Every needed feature, largest LCD with smallest body
gadgetmaster "gadgetmaster", Amazon
23 March 2009
Summary: I searched and searched for the best Digital Camcorder (for the money) and this is easily the one. It has the smallest size except for their PC-1 and PC-3 (slightly smaller, but much harder to hold, I think). Plus a 3.5" LCD (only 2.5 on Canon's Elura or the Sony PC-Series). Picture quality is outstanding, though a little grainy and flat moderate to low indoor light. Sound quality is amazing, and connection to my PC through a $98 Firewire card is awesome.
Summary: Great camera with large LCD screen. Takes great pictures in bright light. Not bad in low light with slow shutter. Problems No shutter speed control above 1/30. No pass through of RCA/Svid to IEEE 1394 for capture use. No line level audio input while taping. Focus controls right next to microphone. Zoom control fragile. Camera forgets last mode when shut off. No histogram of exposure.
Summary: Hey,, love the trv8 and its video capabilities, Still learning to use and trying to figure out how to get Still images on pc besides in avi format. Anyone know how or what software works best?
Summary: Just purchased this little gem and went to insert the cassette. The instructions say "The cassette compartment will automatically lift up and open when opening the lid." It Doesn't. For $1,359, I'm back to Circuit City for a new one. If I have problems once more . . . then I'll try another brand.
Summary: Having just emerged from camcorder-purchasing hell, I will share my thoughts with my pals as Amazon. I may keep this one because it is a good compromise and has the best sound I've found, but I may take it back. Here's why: 1. Picture--not nearly as good as the Canon Elura, similarly priced, or even quite as good as the Canon Ultura, $300 less.
Summary: Sony outdid themselves with this camera. It has all the digital effects you need in a cam corder with the ability to take still shots at a touch of the button. The dv tape is small and easy to carry around. It holds both the digital pictures and the video on the same film. This makes it easy to record in both modes when at an affair. The result is a video record with 5 second sound bites when still shots are used.
Summary: I feel compelled to comment on the Canon vs Sonycomparison. I've used both and find the TRV8's picture as good orbetter than the Optura and Elura. The audio for the Canon models was horrible, the Sony is good, not perfect. As far as value, the Sony gets the nod. I love the size--the light weight will make you use the camera all the time. The only drawback is that some of the controls are a little too small for my large hands.
Summary: I would actually give this camera a 4.5/5, but since there isn't the option, I will just round up. This camera is fantastic for what it does for its size and price. I couldn't decide whether to go for the PC-1 or the PC-100 (the little rectangular cams.) or this camera, which holds true to the "standard camcorder shape"; but, after trying out the alternative designs, I found them to cramp my hand and just be awkward to use with such tiny buttons and strange...