Sony Bloggie MHS-CM5 Camcorder Review



Sony has made many improvements to its second round of ultracompact camcorders. The lineup has gotten a new look, a new name, and a new design. However, even the much improved Sony Bloggie MHS-CM5 (MSRP $199.99) doesn't offer enough of an upgrade to place Sony above its competition.

The CM5 is the sister model to the new PM5, which offers a more familiar 'Flip-like' design, four different colors to choose from, a unique swivel lens, and a price tag that's $30 cheaper. The Bloggie CM5 comes only in eggplant purple, but it does have the 5x optical zoom that many crave.

Update: The Flip UltraHD was ultimately selected as our 2009 Ultracompact Camcorder of the Year. To see why we selected it and read about our other awards, check out the 2009 Select Awards.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Ease of Use
  12. Handling
  13. Controls
  14. Features
  15. Recording Options
  16. Hardware
  17. Other Features
  18. Sony MHS-CM1 Comparison
  19. Sanyo VPC-CG10 Comparison
  20. Pure Digital Flip UltraHD Comparison
  21. Conclusion
  22. Photo Gallery