Tired of the Flip and Kodak’s success, Sony is issuing a pocket-camcorder challenge by launching three new models: the MHS-PM5K, PM5 and CM5. The daddy of this trio is the PM5K, which offers Full HD MP4 video, 5MP stills plus the nifty ability to record 360-degree clips.
The PM5K, which Sony calls the ‘bloggie’, is an update to the PM1 launched last autumn. However, there’s been a lot of tinkering – the maximum res has gone from 1440×1080 to 1920×1080, the LCD up to 2.4in from 1.8in and, dramatically, the bloggie accepts SD/SDHC cards not just Sony’s own Memory Stick. Hell has officially frozen over.
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Lightweight and pocket friendly, the PM5K has a limited amount of controls, making it a cinch to use. But Sony needs to look again at the design of the video-record button, which is too small and unresponsive when quick reactions are required. You also can’t use the 4x digital zoom in the Full HD mode.