updated 09:15 am EDT, Tue August 6, 2002
Sony's new MicroDV Handycam DCR-IP220 offers a 2.1-megapixel imager for higher quality video and still images (1600 x 1200) in a compact, barrel-shaped design. The company also announced its new DCR-IP55, which features an innovative fold-down handgrip. Both models also feature 10X optical/120X precision digital zoom, Carl Zeiss optics, super SteadyShot picture stabilization and super NightShot infrared system for recording in total darkness as well as enhanced digital still image features, including intelligent pop-up flash and Hologram AF (an auto-focus feature designed to achieve accurate subject focus with minimal contrast in dark conditions).
The DCR-IP220 offers 530 lines of horizontal video resolution, while the DCR-IP55 model features a 1.0-megapixel CCD with 520 lines of horizontal video resolution and still image resolution of 1152 x 864. Both models feature a FireWire interface, 2.5" swivel LCD display, MPEG movie AD mode,
The DCR-IP55 and the DCR-IP220 will be available in October 2002 for about $1,500 and $2,000, respectively.