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Sony MHS-PM5 bloggie HD Video Camera (Violet)

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  • 1920x1080 HD recording w/5MP still images
  • 2.4" LCD3 (230k pixels) with full-screen playback
  • Built-in USB arm for upload/charge
  • Built-in PMB Portable software for easy upload to web
  • Convenient, 270 degree Rotating Lens System
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Technical Details

Color: Violet
  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: MHS-PM5/V
  • Media Type: Flash card
  • Optical zoom: 5 x
  • Display Size: 2.4 inches
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Product Details

Color: Violet
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.5 x 2.3 inches ; 4.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0031RGKVC
  • Item model number: MHS-PM5/V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,709 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 6, 2010

Product Description

Color: Violet

From the Manufacturer

1920x1080 HD recording w/5MP still images1920x1080 HD recording w/5MP still images
The bloggie camera lets you record your favorite moments in High Definition MP4 (H.264) format and features a 5MP CMOS sensor that lets you take crisp 5MP still images. MP4 is a popular format for high definition video that compresses the size of your audio and video, making your media files small enough to easily transfer to your compatible PC or Mac. MP4 is also highly compatible with the Web, so you can effortlessly upload your media to popular photo or video-sharing Web sites like Photobucket or YouTube. (Compatible PC with internet capability required).

2.4" LCD (230k pixels) with full-screen playback
The bloggie camera’s horizontal playback feature lets you record video while holding the camcorder in it’s natural, upright position, and when you want to play back your movies, simply rotate the camera into a landscape (horizontal) position to take full advantage of the 2.4” LCD display.

Build-in USB arm for upload/charge
A built-in USB arm lets you connect your camera directly to your compatible PC/Mac to upload video and/or charge your battery without having to hunt for cables. Built-in PMB Portable software for easy upload to web With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable software, the bloggie camera makes it easy to pre-select videos and images in the camera and conveniently upload them from the camera to a compatible PC and popular Internet sharing sites, without the need for any additional software.

Convenient, 270 degree Rotating Lens System
The bloggie camera features a unique lens that swivels up to 270 degrees and, when rotated, instantly powers on the camera so you can start recording video or taking still shots immediately.

4.5oz lightweight, pocketable design
Approximately 0.75" thick and 2.25" wide, the bloggie is ultra-compact and easy to carry with you in your bag or pocket.

SteadyShot image stabilization
SteadyShot image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.

4x Digital Zoom
The bloggie camera boasts 4x Digital zoom that lets you move in close and capture the action in crisp detail.

Face Detection
Face Detection technology recognizes faces and optimizes camera settings for both video and still images, so faces are captured more clearly and skin tones look more natural.

Memory Stick PRO Duo media slot
Record video and still images directly to Memory Stick PRO Duo media (sold separately), for easy transfer to a compatible PC or Mac for e-mailing, printing, or sharing with other Memory Stick PRO Duo compatible devices (sold separately).

SD Card Functionality
Sony SD memory cards are the perfect solution for storing and sharing your digital content such as high-quality photos, videos, music, and more.

1/2.5" CMOS sensor
The integrated 5MP CMOS sensor enables the bloggie camera lets you to take sharp 5MP still images in addition to HD MP4 video.

Product Description

Capture HD MP4 video and 5MP images and upload them directly to the Web with the Sony® bloggie™ camera. The pocketable bloggie camera also features a unique swivel lens that rotates up to 270 degrees, making it easy to self-record a video clip.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The quality of the images is good, the audio/video are good, not great.
Amazon Customer
I hesitated for a long time before buying this camera but I'm glad to say I don't regret it at all!
Greg G.
Now a month after that I'm taking my second 'new' Sony Bloggie back again with the same problem.
schibets

