CES 2009: Sony launches Webbie friendly camcorders

Sony are getting pocket camcorder-friendly, with the launch of their new Webbie range. Both models record in MPEG4 format, making uploading to the likes of YouTube a piece of cake, and they both record in HD.

The MHS-CM1 looks more like your traditional camcorder, and features 5x optical zoom, a 5 megapixel stills camera ad a 2.5-inch LCD screen. The MHS-PM1 (pictured) has a lens that swivels 270 degrees, 5 megapixel stills capture, and a Memory Stick slot.

Both models are available in the bizarre colour choices of orange, purple and (thank god) silver. Clearly that’s what those crazy kids are demanding nowadays.

It’s not a massive surprise that Sony are having a stab at this market, although they are one of the first big manufacturers to do so. Will they beat Creative or the Flip? Time, and the kids, will tell.

Susi Weaser