I actually borrowed a dcr-trv720 from a friend to shoot my kid’s school play. Then purchased a dcr-trv330 which is smaller with a smaller lcd. The dcr-trv720 was so much better i took the 330 back and purchased the older 720 model. The large lcd is great and i find the color viewfinder helpful. The dcr-trv720 has excellent video in good light. At low light levels it gets a bit noisy. The super low-light mode (nightshot) is amazing. You actually can video in no light. It is a bit green (due to the infra-red) but compare that to getting no image at all. When coupled with adobe premier and a firewire enabled computer you can produce near broadcast quality video.
I am working with one of these 720’s every day since 2. 5 years and i think based on my experience that the 720 is one of the most beautiful and versatile camcorders ever built by sony.
I own a full size panasonic camcorder and wanted to upgrade to a digital and compact camcorder. After a lot of research i decided on the sony trv-720. This camcorder so far is great. The digital video picture and audio playback is excellent comparing it to my older full size camcorder. What made me buy it was the 25x optical lense (the 18x digital is very good but picture quality gets grainier the more you zoom in. ) you can turn the digital zoom off if you want. Other features that should be helpful are the color eyepiece viewfinder, manual iris control, 6 preset exposure settings from candlelight to fast action and nightshot. The camcorder has jacks to connect to your computer using firewire or your serial port. Comes with software for still video transfer to your computer. The still video capture on a memory stick is very good.
Great camera, video recording is phenomanal and the 450x zoom is a fun feature not to mention all the cool filter options for recording and editing (solarized, b&w, etc. One thing though – it only records photo images resolution with 0. 3 megapixels (640 x 480) that’s a snapshot and can not really be manipulated on a computer(enlarged) with out revieling excessive pixelation. 0 megapixel (1600 x 1200) at a minimum, it offers much more room for enlargement and manipulation of the photograph.
This is truly a great camera, i’ve had it for a few weeks now and always find a new way to use it even better than before. I’ve checked to see(on the web)if the camera may have problems that other people have encountered and am happy to see none listed, did not buy extended warrentee. The trv730 has a better memory stick resolution, but at the expense of the lcd screen (2 1/2) and has a black and white view finder.
- Great Digital Camcorder
- EXCELLENT CAMCORDER
- It could always be better.
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