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. Product Tour
  3. Color & Noise Performance
  4. Motion & Sharpness Performance
  5. Low Light Performance
  6. Compression & Media
  7. Manual Controls
  8. Still Features
  9. Handling & Use
  10. Playback & Connectivity
  11. Audio & Other Features
  12. Sanyo VPC-CG10 Comparison
  13. Sony MHS-CM1 Comparison
  14. Flip UltraHD Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Photo Gallery
  17. Specs and Ratings