Summary: Had a pile of Digital8 tapes in my closet for years. This promptly delivered item brought back so many lost memories. I wouldn't use it for a camcorder today as modern phones are higher quality, but if you need to go back in time. This baby does it.
Great camcorder -- but the TRV-510 is a better choice
Neal A. Parish, Amazon
23 March 2009
Summary: This camcorder is highly capable. The quality of the pictures/zoom and the features are outstanding. However, instead of buying this camcorder, I purchased the similar TRV-510. The TRV-510 has a color viewfinder rather than the B&W that comes with the TRV-310. Even better, the TRV-510 comes with the ability to take digital stills and save them onto a 2MB memory chip rather than onto tape, and then to download these stills directly into your PC WITHOUT any need to buy a...
Summary: I bought the big brother, the 510, but not at Amazon. This camera is TOO COOL! Lots of features. The 510 has a serial output for your computer if it doesn't have fire wire. Bigger 4 inch screen and color viewfinder. Uses cheaper 8mm and hi-8 tapes; I can't tell the difference. Biggest gripe: As all digital camcorders (?), will only stay in stby 3 minutes, then switches off! Stupid. Shooting wildlife, getting the shot is more important than the charge on a battery.
Summary: Well, I had read all the reviews of this model on Amazon and based my purchasing decision partly on this information. I expected picture quality from the 310 to be at least as good as my old PAL Sony 8mm. However, after 2 weeks of using the 310 we had to conclude that it simply provides inferior picture quality in most lighting situations. Inferior in both colour reproduction and in clarity, whatever the technical specs. say.
Excellent product after 4 years - only a few small gripes
22 December 2004
Summary: I have had this camcorder for 4 years and I am still happy with the purchase. For myself being a big guy, I was never comfortable with the tiny MiniDV camcorders out there, and the size of the Digital8 camcorders is a nice fit in my hands, without being too large and heavy for my wife to use comfortably. I have not had much chance to do comparison testing, but the picture quality is very good.
Summary: The Sony DCR TRV310 works _very_ well as a Windows XP camcorder. Windows XP Professional include Windows Movie Maker. This el-cheapo free-bee isn't adequate. In 2002, Microsoft released a free upgrade: Windows Movie Maker 2. Version 2 ROCKS. With a whole host of new camera effects, a zoo of fades, excellent title and credit control, and very controllable multiple audio tracks, it's possible to do quite a bit of movie editing, without paying a dime more for software.