Get this camcorder if you want to edit your video!
Wayne Chung "c4victor", Amazon
23 March 2009
Summary: This really is a hot camcorder. Combine it with a PC and some editing software from a company like Digital Origin, and you can really create some fabulous videos. One feature that is not to be underestimated: analog video input. This lets you transfer your old analog footage to DV and work entirely in this format, which simplifies things a ton.
Summary: I chose the DCR-TRV900 after extensive market research and have not been disappointed. Power supply isn't a problem anymore using the FP-950 battery as I can use it all day on photo/video shoots. The large LCD display is excellent for both recording and playback, even outdoors. However, it is sometimes inconvenient to have to open the LCD panel to access the Menu button.
Summary: I bought this camera about two weeks before leaving for a vacation in Europe. I wanted to take digital photos (my husband, who did not accompany me, wanted the high-quality video and didn't want two cameras). It is so easy to use you hardly need the manual. I was thrilled to have the video so I could narrate the tour through my very strange hotel in Brighton, and capture the crowd's frenzy during the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.
Mary Jo Sminkey "15 years of Amazon Reviews!", Amazon
23 March 2009
Summary: The TRV-900 is, by far, the best camcorder you can buy short of a professional model. The picture quality blows away the competition (must be those 3 CCD's). In most cases, you won't be able to tell the difference between the TRV 900 and professional cameras costing several times its price.
Summary: I've been using my 900 now for 9 months and I am very pleased with the quality of picture and manual controls. I previously only rented cameras and only used the Canon XL-1 and Sony VX1000 previously of which got me very interested in digital camcorders. At first I had doubts about the 900 as it looks so much smaller and cheaper when compared to the XL-1 or VX1000. It just didn't give that professional look (You have to admit the XL-1 is pretty cool looking).
Summary: I bought the TRV 900 in September of 1999 and have been very pleased these past few years. This camera is lightweight enough to travel with...with me, it's been from Italy to Arizona...and produces clean, colorful pictures. I can also grab "still" pictures from my videos and have a perfectly captured photo (i.e. the perfect smile on someone's face or a moment in which a bird dives into a shot etc.
Summary: The USB software bundled by Sony for transferring images to computer COMPLETELY [MESSED] UP MY SYSTEM. The installation is very dicey. You need to do things in a precise order. It is prone to getting [messed] up,... it can't be fixed. As usual, the Sony software is a mess. Their instructions for unscrambling the mess don't work. They just get you deeper into the woods. Be sure to get the extended warranty if you buy this product. You will probably need it.
Summary: I find myself using the DCR-TRV900 as a digital camera almost as a matter of course. I purchased the Sony 64Mb memory card (you need to also buy the PCMCIA attachment that it fits in) and taking pictures is a veritable joy. The supplied floppy drive is next to useless - in fact, I don't know how you'd use it in an active environment. There are manual options: aperture setting (depth of field) and shutter speed (great for darker environments)among them.
Summary: I find it helpful to read the reviews of consumers that have already bought the product. But click on the review from Wayne C4 listed here where it says "Wayne C4 (see more about me)" and he has reviewed 40 + items with many of them using the same words in the review or with only a few words changed. And the items are similar that he reviewed. So he has obviously not purchased these items. So be careful what you read here. Shame on you Wayne C4.