Last year, Sony threw us the Webbie mini camcorder. This year, it's the Bloggie. Will next year's pico-camcorder be called the Tweetie? The RSSfeedie? The Faxmachinie?
There's three Bloggie models this year, the MHS-PM5, MHS-PM5K and MHS-CM5. All three film in 1080p video and take 5.0-megapixel photos. The CM5 brings a much-needed feature to the pocket-cam set—an optical zoom (in this case, 5x). Finally!
The lenses of the PM5 and PM5K swivel in 270-degrees for that perfect "MySpace snap" that the Bloggie users will be craving, and are connectable via USB to both PC and Mac. What separates the PM5 and PM5K is that the latter can shoot 360-degree videos, via a lens adapter. All three accept either SD or Memory Stick, which is good because none have any internal memory.
SteadyShot image stabilization is only available when shooting in the 720p resolution with 30fps, so watch out for those shaky hands when shooting in 1080p with 30fps. 6-inch LCD screens feature on all models and the CM5 one also has an HDMI connector. Update: The Bloggie line will be available in February, with the CM5 going for $200 and the PM5 coming in at $180. [Sony]