The DCR-TRV33 is a spectacular option for those looking for great video and stills in a compact camcorder. Offering a 1.0 Megapixel CCD imager, this high quality camcorder delivers 10X Optical/120X Digital Zoom and Carl Zeiss optics for incredible picture clarity. Featuring1.0 Megapixel (Gross) Advanced HAD CCD Imager MiniDV Recording Ultra Compact Design Professional Quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar Lens 10X Optical/120X Precision Digital Zoom MPEG Movie EX Mode: Unlike earlier MPEG1 Movies, MPEG Movie EX will allow you to record uninterrupted to the full capacity of the Memory Stick media. For example a 128MB Memory Stick will record up to 85 minutes of non-stop MPEG1 video. USB Streaming: Stay connected with family and friends by broadcasting live video with audio, via the Internet with the USB interface. You can even playback your favorite recorded scene stored on tape. It's like having your own web camera or video conferencing system. i.LINK(1) DV Interface (IEEE1394): A high-speed bi-directional digital video/audio communication between two compatible devices equipped with an IEEE1394 interface, including camcorders, digital VTRs, capture cards, and PCs. Progressive Shutter System: A mechanical shutter system that provides Progressive Scan performance while utilizing an interlaced scanning system, digital still images will be sharp and clear with excellent definition. InfoLithium Battery When the action rolls, you need the power to capture it. Smarter batteries help you prepare. Sony InfoLithium Batteries communicate with your Handycam camcorder's AccuPower meter, telling you how much shooting time remains. And because they resist "memory effect," Sony InfoLithium Batteries do not prematurely reduce recording time. It's a smart way to be ready for action. Megapixel Performance Of all the world's consumer camcorders, Sony was the first to break the megapixel barrier. Working with high-resolution recording and high-precision Carl Zeiss or Sony custom optics, the benefits are dramatic. You'll see amazing detail on everything you shoot. Every blade of grass. Every strand of hair. The names on the back of player uniforms. And megapixel resolution is also a great benefit in Sony's Digital still camera function (Memory Mode). Digital Still Memory Mode Capture digital still images directly onto Memory Stick® media for easy transfer to e-mail, printing, or sharing with compatible Memory Stick devices. Digital still images can be captured while in Memory Mode, or images from the videotape can be captured onto Memory Stick media. This feature provides the Dual Function of having one camera for video and still images, and provides the user with a whole new world of imaging possibilities. MPEG Movie Mode Originally found on step-up Sony Digital Still Cameras, Sony presents another camcorder first -- MPEG Movie Mode for select Handycam Camcorders. Capture MPEG digital video and store it directly to your Memory Stick Media. Movie length ranges from 5 seconds to the length allowed by the capacity of your memory stick with MPEG Movie EX. Take the "Best Of" scene recorded on video tape, for example -- the groom kissing the bride on the wedding day, convert it to an MPEG Movie and share it with family and friends via the internet. Super Nightshot 0 Lux System Low light? No problem. Absolutely no light? No sweat! Now you can capture video even in total darkness (0 lux). Sony's NightShot system uses infrared light to capture images invisible to the human eye. You can shoot subjects like sleeping babies up to 10 feet away in total darkness. SteadyShot Picture Stabilization There's a world of difference between experiences that are moving and the ones that are simply shaky. To encourage the first and prevent the second, Sony invented SteadyShot picture stabilization. It smoothes and steadies your images without degrading picture quality. Sony does it with motion sensors --- a more accurate system than many other camcorders on the market. The MiniDV Format MiniDV, the most common type of digital camcorder, records video using the standard DV-format. It's the preferred format for broadcast-quality video, and it is also highly regarded for its high audio and still image quality. This is all delivered on a cassette that's 1/12th the size of a standard VHS tape. Tapes come in lengths of 60 and 80 minutes at standard speed (SP), with use of lower speed mode (SP) increasing time to 90 and 120 minutes while reducing resolution.
Product Title: Sony DCRTRV33 MiniDV 1megapixel Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Color Viewfinder & Memory Stick capabilities
Power Score: 4.4 | 10 Reviews
Product Reviews (10)
I purchased a Sony NO-OM71D...
Strengths: Excellent grip. Good video quality. I find the sound recording on video very good, with low noise and good hi-fi. Stills are of acceptable quality. Photos taken at night are acceptable too.
Weakness: Auto shut-off. Shuts off even when setting the menu. Does not shut off when in Playback or Memory (still picture) modes. Provided battery and memory stick are inadequate.
I purchased a Sony NO-OM71D battery for the camera. This is an excellent - if expensive - unit.
Later, I bought a 128 Mbyte memory stick (when the price was right), and now have a really decent camera.
Ensure that you buy a tape-head cleaner, as you will need to use it on occasion.
I also recommend a monopod, and shooting through the viewfinder, to reduce camera movement.
By dellio2 - Nov 9, 2004
it's looking something light and...
Strengths: It's light, small, affordable
Weakness: No Flash (for still photo) Small Memory Card Included & The video editing software provided is not that much good. backup battery backup should be more.
it's looking something light and sleek,picture quality is ok,noise is coming during recording and video quality output is not satisfactory,poor digital performance,Compare to cost produce is not up to the mark.
By softtouch - May 21, 2004
I use this for motorcycle and...
Strengths: compact, lightweight, steady shot works great, on-screen controls
Weakness: no flash, green night shots, manual controls
I use this for motorcycle and sports videos and it works very well. the steady shot is flawless and the the quality is very nice.
I do not like the manual controls because they are on-screen and are hard to use while recording.
By bhzrex - May 18, 2004
Other strengths: it fits exactly...
Strengths: Easy to follow menu selections on the touch screen when 1st setting things up. Very compact. I can even use my camera case to fit this little baby in there. Brillant colors when playing back video.
Weakness: None really except that I fumbled when switching fr recording to taking still photo. Add'l purchase for accessories needed(ie longer battery life, AC/DC, higher memory stick, etc.)
Other strengths: it fits exactly in the palm of your hand with easy control of the switches with your thumb and index finger. So many capabilities. You can record motion to tape or mem stick and still to stick. Haven't used night shot yet. Can download from camcorder to computer w/ USB cable (included). Other weakness: Because I fumbled with the switching to take still photo, video was recorded...
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Other strengths: it fits exactly in the palm of your hand with easy control of the switches with your thumb and index finger. So many capabilities. You can record motion to tape or mem stick and still to stick. Haven't used night shot yet. Can download from camcorder to computer w/ USB cable (included). Other weakness: Because I fumbled with the switching to take still photo, video was recorded on memory stick which filled it up. Still photos only 1 mp. But even these weaknesses are really minimal. I brought this model because I trust the Sony brand. I also own a Cybershot P71 which I can use memory sticks between them. Before purchasing both my camcorder and camera, I did all the research you can possibly do. The 33 had great reviews in performance over the 22. I have no regrets by choosing this particular model. Now I'm looking into puchasing a Sony HD television.
By kicurran - Dec 5, 2003
Overall, it's an awesome...
Strengths: Wow! This camcorder is awesome, it's light, small, affordable, and has a great picture. The LCD on the camera is a touch screen. Changing settings and adding effects is a breeze.
Weakness: A backup battery should be bought. The battery that comes with the camcorder lasts for an hour. A six hour battery can be bought for 100$.
Overall, it's an awesome camcorder. If you're looking for something light and sleek with great quality picture - This is it! The best feature of the camera would have to be the touch screen. It's just so easy to change settings and add effects.
By JetSolo - Oct 30, 2003