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Sony CCD-TRV138

Sony CCD-TRV138 Camcorder

0.32MP 1/6 890g CCD Sep 2012
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With its practical, compact design and the convenient zoom buttons located right on the LCD frame, the CCD-TRV138 Hi8 Handycam camcorder is the ideal camcorder for any situation. Video Hi8... More
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9 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

This video camera received a rating of 80% from camcorder expert review site Howstuffworks.com.

Good Brand

We checked 3,510 expert and owner reviews for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically for its small sensor size camcorders.

Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium battery, which is the most commonly found battery on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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Has Five Scene Modes

The Sony CCD-TRV138 has a greater number of scene modes than most small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago. This Sony camcorder has an Spotlight scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the CCD-TRV138. The scene modes "Beach", "Landscape", "Portrait" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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Has Six Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the CCD-TRV138 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. The most commonly found photo effect is Fader, but this photo effect is not found on this Sony camcorder. The photo effects Black&White, Mosaic, Negative film, Pastel, Sepia and Solarisation are also found on this camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the CCD-TRV138, the CCD-TRV138 has a built-in display.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The CCD-TRV138 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras of this age and spec. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture

The lowest minimum aperture of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years is 1.5 and the highest is 3.1. With a minimum aperture of only 1.6, the CCD-TRV138 has one of the lower minimum apertures amongst video cameras of this age.

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Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the Sony CCD-TRV138 is more than most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this Sony video camera. The cables included AV are also found on this video camera.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The CCD-TRV138 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the CCD-TRV138 do have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

Most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the CCD-TRV138 have an HDMI port, however the Sony CCD-TRV138 does not have an HDMI port.

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Not Full HD

The Sony CCD-TRV138 is not Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age do are Full HD.

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Only 1/6" Optical Sensor Size

The CCD-TRV138 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/6". That's 3% less optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. $. Across all video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the best optical sensor size is 1/3" and the worst is 1/8".

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony CCD-TRV138 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the CCD-TRV138 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 2.5 inches, the CCD-TRV138 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Camcorders of this type and age have screen sizes of between 1.4" and 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9".

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Very Low Viewfinder Resolution

Across all the similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years the viewfinders resolutions range from 90,000 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels. With a viewfinder resolution of only 90,000 pixels, the CCD-TRV138 has one of the lower viewfinders resolutions amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago, the CCD-TRV138 does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago are not 3D compatible. The CCD-TRV138 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sony CCD-TRV138 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the CCD-TRV138 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the CCD-TRV138 is not waterproof.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

The maximum aperture values of camcorders that were released around the same time as the CCD-TRV138 range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.9. At only 2.4, the CCD-TRV138 has a quite low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the CCD-TRV138.

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Heavy

The lightest camcorder of this age and type is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg. At 890 grams, the Sony CCD-TRV138 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony CCD-TRV138

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Sony released the CCD-TRV138.

Average Digital Zoom

The Sony CCD-TRV138 has a relatively average digital zoom (990 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Sony CCD-TRV138 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the CCD-TRV138.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 4 hours, the CCD-TRV138 has a pretty standard video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
CCD
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Photo Effect
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
Video Format
Analog Signal Format System
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Out Port
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption

Expert Reviews

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Sonys CCD-TRV138 provides excellent Hi8 video recording at an affordable price. It will likely appeal to the budget conscious, those looking for an easy introduction to home video making, and of... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ccdtrv138
Barcodes 00027242666580, 00724327506020, 00724327512229
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