Sony Webbie MHS-CM1 HD Camcorder (Silver)
- 5-megapixel still photos
- HD MP4 1440 x 1080 video resolution
- 2.5-inch swivel screen; only weighs 7 ounces
- 5x optical, 20x digital zoom
- Memory Stick PRO Duo media recording
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|Item Dimensions||3 x 7.8 x 7.8 inches|
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Shipping Weight||1.7 pounds|
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The footage with the Webbie taken at my desk looks yellowish, but it's because I have a yellow (normal 60 watt incandescent bulb) lamp at my desk. There is no manual white balancing on this camera, but if used with some 5100K fluorescent lights, you'll have a MUCH better picture.
You will NOT get professional features/results on a consumer camera in this price range. Period. Once you understand that, you'll be able to see this camera for what it is.
You WILL see pixelization in low light situations - this is true for ALL low-end consumer cameras. Unless you spend $1000 for an HD camera, you're simply NOT going to be able to film in the dark...especially not without picture degradation.
I rarely use the audio taken from the internal mic, so I can't say much about it. But it does appear to be unidirectional, and will pick up EVERYTHING in the surrounding area...especially wind noise. In quiet situations, you'll also hear the noise from the zoom and/or auto focus (you can really hear it in the section of the video with the cats).
There's no image stabilization, so either use it with a tripod, or don't drink an entire pot of coffee before shooting with it.
FOR THE MONEY, this is a good little camera - it's what I expected the camera to be.
Removed from box, looks good! Silver is a nice color.
Unwrapped charger and plugged it in. Charge light comes on, great! Charge light goes off. Uh-oh! There was either something wrong with the jack in the camera, or the charging plug. I had to hold it in a certain position to keep it charging. Well, don't condemn it yet, see how it works. I put the camera down, and laid the charge cable just so and it maintained contact and continued to charge for about 10 minutes, then it stopped again. I moved the cable around some more until the charge light came back on and carefully did not move it again. I came back an hour later and the light was off again, but hopefully I got a decent charge.
Now time to check it out.
I put in the Memory Stick Duo Mark 2, flip open the LCD screen, which is actually quite nice. Hit power button and the camera boots up quickly, now we are getting somewhere!
The date/time menu comes up. I fumble for a couple of seconds trying to figure out how to set it. Thats done, now lets take some video. I am inside, it is night time, in my fairly well lit kitchen. I took some sample vids on each of the shooting modes, and close up with the LED video light on. Then I plugged the component cables into my 42" HDTV and play back the samples. It was extremely disappointing, with grainy blocky pixels on the screen. Even when standing far back from the screen. I know this was never meant to be a camcorder replacement, but still, it was that bad (video from a fairly well lit indoor scene).Read more ›
The still camera capability is incredible, far better than the still image quality on my HandyCam. I don't expect it to be a replacement for my Canon SD1100IS but if you are shooting a barbeque at a friend's house, you won't be needing to bring multiple cameras with you. The images are crisp and definitely print quality. I can see having this camera with you at an outdoor graduation commencement or a fantastic springtime wedding. However, this camera was definitely made to simplify uploading video to the web and in that respect it is excellent. Don't expect to be getting a full-fledged professional quality HD camera, and you will be pleasantly surprised with some of the results.
So when I decided to purchase a digital camcorder it seemed only logical that I should look at what Sony was offering. Judging by its technical specifications, the Webbie HD seemed, like all of my other Sony purchases, to fit the bill with flying colors: An SD card camera, it allows users to utilize memory cards the way one used to use VHS tapes. Simply stick the card into the camera, and record; when you run out of time, simply download the media to a DVD, your computer, or some other storage device, wipe the SD card, and it's ready to go again. Couple this with the camera's manageable size, durability, amazing zoom feature, and HD capabilities, and it would seem that it's the total package.
For roughly $200, one couldn't ask for more in a camcorder, especially one that produces so crisp a picture and is also capable of taking relatively sharp still photos (lacking a flash, the camera's only apparent drawback is that it is not suited for low-light situations; a small flashlight bulb is built into the front of the camera as a means of compensation, but it's rather weak and doesn't provide much illumination beyond a foot or so). The resolution is some of the cleanest I've seen on a digital camcorder, easily rivaling "professional" quality HD camcorders.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still going strong, after all these years. Great quality and design. Very light weight too. Great for trips and special occasions.Published 5 months ago by Ari Garcia
this is a very compact camcorder
i am very happy with this purchase
i use for recording in classroom
is good the 1080p quality
I bought this and didnt use it much....at first it worked great......then didnt use it for a couple of years....now it doesnt work at all. Since I didnt use it alot....and 4. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Curt Janke
I couldn't find mine just like this one so ordered a replacement. I use it to make youtube videos so don't need anything fancy. I love the flip screen on this and the price.Published on April 3, 2013 by kim