|Sony DCR-TRV730 Digital Hi8 8mm Camcorder Bundle in Good Condition!|
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|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||DV, Digital8, Hi8, Video8|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Focal Length Range||4.1mm - 73.8mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||37 mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Illumination||7 lux|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/3 sec|
|Exposure Modes||Automatic, Manual|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||Memory Stick|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.44"|
|Display Type||With LCD Screen|
|Screen Details||LCD display - 2.5" - color|
|Microphone Type||1 x microphone - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Types||1 x Control-L (LANC) ( sub-mini phone stereo 2.5 mm ), 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) ( 4 pin FireWire ), 1 x USB ( 4 pin USB Type B ), 1 x audio input / output, 1 x composite video/audio (input/output), 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|
|Digital Video Format||MPEG-1|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Additional Features||Still Shot Capability|
Average review score based on 13 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
This is my third 730. The other two are still working. I use the cameras to film live music in niteclubs. Although not the newest technology these cameras are great workhorses. I use them handheld and they have been dropped-but they keep on ticking. Because I use them at low light levels the picture quality difference between them and an HDcam is virtually unnoticeable. I appreciate the manual iris, and focus adjustment. The only negatives I have noticed is the autofocus can be a little slow in a busy frame and they are heavier than the newest cameras. What I like: Many features, durable, good image quality, easy to operate.
Still a great camera after all these years. Just the right editing capabilities. Really easy to use
Likes: features: firewire/USB/fades/zoom/backward compatability of format/night vision/memory stik option
Dislikes: Relatively bulky, upside-down tape access (time consuming when on a tripod)
My complements to the Sony designers/engineers on a versatile and durable product.
Good camera for the price. The features are good, takes excellent quality video and Digital 8 tapes are much cheaper than minidiscs. The one downside is having to buy a firewire card and cable if you've got a PC. Still, the ease of use is hard to beat.
Takes great in-car video and has expandability features- I was able to fit a wide angle lens to the camera for better a perspective of the in-car video. The Super SteadyShot anti-shake ability of the camera is very good and thus makes for a much more enjoyable viewing experience when shooting shaky events like scooting around a race track.
The nightshot feature is nice if you keep the camera still. If you pan with the camera, heavy blurring occurs and the camera has difficulty focusing. But still a nice feature to have on a camera- without it, viewing ability would be poor in the dark for certain.
Another feature I like about the camera is it's ability to take still pictures. Most pictures I take are for reference purpose and not for "framing." So the basic ability of the camera to take stills suits me just fine and actually can be quite convenient.
I bought one of these to transfer my old 8mm to DVD. What I didn't realize was that it made great video too, as it's a mega pixel camcorder. So the tapes are a bit bigger, and the camera is heavy. It is a nice back up if you need it, and you will have to look very closely to see much difference between a TRV30 and this one. With the larger lens (37mm), it still blows away the new mid grade mini DV's with the 25mm, bad-in-low-light lenses. Some eBayers use this review site to slam a non working camera, is not fare to these great digital 8mm's. That's what the feedback forum is for.
This camera is everything I expected when I successfully won the auction. It is a joy to use and functions as Sony advertizes. It has many more options than a new camera costing as much or more ie. i/o jacks for headphones and mic and the audio capabilities are great. Another plus is the ability to convert older analog tapes to digital. It's just an all round fine machine.