Sony today announced two new budget-priced hi-def camcorders - dubbed The Webbie HDs - as direct rivals to the easy-to-use Flip.
While Sony's netbook doesn't exactly look like a mass market device, its new camcorders certainly are. Priced at under $200, and embedded with software that allows quick web uploads, The Webbies are aimed squarely at the yoof market. They record to internal memory or Memory Stick.
First to come to market will be the MHS-CM1 (out today) with a traditional horizontal camcorder design and flip-out 2.5in screen. It captures hi-definition video and 5megapixel stills with a 5x optical zoom lens. it will be available immediately in the US at around $200.
In April it will be joined by a vertical sibling, the MHS-P1 (above), which looks more like The Flip but features a rotating swivel lens but no optical zoom. Like the CM1, the P1 captures hi-def video (1440x1080 pixel, 30p) and 5-megapixel stills. It will cost $170 in the US.
UK pricing and release dates are still to be confirmed.