Sony Handycam DCR-TRV145

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Sony Handycam DCR-TRV145

Superb digital video can be yours with one of Sony's Digital8 Handycam Camcorders. Get to see remarkable Sony technology in action every time with any...

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Review of "Sony Handycam DCR-TRV145"

published 18/09/2003 | Heather.Russell
Member since : 05/03/2003
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Pro Great camera for first time users!
Cons None as yet!Except quite a thick manual!
very helpful
Ease of use
Range & quality of features
Recording quality
Picture quality

"Ideal for the first time user!"

I carried out quite a bit of research into what type of camera I was going to buy, and compared many internet reviews and friends before deciding that this was the best to go for based on the facts. This camera basically comes with everything the first time user could ever need. Digital 8. Optical zoom x 20. Digital zoom x 560. 2.5in LCD screen. Manual focus dial. Program AE. Features nightshot, STAMINA, digital program editing, fader, picture effects. I-link - DV out, built-in light.
I have recently had a baby and just didnt want to waste a minute of her growing up therefore purchased a camera which I felt I could grab at a moments notice and use as and when I needed it. This camera is exactly that, it boasts steady shot which basically allows you to film with a smoother action. And as well as the normal viewfinder it also includes an LCD screen which allows you to film and watch what is going on around you at the same time, which means as the cameraman you dont have to be confined behind a lens. Also a feature which I personally thought was quite fun, was a night time film option, a bit big brother-ish, you can basically film in the dark, a good laugh if your out with friends and having a giggle.
The best thing about the camera is its ease of use, and rapid charge time.
One thing I must say is a little dissapointing is the instruction book, its in a huge array of languages which means what would normally be squeezed into a few pages in English is stretched over an entire novel.
I would recommend this product to anyone looking to start with a camcorder as it is ideal, lightweight and affordable. I can't wait to look back on our memories of my little girls first years in film.

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  • ulli published 10/03/2004
    Great reveiw. I have got the same camcorder and find it excellent value for venue. I am not a techie myself and would struggle to evaluate the specs on the camera but it is extremely easy to use and has outstanding battery life.
  • KirstyJane published 17/12/2003
    Does it come with software for the PC?
  • xalala published 18/09/2003
    That's a pretty good start - but to get higher ratings, you need to include (even) more information. What memory storage does the camera use, by the way? I think that Sony usually use a proprietry one, and I prefer Compact Flash. Cate.
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Product Information : Sony Handycam DCR-TRV145

Manufacturer's product description

Superb digital video can be yours with one of Sony's Digital8 Handycam Camcorders. Get to see remarkable Sony technology in action every time with any model you choose.

Product Details

Product Description: Sony Handycam DCR-TRV145 - camcorder - Digital8, Sony Handycam DCR-TRV145E - camcorder - Digital8

Product Type: Camcorder

Localisation: English, English / Europe, Europe

Media Type: Digital 8

Sensor Resolution: 540 Kpix

Effective Sensor Resolution: Video: 350 Kpix

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

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Digital Zoom: 560 x

Viewfinder: LCD monitor - 0.44" - black & white, Electronic - 0.44" - black & white

Display: LCD display - 2.5"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 700 mAh ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Component video, S-Video

Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.9 cm x 19.9 cm x 10.1 cm

Weight: 0.8 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty



Product Type: Camcorder

Localisation: English, English / Europe, Europe

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 540 Kpix

Effective Video Resolution: 350 Kpix

Camcorder Media Type: Digital 8

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Optical Sensor Size: 1/6"

Optical Zoom: 20 x

Digital Zoom: 560 x

Video Recording Modes: SP, LP

Faders: Bounce fader, monotone fader, mosaic fader, black fader

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

AV Interfaces: Component video, S-Video

Exposure & White Balance

Min Illumination: 0 lux

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

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

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

White Balance: Automatic

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec

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, digital noise reduction


Viewfinder Type: LCD monitor, Electronic

Viewfinder Colour Support: Black & White

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.44"

Viewfinder Resolution: 113,000 pixels


Type: 2.5" LCD display

Resolution: 123,200 pixels

Display Features: Rotating


Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo


Connector Type: 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x S-Video output ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) ¦ 1 x DC power input


Included Accessories: Camcorder shoulder strap, lens cap, power adapter, SCART adapter, audio / video cable


Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 700 mAh ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 8.9 cm

Depth: 19.9 cm

Height: 10.1 cm

Weight: 0.8 kg


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