Manufacturer: Sony Part number: DCR-IP5
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CNET editors' review
price range: $599.00
- Reviewed by: Rob McGee
- Reviewed on: 09/22/2002
- Released on: 03/01/2002
The good: Very small and portable; relatively high coolness factor.
The bad: Incompatible with most video-editing software; pricey first-generation model; some controls awkward to operate.
The bottom line: For portability in a camcorder, you can't top the IP5, but its MPEG-2 footage won't meet every videographer's needs.
Simply the great !
by VaioStyle on July 21, 2005
Pros: Light-weight and handy, good video quality,easy to use
Cons: Less manual control, weak battery, expensive media,
Summary: I bought this product after going thorough all these reviews last month. I didn't find any problem in exporting and editing the clips into PC. What I feel now ...
Summary: I bought this product after going thorough all these reviews last month. I didn't find any problem in exporting and editing the clips into PC. What I feel now is, this product got a lot of criticisms because Pinnacle studio 9.00 was late to arrive in the market.
I had a JVC GRDV2000 before this and I am quite satisfied with this smallest so called "gadget" than with the JVC's GRDV2000. Its video quality is better and the review made by CNet (7.5) was really helpful for me to make decision to buy this product. Noone need to get afraid of this small and a quality product of sony if (s)he has Pinnacle Studio 9.00. You will love its quality and portability once you use it!
Survived 5 wks of rugged outdoor professional use, but transporting content sucked.
by Livio Bestulic on April 17, 2005
Pros: Size matters when you are in the wilds.
Cons: The content takes too much effort & time to transport to editing software.
Summary: I intended to used this camera as a second unit in 5 weeks of professional mountain filming (Austrian Alps, Moroccan Atlas Mtns, and Greece's Olympus Mtns) but its size (...
Summary: I intended to used this camera as a second unit in 5 weeks of professional mountain filming (Austrian Alps, Moroccan Atlas Mtns, and Greece's Olympus Mtns) but its size (and lack of weight) made it a first unit very often. However, I was concerned about the final quality.
Upon return to the US I found the quality comprable to any of our full-size Sony 3CCD units. Editors couldn't tell the difference when viewing footage from the fullsize camera and this micro.
Finding micro tapes in many countries. Couldn't find them at all in all Eastern Block or third world countries. In Austria I found them only at one large electronic outlet for almost $50 each.
Couldn't use the output with any of our professional (or consumer) editing software. So had to transport the content of the micro tapes to Sony PCs (only new ones with DV-Gate Plus) then translate and export the content to a mini-dv camera. Then import the content back to the PC for Final Cut Pro editing. The process took approx 4 hours per one hour of original tape.
Basically the backend time to get the content into an editor is unacceptable. I gave the camera away as a result. It is strickly a consumer product.
Terrific little camera thats easy to use and delivers respectable image quality!
by Flyerboyz on February 28, 2005
Pros: Super compact, Ultraportable, Intelligent menu system, good feature set and controls, nice digital effects, beautiful LCD, decent battery life, fun to use.
Cons: No lighting options for low lux shooting, high price tag, small buttons take getting used to, lack of proper handstrap.
Summary: I wont beat this opinion on this camera to death as many have already done. I will say the quality Sony is famous for is definitely there in all aspects ...
Summary: I wont beat this opinion on this camera to death as many have already done. I will say the quality Sony is famous for is definitely there in all aspects of this little camcorder. Lots of neat features, clever design implements and good video round out this little pocket rocket. It has its quirks but none I found that I couldn't get used to with minimal practise. The one thing that really bugged me was that there is no "real" hand strap incorporated into the design. To me, this is somewhat like making a car with no seat belts. Sony gives you a drawstring type wrist loop which just doesn't quite provide the same sense of security a proper palm wrap would. Other then that this little guy is very pleasing to use and the finished product is as good as any DV stuff I've seen.
This camcorder is for the tech savvy consumer who wants the guy next to him to take notice when you pull this little guy out of your shirt pocket at the little league game. They are pricey and yes you could buy a really nice Mini DV for less, but it just won't be as small, as cool, or as fun!
Compact Cool Camera
Pros: Amazingly small and easy to use. Its just so nice to have a video camera that is "at your fingertips" when travelling. I only wish that I had this thing years ago, instead of the "big" 8mm TR5, that spent so much time in the cupboard.
Cons: Tapes are pricey but once you become familiar with the software that's not a problem.
