Sony Webbie HD MHS-CM1 Camcorder Review

$259.95 MSRP


With the instability of today's economy, it's perhaps fortuitous that Sony decided to push more heavily into the ultra-budget camcorder market in 2009. This year's Consumer Electronics Show saw the introduction of the Sony Webbie HD MHS-CM1, a traditional horizontal camcorder with a low price tag, easy high definition recording, and simple uploading to sites like YouTube.

But with the market already inundated by similar products, including the extremely successful Pure Digital Flip Mino HD, Sony needs to create a stellar product in order to carve out its own niche. While the MHS-CM1 had overall video performance to rival the competition, it couldn't stand up to low light conditions and, perhaps more importantly in this category, it wasn't nearly as easy to use as models from Pure Digital or RCA. Plagued with complicated software installation, inconsistent menu operation, and a bland aesthetic, the Sony MHS-CM1 won't be enough to dethrone the Flip king.

Update: The Flip UltraHD was ultimately selected as our 2009 Ultracompact Camcorder of the Year. To see why we selected it and read about our other awards, check out the 2009 Select Awards.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color & Noise Performance
  4. Motion & Resolution Performance
  5. Low Light Performance
  6. Compression & Media
  7. Manual Controls
  8. Still Features
  9. Handling & Use
  10. Playback & Connectivity
  11. Audio & Other Features
  12. Flip Mino HD Comparison
  13. Kodak Zi6 Comparison
  14. Flip Mino Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Photo Gallery