Sony has launched a range of pocked-sized HD camcorders focused on easy photo- and video-sharing. The three-strong Sony Bloggie range supports high-definition video capture.

The Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5, close sibling MSH PM5K and the MHS-CM5 can capture video at a resolution of 1920x1080 as well as taking 5Mp still images. The PM5K model distinguishes itself by having a 360-degree video lens adapter enabling panoramic shots and footage to be taken. The Bloggie HMS-PM5, meanwhile, has a rotating lens that swivels 270 degrees, allowing users to capture video at awkward images. A 6cm LCD screen with a 230K resolution allows images to be previewed and reviewed.

All three Sony Bloggie camcorders have built-in PMB software that enables the user to plug the device in to any PC or Mac and directly upload images straight to a blog, social networking, photo or video-sharing site.

As on a digital camera, SteadyShot image stabilisation on the camcorders reduces camera shake while automatic face-detection focuses in on the subject or subjects in a shot.

The CM5 has a marginally larger 6.2cm LCD, a 5x optical zoom and an HDMI port so footage can be shown on a high-definition display to which it's attached. Larger than the other two models at 39x101x67mm, the Bloggie MHS-CM5 weighs 196g (or 175 without its battery). The PM5 and PM5K weigh 130g. 

All three camcorders record Mpeg4 (H.264) footage. They have a a nominal internal memory of 26MB, but are mainly for use with removable media cards. Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and Secure Digital and SDHC cards are supported.

Available in four colours including blue and pink, the Bloggie will be available from February. Pricing details have not yet been revealed.

The Bloggie MHS- PM5


The Bloggie MHS-CM5


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