I'm quite fortunate to have found this great camera at a reasonable price!
7 February 2013
Summary: The camera works well in so far as playback is concerned. The recorded video resolution is not like new but I think it will be OK when I clean the recording heads. I am generally happy with the purchase. I have a camera identical to the one I purchased so I am quite familiar with it's capabilities. I bought this camera as I have many tapes that must be converted to DVD and I wanted a back-up to my camera.
Summary: I purchased it used,but it works pretty good. It has all the bells and whisles,but did not come with a Owners Manual, something you might want to consider when buying used items. But all&all a very nice Camcorder.. Thanks SJ..
Great way to upload/convert old analog Video-8 tapes at a reasonable cost.
9 June 2011
Summary: Perfect device to upload/convert those old video-8 analog (and digital-8 if you have them) tapes to your computer. Built-in Firewire converts the analog signals to digital so you can easily upload using your favorite movie making software. Yes, and you can take new videos, too. But I suspect most people buying one of these today is doing it for the same reason I did, to be able to upload legacy tapes.
Summary: I have an old (since 1993) Sony handycam that has passed its functional life. I purchased the Sony DCR TRV 320 handycam to be able to play and convert to digital format my old 8mm tapes. Some digital 8 handycams don't have that capability. Although my 8mm tapes are over 10 years old, I was still able to play and convert them using the DCR TRV 320. The handycam did not come with the manual, but I was able to download the manual from the internet.
Summary: This is one of SONY's finest products. I bought this camcorder because I had used one of these models before. It works well manually or automatically in light and focus needs It's an older model but supplies are available. It puts out good quality and is easily edited. It's inputs and outputs are complete, accessible, and are commonly used in computers for editing. Batteries are available that last for over six hours.
Summary: Even though this camera is old it has one very important feature, it can play both Hi8 and Digital8. Why is this important? I often have people come to me needing their old family movies to be converted and put on DVD. I use this camera to do it. It has a standard Firewire port used to capture your video. Very handy.