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Sony DCR-IP55

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews of Sony DCR-IP55. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and design. The size and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive views about the battery and memory. The reliability and price get mixed opinions.

usability, portability, size, design, image quality

memory, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-IP55 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-IP55

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony DCR-IP55 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the size. The price is also appreciated. Comments are divided on the usability. Many are less positive about the portability.

design, price, size

portability

75% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-IP55

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sony DCR-IP55 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and image quality. The design and portability also get good opinions. There are some critical reviews about the price. Comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, portability, design, image quality, durability

price

59% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2018

Consumer review (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sony Handycam DCR-IP55: Take care

 

I bought this little gem in August 2002 at £1250 from Jessops (currently it was then ~£1500 rrp) and I have recently seen it in John Lewis for £999. Be very aware that to do justice to MicroMV (Sony's version of MPEG2) you basically need to buy into...

gorgeous to look at

fiddly, poor documentation, incompatibility

Dec, 2002

Consumer review (dooyoo.co.uk)

Sony Handycam DCR IP55 : Take care

 

I bought this little gem in August 2002 at £1250 from Jessops (currently it was then ~£1500 rrp) and I have recently seen it in John Lewis for £999. Be very aware that to do justice to MicroMV (Sony's version of MPEG2) you basically need to buy into...

Dec, 2002

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Nice Little Camera

 

The small size makes it easy to take anywhere.

The software that comes with it is crap.

Jun, 2006

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Nice Little Camera

 

I bought this camera a while ago and for the most part I am very happy with it. You can't beat the size of this camera. Just slip it in a coat pocket and go. The camera itself is very easy to use and has all the features I've ever needed. The tapes are...

The small size makes it easy to take anywhere

The software that comes with it is crap

Jun, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Almost but no cigar

 

This camera is almost ideal, except for one MAJOR death-blow (in my opinion), and it's something you ...

Small with lots of features

MicroMV format very problematic

Jul, 2003

Consumer review (pcphotoreview.com)

Sony DCR-IP55 MicroMV

 
Jul, 2003

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Almost but no cigar

 

Small with lots of features

MicroMV format very problematic

Jul, 2003

Consumer review (shopping.com)

Almost but no cigar

 

This camera is almost ideal, except for one MAJOR death-blow (in my opinion), and it's something you don't easily find out about until after you buy it and use it. The problem is that when the camera is paused and then re-started, you get a momentary...

Small with lots of features

MicroMV format very problematic

Jul, 2003

Consumer review (epinions.com)

007 would be proud to own...

 

Ok,

Small, Light, 1.0MegaPixel Still, Bluetooth network access, Touch Screen Menus

MicroMV format, software support

May, 2003

Consumer review (shopping.com)

007 would be proud to own...

 

Ok,

Small, Light, 1.0MegaPixel Still, Bluetooth network access, Touch Screen Menus

MicroMV format, software support

May, 2003
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Product Specifications

The DCR-IP55 provides a stunning range of powerful shooting and network integration features in one of Sony's most easy to use and elegantly designed models. The new look of the DCR-IP55 has a familiar feel, incorporating many tried and trusted design features found in early Super8 cameras - however dramatically squeezed in size. One example of this is the camcorder's handgrip, providing perfectly ergonomic means of securing the camcorder whilst shooting. The DCR-IP55 offers sophisticated network connectivity options, including Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The DCR-IP55 incorporates a touch sensitive panel, which can be used to control many camcorder functions including camera (spot meter & spot focus), memory (playback zoom & MemoryMix) and video (playback zoom & end search). This is all achieved using just one finger. By using a supplied stylus pen, the camcorder's network functions can also be controlled, which brings web surfing and emailing to the speed and convenience of a PDA. An additional illustration of the ingenuity of this new touch panel is spot focus, where the user touches on a point on the built-in LCD monitor screen and the camera automatically focuses on it. In addition to its i.LINK capabilities, the DCR-IP55 possesses a USB connection for the transfer of large amounts of audiovisual material to your PC. USB streaming allows users to connect the camcorder to their PC via the USB terminal, install USB driver software (not needed if running WindowsXP) and specialist third party conferencing software (such as Windows Netmeeting) and the camcorder is transformed into a sophisticated Webcam. This facility enables users to link up with distant friends and transmit live video via the Internet. Another option providing total PC connectivity is Memory Stick: the DCR-IP55 incorporates MPEGMOVIE AD: this advanced e-Movie function lets users store up to 5 minutes of video material on an supplied 8MB Memory Stick before transferring it directly to your PC for editing, archiving or emailing to friends. Switched to the highest quality-mode, you can even record up to 13 minutes in VHS-like quality on a 128MB Memory Stick. Also the transfer of footage from tape to MemoryStick or the other way round is possible.

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):70min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

Minimum illumination:7
Webcam capability: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Pop-up flash

Design

Colour of product:Silver

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12.8cm
Height:7.3cm
Weight:0.4kg
Width:6cm

Display

Display:LCD

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 / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:8MB

Header

Country Kits:Europe
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:IP55/IP55E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):690000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.7
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:1.5

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3
Focal length range (f-f):3.7 - 37
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.0
Max Focal Length:37mm
Min Focal Length:3.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Colour:Black / Grey

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.4 mm ( 1/4.7" ) / 5.4 mm ( 1/4.7 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Other features

Flash memory:8
Horizontal resolution:520
Magnification:0.7

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader/Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / Overlap fader / Stripe fader
Media Type:Micro MV tape
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Still / Stretch / Trail / Wipe/Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Luminance Key / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Solarisation / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.3
Height :12.8
Weight:140 / 435
Width:6