I am technically competent, but a novice at video photography. Therefore, i spent weeks reviewing a a number of various cameras. I ultimately decided on the trv 80 because of: the had technology, the 3 1/2 touch screen, the digital still, the still pop-up flash, along with the features rich capabilities of this camera. I have used it for about a week and have found it to be very easy to use. The controls are intuitive and the manual has been very easy to navigate. You should also consider the need for various accessoriies. I purchased it with a bundled package which included: tripod, 2 additional batteries, wide and telephoto lenses, case, tapes, cleaning kit, usb card reader, and a four year mac parts and labor warranty. Add on package was less about two hundred seventy dollars and well worth it. Also spent a long time looking for editing software with good reviews. Settled on pyro digital video, which indluded a 1394 pci card and software compatable with the sony camera.
This is a power packed camcorderpros:- other than the sony trv70, this is the only minidv camcorder that has a 2 megapixel still camera built in. – minidv media is widely supported. 5′- great connectivity options: firewire, usb, s-video, bluetooth, headphone, mic input, etc. – has a built in pop-up flash for taking stills. – steady shot and night shot. – ability to record mpeg videos directly to memory stick. – progressive shutter system. Cons:- this camcorder is bigger than i would like.
The best camcorder i have ever had by far. Bluetooth is the coolest thing, and the picture quality is supurb. I would reccomend this to anybody who wants a high quality camera. Yes, you spend a few extra dollars, but in the long run it is worth it. Here are the specifications for the Sony DCRTRV80 MiniDV 2Megapixel Camcorder:
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- Compact MiniDV digital camcorder with 2-megapixel imaging
- 10x optical, 120x digital, zoom with Super SteadyShot image stabilization
- 3.5-inch touch-panel color SwivelScreen LCD display; includes 8 MB Memory Stick for still image and MPEG1 capture
- Improved Bluetooth wireless networking capabilities
- NightShot O Lux infrared system with color mode for recording in total darkness
Bought the trv80 the first week it was released. I have nothing but praise for it so far. Have been involved in ‘home’ video since the late 1980’s when the camera and recorder were separate units and weight was around 16 pounds total. 1 megapixel imager is supurb. I wish the image stabilizer was optical as were my last two (sony and canon)camcorders but sony’s super steadyshot is not bad for a digital stabilizer. I find that the 1600 x 1200 pixel still picture capabiliy of this camera gives up to 8 x 10 inch pictures of really good quality and with the 10x optical zoom very often no picture cropping is needed, like for instance if you use a 4 megapixel digital still camera with a 3x or 4x optical zoom and you have to crop the picture to get the desired final image. You can also take on-the-fly digital snaps while the video is running (at only 640 x 480 resolution however. )i also do computer digital video editing using adobe premiere 6. 5 and using the sony trv 900 settings in adobe (until trv80 settings are released)the camcorder plugged-and-played first try with beautiful quality and color.
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