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.
Summary: Experience shows that when Sony introduces a first new product in its class, they make a killer product to strenghten their image. This camcorder is one of them (the others are their first SACD, first DVD player, first walkman, first digital walkman, first trinitron TV, etc...) This camcorder provides broadcast quality-- sharpness, color saturation are first rate.
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.
Summary: I used to be a professional photographer, TV news videographer and news producer, so I was weaned on high quality broadcast quality TV pictures from expensive pro equipment. They are sharp, with excellent color and low noise. Consumer camcorders, even digital ones, left me cold. They just didn't cut it compared to the pro gear I had used. That is, until I saw the Sony TRV900. This baby is really a sleeper.
Mary Jo Sminkey "15 years of Amazon Reviews!", Amazon
21 September 2000
Summary: I decided to get this camcorder for the better picture (3CCD) and slew of excellent features versus some cheaper models. I have not had reason to regret my choice! I do action photography and have actually been able to capture some stills off it that are quite impressive. Nowhere near as colorful and crisp as my Canon SLR can give me, but quite useable. And without the cost and time of having to take a slew of photos, develop them, print them and scan them in.
Summary: I wrote a review after I had decided to purchase the DCR-TRV900 (see "Great for a Mac DV user"). Since then, I've had a few e-mails asking how it works in practice. I have no trouble capturing video from my TRV900 to my Apple PowerBook G3 "Bronze." What I thought I expected was the size of DV video clips -- 16GB (yes, gigabytes) for one hour of video with sound. I ordered a 37GB drive, and now have an additional 75GB drive on backorder.
Summary: You want it - you got it. Excellent picture quality; Sony steady-shot that really works; still-image capture to tape (or extra adapter card+memory stick a must!); bright LCD display; variable audio feedback; IEEE firewire, controls that are easy to reach and are learned-responses for those familiar with previous Sony cams. Specifically, we use this unit for green-screen compositing of people, environments, and virtual products.
Summary: ...You want it - you got it. Excellent picture quality; Sony steady-shot that really works; still-image capture to tape (or extra adapter card+memory stick a must!); bright LCD display; variable audio feedback; IEEE firewire, controls that are easy to reach and are learned-responses for those familiar with previous Sony cams. Specifically, we use this unit for green-screen compositing of people, environments, and virtual products.
Summary: Having a background in commercial television I did not believe that production on that level is possible at this price level. You will be amazed at the quality. I recommend the memory stick for still pictures and you will need the floppy adapter for the computer. Your stills will be outstanding. Couple all this with fire wire capture and a good editing program (Adobe 5.1c) and your finished product will be excellent. The money to step up to this is well spent.