Sony Webbie HD MHS-PM1 (Silver)
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: MHS-PM1
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- The MHS-PM1 Webbie HD represents a step forward for Sony in the minicamcorder arena--but some quirks and only OK video quality prevent it from being compelling enough to best the competition.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $349.99
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy
- Edited by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 04/22/2009
The good: Attractive design; captures video at 720p and 1080p "HD" resolution; memory-card expansion slot; swiveling lens; component video cables; rechargeable lithium ion battery.
The bad: Price doesn't include an optional memory card (onboard memory is limited to 12MB for capturing video); rechargeable battery doesn't recharge via USB connector; no integrated USB connector; no protective carrying case included.
The bottom line: The MHS-PM1 Webbie HD represents a step forward for Sony in the minicamcorder arena--but some quirks and only OK video quality prevent it from being compelling enough to best the competition.
Cute crippled Camera
by mfmenard on April 26, 2009
Pros: It is small and attractive
It activates quickly
Cons: Controls are poorly placed requiring 2 hands.
No option f/manual focus. Poor Auto-focus.
Can't change battery.
25 Minute limit on video clips regardless of memory!!!!
Camera stops recording without notice.
Summary: I won this camera and was initially thrilled (i never win anything). However, once I started using it day-to-day, I realized that the camera is really a scam to get ...
Summary: I won this camera and was initially thrilled (i never win anything). However, once I started using it day-to-day, I realized that the camera is really a scam to get you to buy another camera. Focus is often poor, particularly on still photos. I avoid the 1080 mode due to reported issues and find the 720 mode excellent, that is until I learned that all recording are limited to 25 minutes. I found this out by having the camcorder stop recording without me realizing it after 25 minites (I had memory for over 8 hours available). I doubt that the camera would sell if they clearly stated this limit on the box. Who wants to be worrying about constantly monitorng how close to 25 minutes one is at? In sporting events, you want to focus on the event, not the red dot on your camera! Very disappointing to say the least and deceptive in my opinion. I used to like the Sony brand, but when they start pulling stunts like this and provide a crippled product without making it clear on the box, I lose respect. I'm tired of manufacturers deceiving me about the abilities of their product.. The moral of the story: Look for length limits on any camera you buy!
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great little camera
by rboensch on March 24, 2009
Pros: great video, long battery life. good stills
Cons: gotta have motion eleminating software for sure. You can hear when you press the zoom button on the video. Low light is ok.... not great
Summary: best bang for the buck over the mino or zi6. Love it.
Summary: best bang for the buck over the mino or zi6. Love it.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Excellent small camcorder
by alangars on April 19, 2009
Pros: Easy to handle, easy buttona, good looks, superior HD quality in moderate to bright sunlight, up to 100 mins battery life. Easy for ineternet upload siftware. Low light photography is better than many I have seen.
Cons: The biggest drawback is inability to use window media player or moviemaker, one has to buy expensive thirs party or sony vegas. MS sticks are expensive also
Summary: Worth the money ( MS sticks and DVD software elsewhere.) Camera quality is excellent. Wish either Sony or Microsoft update the free softwares to be able to produce HD DVDs from ...
Summary: Worth the money ( MS sticks and DVD software elsewhere.) Camera quality is excellent. Wish either Sony or Microsoft update the free softwares to be able to produce HD DVDs from this MPEG4 videos.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Nola_M on February 14, 2011
Pros: takes nice pictures
Cons: it only records for 25 minuts then shuts off.
Not as good as I thought...
by arcaderat100 on September 23, 2010
Pros: Nice design, starts up very quickly, photo and movie buttons for easy video and photo shooting.
Cons: Video and photo quality is terrible when using zoom.
Auto focus is not good
Summary: At first, I thought this was a great camera. But now that I got it, it's not as good as I thought. It's little and nice looking, but ...
Summary: At first, I thought this was a great camera. But now that I got it, it's not as good as I thought. It's little and nice looking, but the picture and video quality is terrible, especially when using zoom to take pictures at a distance. Even with little zoom, the pictures look like an "oil painting", with little patches of colors. Video quality isn't too bad, but again, zoom isn't very good. Not something I would get. I'd rather get regular camera with video function at this price.
Tech Proble- DO NOT BUY
by AWNYC on November 22, 2009
Pros: Compact design
Cons: Plagued with technical issues
Summary: I took the camera out of the box, recharged it, inserted the memory stick, turned it on, and... "format error". Apparently this is a very recurring problem in this camera (...
Summary: I took the camera out of the box, recharged it, inserted the memory stick, turned it on, and... "format error". Apparently this is a very recurring problem in this camera (saw dozens of similar reviews, but only after I bought it), and it basically forces you to format the memory card, and by the way lose all you've recorded so far. In my case, not even the formatting function of the camera was working! The screen freezes with the "formatting" message and stays there forever.
