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Sony DCRTRV950 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

Sony DCRTRV950 MiniDV Digital Camcorder
Sony DCRTRV950 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

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Sony DCRTRV950 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

Sony DCRTRV950 MiniDV Digital Camcorder

Near the top of Sony’s line of MiniDV camcorders stands the DCR-TRV950, the successor to the wildly popular TRV900. Packed with features such as the CCDs, 12x optical zoom, pop-up flash, manual and automatic controls, and a large 3.5-inch LCD screen, aspiring moviemakers find a true performance camcorder at an agreeable price. Lens
The lens boasts three separate CCD sensors, with each one dedicated to capturing a certain hue of the image. That means sharper imaging, 530 lines of resolution, with colors that are true to life. The SteadyShot function stabilizes the picture and reduces camera shake. The TRV950′s optical zoom magnifies up to 12 times, which is enough for most purposes. Turn on the digital zoom, which electronically magnifies the optical image, and reach up to 150x. Digital Stills
Digital stills can be stored on a Memory Stick that works independently from the DV tape system. The camera performs with 1-megapixel resolution, making it capable of sharp images that are

  • 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

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  1. 49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    3CCD, professional quality camcorder – but you pay for it!, September 18, 2003
    jemaerca (River Forest, IL, United States) –
    This review is from: Sony DCRTRV950 MiniDV Digital Camcorder (Electronics)

    great camcorder. the 3CCDs really make a difference in video quality in my opinion. unfortunately, you pay for this quality!

    - 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.
    - the 3.5″ LCD screen is great.
    - 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.
    - side-mounted cassette means you can change tapes while the camcorder is mounted on a tripod.
    - low motor noise.
    - intelligent accessory shoe – very useful if you use the appropriate accessories.
    - allows a great deal of manual control.

    - no built in video light but you can get a video light for less about fifty bucks.
    - you could do better on the still photo department. for example, sony’s trv80 and trv70 have 2 megapixel capability while panasonic’s pv-dv953 delivers 3 megapixel stills.
    - as with most sony products, you pay a premium, pushing up the price.
    - don’t expect miracles from 1 megapixel stills.
    - not as compact as i would like. dimensions are 4″H x 3-3/4″W x 8″D, weighing 2.4 lbs.
    - the included 8MB memory stick is unacceptable. be prepared to shell out more money for at least a 32MB or bigger memory stick.
    - does not have a NightShot mode (although i’m not a big fan of this feature).
    - MPEG movies saved to Memory Stick are much darker than the same scene recorded to a miniDV tape.
    - noticeable shutter lag for still captures.
    - bluetooth communication requires optional purchases = more $$.
    - touchscreen menu system is not intuitive.

    this is great camcorder if you are looking for a 3CCD system. it sits atop sony’s prosumer line. the competition is catching up though so make sure you also consider the panasonic pv-dv953. peace.

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  2. 38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Comparison between the TRV50 and the TRV950, April 16, 2003
    Roy Chan (Long Beach, CA USA) –
    This review is from: Sony DCRTRV950 MiniDV Digital Camcorder (Electronics)

    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.With the TRV950 those numbers looked crisp and sharp.Hence, I guess that where they get the term “color bleeding”from.I noticed that alot with the TRV50 while looking at bright objects.I even experimented with an UV and Polarizing filter on the TRV50 with no success.I know TRV950 is getting some bad press because it doesn’t have Progessive scan,like the TRV50, but TRV950 has what’s called Progessive shutter.Sony says it ‘s a step up and I believe it is too.I compared some of the stills I captured on tape and to me TRV950 comes out on top.I wonder if the number of ccd’s has anything to do with this.If not then Sony needs to do more marketing in the Progessive shutter business.TRV50 has and TRV950 does not have infared.Does anybody out there ever really use the thing.Especially when it’s only good for what 20 feet at most.Go to your local gun shop and get the real thing.I know the Carl Zeiss lens gets alot of publicity, but the TRV950 does not come with those lens. The less quality TRV50 does. What’s the story with that?Logic only tells me that the higher end Sony lens must be better than the Carl Zeiss lens.Also TRV950 eats up more battery time than the cheaper TRV50.Be prepared to spring for a larger battery.I wonder if this has anything to do with the number of ccd’s also.

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  3. 30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Incredible Camera, February 2, 2004
    This review is from: Sony DCRTRV950 MiniDV Digital Camcorder (Electronics)

    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 color is superb. Great audio quality. 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 … it is not a Sony :( … 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). So, we have been very impressed with a feature we never intended to use.

    The features included on the camera are great…but two that stand out in my opinion are the super steady shot to help get rid of the “jiggle” and the auto white balance…the best I’ve seen.

    This camera does cost more than other consumer level cameras, but the value is well worth it in my opinion. We bought it to take good video of our baby growing up…we are convinced that this is, by far, the best option and we will never regret spending the extra money.

    We purchased a 3 Watt light attachment, a 256MB memory stick card, and an additional M71D battery (250 minutes). I would strongly recommend these accessories.

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