Sony Handycam CCD-TRV228

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Sony Handycam CCD-TRV228

Saving treasured moments should never cost a fortune. With the Sony CCD-TRV228 Hi8 Handycam camcorder, you get most of the high-end features you would...

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published 25/01/2005 | fatboythomas
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Pro crystal clear screen easy linkage cable to television
Cons stiff if don't use for a while uncomfy strap
Ease of use
Range & quality of features
Recording quality
Picture quality

"Sony Handycam CCD TRV228E"

I recently did a search to find the cheapest camcorders on the market today. I was very surprised to find more than half a dozen available for under $300. There were two things that really blew me away. The first was a Quasar model for under $200. The second was finding a fully loaded Sony Hi-8 on the list. I was even more shocked to find that the Sony CCD-TRv228 can be found for as low as $270. At that price they should literally be flying off the shelves.
The only thing the TRv228 does not have that most folks these days are asking for is an LCD screen. Other than that, it’s packed with features. Best of all is that it records on Hi-8. Though not quite up to the standards of today’s digital formats, Hi-8 is one of the best all-around formats. This is especially true when you factor in the cost of the tapes, length of the tapes, picture quality, and overall reliability.

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  • melodysparks published 26/01/2005
    A fair review. Chris
  • MAFARRIMOND published 26/01/2005
    Sounds really good value. Maureen
  • moo_trendy_cow published 25/01/2005
    Cheap camcorder I'm really wanting one at the moment! xxx
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Product Information : Sony Handycam CCD-TRV228

Manufacturer's product description

Saving treasured moments should never cost a fortune. With the Sony CCD-TRV228 Hi8 Handycam camcorder, you get most of the high-end features you would expect from a top-of-the-line camcorder, such as a 2.5" LCD display, a huge 20X optical zoom and NightShot. It even includes the new Easy Handycam feature, which automates most of the camcorder's processes and makes videotaping a snap.

Product Details

Product Description: Sony Handycam CCD-TRV228 - camcorder - Hi8, Sony Handycam CCD-TRV228E - camcorder - Hi8

Product Type: Camcorder

Media Type: Hi8

Sensor Resolution: 380 Kpix

Effective Sensor Resolution: Video: 230 Kpix

Lens System: 20 x zoom lens - 2.5 - 50 mm - f/1.6-2.4

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Digital Zoom: 990 x

Viewfinder: Electronic, Electronic - 0.24" - black & white

Display: LCD display - 2.5"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video, S-Video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.5 cm x 15.1 cm x 9.8 cm, 8.9 cm x 19.9 cm x 10.1 cm

Weight: 0.9 kg, 0.8 kg



Product Type: Camcorder

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 380 Kpix

Effective Video Resolution: 230 Kpix

Camcorder Media Type: Hi8

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Optical Sensor Size: 1/6"

Optical Zoom: 20 x

Digital Zoom: 990 x

Video Recording Modes: SP, LP

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

AV Interfaces: Composite video, S-Video

Faders: White fader, monotone fader, stripe, mosaic fader, black fader

Exposure & White Balance

Min Illumination: 0 lux

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Spotlight, Sunset & Moon, landscape, portrait mode, Beach & Ski, sports mode

White Balance: Automatic

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec

Special Effects: Solarisation, Sepia, Mosaic, Stretch, Slim, Pastel, Monotone, Negative Art

Lens System

Type: 20 x zoom lens - 2.5 - 50 mm - f/1.6-2.4

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 42 - 840mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Filter Size: 37 mm

Additional Features

Built-in Light: Yes

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Additional Features: Built-in speaker, backlight compensation, TBC, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp


Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.24"

Viewfinder Colour Support: Black & White

Viewfinder Resolution: 90,000 pixels


Type: 2.5" LCD display

Resolution: 123,000 pixels

Display Features: Rotating


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


Connector Type: 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x S-Video output ¦ 1 x DC power input


Included Accessories: Camcorder shoulder strap, lens cap, power adapter, audio / video cable, IR remote control


Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 8.5 cm, 8.9 cm

Depth: 15.1 cm, 19.9 cm

Height: 9.8 cm, 10.1 cm

Weight: 0.9 kg, 0.8 kg


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