|UPC||027242600485, 027242600751, 27242600485|
|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||Digital8, Hi8|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Focal Length Range||2.4mm - 60mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||37 mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Illumination||4 lux|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/4 sec|
|Exposure Modes||Automatic, Program|
|Memory / Storage|
|Recording Speed||LP, SP|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.44"|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Microphone Technology||Electret condenser|
|Connector Types||1 x Control-L (LANC), 1 x DC power input, 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), 1 x S-Video input / output, 1 x USB, 1 x USB ( mini-USB Type B ), 1 x composite video/audio (input/output), 1 x headphones, 1 x microphone|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Effective Video Resolution||0.3 MP|
|Additional Features||Backlight Compensation, Built-In Speaker, Date/Time Stamp, Demonstration Mode, Digital Noise Reduction, NightShot System, Still Shot Capability, USB Compatibility, analog to digital conversion with pass through|
Average review score based on 13 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I originally bought this for the purpose of digitizing old Video8 and Hi8 tapes. I have not done a complete comparison to see if there is a difference in picture quality from using an analogue capture card with a beat up camera and this unit. If the tape was messed up or the recording is bad, most playback devices won't be able to help and it'll probably need to be cleaned up in software after digitization.
Using the firewire (IEEE 1394) link makes transfers from both analogue and digital tapes pretty easy. With Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker, Windows will popup with a transfer dialogue box; one of the options is to transfer the whole tape and this will tell the camcorder to rewind the tape to the beginning before doing the transfer. When doing multiple tapes, the power switch needs to be cycled to send an event notification to Windows after another tape is inserted; this may or may not be by design. Other transfer software, such as Lightworks doesn't care about this notification and works as normal.
The unit that I bought used came with a tape that contained Digital8 footage of, I assume, the previous owners' bedroom activities. Of the little footage I played, the picture quality was on par with what I would expect from a consumer analogue camcorder from the 90's. I did not pay much attention to audio quality, however I did note that the stereo microphone was able to pick up the two subjects clearly at about 10 feet. A TV off camera at an unknown distance was also picked up, but at a lower volume. Based off of the little that I observed from the tape, I can see why the auction listing stated they "loved" this camcorder. I have not done any recordings on my own so I can't further comment on this model's recording quality or the nightshot mode.
As some other reviews have pointed out, the tapes load from the bottom and the tripod mount is mere millimeters away. This makes changing tapes while mounted practically impossible. Due to the orientation of the tape loader and the location of the ports, one will either need to pick it up or position it upside down to make tape switching convenient for TV playback or doing a data transfer. I assume the purpose of this design is to make tape switching convenient while still having one's right hand in the strap. Personally I would not have the lid bear the weight of the camera when changing tapes. I have used another Sony camcorder where the tape was loaded from the top on the right side and had the hand strap adjusted so I didn't have to remove my right hand to swap the tape while still keeping the camcorder secure in normal operation.
If you're looking to digitally transfer your Digital8, Hi8, and Video8 tapes on the cheap and are ok with the quirks, this is pretty good for <= $100 when bought used. If you're looking for something to capture new and future events, I would not recommend this; technology has change so much in the past few years and there are better options that record at a higher resolution with better quality for a reasonable price.
CAMERA IS GOOD, SONY IS A GOOD NAME ! WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS CAMERA IS YOU CAN STILL USE THE 8MM TAPES TO RECORD DIGTAL, CAMERAS ARE GETTING HARD TO FIND (NEW)
GREAT FOR EDITING ALSO CAMERA CAN BE USED AS A VCR EDIT YOUR TAPE TO ANOTHER PUT IN A BLANK ONE AND RECORD BACK TO IT! THERE ARE TWO THINGS I DONT LIKE ABOUT THE CAMERA BIG AND HEAVY NOT LIKE THE NEW DIGTALS, AND DOES NOT ALWAYS WORK WITH YOUR OLD TAPES, I BOUGHT ONE AND FOUND OUT THE HARD WAY, SOME YES LIKE HI8'S NEVER COULD GET A OLD 8MM TO PLAY BACK LOOKING FOR A CAMERA TO DO THAT LOOK FOR A TRV350!
I had a Sony Handycam DCR TRV240 previously,but dropped it in an effort to grab and protect it from my grandson.It was severely damaged,so I had been looking for the exact camera for about a year.To my delight,I saw the exact model on Ebay,so I purchased it.It has all the features I enjoyed and it is the perfect size for my hand to operate.I purchased a new Samsung,but it too small and difficult to hold and operate.I have nothing negative to say about the Sony Handycam.
Purchasing the item from Ebay was a wonderful experience,because I was somewhat leary about purchasing something I hadn't seen.
The primary reason I purchased the TRV240 was to aid in recovering my collection of Hi8 - 8mm tapes. I had planned to use my Sony FX710 which I purchased back in 1992, but it gave out(don't think it owes my a dime).I found the TRV240 very capable of handling this task.I also use a Sony TRV33 MiniDV and my only rub with both of these units(which I knew going in)is the need to flip the camera over to exchange tapes. When they are all cabled up, it can get a little old fumbling with the camera to make the change. I REALLY like Sony stuff and would recommend this camera for the average bear. When I finish moving my Hi8 stuff, the kids can give it a run. A+++++ Mike Moore
This is a great little camcorder. It is great for video tranfer to DVD because we can play 8mm, Hi-8, and Digital 8 tapes from it. It has the S-Video out port so we can send out at Y/C resolution insteaad of just composite. We had purchased this same model in the past and we wanted to acquire duplicate camcorders in order to process our video to DVD transfer services.
Thanks Sony for a great product. J.H.