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Sony Webbie MHS-PM1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 337 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and battery. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably. The finish and build quality get less positive opinions. There are some mixed views about the value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Webbie MHS-PM1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony MHS-PM1 Webbie HD Camera


Not just a me-too device, Sony's first affordable pocket camcorder boasts an innovative swivel lens and shoots 1080i video.

Swivel lens allows for a wide array of shooting angles ; Fun, lightweight design with three color options ; Sharp 1440 x 1080 video

Jerky zoom ; Blurry still photos ; Lacks flip-out USB connector or HDMI output ; No editing tools software

We’ve been eagerly awaiting Sony’s first sub-’00 pocket camcorder, and the We’ve been eagerly awaiting Sony’s first sub-$200 pocket camcorder, and the $169 MHS-PM1 Webbie HD sets itself apart from the competition with a higher resolution (1440 x 1080...

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Sony Webbie HD MHS-PM1 (purple)


Sony's first entry in the minicamcorder arena was 2007's NSC-GC1 Net-sharing Cam. That model didn't fare too well in our review , but Sony seems to have learned from that experience as evidenced by its new line of YouTube-friendly budget camcorders,...

Attractive design; captures video at 720p and 1080p "HD" resolution; memory-card expansion slot; swiveling lens; component video cables; rechargeable lithium ion battery.

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 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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Sony Webbie MHS-PM1


As you may have noticed, high-definition pocket camcorders are growing up fast. Pure Digital's popular Flip line of camcorders (which includes the standard-definition Flip Mino and the high-def Flip MinoHD) has scored well in the market, so it isn't...

Five shooting modes and three resolution settings ; Swiveling lens and fashionable looks

No integrated USB connector ; Must remove battery to charge it

The flashy, well-priced Sony Webbie HD MHS-PM1 doesn't deliver outstanding video quality, but it does offer great features and versatility for a high-def pocket camcorder.


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Sony Webbie HD MHS-PM1 Camcorder Review


The MHS-PM1 ($169.99 MSRP) and MHS-CM1 are the two members of Sony's Webbie HD line of camcorders. While the MHS-CM1 has the traditional horizontal layout of a consumer camcorder, the MHS-PM1 offers an upright design that strongly resembles the popular...

As far as ultra-compact budget camcorders go, the MHS-PM1 ($169.99 MSRP) has a few big features that help set it apart from the rest of the crowd. Its rotatable lens design is an excellent innovation, as it allows for easy access to self-shooting and...

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Sony MHS-PM1 Webbie HD First Impressions Camcorder Review - Flash Memory


Sony MHS-PM1 Webbie HD First Impressions Camcorder Review

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Sony MHS-PM1 Webbie HD Pocket High Definition Camcorder Reviewed


View the sample video here

Fairly easy for beginners ; Surprisingly good quality picture ; Tiny size

Quirky interface ; Cannot zoom smoothly ; Ancillary cables and adaptors could have been built-in

A solid addition to the growing line-up of pocket Web-oriented HD camcorders that could have been so much more

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Review: Webbie MHS-PM1 HD pocket camcorder


Sony's pocket camcorder entry, the Webbie MHS-PM1 offers a few features that make it unique, but it unfortunately falters where it counts the most: video image quality.

Usually, it’s difficult to see the LCD on a candy bar-shaped camcorder when you want to shoot at an angle. The Webbie addresses this problem in an interesting way; it has a lens mounted on a rotating barrel at the top of the camera. The lens can rotate...

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Sony MHS-PM1


This year, Sony entered - or re-entered, some might say - into the ultra-compact budget camcorder market with the release of its Webbie HD camcorders-the MHS-CM1 and MHS-PM1 ($169 MSRP). This is the relatively new product category dominated by a single...

The MHS-PM1 records HD video at 30 frames per second (30p) and offers three video resolution options: 1440 x 1080, 1280 x 720, and 640 x 480. The inclusion of a 1440 x 1080 resolution option is another feature unique to the Sony Webbie HD camcorders,...

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Sony MHS-PM1


Some interesting features, but doesn't quite match the Flip's gold standard ease of use

Rotating lens system; Great color accuracy

Some handling missteps; Poor low light sensitivity

As far as ultra-compact budget camcorders go, the MHS-PM1 ($169.99 MSRP) has a few big features that help set it apart from the rest of the crowd. Its rotatable lens design is an excellent innovation, as it allows for easy access to self-shooting and...

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"Great Vlogging and fast film-making camcorder."


I got this when I first got in to making videos for YouTube and I now have a Canon I am going to use this and my Canon for tech related videos.


No auto-focus

Product Specifications

Record HD MP4 video and 5MP images then easily upload them directly to the web with the MHC-PM1 Webbie HD camera. The ultra-compact Webbie 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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono/Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BK1

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Landscape / Low light / Sports mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:2GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Webbie HD

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.6
Min Focal Length:7mm



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:5.038Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264
Digital Zoom:4
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG