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 13/05/2004 | patrickg1987
Member since : 28/10/2003
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Pro very sturdy, quite cheap.
Cons no steady shot, Confusing Software
Ease of use
Range & quality of features
Recording quality
Picture quality

"good but not as good as most sony ones"

Thisis a good Digital Camcorder on the market. It's light, durable and quite small.It has many great features such as:

Night shot
Night shot can enable you to see and record in the dark with great detail for up to 20 metres in pitch black areas. It is very good for recording nature documentries. A lot like having night vision goggles!

10x optical zoom
This enables you to zoom in 10 times without losing the quality of the image you are recording It is good for detailed close-ups like watching an ant.

560x digital zoom
This is very impressive. You can zoom into far distances and be able to see low resolution images up to 560 times.

1.5" colour screen
This is really handy for seeing what you are recording and even handier for watching what you have just recorded

Very bright light
The light on this camcorder is so bright, it can light up what you are recording up to 10 metres away so that you can still see it in great detail.

Some of the other things you get with it are a cable to connect it to the TV for larger viewing. A comfortable shoulder strap. A very in depth manual with great recording ideas.
Overall it is reasonably easy to use you just switch to record mode, record and then playback.

i hated the software. It has some great editing and storing features but for some people it can be extremely confusing.

The lithium battery gives the camcorder a very long life of up to 10 hours depending on if you are recording or not and if you are using the screen or not. It also somes with a very quick battery charger.

It is very good value for £230 (cheaper in some shops online)

I would therefore recomend this product as a first camcorder if you are willing to spend all the money but if you are seriously going into the recording business then i would suggest something a little more expensive.

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  • NURSE_BETTY published 16/05/2004
    hi, some good and useful info commented on!! mair
  • MAFARRIMOND published 13/05/2004
    Some useful information. Maureen
  • Kingseany published 13/05/2004
    Although you've listed the specs, you need to comment more on your personal experience of using it.
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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


Listed on Ciao since: 30/05/2003