As I'm planning to go out in a trip in 2 days, I will return this camcorder and grab another one. I'm at least glad that I didn't find out about all these cronic problems during the trip.
Disappointing product that didn't work.
by DouglasEd on November 18, 2009
Pros: The potential is good and it is easy to carry.
Cons: I tried two of these cameras, and neither worked. I did everything I was supposed to do, and it repeatedly froze up, refused to respond and ultimately did nothing it promised. Sony should be ashamed to put its name on this device.
Summary: Do not buy this. It does not work reliably. I usually like Sony, and saw this as a better option than a flipcam. But I tried one, it didn't ...
Summary: Do not buy this. It does not work reliably. I usually like Sony, and saw this as a better option than a flipcam. But I tried one, it didn't work, I traded it in and that one had the same problems. I suspect flimsy construction, but I'm not sure.
Great Camera for the price.
Pros: I have had absolutely no problems with it except that Best Buy only sold Purple and I couldn't tell it was purple. You can use this as a webcam. Fast upload to computer. Works with Tri-pods.
Cons: You have to take out the battery to charge.
Summary: So far, I've had this for about 3 months and I LOVE IT. If you want an affordable, portable, easy to use camera than get this. Don't get ...
Summary: So far, I've had this for about 3 months and I LOVE IT. If you want an affordable, portable, easy to use camera than get this. Don't get Flip Cameras, or anything like that, this is MUCH better.
Sony cannot get mine to work.
by txpup1966 on June 11, 2009
Pros: Don't know. It doesn't work.
Cons: Don't know. It doesn't work.
Summary: Huge waste of time trying to deal with Sony and getting the camera to work. I was advised to ship it to Sony at my expense for repair. Brand new ...
Summary: Huge waste of time trying to deal with Sony and getting the camera to work. I was advised to ship it to Sony at my expense for repair. Brand new out of the box and I have to pay for shippping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!!!!!! There are other options and Sony's inability to provide customer support is why I'm done with Sony products.
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: MHS-PM1
- Description: Record HD MP4 video and 5MP images then easily upload them directly to the Web with the Sony Webbie HD camera. The ultra-compact Webbie HD camera also features a unique lens system that can swivel up to 270 degrees, allowing for easy self-shooting if you like to post videos of yourself on your blog.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder - 1080p
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 5 megapixels
- Effective Video Resolution 2.07 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Effective Photo Resolution 5.038 megapixels
- Camcorder Media Type Flash card
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5"
- Optical Sensor Type CMOS
- Digital Video Format H.264
- Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
- Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
- Shooting modes Digital photo mode
- Shooting Programs Back light,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Camera Flash None
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Widescreen Video Capture Yes
- AV Interfaces Composite video/audio
- Type Lens - 7 mm - F/3.6
- Lens aperture F/3.6
- Features Built-in lens shield
- Lens system type Lens
- Min focal length 7 mm
- Focus Adjustment Focus free
- Additional Features Rotating lens block (270°),
USB 2.0 compatibility
- Software Drivers & Utilities,
Sony Picture Motion Browser
- Included Accessories Wrist strap,
Component video / audio cable,
Audio / video cable
- Type 1.8 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x Component video output,
1 x USB,
1 x Remote control
Memory / Storage
- Media type Flash card
- RAM Installed 12 MB
- Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo card
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Supported Battery Sony NP-BK1
- Supported Battery 1 x Sony NP-BK1 Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Built-in
- Width 2.2 in
- Depth 0.9 in
- Height 4.1 in
- Weight 4.2 oz
Lens - 7 mm - F/3.6,
Sony Webbie HD MHS-PM1 - Camcorder - Flash card,
Lens - 7 mm - F/3.6,
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Lens - 7 mm - F/3.6,
Sony Webbie HD MHS-PM1/V - Camcorder - Flash card,
- Cokin DIGI-HOODS lens hood (34746436)34.63
- KATA DPS Series DC-431 - carrying bag for camcorder (34931292)39.89
- PC Treasures Picture Perfect camera accessory kit (34857467)21.99 - 59.99
- Tamrac Aero 65 Model 3365 - shoulder bag for camcorder (34567976)29.95
- Canon BP 514 camcorder battery (30791985)35.33 - 41.35
- Canon SS-650 shoulder strap (30120541)35.00
- GoPro Replacement HD Housing - hard case for camcorder (34859462)27.99 - 45.00
- Hoodman Hood Riser hood loupe attachement adapter (34691715)29.99
- JVC VU-VF80K camcorder accessory kit (34913414)39.99
- Lowepro All-Weather Shoulder Bag for SLR Cameras - Black (32070464)29.99