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Sony MHS-PM5 Camcorder

130g 2.4" Oct 2013
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Upload your life in HD Full HD video and 5MP photo on memory card - Capture detailed 1920x1080/30p Full HD video clips. Also shoots smooth clips at 1280x720/60p, and 5MP still photo. Simple... More
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Average Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this video camera is 70% based on 14 owner reviews.

Easy to Use

A number of Sony MHS-PM5 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use. Arheddis Varkenjaab wrote in their review of the Sony MHS-PM5 “Very simple to use, just press 'record'” and scored it 80 out of 100. Emma E scored the product 80 out of 100 and she said in her review of this camcorder on Amazon “Really easy to use too”. Emma E also wrote “She is thinking of getting one (she's 60) as it's so easy to use and has a nice large viewing screen!”.

Good Product Quality

Eight customers who reviewed the Sony MHS-PM5 thought it was good quality. Arheddis Varkenjaab mentioned on Amazon “Picture quality is excellent” in their Sony MHS-PM5 review and scored it 4 stars. Six years ago Doug said in his review on Amazon “It is Sony so the build quality is awesome”. Doug also wrote “However all of that is of no consequence it the image quality is poor”.

Nice Design

Some people who reviewed it considered that it was good looking. Six years ago Arheddis Varkenjaab wrote on Amazon “Sony always makes beautiful objects and then spoils them by overlooking the details” in their review of the Sony MHS-PM5. K. Wright said in their review of the Sony MHS-PM5 on Amazon “Overall this is a fun and nice looking camcorder although I am sure there are similar things out there with better software or a better price”.

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was a good design. Avhub.com.au wrote “Attractive design” in their Sony MHS-PM5 review. Avhub.com.au also said “Good video in optimum conditions, attractive and sturdy design”.

One Sony MHS-PM5 owner who bought this camcorder thought it was ergonomic. Avhub.com.au said “Ergonomically difficult to use” in their Sony MHS-PM5 review.

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Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Sony is one of the superior camcorder brands according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Sony also has good reviews for its camcorders.

Robust

Some Sony MHS-PM5 owners wrote that the Sony MHS-PM5 was well made. J. S. Hardman wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon six years ago “My mobile phone has a reasonable video camera built in.”. Five years ago Richard mentioned in his review of the Sony MHS-PM5 “Feels solid enough, software loads easily on windows7”. Avhub.com.au wrote “Solid HD video”.

A few customers who reviewed it agreed that it was strong and durable.

One person who reviewed this camcorder considered that it was reliable. J. Duck said “It's nowhere near as good as my trusty old Fujifilm FinePix S6500 Digital Camera - Black (6.3MP, 10.7x Optical Zoom) 2.5inch LCD in that department” but in spite of that they only gave the product a score of 3 stars.

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Good Quality Lens

Several customers who reviewed this camcorder thought it had a good lens. Arheddis Varkenjaab wrote on Amazon “The rotating lens is a great idea that allows you to film stuff at odd angles, or even yourself”. Doug wrote “The swivel lens is a great idea.” in his Sony MHS-PM5 review. Foggy scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote “~ There is no flash facility~ The lens would be better if it started in wide angle” in their review.

Good Size

Several customers said in their reviews that this camcorder was compact. Doug mentioned on Amazon “It is compact and easy to use, with the 360 lens setting it apart” in his Sony MHS-PM5 review. Avhub.com.au wrote “Rugged and tough, yet compact enough for easy pocketing”.

A number of people who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it was lightweight. Avhub.com.au wrote “Stylish, lightweight design” in their Sony MHS-PM5 review. Avhub.com.au also said “Compact and lightweight”. One customer who bought this camcorder wrote that it was thin. Two years ago Avhub.com.au mentioned “Slim, lightweight, stylish” in their review.

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Good Battery Life

Some people mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good battery life. Doug said on Amazon six years ago “The battery life is good” however he only rated the product 60 out of 100. Emma E said in the same month “It worked straight out of the box, no setting up required and the battery was fully charged when it arrived so no waiting”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several Sony MHS-PM5 reviewers reckoned that it had a good screen. Dr. D. E. Goldwater said “It looks quite good when composing a picture on the nice clear screen” in their review. Avhub.com.au mentioned in their Sony MHS-PM5 review “Screen real estate wasted, viewing angles too shallow”.

Good Technical Features

One person wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had good features. Richard mentioned “Minimal features, self timer, steady shot - no editing features on board expected much more from Sony” although he rated the Sony MHS-PM5 2 stars.

Small

The smallest video camera of a similar age and spec to the MHS-PM5 is 19mm wide, the biggest is 640mm, and the average width is 95mm. The width of the MHS-PM5 of only 19 millimeters is one of the smallest amongst camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

One person who purchased the Sony MHS-PM5 considered that it was not good in terms of USB connections. Avhub.com.au mentioned in their Sony MHS-PM5 review “USB dongle awkward for desktops, monitors” .

