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Sony bloggie MHS-PM5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 250 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and value for money. The image quality and portability also get good reviews, whereas the color and zoom get less positive comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony bloggie MHS-PM5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Swivel Camcorder Features Flat Footage

 

A late entry into the pocket-camcorder field, Sony's Bloggie is overdesigned and underfunctional. The swiveling lens offers flexibility, but the slow and unintuitive controls make it a tough sell.

Rugged and tough, yet compact enough for easy pocketing. Swivel lens also works as a protective lens cover

Difficult to use single-handedly. Controls are unintuitive and slow to respond. Included PC software is limited

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Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5

 

Sony ported its reputed full HD video quality to this pocket camcorder, but it could be easier to use.

Sony has taken several steps forward since it debuted its first pocket camcorders last year, but it’s also taken a step back. While Sony has taken several steps forward since it debuted its first pocket camcorders last year, but it’s also taken a step...

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Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5 bundle (white)

 

For a company that's long been entrenched in the camcorder space, Sony's pocket video cameras have always been off target in terms of features and usability. The Bloggie MHS-PM5 minicamcorder, however, at least shows improvement and a better...

Rotating lens; 1080p, 720p, VGA video options; one-touch video uploading to YouTube, MySpace, and Facebook; removable lithium ion rechargeable battery.

No Mac support for Picture Motion Browser software; no HDMI output; mono mic and no input for an external mic.

Sony gains ground against the minicamcorder competition with the Bloggie MHS-PM5, but its software and overall video quality keep it from moving ahead.

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Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K Review

 

Editor's note: The ordinary Sony MHS-PM5 retails for $150, while the MHS-PM5K we reviewed retails for $170 directly from Sony with a 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo card and 360-degree lens.

Shoots full 1080p video, 5-megapixel stills ; Swiveling lens provides protection, versatility ; Compact and lightweight ; Large 2.4-inch screen ; Reasonably priced ; Accepts SD and Memory Stick Pro Duo cards

Subpar video quality ; Dismal quality on panoramic videos ; Pronounced rolling shutter effect, motion blur ; No HDMI output ; Awkwardly placed record button ; 29-minute recording cap

Sony’s Bloggie MHS-P5K promises 360-degree motion panoramas, but produces nauseating footage unfit for human consumption.

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Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5 Review

 

Editor's note: The ordinary Sony MHS-PM5 retails for $150, while the MHS-PM5K includes a 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo card and 360-degree lens for $170.

Shoots full 1080p video, 5-megapixel stills ; Swiveling lens provides protection, versatility ; Compact and lightweight ; Large 2.4-inch screen ; Reasonably priced ; Accepts SD and Memory Stick Pro Duo cards

Subpar video quality ; Pronounced rolling shutter effect, motion blur ; No HDMI output ; Awkwardly placed record button ; 29-minute recording cap

Sony’s Bloggie MHS-PM5 offers 1080p resolution for a surprising price, but makes its share of tradeoffs to get there.

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Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5

 

The Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5 ($169.99 direct) high-definition pocket camcorder offers great image quality, ease of use, and a top-notch design—all at an affordable price. Our Editors' Choice pocket video camera, the Kodak Zi8 ($179.99, ), has a slight edge...

Low price. Sharp video and 5-megapixel still images. 2.4-inch LCD. 270-degree swiveling lens. Memory is expandable

Only top half of display is viewable during video recording. No HDMI out for playback on HDTVs. No mic input or macro focusing feature

Silly name notwithstanding, the slick Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5 is easy to use and delivers great image quality and solid features for an affordable HD pocket camcorder.

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Sony MHS-PM5 Bloggie

 

The overall quality in video and ability to add memory make up for the short record time and no HDMI slot.

270 degree rotating lens, 1080p HD video at 30fps, 720p at 60fps and an SD card for expansion

Poor still pictures, no built in flash: no HDMI port, no optical zoom and short record time (30 min)

Sony truly understands the need for quick video-taking and even quicker uploading but fails to see the picture when it comes to longer movies or high-quality still pictures. If you are looking for an affordable camcorder that offers enough features and...

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Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5 Review

 

Lift bow and arrow. Load arrow into bow. Take aim. Twang! And Sony hits another bulls-eye!

Quality: the camera is very subject to lens flare, so expect do some Photoshopping, post-shoot, to improve the contrast rendition in stills images.

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"Excellent camera for the price. $150 range."

 

My 4 star rating is a comparison to cameras of equal cost. I couldn't give it a five because it is not the best camera out there. I give it 4 because it is as good as the best camera out there. I use it on linux and windows both and have no problems. I...

1080p video, supports SD card, replaceable and rechargeable battery, Large viewing screen, take still photos, excellent quality.

None, no charging problems here. I have charged it with my laptop, my pc, and I have also used my Droid charger. The Droid charger charges it faster and doesnt seem to hurt the battery. Even if it did, I would buy another one and do the same thing.

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Excellent camera for the price. $150 range.

 

My 4 star rating is a comparison to cameras of equal cost. I couldn't give it a five because it is not the best camera out there. I give it 4 because it is as good as the best camera out there. I use it on linux and windows both and have no problems. I...

1080p video, supports SD card, replaceable and rechargeable battery, Large viewing screen, take still photos, excellent quality

None, no charging problems here. I have charged it with my laptop, my pc, and I have also used my Droid charger. The Droid charger charges it faster and doesnt seem to hurt the battery. Even if it did, I would buy another one and do the same thing

Product Specifications

When fun happens, the bloggie camera records it all in 1920x1080 high definition MP4 (H.264) format. MP4 is a popular multimedia format that compresses the size of your audio and video, making files small enough to easily transfer to your compatible PC or Mac. Swing out the built-in USB arm and connect your camera directly to your compatible PC or Mac. It's the quick and easy way to upload videos and charge your battery without having to hunt for cables. Show your videos to the world. Just use the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable software to pre-select videos and images in the camera and easily upload them to a compatible PC and popular internet sharing sites. No additional software needed. At approximately 0.9" thick and 2.2" wide, the bloggie is ultra-compact and easy to carry in your bag or pocket. And don't worry about the lens - it swivels out of the way for protection while not in use. The bloggie camera features a unique lens that swivels up to 270 degrees and instantly powers on the camera when you rotate it outward. It's perfect for spontaneous moments - just grab the camera and start shooting immediately.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BK1

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick PRO Duo / SD Memory Card / Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark2 / SDHC Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo / SD Memory Card / Memory Stick Duo / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.7in
Height:4.3in
Weight:3.9oz
Width:2.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick PRO Duo
Storage Capacity:4GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:MHS-PM5/MHS-PM5 Camera Kit
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony bloggie

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.6
Min Focal Length:7mm
Type:Lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Blue/Eggplant/Pink/White

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:5.038Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5 / 1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264/MPEG-4 / H.264
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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