Sony offers up Web camcorder with 5X zoom

One of two MPEG-4, direct-to-Web models for 2009, the MHS-CM1 uses a traditional horizontal design.

Sony MHS-CM1
The CM1 comes in eye-popping orange and purple, as well as staid silver. Sony Electronics

One of a duo of direct-to-Web HD mini camcorders marking Sony's debut in the market, the MHS-CM1, is modeled more after the traditional cheap designs from Panasonic and Samsung than the new tech toy-type Flip MinoHDs of the world.

The horizontal design does allow for a 5X zoom lens and largish 2.5-inch LCD. However, I found the CM1 oddly uncomfortable to hold. It records 1080p MPEG-4 video to Memory Stick Duos at 1440x1080 resolution, and shoots stills at a comparatively high resolution. Also like many competitors, the software it ships with, Picture Motion Browser Portable, doesn't support Macs.

You can get one of these brightly colored shooters now for $200.

About the author

Lori Grunin is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. She's been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 1988.


Discuss Sony offers up Web camcorder with 5X zoom

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments
Latest Articles from CNET
Motorola Moto G vs. Moto X Play and Moto X Pure Edition: What's the difference?