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Panasonic HDC-HS700
Canon VIXIA HF S10
Sony DCR-IP55
Sony DCR-IP5 Micro MV
Sony DCR-IP220 Micro MV
Panasonic HDC-HS700K Black 240GB Full HD Camcorder - HDC-HS700K High Definition AVCHD
Canon VIXIA HF S10 32GB Flash Drive HD Camcorder
Sony Handycam DCR-IP55 Micro MV Digital Camcorder
Sony Handycam DCR-IP5 Micro MV Digital Camcorder
Sony Handycam DCR-IP220 Micro MV Digital Camcorder
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Release Date
Feb 2010
Apr 2009
May 2009
Mar 2002
Nov 2002
Recording Format
DV, AVCHD, HDV, Micro MV
High Definition, DV, Flash Media, HDV, Micro MV
Micro MV
Micro MV
Micro MV
HDD Size
240.0 GB
32.0 GB
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
14.2 MegaPixels
8.59 MegaPixels
1.0 MegaPixels
1.92 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Hard Drive

I also think the battery release, also in the LCD enclosure, is in a bad spot; opening the LCD usually turns the camcorder on, which means in order to remove the battery you end up turning on the camcorder.

Heavy.

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, unfortunately, the camera uses Sony's tiny, proprietary MicroMV videotapes, which are incompatible with nearly all video-editing programs--a big drawback.

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It doesn't leave an awful lot of room for the controls, so many of them are extremely small and awkward to use; testers with large hands found the DCR-IP5 a bit difficult to work with, as the controls aren't where the fingers naturally fall.

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It's too bad that Sony doesn't include
actual aperture ratings with the exposure control though.

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