CES 2009: Sony Webbie camcorder rivals Flip Mino HD

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The kids have got the money, and apparently, they like orange and purple. At least that’s the impression you get from Sony’s latest range of camcorders, dubbed the Webbies. 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