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Sony Webbie MHS-CM1 HD Camcorder (Orange)

3.7 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
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  • 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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Product Description

Color: Orange

The new Sony® Webbie HD™ camera is an ultra-portable camera that lets you capture brilliant high-definition MP4 video and crisp 5MP JPEG still photos. The Webbie HD™ camera comes with Sharemark and pre-installed PMB Portable software, making it easy to pre-select images and videos in the camera to later upload directly to your compatible PC and popular Internet sharing sites. The Webbie HD™ camera also features 5x Optical and 20x Digital zoom that lets you focus in on the action, as well as dual capture capability that lets you simultaneously film video and take still pictures without the need to switch modes. A 2.5" LCD screen provides a generous viewing area while filming, and when the screen is opened the Webbie HD™ camera almost instantly powers on so you can immediately begin filming and never miss an important moment.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.8 x 7.8 x 3 inches
Item Weight 1.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.8 pounds
Item model number MHSCM1/D
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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3.7 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8,745 in Camera & Photo
#390 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com February 16, 2006

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By D. West on May 24, 2009
Color: Orange
Length: 4:27 Mins
My video "review" isn't really a full review...it's mainly to setup some actual [handheld] footage taken with the webbie. Of course, with the video compression you won't see the actual HD footage, but it should still show up a bit crisper than the footage taken with the JVC GR-D770U in the very beginning of the video.

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.
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Color: Orange
The previous reviews don't seem hands-on, but just a review of the published features. I bought one from Sony immediately, got it and used it for a couple of hours. Here are my experiences:

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).
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Color: Silver
This camera is smaller than it looks, but the image quality for the size is astounding! In particular, making 1080 videos outdoors in the daytime will result in breathtaking footage. The colors are very true to life, like what your naked eye sees. I almost feel like I can make my own nature documentaries with this camera. The built-in light doesn't really help much at all, so like most camcorders, indoors shooting will still require strong alternate lighting unless you don't mind the constant noise in your video. There is also a little bit of artifacting in the outdoor videos, but only during fast motion. This might have been avoided if there was image stabilization, but I haven't been able to figure out how to turn it on if there was. You can almost give up on shooting indoors at night, the video has more grains than breakfast cereal.

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.
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Color: Orange
Since I began to make my own electronics purchases, I've been a loyal Sony customer. Rather than opt for the then-hipper Nintendo 64, I went with the Playstation, a decision I stuck by through both the PS2 and PS3 era. My digital cameras? Sony. TV? Sony. It was a reliable brand name with which I felt comfortable; they'd never before steered me wrong and I saw no reason to take any expensive chances with other brand names that might let me down or perform below my expectations.

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.
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