Is Sony's Bloggie HD MHS-CM5 a pocket camcorder contender?
The Sony Bloggie CM5 isn't as compact as competing models from Flip Video and Kodak, but it delivers an above-average feature set and video for the money.
So far, Sony hasn't done too well in the fast-growing cheap pocket camcorder space dominated by Flip Video, characterized by candy bar vertical camcorder designs and prices ranging from $150 to $250.
After an initial flop with the poorly named NSC-GC1 Net-sharing camera a few years back, Sony redubbed its pocket camcorder line to the also poorly named "Webbie." That move fell flat, and now it's now moved on to the marginally less poorly named "Bloggie" and returned one of the models to the pistol-grip design of yesteryear, which remains popular with small, zooming camcorders from companies such as Sanyo and Aiptek.
Though redesigned from its predecessor, the Webbie HD MHS-CM1, the Bloggie HD MHS-CM5 offers a similar feature set: 1080p video capture, a 5x optical zoom lens, a large 2.5-inch swiveling LCD, and a rechargeable, removable lithium ion battery. It adds a mini-HDMI connector and the capability to charge the battery via the attached USB connector.