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

285 of 293 people found the following review helpful By Greg G. on May 1, 2010
Color Name: Violet
Several people complained on various internet review boards about how this camera does not deliver very high quality video, etc. I'm a technology enthusiast, computer specialist, amateur photographer and have about 7 or 8 different cameras - so I feel qualified to give a good review.
This is a camcorder meant for internet uploads/sharing, quick shots, etc. This is not what you want to film your wedding with. So don't expect broadcast quality.
Having said that I think the image quality is VERY good for its size. One huge advantage over Flip/etc... is the swiveling lens. This was the main attraction for me. I'm always embarassed waving a big camera in public. Just don't like when people stare at me for filming something. This is why Sony bloggie is a great product. You can turn the lens to an angle you like and hold the device like your cellphone. People will actually think you are just playing with your phone.
Let's get done with my complaints list quickly:
-CMOS sensor - means you get the rolling shutter a.k.a jello effect when panning too fast with the camera (vertical objects appear skewed)
-Smaller lens angle when using 1080p mode. (i.e. picture is too "tele")... you get a nicer wide angle if using 720p.

That's about it, image quality -especially in daylight- is very very good for such a camera. I actually prefer to record in 720p 60fps mode, the high frame rate gives it a very smooth motion.
FYI, it's compatible with Apple's iMovie. Will take some time to import your videos but once it's done, editing is super easy!

I hesitated for a long time before buying this camera but I'm glad to say I don't regret it at all! Very satisfied with my purchase.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By mia on February 19, 2010
Color Name: Violet
My actual rating is 3.5 stars but I've rounded up for now.
First, I read the specs of this before I ordered it so I knew what I was getting myself into. I did not buy this for great recording capabilities and did not expect that. I bought this device to have a easily portable recording device for cheap and it delivers.

The negatives for me so far has been the awful sound recording and the lighting. I did not expect a great mic but the quality of sound recording is far below my expectations. Combine this with the inability to attach an external mic (let me know if there's a way that I don't know of) makes this device subpar. The lighting recorded fluctuates quite a bit. Sometimes I would have to set the setting a couple times to get video to appear versus a dark/black screen. Let me note that I was recording in the evenings indoors without much light in the first place. Yes, this isn't ideal but if it is not able to handle that lighting, setting the device's settings a couple times should not magically "fix" the issue.

The overall design works well and the navigation is a breeze, similar to other Sony cameras. You can also easily pull this device out of your pocket and start shooting either in camera mode or camcorder mode within seconds. I do feel that they could have utilized the screen space much better; video is displayed on the top of the screen and the bottom of the screen is basically wasted IMO. There are no exposed ports so the unit is nice and sleek. The area that goes over the USB doesn't completely move out of the way so depending on the USB port you are connecting to you might not be able to plug it in. No worries though, a USB extension is included. Oh, and you can use both SD and the memory stick, yay!
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128 of 151 people found the following review helpful By aardvarks on January 28, 2010
Color Name: Violet
I was really excited to see the next generation of pocket camcorders come out for 2010 and the Bloggie is the first I know of. It has a larger, updated optical sensor and presumably updated firmware and hardware to render better video quality. I bought it as soon as I found out it was available.

My initial impressions are less about the Bloggie and more about what an achievement the Flip cameras are. Here's why:

The Sony Bloggie seems brighter but is more sensitive to movement than the MinoHD. I go over my videos frame by frame to get screen captures and the majority of the frames the Bloggie seems lost on the action and repeats the same bad exposure for many more frames before it adjusts to get the best exposure. The MinoHD on the other hand, even though it is over a year old, is much quicker at correcting exposure, frame by frame, focus and light, to provide overall better video resolution. This is in spite of the fact that the Sony Bloggie has a bigger optical sensor and the newest hardware. Flip just seems way ahead of every pocket camcorder (haven't tested the Kodaks) in its internal intelligence in detecting focus and exposure. This is what truly gives it the edge.

The Bloggie does have a removable battery or memory card unlike the Flip. But I can't wonder if it's even necessary. I've never needed more memory or another battery in my Flip. Also it presents open compartments that will no doubt gather dirt in the electronics and buttons, unlike the Flip which is mostly sealed.

Playback mode? I'm a software developer so I'm not afraid of complicated stuff but I found the playback controls on this frustrating over and over.
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