File type and resolution: MPEG-4; 1440 by 1080 (at 30 fps), 720p (at 30 fps), VGA (at 30 fps)
Strengths: Adjustable swivel lens, fashionable looks, five preset scene modes, 5-megapixel still images, self-timer, on-screen histogram
Weaknesses: Slightly choppy video, no flip-out USB connector, small buttons, overly sensitive built-in microphone, storage limited to Sony's proprietary Memory Stick card
Buying advice: At $150, Sony's first-generation Webbie HD pocket camcorder represents a good value, offering a fashionable frame and some good in-camera extras. The swivel lens is a nice touch for self-portaits (you can point the lens at yourself while looking at the 1.8-inch LCD screen), and the camcorder provides convenient scene modes such as Auto, Backlight, and Low-Light. Video becomes noticeably choppy when you move the camera around, and the microphone has a tendency to pick up the sound of your hand on the Webbie's body far too much. Also, you'll need to invest in a Memory Stick card, as this camcorder doesn't have built-in storage.
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