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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

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Camcorders this size and specification really offer a fantastic and affordable solution for recording video and pictures.

They help to address the problems of carrying something that doesn't feel like a bulky burden and the fear of losing an expensive piece of equipment.

We liked:

The rotating lens, though a simple enough idea, does give the bloggie an edge when it comes to versatility, and when combined with the 360° lens it's possible to grab some truly different and exciting images.

Being able to share clips and images online so quickly is a real benefit and the bloggie excels in this department. It's such an uncomplicated process that it means there's no need to think twice at the prospect of broadcasting something online – provided it's not the content of the movie that you're embarrassed about.

And Sony should get a pat on the back for taking the plunge and making the PM5K SD/SDHC-card compatible, as it simply removes one of the reasons for not getting the bloggie in the first place.

We disliked:

There's no dodging the problems of jerky movement on some video footage, and it's frustrating to lose features – such as zoom – when choosing to shoot in 1,920 x 1,080.

The ability to record quickly and effectively is a must on a product like this and a more responsive record button has to be at the front of the queue next time around. While an HDMI socket may increase the price, it'd be a powerful addition to be able to view those Full HD images on a tiptop HD set.

Final verdict:

Great fun to use and supremely efficient when it comes to sharing movie and stills, the PM5K bloggie needs to up its game when it comes video capabilities because in many other areas it's a diverting and entertaining shooter.

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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