This Webbie was designed for markets outside of Japan and no plans to release it in Japan yet. If they do then maybe they will make just the casing in aluminum and charge twice the price ^^;
The front of the camera is also equipped with a light for those who want to film dark hanky panky scenes.
Some blurb about the Webbie copypasted from the official product page. Only about 1.7" wide and 2.4" tall, this is one ridiculously small camera. Inside, you'll find an integrated 5MP CMOS sensor that lets the Webbie capture razor-sharp stills in addition to great-looking HD MP4 video. The HD MP4 format is highly versatile, making your media files small enough to easily transfer them to your PC or Mac via USB.
Cram up to 8.5 hours of HD video footage or thousands of photos (based on 16GB media) on ultra-small Memory Stick PRO Duo media (sold separately). What's more, Memory Stick slots are featured on many Sony VAIO notebooks, and most compatible card readers. Transferring files couldn't be easier.
So how about video quality then?
Jonny Li at the controls with the Webbie for the K-On Trooper filming. The daylight sample below. The Webbie takes good footage in low light too as you can see from the Roppongi Trooper video below. You can also see a 1080p sample below - click on it to view in full 1080 over at YouTube.
Comparison with the Xacti which I used for all my vids up until the Webbie. While the Xacti only takes VGA, the sound pickup capabilities are much better than the Webbie.
I placed the Webbie a few feet away to shoot some footage of myself at the desk and found that it had a hard time keeping my voice at the same volume level - it would rise and fall.
The webbie works fine picking up your voice when you are actually holding the camera though.
Screen comparison. The tape I put on the screen of the Xacti was so that I could shoot within the guides - that area was cropped when I imported into iMovie09. Been using iMovie since the first Tokyo Dance Trooper movie below. While it hasn't got any advanced features, its pretty decent at throwing stuff together.
What video editing software do you prefer/recommend?
The Webbie comes with a 5 x optical and 20 x digital zoom. The problem I had with the Xacti was that the lens was crap - you had to stand miles away to fit in a scene.
While the Webbie does not have a wide angle lens (nor can you attach one), the lens is decent enough to fit in quite a bit without having to back off too much away from your subject.
My latest two daughters Nanoha and Ryomo play with the gadgets for a while.
If you are looking for something cheap, compact and light with decent quality for mainly web purposes and will be mainly holding the camera while filming then the Webbie could be for you.
If however you are looking for a camera where you are going to place it in a fixed position and talk at it then I cant recommend it at this point - it could be my settings but my voice is not being picked up at a constant volume level.
If you are looking for something to take videos of kids then you will probably want something of better quality - as the name of the Webbie suggests - its mainly optimized for taking stuff to upload to the Internets.
Playting with Kevin Cooney's Gorillapod thingy.
As for the question - will be very likely to do a giveaway where you show us stuff from your kingdom and am wondering how many of you have a video camera or video capture capability - many standard digital cameras these days seem to take video clips.