Sony DCR - TRV740 perfect for digitizing your 8mm tapes
7 October 2010
Summary: The 8mm format is dead. So is pretty much all tape-based consumer grade video. Your only chance to save those videos is to get them on disk. Here's the problem: 8mm cameras are no longer available. Fewer and fewer are still in action, many of them were junk to start with, and have not gotten better with time. Worse problem: not all 8mms can do the job.
Summary: My husband loves the camera. It works great. My husband had a camera just like this one for many years. His camera wasn't working just right, so we went on e-bay and found several, and got the bid on this camera. He has been very happy with the camera. I don't believe there is anything that he does't like about the camera. My husband bought another camera, but likes the Sony DCR-TRV-740 much better as he is more acquainted with that camera.
Summary: I bought this camera for filming some deer hunting videos. I like the fact we can plug in our wireless microphones and use our headphones for monitoring voice. The camera I bought did have the slap C code on it. Turns out the roller had fallen off. I was able to fix this quickly and everything works. The power button is a little finicky, but overall I love this camera. I like that I can convert Hi-8 to Digital 8.
Summary: I purchased a 2G SD card to store more pics that the one that came with it. I put in the card and kept getting a "card reader error". The store indicated that the cam cannot handle the additional memory for storing pics. If anyone knows which SD card I can purchase to store more than the 40 pics, please let me know.
Only good intermediary for Hi-8 tapes into Digital 8
2 January 2008
Summary: I bought the Sony video camera recorder, DCR TRV740 as a backup and replacement for my old TRV740. It is a good digital 8 camera that uses Hi-8 tapes. Its dual purpose of converting/transferring hi-8 material to computers for editing is great. However, it drops frames sometimes and it lacks white balance where the image is very grainy in half-lit rooms. The camera has many creative filter features, time codes, manual and automatic focus, manual exposures (if preferred).