15th Nov 2005

Sony DCR-TRV22 MiniDV HandyCam Camcorder

Sony DCR-TRV22 together with DCR-TRV19 and DCR-TRV33 replaces TRV18 and TRV27, and comes with a new, ultra compact and comfortable design (TRV22 is more than 20 percent smaller and lighter than its direct predecessor TRV18).

Major upgrades over the cheaper DCR-TRV19 model: Digital Still Memory Mode with memory Stick, color viewfinder, analog to digital conversion with pass through, MPEG movie mode, and Super NightShot with Color Slow Shutter (versus Night Shot).

1/4″ CCD with 680,000 Pixels (Effective Pixels 340,000) produces video with up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution. TRV33 with 690K actual pixels and 520 lines of horizontal resolution performs better picture quality, but low light perfomance with 1/4.7″ CCD is worse.
Sony DCR-TRV22 MiniDV HandyCam Camcorder
DCR-TRV22 features a 10x optical and 120x precision digital zoom. Precision digital zoom interpolation technology means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens offers an advanced multi-layer coating system, resulting in less glare and lens flare compared to other systems.

Focal Distance: 3.3-33mm. 35mm Conversion: 42-420mm (Camera Mode); 42-420mm (Memory Mode). Wide-angle shots are therefore difficult. Compare TRV33 - 35mm Conversion: 50-500mm (Camera Mode); 42-420mm (Memory Mode).

Sony DCR-TRV22 is provided with 2.5″ touch panel LCD screen, with 123,000 pixels (TRV33 - 246,000 pixels). On screen touch panel system allows you to navigate through the camera’s menu system by touching the LCD screen, using the supplied stylus. Especially good are the spot-metering and spot-focusing functions, which you can operate by touching the screen area (object) that you’d like to meter or focus upon.

Camcorder’s precision color viewfinder incorporates 113,000 pixels, providing a clear full color view of video subjects with up to 400 lines of resolution.

In digital still memory mode, very poor quality 640 x 480 still images can be captured and stored directly onto Sony’s memory stick media. 8MB Memory Stick media is supplied. Stills are transferred from the camcorder to the computer via the included USB port. When the camcorder is in Memory Stick mode you can do read and write functions such as playing back pictures and deleting pictures as well as doing a slide show.

Unlike earlier MPEG1 Movies, MPEG Movie EX will allow you to record uninterrupted to the full capacity of the Memory Stick media. For example a 128MB Memory Stick will record up to 85 minutes of non-stop MPEG1 video.

The DCR-TRV22 supports the new Memory Stick PRO formats (MSX-256, MSX-512 and MSX-1GB).

The photo mode feature uses Sony’s unique Adaptive Frame Interpolation for better image quality. Stores up to 700 still photos on a 60-minute cassette in LP mode.

USB Streaming allows you to stay connected with friends by broadcasting live video with audio via the internet.

NightShot system enables you capture video when shooting in total darkness (0 lux), using the camcorder’s infrared system up to 10 feet away. Super NightShot recording mode, automatically adjusts the shutter speed to increase picture brightness and clarity. Color Slow Shutter mode allows you to record in low light situations by slowing down the shutter speed.

Overall low light perfomance of Sony DCR-TRV22 is very good - outperforms all similar Canon models and better than TRV33, because of bigger CCD.

Manual controls include focus (by touch panel), zoom, exposure (touch panel - 24 steps), white balance (touch panel - Indoor, Outdoor, Hold), and shutter speed 1/4-1/4000 (Program AE Mode). There are no buttons - all the controls are inside the LCD touch screen. It is critical downside of TRV22.

TRV22 features usual 6-mode Program Auto Exposure for the exposure in a variety of situations: Portrait, Beach and Ski, Sports Lesson, Landscape, Spotlight, Sunset and Moon.

Sony DCR-TRV22 provides two recording modes, 12 and 16-bit audio. 12-bit creates two sets of stereo tracks, and 16-bit mode offers one pair of stereo tracks. Audio dub capability allows you to add an additional 12-bit stereo track to your original recording.

The Control-L protocol connects camcorders, VCRs and editing controllers for precise control and ease of use during editing or dubbing.

DCR-TRV22 analog inputs feature a built-in Analog to Digital converter that will convert your analog video/audio to a digital signal that can either be recorded to tape or passed through the i.Link interface to a compatible computer. TRV19 does not offer this function.

The i.Link DV In/Out interface (IEEE-1394) provides a high-speed, bi-directional digital link between camcorders or VCRs for digital to digital editing.


It is difficult to decide which cam - Sony DCR-TRV22 or DCR-TRV33 is better. TRV22’s low light perfomance is better and it is cheaper. On the other hand TRV33 produces higher video quality. However the latter difference is hardly noticable visually. So in regard to TRV33 I maybe would go with Sony DCR-TRV22. But not in regard to Sony DCR-TRV38.

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