Sony's new microMV camera: just when you thought it was small

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  1. Len Cheong

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    That's pretty small. How do you press the buttons? With a toothpick? [​IMG]
     
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    DVDs peak at around 9mbps, but they are not encoded in real-time - that is the compression/encoding system has plenty of time to examine lots of frames both before and after the one currently being processed and really think about the "best way to do things." Thus 9mbps can be better than 12mbps real-time encoded.
     
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    The Sony DCR-IP7 is a pretty nice gadget.

    Currently on sale in Japan, the UK and parts of Europe.

    Retail price is $1800 USD.

    As for the throughput speed, although the DVD spec allows for up to 9mbps, you'll find that most DVDs are closer to 5mbps and even the SuperBit discs are under 8mbps. The reason being,

    a. you have to allow for audio throughput (averages are from 768kbps to 1.5mbps).

    b. many laptop DVD players can't handle the higher throughput.

    c. efficiently encoded MPEG-2 doesn't present noticeable gains in resolution above 6mbps.

    If you need the smallest camcorder on Earth, I guess it's a good deal. For me, it's too small to stabilize. Without a tripod, all of your shots will 'look' like home video. Also, the battery estimate of almost 3hrs is most likely rated without use of the LCD screen. Using the LCD screen typically reduces the use time by a factor of 50% or more.

    - Chip Eberhart

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