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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Summary: The problem with all of the Sony MicroMV cameras is that you cannot use them with any of the standard video editing packages such as Adobe Premiere or Apple's Final Cut Pro. Sony neglects to tell you that you can only use their included MovieShaker software which is notoriously unreliable.
Summary: After significant research, I finally bought this camcorder. I have been smiling ever since. It's a smart little device loaded with great features. Positives 1. I was pleasantly surprised to find it much smaller in size than I had imagined it to be (from the pics on the web).