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: 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.
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).
Summary: I am using this camera with a Sony helmet camera and it works excellently for this purpose. Excellent picture, good stability and excellent audio and video inputs. Good battery life and very rugged platform. Only problem is that it is a heavy camera compared to some of the newer ones. Over all does a good job of capturing inputs from the helmet camera.
Summary: Sony Handycam DCR TRV740 Features • Records on Hi-8 Tape, not Mini DV-Tape • Records in Digital format – (Digital8) • A 120 minute Hi-8 tape will record 60 minutes of digital video. The higher requirements of digital video are laid down on the Hi-8 tape at twice the speed of analog video. • The TRV-740 produces great looking digital video. • It is backward compatible with older analog 8mm video. You can copy your older analog tape to computer for editing.