updated 09:30 pm EST, Wed January 7, 2009
Sony's Webbie HD cameras
Just ahead of CES, Sony took the opportunity to unveil two new cameras designed to capture and upload MP4 video and photos directly to the Web. The MHS-CM1 and MHS-PM1 Webbie HD cameras capture high-definition video (1440x1080/30p) and 5-megapixel still photos and automatically connect to websites via USB connection to your PC> The software makes it possible to quickly upload content online in a few simple clicks. Sony offers two portable designs in three colors---eggplant, orange and silver.
The 7oz MHS-CM1 camera, with a 5x optical zoom, sports a slim horizontal design that fits in the palm with a large 2.5-inch (diagonally) LCD screen that swivels up to 270 degrees, while the lightweight (4 oz) MHS-PM1 camera, designed to be more portable, can fit in a pocket or purse; it offers a rotating swivel lens with 4X digital zoom that can flip over so you can see yourself while shooting video and taking photos.
When connecting the camera to your computer via the supplied USB cable, the embedded PMB Portable software quickly transfers content to video and photo sharing websites. It includes direct upload to Shutterfly and Picasa Web Albums photo sharing sites, YouTube and Dailymotion video sharing sites and Photobucket video and photo sharing site. Users can also simply drag and drop video files from the camera to any PC.
Sony also included five scene selection modes -- such as low light, sports and landscape -- for a variety of environments. Both cameras record directly to Memory Stick PRO Duo media (sold separately).
The MHS-CM1 camera is available today for about $200 (AC adaptor, component/composite video cables, USB cable, lens cap, software) and the MHS-PM1 model will be available in April for about $170. The Webbie HD cameras will be sold at Sony retail stores, online, and through authorized dealers nationwide.
Sony Webbie MHS-CM1
Sony Webbie MHS-PM1