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Sony DRC-IP220
MicroMV Handycam

Review posted 2/6/03

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The Sony DCR-IP220 MICROMV™ Handycam is the world's first 2.1-megapixel CCD camcorder and offers 530 lines of horizontal video resolution to produce stunning video clarity and definition of even the subtlest colors. In addition to advanced video capabilities, the DCR-IP220 also offers enhanced digital still image features, including intelligent pop-up flash and Hologram AF -- an auto-focus feature designed to achieve accurate subject focus with minimal contrast in dark conditions.

The DCR-IP220 employs a high-quality Carl Zeiss T* 10X optical/120X precision digital zoom lens with multi-layer coating which results in more vivid, true-to-life color saturation. Other Sony exclusive features include super SteadyShot® picture stabilization and, new to MICROMV Handycam camcorders, super NightShot® infrared system for recording in total darkness. The NightFraming capability allows users to compose still images in low-light situations and produce bright, full color images with the builtin flash.

Sony DRC-IP220 MicroMV Camcorder

Unlike other camcorders the DCR-IP220 has a minimal number of control buttons thanks to its 2.5" Precision SwivelScreen™ Hybrid Touch Panel LCD Display -- The LCD provides excellent viewing clarity with 211,000 pixels and touch screen technology transforms the LCD into a convenient control pad using your finger or the supplied stylus. The hybrid display system allows for increased visibility in challenging lighting situations such as bright sunlight.

The MPEG Movie AD Mode allow users to capture MPEG1 compressed video and audio for up to 60 seconds directly to the Memory Stick media in four different quality modes: light, standard, fine and super fine. MICROMV models offer the ability to stream live and recorded video via a Windows PC with a USB connection and video conferencing software such as the Microsoft's NetMeeting application.

The DCR-IP220 also provides access to the Internet through Bluetooth™ wireless technology. Like all Network Handycam camcorders, these new models can connect to the Internet without a PC when used in conjunction with an optional Bluetooth adaptor or a compatible Bluetooth cell phone. Thanks to the networking function users can send and receive e-mail messages with MPEG1 movie and JPEG images attached or upload still images and MPEG1 video directly to Sony's online photo sharing service. The camcorder can also be used for Web browsing using its LCD display.

DCR-IP220 Features:

  • 2.1-Megapixel resolution video camcorder with 530 lines of horizontal video resolution
  • Super-compact 3-7/8 x 3 x 5-3/8" and weighs only 18 ounces
  • MICROMV technology, 70% smaller than MiniDV with 60 minutes of record time
  • Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 10X optical/120X precision digital zoom lens
  • Sony super SteadyShot® picture stabilization
  • Super NightShot® infrared system for video (and still) recording in total darkness
  • Still images up to 1600x1200 and MPEG1 video with audio at 30fps for up to 60 seconds is captured on Memory Stick media
  • Intelligent pop-up flash and Hologram AF for still image mode
  • Precision color viewfinder
  • 14-bit DXP A/D Conversion
  • 2.5" Precision SwivelScreen™ Hybrid Touch Panel LCD
  • NightFraming for composing still pictures in low-light situations and capturing full color images with flash.
  • i.LINK (IEEE-1394) MICROMV interface for high-speed digital transfer between two MICROMV camcorders or Windows XP/ME/2000 and later PCs with compatible software.
  • Bluetooth v1.1 wireless technology, connect to the Internet without a PC with optional Bluetooth adaptor or compatible cell phone
  • Stream live and recorded video to Windows PCs via USB for video conferencing
  • High-capacity NP-FF70 InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack and AC power adapter included

The DCR-IP220 is available now for about $2,000.

MovieShaker™ video editing software is bundled with all MICROMV Handycam camcorders. Sony also offers a new EZ Editor® home editing kit for MICROMV footage. This versatile home editing solution comes equipped with everything needed to edit home movies on a current Windows PC, including Pinnacle System's Studio version 8SE software, i.LINK® (IEEE-1394) card, i.LINK cables and two blank cassettes. The kit also includes one blank Sony CD-R disc and will sell for about $100.

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Sony DRC-IP220 MicroMV Camcorder

Sony DRC-IP220 MicroMV Camcorder

Sony DRC-IP220 MicroMV Camcorder

Sony DRC-IP220 MicroMV Camcorder

Sony DRC-IP220 MicroMV Camcorder

Sony DRC-IP220 MicroMV Camcorder

Sony DRC-IP220 MicroMV Camcorder

The DCR-IP220 compared in size to a CD.

Sony DSC-U20

The DCR-IP220 compared to the tiny Cyber-shot U20.

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DCR-IP220 Specifications

Imaging Device:
    1/3.6", 2110K Gross Pixels CCD
Video Actual:
    1080K Pixels, 530 lines of horizontal video resolution
Still Actual:
    1920K Pixels, 1600 x 1200 maximum
    Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 10x optical/120x digital zoom
    Focal length: 4.5- 45mm
    Maximum aperture: f1.8-2.1
35mm Conversion:
    52-520mm (Camcorder Mode)
    39-390mm (Still/MPEG Memory Mode)
Filter Diameter:
    Full Range Auto/Manual (Ring) Spot (Touch Panel)
Minimum Illumination:
    7 Lux (0 Lux with NightShot Infrared System)
NightShot Infrared System:
    Super NightShot, Color Slow Shutter, Night Framing (Memory Mode only)
Shutter Speed:
    Auto, 1/4-1/4000 (Program AE, Slow Shutter)
Memory Mode Still Image Sizes:
    1600 x 1200 and 640 x 480
MPEG Movie AD Mode:
    Light (144 x 96) 10 fps
    Standard (144 x 96) 10 fps
    Fine (352 x 240) 30 fps
    Superfine (352 x 240) 30 fps
    2.5" Color Touch Panel, Swivel Screen Hybrid Color LCD
    211,200 pixels (960 x 220)
Video Recording System:
    2 rotary heads, Helical scanning system
Usable Cassette:
    MICROMV cassette
Tape Speed:
    Approx. 5.66mm/s
    Recording Time: 1 Hour with MGR60 cassette
Audio Recording System:
    MPEG1 Audio Layer2 (Fs 48kHz stereo)
Video Input/Output:
    Yes/Yes (Special, S-Video/A/V)
Audio Input/Output:
    Yes/Yes (Stereo, Special)
i.LINK.1 MICROMV Interface (IEEE1394):
    Yes (4 Pin)
USB 1.1 Interface:
USB Streaming:
Headphone Jack:
White Balance:
    Auto/Outdoor/Indoor/Hold (Touch Panel)
    Yes, Touch Panel (24 Steps)
Wireless Communication System:
    Bluetooth specification Ver: 1.1
    Maximum speed is approx. 723 kbps
    Communication distance is approx. 10m (open space)
    Usable frequency is 2.4GHz band
Power Consumption (VF/LCD/VF+LCD):
Software OS Compatibility:
    Windows 2000, Me, XP
Dimensions (WHD):
    3-7/8 x 3 x 5-3/8 inches
    (98 x 75.5 x 136 mm)
    1 lb. 2 oz (520g) without tape and battery
Supplied Accessories:
    AC-L20 Power Adaptor/In Camera Charger,NP-FF70 InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery, RMT-817 Wireless Remote Commander, 2 AA Batteries, Stereo A/V and S-Video Cable, Lens Cap, Wrist Strap, 8MB Memory Stick. Media, Stylus, Cleaning Cloth, USB Cable, CD-ROM PIXELA ImageMixer with USB Driver, MovieShaker 3.1 (Microsoft Windows.)
NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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