Sony has announced the new MHS-PM1 pocket HD camcorder, a compact device that can record in full HD at 1080p resolution.
Pocket camcorders such as this are increasingly popular with consumers looking for a simple way to record video clips and upload them to sites such as YouTube.
Previous models we have tested, such as the Flip Mino HD, Flip Ultra HD, Kodak Zi6 and Kodak Zx1 have been capable of HD recording, but at a lower resolution of 720p.
High-definition video recording
The MHS-PM1 has the edge on its pocket peers, according to Sony, thanks to its higher resolution of 1080p. This means videos should be crisp and detailed. You can also use the MHS-PM1 to take 5Mp still images.
The lens can rotate by 270 degrees, so you can film yourself while looking into the 1.8 inch LCD screen, or point the lens outwards for more conventional recording. There’s no optical zoom on the lens, though the MHS-PM1 allows you to zoom digitally by up to x4.
With the battery included, the MHS-PM1 weighs only 120g, and it’s just 2.4cm thick, making this a very portable camcorder that will easily slip into a pocket. The MHS-PM1 records to Sony’s Memory Stick Pro Duo memory card format.
Richard Parris, Which? camcorders expert, said: ‘The MHS-PM1 is yet another addition to the growing roster of pocket HD camcorders, and Sony’s decision to join this market shows the popularity of simple-to-use camcorders with the YouTube generation.’
For more help choosing a camcorder, be sure to check our expert Which? reviews of the best HD camcorders, where you can find much more on pocket camcorders from manufacturers such as Flip and Kodak.
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