Summary: I wanted a camera with Firewire (to feed directly to computer) and the new HD models don't go there. This is a great camera. It works smoothly. I do wish the tape didn't load from the bottom, which makes me detach it from the tripod each time. The only other little negative is the size of the flip=out display, which could be bigger. It does work great, including the touch screen controls. This is very easy to use and Sony is one of the top names in the industry.
Summary: This is a nice camera for the price, does it all! The bottom loading of the tape is not too big of a deal. It would be the only thing that I would change. The picture quality from a long distance is great. The camera is not campatible with Windows 7 though, so you will have to have a video capture card or else send video to a DVR recorder to transfer the tape to DVR. Great price for the features you get!
Summary: I bought this because it had the highest "overall" score I could find for point and shoot camcorders from a quite thorough camcorder review website. It's the only camcorder I've used. I've shot about an hour of video, had the tape copied to a DVD, and watched it. I'm very happy with it. The easy handling of the camera and the sound on the video are impressive.
Summary: This is my 3rd TRV70. I bought my first because of the features: nice big lens, great in low light, works great with my Sony Movie Studio and my Sony Direct DVD burner, and my Sony Vaio desktop. 2 1/2 years ago, I started to my professional photography career and not too long, started providing video services as well. I had to buy a 2nd of the same brand to guarantee consistency.
Summary: I've used this camera for about three years now and have had no problems whatsoever. The picture quality is good; the construction feels solid yet it's still light-weight. I've filmed several sports highlight videos with it and the results have been solid. From the novice to the prosumer, this camera can cover it all. Even as new MiniDV cameras come out, this one still stands out as a solid contender for anyone's camcorder choice.
Summary: I bought this item about a year ago, as it is the last of the good Mini DV's, along with the DCR-TRV80 Sony put out. These cameras are better built than the new HC series in the same class, and still have the Carl Zeiss "Sonar" lens in them as opposed to the cheaper "Tessar" lens, in the mid range camcorders. Larger 37mm lens is good in low light, and you can print out decent 4x6 pictures. After all, album pictures are hard to dicern at that size anyway.
Summary: I was very surprized to see the size of the thing, much smaller than I thought it was. So far the little I have used it it works fine but not as good as I thought it was going to be. Not much better than my less expensive JVC camcorder Its a little harder to use also.
Summary: Some of the best features are to be found on the older Sony's, in this case the TRV70. While it has "Super Nightshot" (nothing more than slowing down the shutter, hence the herky jerky image) the TRV70 still retains the old night shot capability. That's the one that gives you that erie,green Gulf War looking footage...the whole reason I bought it. This is due to the camera's built in Infrared sensing ability.