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Sony DCR-IP5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews of Sony DCR-IP5. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The portability and size also get good views, whereas there are some mixed views about the price. The durability and reliability get less positive comments.

usability, size, portability, image quality, design

reliability, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-IP5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-IP5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony DCR-IP5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size. The design also gets good reviews.

design, size

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony DCR-IP5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Sony DCR-IP5 from The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the design and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, but many are negative about the reliability and size.

usability, portability, price, image quality, design

size, reliability

54% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (

Sony DCR-IP5


An extremely portable digital camcorder that unfortunately won't work with most digital video editing software.

Jul, 2002

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (

Sony DCR-IP5 DV Camcorder (Sony-DCRIP5) Camcorder Review - PCWorld

Jul, 2002

Expert review by : Sally Wiener Grotta (

Sony's Micro Camcorder

Jun, 2002

Expert review by : Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-IP5 Camcorder Review - Sony MicroMV Camcorders


Sony has decided that supporting two digital consumer formats (MiniDV and Digital8), one more than any other camcorder manufacturer, isn't enough. Sony's latest entries into the camcorder market are the IP series is the MicroMV format. Sony's $1,299...

Jul, 2002

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ip5 fragile sony step child


I bought the ip5 with some disposable income, had a new child i wanted to capture in a nicer format than the 8mm i was using. One thing i didnt gather from the "expert" at best buy or the box was that it uses a sony proprietary format, only useable in ...

small, portable

fragile, expensive, unsupported, not digital unless you use their software

Dec, 2005

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Small average digital camera


I have the Sony IP5 camcorder and a bit of experience with it. First, the size is awesome: it really fits your pocket. The price is reasonable, but the overall quality is average.

Small, Sony, Small

Poor software, average movie quality

Apr, 2003

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Ultimate Vacation Camcorder


What makes a perfect vacation camcorder, one that you can EASILY take with you EVERYWHERE. This camcorder fits the bill. It is worth it to pay the extra price for the size because once you use it, there will be times when you look back on your vacation...

Size, Clip Menu Search Feature

Cost, No night mode. Low Light picture quality. No true widescreen mode

Mar, 2003

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Do not buy if you plan on using on a Mac!


I bought this camera after a fair amount of research, but failed to uncover the tidbit that it is TOTALLY incompatable with iMovie/Mac, as well as ANY OTHER editing software on any platform. You can ONLY edit using the included 'Movie Shaker" software...

Small Size, Can Zoom in very close, Cool Effects• Generally easy to use

WILL NOT WORK WITH MACS!!! Noticable compression, Expensive Tapes, Zoom button is pretty touchy

Mar, 2003

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Why Sony? Why?


This camcorder has a tragic flaw: MicroMV. Since I've had this camcorder I've pulled my hair out hunting down ways to get standard video editing programs to recognize the video format that this camcorder uses. I've tried everything from XMuxer to...

TINY! Plenty of usable features, good video quality

MicroMV has major compatibility issues

Jan, 2003

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A Little Gem!


In my search for a new family video camera the first thing that came to mind was what would it take for me to actually use it instead of it sitting in a bag in the closet? The biggest reason I never used my last Sony (Digital 8) video camera was it's...

Size, Size, Size

Zoom button & Menu Joystick

Sep, 2002

Product Specifications

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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.3
Max Focal Length:23mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader
Media Type:Micro MV tape
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Negative Art / Old Movie / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Stretch / Trail


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor