camera is good quality, but the format has been abandonded.
Rod Halverson "Manimal2K", Amazon
30 November 2013
Summary: I have always like Sony products; however, they have a tendency to introduce new formats only to abandoned them in short order. At first I liked this camera. It offered a lot of options in a small package, but now you cannot find any drivers or software that will take the microMV format from the camera onto the computer (Either Mac or PC).
Summary: I have had this camera for over two years. While the images are accpetable, I am have a terrible time capturing software. If your main goal is video editing, then this camera will be a nightmare. Pros: Small, relatively easy to operate. CONS: expensive camera, expensive tapes, still images are not of good quality when considering a comparable still camera, proprietary format may go way of betamax. No microphone jack, makinig it hard to hear people in crowded area.
Summary: On the time this camcorder was the last hi tech gadget it was an amazing product from sony, but as a user, i found that transferring the recorded videos to any media: pc, dvd, etc is a grea pain in the ass. The micromv format was abandoned by sony for hdd storage and others leaving us practically with no choices for editing and storing our videos.
Summary: on paper, the IP220 looks like a winner. but after a close look and i'm not as sold... pros: - delivers vibrant colors when shooting in daylight. - 10x carl zeiss vario-sonnar T* lens. - 2MP still capability. - great connectivity options: firewire, USB, S-video, headphone, bluetooth, mic input, etc. - has a built in pop-up flash for taking stills. - steady shot and night shot. - ability to record mpeg videos directly to memory stick. - top-loading cassette.
Summary: I bought the Sony DCR IP220 because of its 2.0 Megapixel capabilities and while I love the resolution that it displays on the TV, I am not impressed with the quality of footage after capturing to computer. Here are the pros and cons that I have found: PROS: 1.Great resolution and great quality video produced (530 lines and 2.2 megapixels). (5 star quality) 2. Digital zoom (X700) works fine using a tripod and produces somewhat clear images.
DCR-IP220 - Good ergonomics, but unproven tape format
Roy Chan, Amazon
13 April 2003
Summary: Pros: Small size. Good ergonomics. Screen on back. Still photos. Compact tapes & batteries. Cons: Expensive. MicroMV format may or may not equal MiniDV. Lens could be more wide-angle. I found the camera easy to carry, though I kind of wish it had a neck strap. I think the size is about right - not too small to handle, but still very easy to carry.