|Sony Handycam DCR-TRV11 MiniDV Hybrid Camcorder 3.5" LCD NightShot i.Link|
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|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||Hi8, Mini DV|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Focal Length Range||3.3mm - 33mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||30 mm|
|Lens Manufacturer||Carl Zeiss|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Illumination||5 lux|
|Memory / Storage|
|Recording Speed||LP, SP|
|Display Type||With LCD Screen|
|Screen Details||LCD display - 3.5" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Microphone Technology||Electret condenser|
|Connector Types||1 x Control-L (LANC) ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ), 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) ( 4 pin FireWire ), 1 x composite video input ( RCA phono x 3 ), 1 x headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ), 1 x microphone ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )|
|Expansion Slot||1 x Memory Stick|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Additional Features||Built-In Speaker, Color Viewfinder, Manual Exposure, NightShot System, Still Shot Capability|
|Shooting Modes||Digital Photo Mode|
Average review score based on 10 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
In 2000 Sony made three models with this chassis, the TRV6, TRV11 and the TRV20 which was Sony's high end single chip consumer camcorder that year. They all made great video, and for some reason, still have the most accurate color rendition of all of the single chip TRV cameras Sony makes, even up to the TRV80.
This camera is Quiet. In filming quiet outdoor scenes, this camera along with the TRV6 and TRV20 have the least amount of recorded tape motor noise, auto focus motor noise and zoom motor noise of all the TRV series cameras I've owned, and I've owned plenty.
The camera feels good and solid in your hands, and all of the buttons a features are well placed. Some cameras need to have the LCD open to use the playback features. This one has them on top and lit up, which is very convenient.
When you fold back the large LCD to view your stuff, you see a high quality picture and good sound.
As far as 640x480 stills go, they are OK for emailing small picture files. Remember, this is a video camera, and a good one at that.
Laser link is very convenient, and not found on the newer cameras, as Sony eliminated this in 2003 with the introduction of the DCR-TRV50. You can still get the laser link receiver cheap, and watch videos 26 feet from your TV without wires.
It has a 30mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens. This lens has been phased out on some of the newer and cheaper HC series cameras and replaced with the lower quality Vario-Tessar lens. If you want the better lens, you'll now have to buy Sony's higher end models.
As far as the miniDV tape format goes, it's still the best. After All, You Can Always Drag A Tape Across A Head, But When A Hard Drive Crashes, Or A DVD Gets Scratched, You're Out Of Luck. Even if a tape gets snagged, it might be repairable or spliced.
Flash Memory Can Also Go Bad. Have you ever had an error message on your still camera that says "corrupt file". At that point, all is lost with that scene. That's way pros still use tape on the big cameras.
Also, none of the pros use touch screen. If the LCD goes bad, you can't use the camera menus. In most cases you're stuck with the last settings you used, and there better be an eye piece to use until you get it fixed.
Manual focus ring is still the preferred method, and eliminated on many newer cameras due to the want for smaller size and cost.
If you get a good working TRV11, you will not be disappointed with the video results.
Great little camera. More features than newer cameras. I have three of them that I use for multicamera shoots. And Sony cameras have the LANC control for remote tripods.
I have 4 of these camcorders and they are fabulous. Even though I have 3 professional Canon Camcorders, this one is great for quick getaways with the family and simple shooting for memories sake. It can take a beating and the view finder is bigger than any current model you can find. It may be an older generation camcorder but it is built like a tank and will last you a long time. Perfect for the amateur that just wants to point and shoot!
great camera...BUT its the pure dead in the dark night shot that will make this a CLASSIC. Takes infra-red shots in the dead of darkness...making it great for ghost hunts
I bought this camera quite awhile back. Love the camera, did everything it was supposed to do, has excellent color and great sound. I was highly impressed with the sound. The newer cameras don't have the ports and expandability of this one. The microphone port, and audio out, svideo etc... make easy connection, and mic port was handy when needing to do scenes from certain short films I had been working on. Would highly recommend this camera!