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Sony DCR-IP5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 reviews of Sony DCR-IP5. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the design and image quality are overall positive. The portability and size also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the durability and reliability. There are some mixed views about the price.

usability, size, portability, image quality, design

reliability, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-IP5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony DCR-IP5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size. The design is also appreciated.

design, size

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-IP5 Digital HandycamSony DCR-IP5 Digital Handycam

Jan, 2018

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Sony DCR-IP5 from The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The price and portability are also appreciated, but there are some less positive opinions about the reliability and size.

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size, reliability

54% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRIP5 MicroMV Digital Camcorder w/ 2.5" Hybrid LCDSony DCRIP5 MicroMV Digital Camcorder w/ 2.5" Hybrid LCD

Jan, 2018

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (

Sony DCR-IP5


An extremely portable digital camcorder that unfortunately won't work with most digital video editing software.

Jul, 2002

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (

Sony DCR-IP5 DV Camcorder (Sony-DCRIP5) Camcorder Review - PCWorld

Jul, 2002

Expert review by: Sally Wiener Grotta (

Sony's Micro Camcorder

Jun, 2002

Expert review by: Robin Liss (

Sony DCR-IP5 Camcorder Review - Sony MicroMV Camcorders


Sony has decided that supporting two digital consumer formats (MiniDV and Digital8), one more than any other camcorder manufacturer, isn't enough. Sony's latest entries into the camcorder market are the IP series is the MicroMV format. Sony's $1,299...

Jul, 2002

Consumer review by: Darcy (

Avoid buying. I am selling mine.


Small and convenient for the world traveller

Totally uncompatible with Mac, silly Sony editing software

Jun, 2004

Consumer review by: jms (

Mac warning


Surprisingly functional, easy to use (given its size).

Mac incompatibility.

May, 2004

Consumer review by: Max (

Buy to record and playback only


It is nice and easy to handle.

Don't buy it to transfer movies to your computer for editing

Mar, 2004

Consumer review by: WeAreAllOne (

How do I use this thing as a webcam for the love of god



tapes, hard to find places that carry them

Nov, 2003

Consumer review by: Clint (

Sony Dcrip5


Good picture quality, Easy to use, compact size

tapes are expensive

Jul, 2003

Consumer review by: Dave (

Not if you own a MAC...


Awesome compact Design

Not compatible with MAC OS

Jun, 2002

Product Specifications

DCR-IP5, the world's smallest handycam, features a revolutionary ultra-compact recording media. Also known as the "Network Handycam IP (Image Portal)", the basic concept for using "IP" is to stand for the new generation, MPEG-2 recording format and PC/network friendly format, which is different from the conventional video camera concept. The DCR-IP5 makes use of an innovative new storage medium to achieve its minute proportions. The MICROMV cassette is barely as large as a postage stamp, with a size that's 70% smaller than a MiniDV cassette. In the search for a new format, Sony selected MPEG-2 compression due to the already widely accepted popularity of DVD players and software. MPEG-2 provides faithful compression of high-quality image data, encouraging the miniaturization of the recording media. Coupled with optical coating technology, Carl Zeiss lenses promise better contrast, color saturation and image brilliance. Only the world's best optical block complements Sony's advanced digital imaging know-how. It reaps this synergy to deliver unsurpassed video and still image quality. The camcorder's sensitive horizontal and vertical motion vector sensors pick up the unwanted jittering caused by an unsteady hand. These shakes are then compensated by the Super SteadyShot system, eliminating unwanted blurs, giving you smoother, more enjoyable video. The DCR-IP5 also has a Multi Picture Search feature.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & Ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Spotlight / Sunset & Moon


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.3
Max Focal Length:23mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
Faders:Black fader / Bounce fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader
Media Type:Micro MV tape
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Negative Art / Old Movie / Sepia / Slim / Solarisation / Stretch / Trail


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor