soccer, it's been awesome at the beach as well as at Weddings.
Summary: I WILL SAY EXCELLENT. IT WAS USED BUT IT WAS SOMETHING I COULD NOT BUY NEW. I GUESS I AM FROM THE OLD SCHOOL DON'T LIKE COMPUTERS MUCH. I LIKED THIS ONE BECAUSE IT HAD A BUY NOW ON IT. I HAVE BOUGHT 2 LIKE THIS. SO FOR EBAY HAS BEEN GOOD BUT I HAD AN ACCOUNT THAT WAS FROZE AND CAN'T GET IT BACK (FROM THE OLD SCHOOL)AND BACK TO THE PRODUCT JUST WHAT I HAD TO HAVE. THANKS FOR THIS CHANCE TO SAY SO.
Summary: Sony TRV17 is one of the best cameras on the market still. Has one of the largest view screens available which gives great quality pictures and user friendly functions. Play back is very good and quality of recordings are as good as any camera on the market. Would recommend this camera.
Summary: One of the best camcorders around. And this one works indoors! With 5 lux, and a decent 30mm Lens. This camera was used to shoot the low light situation at a couple of indoor evening wedding receptions, where the other 7 lux didn't cut it. And it still has all of the features, like Super Laser Link, and Super Night Shot.