Summary: The Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5 is a compact digital camera with reduced size, very colorful and ideal to take with you anywhere. As for features, stands the ability to record movies in Full HD while for the rest there is nothing else to put particular emphasis, if not the USB plug built right into the...
Pros: Integrated USB plug; Compact size; Head with rotating lens; Face Detection; excellent display and layout.
Cons: No optical zoom, macro mode No, No low light mode; few functions.
Excerpt: Best of all, the PM5 has rather a killer app in the inclusion of a 360-degree lens attachment (see panel below). Click this on top of the normal lens and its internal mirror reflects a 360-degree panorama image to be recorded.
Excerpt: Sony’ latest entry into the booming pocket camcorder market pairs a 1080p image sensor with a unique lens that swivels 270 degrees up and down. While novel, lightweight and surprisingly affordable at $150, we found the Bloggie PM5 can’t match the video quality of many less endeavoring pocket cams.
Excerpt: Panoramas do not have to be frozen in time any more. Sony’s latest pocket camcorder, the swiveling MHS-PM5K, captures a full 360-degree field of view with a simple add-on lens, producing playable panoramas that you can literally look around in as you watch.
Excerpt: In keeping with the company’s general direction of late, Sony’s entry into the pocket camcorder market is overdesigned and underfunctional. The big draw with Sony’s Bloggie versus, say, similar offerings from Flip, Creative or Kodak is the inclusion of a swiveling lens, which gives the user immense...
Pros: Rugged and tough, yet compact enough for easy pocketing. Swivel lens also works as a protective lens cover.
Cons: Difficult to use single-handedly. Controls are unintuitive and slow to respond. Included PC software is limited.
Summary: Sony has taken several steps forward since it debuted its first pocket camcorders last year, but it's also taken a step back. While $149 is a good price for a pocket cam with these specs, the Bloggie MHS-PM5's design is more difficult to use than its predecessor.