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Old 12-22-09, 02:32 PM
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Sony's Webbie ?

Looking to get this for my 10 year old child for $129. Wondering if this a good camcorder for the price or there another one better? I don't know much about camcorders so I'm not sure of the pros and cons to other camcorders. If there is any better and why please enlighten me
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Re: Sony's Webbie ?

These flip style video cameras a decent, but depending on which webbie you are looking at they usually don't have a decent/any zoom...That is the dealbreaker for me.

I bought a Panasonic ZS3 Digital camera which is about twice as much as the webbie, but does amazing 720P video, 10+mp camera, AND has a 12X optical zoom.
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These flip style video cameras a decent, but depending on which webbie you are looking at they usually don't have a decent/any zoom...That is the dealbreaker for me.

I bought a Panasonic ZS3 Digital camera which is about twice as much as the webbie, but does amazing 720P video, 10+mp camera, AND has a 12X optical zoom.
Thanks and the Webbie we were looking at is the MHS-PM1. I looked at the Flip's but figured the Sony was the same price and figured it was better?
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Re: Sony's Webbie ?

Originally Posted by SUPERMANROB View Post
Looking to get this for my 10 year old child for $129. Wondering if this a good camcorder for the price or there another one better? I don't know much about camcorders so I'm not sure of the pros and cons to other camcorders. If there is any better and why please enlighten me
These flash camcorders get discussed every so often in the Tech Forum.

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/tech-talk/5...-opinions.html

I'm a big fan of the Creative VadoHD. Amazon has the latest model for $130 and the last model for $99. I think the only thing they added to the new model is a new glossy color and MAC software. So I'd recommend the last model for $30 less.

I think the reason I didn't like the Sony Webbie is that it captured video at a lower bitrate than the Flip MinoHD and the VadoHD.

Here's some video reviews of the VadoHD and other flash camcorders:









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Re: Sony's Webbie ?

I just remembered, AOTS reviewed a couple flash camcorders about 2 weeks ago. They liked the Vado and Flip. Here's the reviews:

Sony Webbie (2 Stars):



Kodak Zi8 (3 Stars):



Flip MinoHD (4 Stars):



Creative VadoHD (4 Stars):

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I just remembered, AOTS reviewed a couple flash camcorders about 2 weeks ago. They liked the Vado and Flip. Here's the reviews:

Sony Webbie (2 Stars):



Kodak Zi8 (3 Stars):



Flip MinoHD (4 Stars):



Creative VadoHD (4 Stars):

Thanks Big Dave ....do you know if the $99 VadoHD has the Mac software? We use Mac's in our home.
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Thanks Big Dave ....do you know if the $99 VadoHD has the Mac software? We use Mac's in our home.
I don't think the last version had the Mac software. It comes with the new $130 VadoHD. Here's part of the sales text from Amazon:

"For Mac users, the new Vado Central™ for OS X lets you transfer and import your videos direct into iMovie."
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Re: Sony's Webbie ?

Actually, I just went to the Creative website, and I see that there's a new 3rd Gen of the VadoHD. Looks like it adds a new case design and a microphone/headphone jack.

http://us.store.creative.com/Vado-HD...WT.mc_id=24142

Looking at the Support site for Creative, there's a software update for the 1st Gen VadoHD. Looks like it adds Mac support.

File Name : VadoCentral_MAC_APP_LA_1_1_0_df6.zip

This download contains an improved version of the Vado Central software for Mac OS® for use with Vado/Vado HD. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.

Vado Central

Vado Central is a simple, easy-to-use video editing software that lets you

* preview video clips.
* transfer files to your Mac.
* convert videos to MP4 format for use in iMovie®.
* edit videos via iMovie.

Added Features or Enhancements:

* Allow video uploads to YouTube®, PhotoBucket and Box.net
* Enhanced application user interface, navigation and video browsing
* Status bar display of device and video information
* Full screen video playback
* Single or 30-frame consecutive photo captures from video
* Simple video trimming

Fixes:

* Rectified the issue of Vado Central icons being grayed out when the last video clip is deleted.

Requirements:

* Apple® Macintosh® OS X (Version 10.4, 10.5 or 10.6)
* USB Port
* Creative Vado or Vado HD

Notes:

* To install this software:
1. Download the file into your local hard disk.
2. Double-click the downloaded file to uncompress it.
3. Double-click the uncompressed PKG file.
4. After installation, connect your Vado or Vado HD to your computer's USB port before launching Vado Central.

http://support.creative.com/Products...CategoryID:833
I don't have a Mac, so maybe someone that does can give you better info.
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