Sony announced two new stylish pocket ?bloggie? cameras that offer high quality 1080p MP4 video and still photo shooting, as well as easy web sharing capabilities. The MHS-CM5 sports a vertical grip design and comes with a flip-out 2.5″ LCD screen, 5x optical zoom and HDMI output. The ultra-compact, lightweight MHS-PM5 features a rotating lens that swivels 270 degrees, 4x digital zoom and SteadyShot image stabilization to reduce shake for smoother footage that can be viewed on a 2.4″ LCD. Both cameras also feature Face Detection and record video and still images directly to Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD or SDHC cards.
By connecting the camera to a PC or Mac via the built-in USB, the pre-installed PMB Portable software transfers content to video and photo sharing websites. It includes direct upload to Shutterfly, Picasa, YouTube, Dailymotion and Photobucket.
The MHS-CM5 and MHS-PM5 are available in March for about $250 and $200, respectively.