SONY DCR-IP7BT Handycam
The DCR-IP7BT Handycam is a pocket-sized bluetooth enabled camcorder
featuring Sony's new MicroMV-format tapes.
Image Quality: MicroMV tapes are smaller than
MiniDV tapes, and hold an hour of compressed video. Initial consumer
tests states images are sharp with “strong, accurate colors”.
Media Storage & Transfer: Still images and
short video clips can be stored on the included 8MB Memory Stick
and transferred to PC via USB. Replacing Firewire is Sony’s
I.Link port together with composite port and S-Video-in and-out
Usablilty: The DCR-IP7BT is said to be relatively
easy to use, however buttons are rather small, and ergonomically.
There is surpisingly no video playback button. You must use either
the included remote control or the on-screen menu.
Battery life: About 1 hour.
- Editing: The MicroMV format cannot be used directly
with any video editing programs other than Sony's MovieShaker
(included with the camcorder). Option is to save the video in
another format using MovieShaker. Then import into Video Editing
- Built-in Bluetooth Adapter: Can be used to transfer
still images or short videos to a Web album on Sony's ImageStation
Web site via the included battery-powered Bluetooth modem.
Cost: Expensive at $1699
Comparative Sony Model: DCR-IP5 without Bluetooth
Comparative Alternative Brand : Panasonic PV-DV701
camcorder - $650