The new Bloggie MHS-CM5/V pocketable Sony camcorder has a 5X optical zoom, and shoots 1080p footage at 30fps and 5 mega-pixel photos. It's also compatible with SD/SDHC cards, ending the company's Memory Stick-only era.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    The 1080p-shooting Sony Bloggie MHS-CM5 has a pistol-grip design and a 5X optical zoom lens, but it doesn't match the performance of similarly priced pocket camcorders.

    Pros

    • Good digital image stabilization
    • Face detection for video and stills
    • Swivel screen is great for odd-angle shots
    • 5X optical zoom lens

    Cons

    • Disappointing video, especially in low light
    • Bulkier than most pocket camcorders
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