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Sony's New DCR-IP220 and DCR-IP55
August 8, 2002

Sony announced two new MircoMV camcorders the DCR-IP220 today in the US, which was announced earlier last week in Japan and has brought the DCR-IP55 over to the US, which has been available in Japan and Europe since March. The DCR-IP220 includes a 2.1 Mega Pixel CCD, the first camcorder to have a 2 Mega Pixel CCD and the DCR-IP55 (shown below) employs a foldable hand grip.
The IP220 has an amazing 2.1 Mega Pixel CCD, the IP55 uses a 1 Mega Pixel CCD. Both camcorders have a 10x optical/ 200x digital zoom. Thse two new MicroMV camcorders include Night Shot, which the earlier MicroMV IP5 and IP7BT camcorder did not have.

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Both models also feature high-quality Carl Zeiss optics. And, with the DCR-IP220 model, users benefit from the advanced multi-layer coating of a Carl Zeiss T* lens, resulting in more vivid, true-to-life color saturation.

MicroMV cassettes are 70% smaller than standard MiniDV tapes, although they only record 60 minutes of video and it is in a proprietarty format that only Sony software can work with on your computer after download from the cameras.

Both camcorders include a 2.5 in. touch screen LCD and include Network Hanycam features that allow you to email, surf the web, or post pictures and video to an online album. "The DCR-IP220 is the first Network Handycam camcorder to provide connectivity through the America Online (AOL) service and will allow AOL members to enjoy all of the networking features with the exception of receiving e-mail messages." as reported in Sony's recent press release.bar
For still image photography, the camcorder includes a pop-up flash
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The IP220 is capabile of still photos at up to 1600x1200 pixel resolution. An LCD screen for viewing your recordings is located atthe back of the camera (see camera photo on story header). For still image photography, the camcorder includes a pop-up flash, a very handy feature not seen on other camcorders capable of single shot imaging.This camcorder is so compact it will easily fit in the palm of your hand.

We are really looking forward to a hands on test of these two camcorder geek dream machines!

Sony also announced a comprehesive EZ Editor Windows software package for MicroMV. Previously the company had announced similar software packages for MiniDV and Digital8 camcorders. Doing so now doubles the number of programs you can edit MicroMV recordings. The software will sell for $100. These spectacular new camcorders should be available in October 2002 according to Sony, the retail prices for the DCR-IP220 at approximately $2000, and the DCR-IP55 at around $1,500. USD.



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