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Sony MHS-PM5KL Bloggie High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 360 degree filming and 4GB Memory Stick - Blue

by Sony
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Slim, compact MHS-PM5/PM5K and MHS-CM5 capture 1920x1080 Full HD MP4 video clips and 5 megapixel still photos
  • Beautiful, eye-catching styling and premium features
  • 270 swivel lens for perfect self portraits (PM5/PM5K only)
  • Embedded PMB Portable software and built-in USB connector for quick, easy web uploads via PC and Macintosh
  • Shoot and view amazing 360 Videos (MHS-PM5K only)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 5.4 cm ; 109 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: MHSPM5KL.CE7
  • ASIN: B0031U1ALY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Jan 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,244 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

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

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
By Arheddis Varkenjaab TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a very smart little device, with Sony's usual high build quality. Very simple to use, just press 'record' and you're off. Picture quality is excellent, and the rotating lens is a great idea that allows you to film stuff at odd angles, or even yourself.

The 360 attachement is great fun, though you might find it not worth the extra cash. It is basically just a conical mirror that attaches over the lens, allowing you film in all directions at once. You can then use the software that comes with the camera to 'unwrap' the cylindrical image, giving you a super-wide angle picture. The quality suffers, as you might expect, but the novelty value more than makes up for it. It's lots of fun, and you can get some great effects with it. I'm imagining things like holding it up above your head at a party and filming everything, or leaving it running in the middle of a table at a family meal and filming the whole thing... lots of possibilties!

Battery life is fantastic, and the camera is about the size of a chunky mobile phone. Easily small enough to always carry with you, and quick to start and fantastic for filming your life. The rotating lens also has a trick, in that with it set at the correct angle, you can very easily film people and things while 'appearing' to be using a phone to send a text message. Excellent for candid shots. There is a tripod screw at the bottom, and the camera will stand up on its own. You can also rotate the lens so that you can lie it on its side and film.

However, this camera does have some downsides, and they are silly ones. Sony always makes beautiful objects and then spoils them by overlooking the details.

Firstly, image stabilising only works on the lowest quality setting, 30fps at 720p.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun camera, but with issues 1 Mar 2010
Colour Name:Violet|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is yet another addition to the pocket camcorder/camera market. I have already reviewed the Kodak Zi8 Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera - Black which was generally a very good item. The Sony is smaller and lighter, and the lens folds away to protect it. A genuine pocket camera.

The Sony's main selling points appear to be the 360 degree function, and the moveable, angled, camera head. To make use of the 360 function, you have to load the Sony software to your computer. This, as so often, did not go smoothly. In fairness, it may have been my PC (although it does have a fast Pentium processor) but I have found camera manufacturer's software to be lacking in ease of use and transfer generally. I prefer to stick with my own software so that the PC doesn't become burdened with too many different types. Anyway, once I got it to work, had snapped on the 360 degree adaptor, and taken still and video images, I had a look at the results on the computer. They were disappointing. Poor definition, nothing like the quality I had hoped for; but this is frankly far too modestly priced a camera to really expect otherwise. The angled head is something useful though. I took video of my cat hiding in a box and being silly (like cats do) with just the camera head poking over the top of the box; the results were good. You can swivel the head right round to take pictures of yourself if you want to. The stills picture quality I found quite acceptable for a pocket camera. Video images were good, a little jerky, as is the zoom function. The more computer memory, the smoother the images as you would expect. Video will not play on Media Player, Quicktime is needed.

Now some issues.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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OK, lets start with the obvious.

It is Sony so the build quality is awesome.

However when you start to use it the regrets can come flooding in.

The swivel lens is a great idea, but hardly revolutionary.

The 360 degree attachement is undoubtedly the feature that will sell this camera.

Great idea.

The software is a little strange to use, but with time will come as second nature, and you can always as other reviewers have pointed out just pop it in the computer on the memory stick.

The image quality is however what lets the blogie down.

Everything else is fine, size OK similar to an old mobile phone, OK my new iphone has a camera, but not with 360 degree functionality.

The battery life is good, and I suspect it is meant to live on the road, in the pocket or handbag ready to film anything, anytime, anywhere...

So I am torn.

It is compact and easy to use, with the 360 lens setting it apart.

However all of that is of no consequence it the image quality is poor.

It is not good.

In a simple test, my phone beat the stills images on the blogie.

As has been reported in low light, like at a party or meal out or sunset on holiday the image quality is very poor.

Which is a shame as that is when you would want to use it.

The supplied software is not good but does "unwrap" the 360 image so it is worth using for that alone.

I would have expected more.

A lot more from a sony product.

Value for money - 2 stars

Fun - 5 stars

Quality of images 2 stars

Quality of build/design 5 stars

Overall - 3 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish seller
Although the product by itself is alright i would not advise buying from media giant. They don't provide you with all of the accesories that are meant to be in the box such as a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ashley Hills
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloggie
Two things stand out:
a/ the viewfinder screen is very weak and although there is a brighter backlight setting you have to set this each time; i.e. Read more
Published 23 months ago by R. A. P. Rudd
2.0 out of 5 stars 360 user review
Camera was delivered within a couple of days after purchase.

Purchased camera for the 360 function. Quality of images from 360 function very poor. Was very disappointed. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by Disappointed 360 user
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor optics and features.
The mirrored dome is uneven, creating poor image quality in 360 mode.
poor light response at higher resolutions,suggest 1080 only for bright outdoor shots only. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2011 by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars review of SONY Bloggie
I bought this camera in August 2010, shortly after my last surviving Grandparent popped her clogs, in the hope the 360-degree shot feature would help capture a few decent shots of... Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by J. Duck
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sony Bloggie is a fun to use functional camera
I had been looking for a quick, easy and ready to use video/still camera to complement my larger more unwealdy video camera, for some time. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by Foggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cam but 360 lense is rubbish!
I use these Sony PM1 camera's a lot, I have 2 now, this new one and the first orange model and this newer one is a lot better. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2010 by Mr. R. Wraith
4.0 out of 5 stars Slick little camera
The Sony Bloggie is an attractive looking camcorder/camera and it small enough to fit into your pocket. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2010 by K. Wright
2.0 out of 5 stars not that good
I just got it for the 360 panoramic trick (all done by a tiny mirror). Knowing that stupid Sony couldn't be bothered to include unwrapping software for the Mac, I still bought it... Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2010 by B. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed at all Sony
I didn't buy my Bloggie through Amazon but none the less here's my review.

Out of the box easy to use and charge, looked like a lot of fun and indeed it was. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2010 by Stuart Ross
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