DVSpot reviews Sony DCR-TRV17!|
(Thursday, July 12, 2001 - 15:00 EDT)
Digital Camera Resource Page's companion site on digital camcorders posts a review of Sony's 680K pixel, 10x optical zoom camcorder...
Regular readers may remember that our friend Jeff Keller of the Digital Camera Resource Page launched a new site specialising in digital camcorders. Jeff's new site, called DVSpot, has now posted a full review of Sony's DCR-TRV17, an interesting unit with a powerful 10x optical zoom lens, 1/4" 680K pixel CCD image sensor and MemoryStick storage for 640x480 (VGA) stills, and a massive 3.5" LCD display. The unit also has the interesting ability to convert from digital video to MPEG video suitable for web or email use... Jeff concludes:
"I'm still getting up to speed on digital video camcorders, so this review is focusing more on features and usability than video quality. From my nonscientific tests, the video quality has been similar on the four cameras I've tested thus far. And of those four camcorders, I like the Sony DCR-TRV17 the best. While the PC110 had the megapixel stills, the quality wasn't that great, and camera was very hard to hold and operate. The TRV17 has almost all the features of the PC110, except it takes 640 x 480 stills. But the real difference is how easy it is to hold -- of the four camcorders I've used, this is the one I'd want to spend the day with, with the Sony TRV130 coming in second. As far as features go, it's got almost every trick in the book. If you want higher quality stills and even more features, then you'll want to check out the Sony TRV30, which I hope to review shortly." For more on this, read the full review!