Sony DCM-M1


Name DCM-M1
Manufacturer Sony
Released 1999/12
Device type misc
Recorder Player
NetMD No
Hi-MD No
Radio No
Dimensions 74 x 111 x 118 mm
Weight 680g (excluding battery and disc)
Battery notes
Sidecar (depr) No
Voltage 100
Power cable AC
Price (launch)
¥250 000
Inputs 3.5mm microphone, 1/4 inch microphone, Built-in mic
Outputs other
Control 3.5mm control

The DCM-M1 is a only camcorder that utilizes the MD Data2 (MMD-650A) format. It has advanced editing features for the time period. This allows you to clip and make transitions all within the touchscreen viewfinder using stylus in real time. It also has a web server accessible via a local IP address to transfer the recorded videos to your PC via an ethernet battery simulacrum.

The recording playback time varies depending on the bit rate modes, SP (8Mbps) 10 minutes, VP (variable playback) 13-20 minutes, and LP (3.75Mbps) at 20 minutes. It can take Up to 4,500 still images at 640 x 480 in JPEG format.

It was ultimately a failure as they did not make any additional MD camcorders. It only can record up to 10 minutes of MPEG2 and the cost of the MD Data2 discs were very expensive, compared to tape. Also the method of transferring the short clips via the web server results in speeds only at max of 12KB/s over 10/100 RJ45.

There was a firmware upgrade offered between March 3rd to December 29th, 2000 that was distributed via a MD Data2 disc, however there doesn't appear to be any archives of this.

See also: Cathode Ray Dude YouTube Video in-depth review of the DCM-M1.

  • Wireless Remote: RMT-DCM1
  • Rechargeable battery pack: NP-F550
  • AC adapter/charger: AC-VQ800
  • Connection cord: ZK-ET1

Mechanism Type: MT-DCMM1-163 (new)
ATRAC IC: CXD2652AGA (there's also IC3009: CXZ31021GA marked as “Atrac”)
Optical Pickup is not named and in the service manual says “not serviced” (IE Sony won't sell it to you), the higher level assembly had a part#: X-4952-432-1

Content adapted from: Sony Product Release Page Sony Product Website MD Discam site Sony Product Park 2nd Product Park

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