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Sony MHS-PM5K Bloggie review

Pocket-friendly camcorder with Full HD resolution and rotating lens

Our Verdict

For

  • Fast YouTube upload
  • 360° video recording
  • Ease of use
  • Built-in USB arm
  • SD/SDHC card recording

Against

  • Jerky video
  • No HDMI socket
  • Unresponsive record button
  • Low-light recording
  • No zoom in Full HD mode

Sony's MHS-PM5K is a pocket-size camcorder offering full 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and the ability to shoot 5MP stills and take 360° videos.

Sony doesn't want you to call it by its product name though; it wants the PM5K to be known as the bloggie…

Why the bloggie? Well, for a start the compact dimensions allow it to be carried around easily, so it's on hand to record movies and stills of priceless moments, providing a visual index for you, your family and your mates.

Also, the lens can be rotated 270 degrees, and this makes it possible to swivel it around and deliver your own piece (or video blog) to camera; great for state-of-the-nation addresses and grumpy rants.

The MHS-PM5K bloggie also offers the opportunity for quick and easy online sharing of movies and stills.

Sony mhs pm5k bloggie

It has a built-in USB arm and can be connected to either a PC or Mac. There's software embedded on the camcorder so no installation is necessary.

The software opens when it detects the bloggie has been connected and it's possible to log on to YouTube, Dailymotion or Picasa accounts and upload videos and images almost instantaneously. Integration with Facebook is being promised, as an update, in April.

Sony mhs pm5k bloggie

The software is also used to 'uncurl' the 360 degree videos the bloggie is capable of taking with a supplied clip-on lens. This records panoramic movies, which though they look weird on normal playback, make a widescreen impact when unfurled using the software.

Sony has used the bloggie to take a bold step, too. On the PM5K's predecessor, the PM1, recordings could only be made to Memory Stick, but now Sony has enabled the bloggie to capture on SD and SDHC cards as well.

This particular bloggie is not alone as Sony has created a trio of models in the range, so besides the PM5K, there's also the PM5 (no 360 degree recording) and the pistol-grip design of the CM5, which features an HDMI output so you can connect it to a high-def TV.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Camcorder
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Number of Image Sensors1
Effective Image Resolution3.7 Megapixel
Effective Video Resolution2.1 Megapixel
Product Familybloggie MHS
Recording MediaMemory Card
Image StabilizationElectronic
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSony
Screen Size5.1 cm (2")
Recording FormatsHD
Image Sensor Size1/2.5"
Maximum Image Resolution2592 x 1944
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Maximum Battery Run Time1.58 Hour
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
USBYes
Memory Card Size Included4 GB
Memory Card Type IncludedMemory Stick
Longest Shutter Speed1/15 Second
Shortest Shutter Speed1/4000 Second
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)to 57 mm
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height108 mm
Width19 mm
Depth54 mm
ColourViolet
Video SystemPAL
Product SeriesMHS
Focal Length7 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesFixed
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelMHS-PM5K
Product Namebloggie MHS-PM5K High Definition Digital Camcorder
Product Linebloggie
Aperture Rangef/3.6
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberMHSPM5KV.CE7
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

With bloggie MHS-PM5K Mobile HD Snap Camera upload your life in HD. It features 5MP still, 1920x1080 Full HD, swivel lens, 360 Video, built-in USB and sharing software. Fun Full HD video and still shooting.

Package Contents
  • bloggie MHS-PM5K High Definition Digital Camcorder
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BK1)
  • Component Cable
  • A/V Connecting Cable
  • USB Cable
  • 360 Video Lens
  • 4GB Memory Stick
  • Wrist Strap
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution230400 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)110 g
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