Sony DCRTRV950 MiniDV Digital Camcorder – Good Purchase

The 3ccds really make a difference in video quality in my opinion. Unfortunately, you pay for this qualitypros:- as expected from a 3ccd camcorder, the trv-950 delivers excellent video quality – colors are reproduced accurately. – 1 megapixel still capability. – minidv media is widely supported. – 12x optical zoom- steady shot optical stabilization system works well. – ability to record mpeg videos directly to memory stick. – progressive shutter system. – offers color bars and zebra striping. – built-in flash for stills. – built-in mic does a good job picking up sound from the target, not the operator. – great connectivity options: firewire, usb, s-video, headphone, mic input, etc. – buttons along the left side and back of the camera body control essential camera functions (manual settings for focus, white balance, audio level, shutter speed, and special lighting situations) so you won’t need to dive into menus for these commonly used capabilities.

I am a wedding videographer and the one i had before i loan out to an associate and if was drop and broke. So i was very happy to have found another sony trv-950. The old one i had for over 10 years and i really love this camera which has the ability to record video and still photos at the same time. This camera was ahead of it’s time when it first came out and now it is still a good camera to own. The seller took very good care of the camera and i will be purchasing other items from amazonthank you,charles banksavatar creative services.

Pros: compact three-ccd camera; large, readable flip-out screen; one-megapixel still-image capture; clean, clear video images. Cons: poor low-light sensitivity; low-capacity memory stick supplied; stills require more light than video; bluetooth communication requires optional purchases. Summary: i bought the trv50 2 weeks ago. I returned it for the trv950 because zooming with the auto focus made video blurry. The trv950 is instantaneously sharp. I also had made a tape just filming around the home with the trv50. I compared that tape with the one i just made with the trv950,just experimenting around the home. Now i see why 3ccd’s are better than 1ccd. My best overall experiment was the digital alarm clock(with the big red led numbers)in the bedroom. With the trv50 the numbers always looked fuzzy. Here are the specifications for the Sony DCRTRV950 MiniDV Digital Camcorder:

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  • Sleek, compact MiniDV camcorder and digital still camera with 1-megapixel CCD
  • 12x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 150x) with Super SteadyShot image stabilizer
  • 3.5-inch rotating LCD and color viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings, Bluetooth connectivity, and intelligent accessory shoe
  • NP-FM50 InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery

We bought this camera in the summer of 2003 to replace our older video camera and have had a great experience. The video quality is excellent. The video records at more lines of resolution than current televisions use, so i have no doubt that the quality will still look great after high definition televisions dominate the home television market. Recently, my 4 megapixel digital camera needed to be sent in for repairs. We were upset as we did not think we would be able to print pictures until it returned. We decided to test printing out the sony trv950 digital pictures. We were amazed that we were able to print out wonderful quality pictures (3×5).

Product was exactly like described and came with a great amount support equipment, seller was fast and professional. This item was also a great price for its condition, excellent on both counts.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Very Good Camera
  • Incredible Camera
  • 3CCD, professional quality camcorder – but you pay for it!

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Sony DCRTRV950 MiniDV Digital Camcorder (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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