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Sony MHS-PM5 Camcorder

130g 2.4" Oct 2013
Weight Display Diagonal Release Date
Average expert reviews
Does not have a good screen
Poor battery life
23 Reviews

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Reviews

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on eight expert reviews from sites including Techradar, Digital Versus, Good Gear Guide.com.au and theregister.co.uk the average expert rating of this camcorder is 70 out of 100.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Based on 4,270 owner and expert reviews (including 101 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its camcorders. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its video cameras compared to other brands. 95% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

User Reviews Are Average

On average, people who bought this camcorder rated it as 67 out of 100.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two Sony MHS-PM5 owners agreed that the product had good features. Expert review site Gizmodo.com wrote seven years ago “Bells and whistles galore” in their Sony MHS-PM5 review. L. Nwoye wrote “My advice would be to seek other brands since they tend be priced similarly and have more and better features”.


Design

Strong and Durable

Three customers who bought the product thought it was well made. Seven years ago Grz gave the product a score of 7 stars and wrote in their Sony MHS-PM5 review on Amazon.co.uk “Connecting is nice and easy thanks to built in usb”. M Maher wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon.co.uk “Nice quality build”.

Two people said in their reviews that the Sony MHS-PM5 was strong and durable. Avhub.com.au wrote “Rugged and tough, yet compact enough for easy pocketing”. Good Gear Guide.com.au wrote “Good video in optimum conditions, attractive and sturdy design” in their review of this camcorder.

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Well Designed

Three people mentioned in their reviews that the product was well designed. Avhub.com.au said three years ago “Attractive design” in their Sony MHS-PM5 review.

Two Sony MHS-PM5 owners who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was good looking. Seven years ago K. Wright wrote in their Sony MHS-PM5 review 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” and gave this camcorder a score of 6 stars.

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Good Quality

Four Sony MHS-PM5 reviewers said in their reviews that it was good quality. Gizmodo.com mentioned seven years ago “Good video quality”. Four years ago Valeri rated the product 9 stars and she mentioned in her Sony MHS-PM5 review on Amazon.co.uk “That is, smaller camera compared to DSLR, able to shoot high quality pictures with plenty of options”. M. Wootton mentioned in their review of the Sony MHS-PM5 “It screams "Quality" and feels good in the hand”.

Easy to Use

Nine Sony MHS-PM5 owners said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use. Seven years ago Stuff.tv said “Superbly simple to use” in their Sony MHS-PM5 review nonetheless they only scored it 1 stars. Expert review site Techcrunch.com mentioned “The swivel head can be handy.” in their review of this camcorder and scored the Sony MHS-PM5 5 stars. D. H. Arbuthnott wrote in their review of the Sony MHS-PM5 “The down load cable is complicated to use” .


Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The MHS-PM5 has a face detection. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a face detection.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

The MHS-PM5 is one of the lighter video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera (only 130 grams) amongst video cameras of this age. The lightest camcorder of this type and age is 65g weight, the heaviest is 7.5kg, and the average weight is 1.2kg.

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Good Lens

Thirteen people wrote that the product had a good lens. Gizmodo.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Lens head swivels through 270 degrees”. Gizmodo.com also wrote “360-degree panoramic view lens attachment” in their review. Avhub.com.au mentioned “Swivel lens also works as a protective lens cover” in their review of the Sony MHS-PM5 however despite that they scored the product 14 out of 100.

Two customers who reviewed it said that it had a good zoom. Expert website Techcrunch.com wrote “There’s a version for $30 more that has optical zoom and a better lens, at the cost of some portability”. Seven years ago Theregister.co.uk said “The articulating lens makes shooting easy and creative and even the digital zoom gives better results than you’d expect, it’s just a”.

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Does Not Have a Good Screen

Two Sony MHS-PM5 owners considered that it did not have a good screen. Seven years ago Gizmodo.com said “Screen real estate wasted, viewing angles too shallow”. Also seven years ago Digitaltrends.com mentioned “Only top half of display is viewable during video recording” in their Sony MHS-PM5 review.

One Sony MHS-PM5 owner said in their reviews that it did not have a good viewfinder. R. A. P. Rudd wrote in their review of the Sony MHS-PM5 on Amazon “A/ the viewfinder screen is very weak”.

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Power

Poor Battery Life

Two Sony MHS-PM5 owners reckoned that the product did not have a good battery life. Seven years ago Stuart Ross wrote “The unit has completely died, when you put it on charge it doesn't even see the power connection at all, I assumed the battery was dead” in his Sony MHS-PM5 review.


Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.4 inches, the MHS-PM5 has one of the smaller display diagonals amongst camcorders of this age. Video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera have display diagonals of between 1.3" and 11", and the average display diagonal is 3.5".

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230.4 pixels, the Sony MHS-PM5 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 150 pixels, the highest is 1,600,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 470,000 pixels.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Support PictBridge

The Sony MHS-PM5 does not support PictBridge, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera also do not support PictBridge.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Sony released the MHS-PM5.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony mhspm5kw, sony mhspm5p, mhspm5v, mhspm5l
Barcodes 00027242788992
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