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: 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: 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.
Excerpt: Ursprünglich war ich auf der Suche nach genau dieser Kamera, da sie Analogeingänge besitzt, mit Digital 8 kostengünstig auf Hi 8-Bänder aufzeichnet. Digitalfotos auf Memory-Stick zulässt und natürlich auch direkt mit dem Computer verbunden werden kann. Aber gerade das mehr an Gewicht stabilisiert doch eine solche Kamera, denn mit den kleineren Modellen gibt es doch leichter Wackler, aber hierfür gibt es mittlerweile hervorragende elektronische Bildstabilisatoren.