Summary: Sony Handycam DCR-IP55 battery is poor and dead quickly. But Picture is very good and very smooth. It have problem with system. I send it to tech support at Sony. I spend $560.00 for repair it. But It still problem. Do not buy DCR-IP55. I have it and never use it. I could not sell it because anyone won't buy my old camera.
Good Camera specially if you have a mac 2 capture video
10 October 2009
Summary: I bought this camera used just because I like electronic gadgets. It is not as good as MiniDV cameras because it uses Sony's mpeg2 format which is not as good as DV. The main problem with the camera is capturing video to edit on a computer. Sony's software is not very attractive and many users complain about it. However, there are a few ways of capturing videos. Mac users are privileged to have better free tools to capture video.
Summary: I AM A SONY FAN. THIS CAMERA IS GREAT WHEN YOU ARE RECORDING AND WATCHING VIDEOS FROM THE CAMERA, BUT.. BUT... THE SUPPORT FOR THIS CAMERA AND THE SOFTWARE THAT CAME WITH THE CD SUCKS... I BOUGHT THIS ITEM AND I LOST THE CD THAT CAME WITH THE CAMERA AND YOU USUALLY FIND THE SOFTWARE IN SONY PAGE, THIS TIME I NEED THE SOFTWARE MOVIESHAKER VER 3.1 IN ORDER TO TRANSFER THE VIDEO TO THE COMPUTER TROUGHT FIREWIRE CABLE.. AGAIN THIS SOFTWARE CAME WITH THE CAMERA..
Summary: This camera seemed ideal for my needs and although I spend most of my time in Europe I opted for an NTSC format as I know that I am able to access this format in Europe whereas I cannot access PAL in the US, thus it being much more universal. I bought this camera and after 40 days it developed a fault.
Summary: Please sign the petition at [...] requesting Sony support this camera (and other MicroMV camcorders) on Mac OS X. This is a great camcorder, but it is impossible to use because you cannot get the video onto your Mac. For those of you that use a PC for video editing (yeah, right...) and don't mind using Sony's proprietary Movie Shaker program to do your editing instead of something like Premier (again, yeah, right), you will find this camera wonderful.
Summary: I was about to buy this little beauty when I found out Sony's MicroMV system (compressing in MPEG2) is not compatible with Apple's iMovie and other editing software. The editing software that comes with the camcorder (Movie Shaker) is PC only. So if you are a Mac user, save yourself a lot of hassle and prefer a (Sony?) MiniDV camcorder. Apart from this issue, I guess it is a great buy. If I would use a PC, it would be on the top of my wishlist.
This is a tiny, very cool camcorder doesn't mind limitations
Roy Chan, Amazon
29 June 2003
Summary: Pros: Stylish and amazingly compact; innovative design; built-in flash and low-power video light; flexible low-light shooting. Cons: Limited choice in editing apps for MicroMV video format; lens has fairly narrow angle of view; no accessory shoe or external microphone jack. It has been a week after I bought this camcorder and so far it is great. The super night vision comes really handy if you go on camping or some other interesting dark places.
Summary: In a nutshell, the major issue with the IP55 is the small trade-off of video quality versus size. Mind you, you're getting by far one of the smallest video cameras on the market, with all the camcorder features you'd expect in a larger model. However, its only major limitation in my eyes is the video quality. Regardless, it's still very impressive. In all my use of it, the only thing that bugs me is the slow autofocus. That's it.
Dion Hinchcliffe "Itinerant traveler through ..., Amazon
16 January 2003
Summary: I've had this camcorder for about 3 weeks now and have had numerous occasions to use it including downloading video to the PC. The bottom line: The DCRIP55 is all it's cracked up to be. I've taken stills and movies, both interior and exterior shots and found the quality of the video to be exceptional and the sound to be crisp and clear.