One Sony MHS-PM5 owner considered that this camcorder was not good in terms of HDMI connections. Dr. D. E. Goldwater wrote “It has no HDMI output so it is a bit silly calling it an HD camcorder as you cannot play back in HD directly onto the HD TV” in their Sony MHS-PM5 review.

One customer who purchased the Sony MHS-PM5 wrote that it was not able to connect to the internet. Arheddis Varkenjaab said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “The 'upload to internet' functionality is poor (no facebook! No flickr!”.

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Poor Support

One Sony MHS-PM5 owner who purchased this camcorder said that it did not have good technical guidance.

Not Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the MHS-PM5, the MHS-PM5 is not Full HD.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to consider the PXW-FS7K, or the PMW-300 both from Sony or the ION Air Pro Lite ActION which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sony MHS-PM5 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the MHS-PM5 also do not have an image stabiliser.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Sony PMW-150, the JVC GY-HM150, or the Cisco Flip UltraHD which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The MHS-PM5 does not have an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the MHS-PM5 also do not have an HDMI port.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an HDMI port that you might also want to consider including the Sony PXW-FS7K, the Panasonic AG-HPX600 ($1,000.00), or the ION Air Pro Lite ActION which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras that were launched around the same time as the MHS-PM5 do not have an interchangeable lens. The MHS-PM5 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think the PMWEX3, the HXR-NX30 ($79.95), or the PMW100 all from Sony is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 2.4 inches, the MHS-PM5 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. The smallest screen size of camcorders that are a comparable age to the MHS-PM5 is 1.3", the largest is 11", and the average screen size is 3.1".

If you want a camcorder with a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Transcend DrivePro 200 ($99.95) (2.4015761"), the Canon ZR50MC (2.5"), or the Panasonic HC-V270EB (2.6377967") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of camcorders that were released around the same time as the MHS-PM5 is 490,000 pixels. At only 230.4 pixels, the MHS-PM5 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the MHS-PM5 have a built-in display, however the MHS-PM5 does not have a built-in display.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display that you might want to look at including the PXW-FS7K, or the PMW-150 both from Sony or the Next Base GO iNCar 101 which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The MHS-PM5 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the MHS-PM5 are also not waterproof.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is waterproof then you might also want to consider the Air Pro Lite ActION, or the The Game ActION ($186.98) both from ION or the HTC RE Digital Camera ($201.90) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The MHS-PM5 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the MHS-PM5 also do not have a night mode.

Alternative camcorders which also have a night mode that you might want to consider include the F-500G, or the F-500 both from HP or the Transcend DrivePro 200 ($99.95) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The MHS-PM5 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the MHS-PM5 also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the HDR-PJ820, or the HDR-PJ420 both from Sony which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The MHS-PM5 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the MHS-PM5 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-TD20VE which is also higher rated.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony MHS-PM5

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the MHS-PM5.

Average Weight

With a weight of 130 grams, the MHS-PM5 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the MHS-PM5.

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Specification

Focusing
Smile Detection
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PictBridge
Networking
Bluetooth
Weight & Dimensions
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Other Features
Night Mode
Conversion Function

Expert Reviews

26 May 2014

Thrilling product of the month even among such a quality pack as featured in this issue is Sony's confusingly named Bloggie Mobile High Definition Snap camera (MHS-PM5K or PM5 to its friends).Why... Read more…

Rugged and tough, yet compact enough for easy pocketing
Swivel lens also works as a protective lens cover
Sharp, full HD video
Stylish, lightweight design
Swiveling lens allows for a wide array of shooting angle
Difficult to use singlehandedly
Controls are unintuitive and slow to respond
Included PC software is limited
Ergonomically difficult to use
Software isnt on board the camcorder

User Reviews

(14)
Reviewed 2 November 2013 by Ashley Hills
(Verified Purchase)

Although the product by itself is alright i would not advise buying from media giant. They don't provide you with all of the accesories that are meant to be in the box such as a usb cable needed... Read more…

Reviewed 18 September 2012 by R. A. P. Rudd
(Verified Purchase)

Two things stand out:
a/ the viewfinder screen is very weak and although there is a brighter backlight setting you have to set this each time; i.e. it does not stay on that setting;
b/... Read more…

Reviewed 23 May 2012 by Annette
(Verified Purchase)

Product arrived a bit later than expected but it is a brilliant product and did exactly what we wanted it to do. took very good photos aswell as camcorder footage...

Reviewed 15 March 2011 by Richard
(Verified Purchase)

The mirrored dome is uneven, creating poor image quality in 360 mode.
poor light response at higher resolutions,suggest 1080 only for bright outdoor shots only.
Viewfinder preview uses... Read more…

Reviewed 1 February 2011 by J. Duck "jduck1979"
(Verified Purchase)

I bought this camera in August 2010, shortly after my last surviving Grandparent popped her clogs, in the hope the 360-degree shot feature would help capture a few decent shots of her house before... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers mhspm5, mhspm5w, mhspm5v, mhspm5l, sony mhspm5, sony mhspm5p
Barcodes 00027242788992
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