Older video camera still outperforms newer ones. Great Video Cam.
2 July 2011
Summary: I specifically looked for this Mini Cam for several reasons: 1) 4 1/2 inch lcd screen 2) 20x optical 18x digital = 450 total zoom 3) Downloads digital to computer for dvd 4) has a viewfinder in addition to lcd screen 5) viewfinder is color and not standard b/w 6) excellent quality I had this model before and paid right at $900 for it. Someone had broke the lens. Since then, I have tried several newer models and they were not as nice as this model.
Summary: Camcorders changes features even faster than we change clothes these days, and for most buyers you would know that we are as far as Flash memory and high definition.But 3 main features has kept me from running the modern or up-to date race.And it is found mainly in sony technology.
Summary: not sure why you'd want a better camera. now i can put all my old 8mm on a dvd, go straight to computer, 25x optical zoom, kinda hard to beat, some have griped about the size-stick it on a tripod, what's the difference? price on ebay? unbeatable!
Summary: I actually borrowed a DCR-TRV720 from a friend to shoot my kid's school play. Then purchased a DCR-TRV330 which is smaller with a smaller LCD. The DCR-TRV720 was so much better I took the 330 back and purchased the older 720 model! The large LCD is great and I find the color viewfinder helpful. The DCR-TRV720 has excellent video in good light. At low light levels it gets a bit noisy. The super low-light mode (NightShot) is amazing. You actually can video in NO LIGHT!
Summary: Great camera, video recording is phenomanal and the 450x zoom is a fun feature not to mention all the cool filter options for recording and editing (solarized, B&W, etc.)... One thing though - it only records photo images resolution with 0.3 megapixels (640 x 480) that's a snapshot and can not really be manipulated on a computer(enlarged) with out revieling excessive pixelation.
Summary: This is truly a great camera, I've had it for a few weeks now and always find a new way to use it even better than before! I've checked to see(on the web)if the camera may have problems that other people have encountered and am happy to see none listed, did not buy extended warrentee. The TRV730 has a better memory stick resolution, but at the expense of the LCD screen (2 1/2) and has a Black and white view finder.
Summary: This is a great camcorder. I had a Sony Hi-8 camcorder which stopped working and the nice thing about these Digital 8's from Sony is that there is backward compatibility on the old formats. Lot's of excellent features, but you pay for it in weight and battery use. The 4" screen is excellent, and if you have kids, its nice to show them (with sound) what you just captured.
Summary: I OWN A FULL SIZE PANASONIC CAMCORDER AND WANTED TO UPGRADE TO A DIGITAL AND COMPACT CAMCORDER. AFTER A LOT OF RESEARCH I DECIDED ON THE SONY TRV-720. THIS CAMCORDER SO FAR IS GREAT. THE DIGITAL VIDEO PICTURE AND AUDIO PLAYBACK IS EXCELLENT COMPARING IT TO MY OLDER FULL SIZE CAMCORDER. WHAT MADE ME BUY IT WAS THE 25X OPTICAL LENSE (THE 18X DIGITAL IS VERY GOOD BUT PICTURE QUALITY GETS GRAINIER THE MORE YOU ZOOM IN.) YOU CAN TURN THE DIGITAL ZOOM OFF IF YOU WANT.
Summary: With a new baby on the way, I wanted a camcorder that would enable me to easily load the video to my PC and e-mail it to out-of-state relatives. With this camera and a FireWire card (sold separately) I'm able to do just that. The LaserLink and NightShot work well. The 4" LCD is great. If you plan to use the LCD instead of the viewfinder (and you probably will like the LCD better) get an extra battery, because the LCD is a battery hog. Great camera.