Summary: Unless you are already tied to the MicroMV format, you absolutely want to avoid it. MicroMV is highly compressed and very difficult to work with. While the build and quality of the DCRIP5 is fine, you should very carefully consider whether you want to purchase a product and a format that have been discontinued for two years.
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.
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.
Summary: Bought it last year! Nice and small, but even Pinnacle Studio 8 can't handle the compression. No voice, can't burn to DVD, blah, blah, blah. You name it I had a problem with it! And now, come to find out, Sony has stopped production AND will no longer pursue MicroMV. They are moving back to MiniDV! ARGH! Pinnacle won't support their product any longer with this compatibility issue and Sony abandons it. I bought the Canon Elura 50! Great with stills and video.
If you want to burn DVDs with your video, avoid this.
9 February 2004
Summary: I have bought a lot of Sony products over the years so when I was in the market for a camcorder I foolishly just picked this up without researching it. After recording four tapes of my one year old I tried making a DVD and after 20-30 hours and using 3 programs, including Sony's Movieshaker (constant crashes) I have still been unsuccessful. I have just ordered a well reviewed Panasonic camera in DV. MicroMV is a terrible product with zero support from Sony.
""Took years off my life" or "Burning money would cost less than this investment""
5 January 2004
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
Summary: I have problems with capturing the movies recorded witht this camera to a Sony VAIO. After waiting for ever, Movie Shaker 3.3 crashes and the movie is not captured. Sometimes it works but it is random. But the major problem is that since buying the camera in December 2002, I have been writing emails to Sony and receiving only promises of support but only autamated answers that are not helpfull at all.
Summary: I bought IP5 last year, and the digital output circuit has been broken twice. Each time costed me $... to fix. I also heard of other IP5 users having the same quality problems (on Pinnacle consumer board).