Thinking about taking Sony to court
Cons: I think this product violates the UK Sale of Goods Act. What is the point of creating a camcorder which cannot be downloaded for editing ? I agree with others that Movieshaker is crap and it frequently crashes my PC. I then turned to Ulead VideoStudio 7.
MVMicro format not supported
Cons: The camera is great, small, and takes great video but useless when you can't edit the video. I understand pinnacle software works but I own 2 other video editting software. Thanks alot SONY. THey need to provide a coverter that works correctly.
Pros: Small Lightweight and works
Cons: NONE stop complaining about software,its the camera on review and i plug it straight into my TV what else do you need it for? Editing BUY SOMETHING ELSE
"Took years off my life" or "Burning money would cost less than this investment"
Pros: Nice design, too bad only it is only a facade for a terrible product.
Cons: Movieshaker software completely unreliable. Video transfers to PC are choppy and corrupted. Tech support is useless - one suggested that it was my desktop at fault and to call Dell to complain...another stated that Movieshaker does not support the .mmv
Excellent Compact Camcorder
Pros: I have owned the IP5 since 12/02, and have found myself using it a lot more than any other camcorder I have ever owned due to its tiny size. This advantage can not be overestimated for those who like to film in places other than those easily accessible b
Cons: The video is easily captured using Windows based Pinnacle Studio 8, but it is not still not able to be captured by Mac OS X.
Size is everything
Pros: This product is easy to use. When traveling the small size makes all the difference.
Cons: Limited video editing software
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: DCR-IP5
- Description: DCR-IP5, the world's smallest handycam, features a revolutionary ultra-compact recording media. Also known as the "Network Handycam IP (Image Portal)", the basic concept for using "IP" is to stand for the new generation, MPEG-2 recording format and PC/network friendly format, which is different from the conventional video camera concept. The DCR-IP5 makes use of an innovative new storage medium to achieve its minute proportions. The MICROMV cassette is barely as large as a postage stamp, with a size that's 70% smaller than a MiniDV cassette. In the search for a new format, Sony selected MPEG-2 compression due to the already widely accepted popularity of DVD players and software. MPEG-2 provides faithful compression of high-quality image data, encouraging the miniaturization of the recording media. Coupled with optical coating technology, Carl Zeiss lenses promise better contrast, color saturation and image brilliance. Only the world's best optical block complements Sony's advanced digital imaging know-how. It reaps this synergy to deliver unsurpassed video and still image quality. The camcorder's sensitive horizontal and vertical motion vector sensors pick up the unwanted jittering caused by an unsteady hand. These shakes are then compensated by the Super SteadyShot system, eliminating unwanted blurs, giving you smoother, more enjoyable video. The DCR-IP5 also has a Multi Picture Search feature.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder
- Enclosure Color Silver
- Localization English
- Digital Zoom 120 x
- Camcorder Media Type Micro MV
- Optical Sensor Size 1/6"
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Min Illumination 7 lux
- Analog video format NTSC
- Digital Video Format MPEG-2
- Special Effects Monotone,
- Image Stabilizer Electronic (Super Steady Shot)
- Digital Scene Transition Monotone fader,
- Min Shutter Speed 1/4 sec
- Max Shutter Speed 1/750 sec
- Shooting modes Digital photo mode
- Shooting Programs Sunset & moon,
Beach & ski,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Outdoor,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Camera Flash None
- Media Included Qty 1
- AV Interfaces S-Video,
- Type Carl Zeiss 10 x x Zoom lens - 2.3 mm - 23 mm - F/1.7-2.3
- Lens aperture F/1.7-2.3
- Optical Zoom 10 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 2.3 mm
- Max focal length 23 mm
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Filter Size 30 mm
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 44 - 440 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
- DV input Yes
- Additional Features Digital noise reduction,
- Remote control Remote control - Infrared
- Software Sony MovieShaker
- Included Accessories S-Video cable,
IR remote control,
Audio / video cable
- Viewfinder Type LCD
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.44 in
- Viewfinder Resolution 180,000 pixels
- Type 2.5 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1 x USB,
1 x Composite video/audio (input/output),
1 x S-Video input / output,
1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK)
Memory / Storage
- Media type Micro MV
- Included Memory Card Memory Stick
- Video Capture MPEG
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Microphone technology Electret condenser
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Labor - 90 days,
Limited warranty - Parts - 1 year
- Mfr estimated battery life 80 min
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Width 1.9 in
- Depth 3.1 in
- Height 4.1 in
- Weight 0.7 lbs