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Sony’s new Cybershot TX5, TX7 and Bloggie

Sony’s latest Cybershots have changed my wish list for a new range finder camera. Up high on the list is the all-around Cyber-shot TX5 made for rugged and extreme conditions.

During the Sony event at Shangri-la, Boracay, we were able to use all these new toys for the team competition. Unfortunately, I was too engrossed in the race I completely forgot to take photos and sample shots.

Coming in from the Cyber-shot TX1 model, Sony’s TX5 is the waterproof (10 feet), shockproof (5 feet), dustproof, and freeze-proof (14°-104 °F) version. Its got a 10.2MP sensor, a 3.0″ touch screen display, and able to do 720p HD (1280×720) movies at 30 fps.

One of its nicest feature is the intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode — just shoot in a swiping direction (sideways or downwards) and it will automatically generate a panoramic shot. This is a departure from the 3-shot stitching function we’ve seen in other models.

On the other hand, the Sony Cyber-shot TX7 is a similar model with the same 10.2MP sensor (25mm equivalent), 4x optical zoom, 1080i AVCHD Movie Mode, with a special 10-frames-per-second shooting mode (burst mode) and Sweep Panorama Mode. It’s also got a bigger 3.5″ touch screen display and an ISO of up to 3200.

Sony also introduced it’s own Bloggie camera (MHS-PM5/V) for shooting short HD videos. This is their answer to the popular Flip Mino HD.

The Bloggie takes full HD 1080p videos at MPEG4 AVC/H.264 (MP4) format. I can also do still images at 5MP. Storage is via Memory Stick PRO Duo 4GD with another slot for SD card for expansion (SRP: Php14,999). The camera lens rotates a good 270-degree and comes with a secondary lens attachment that can record a full 360-degrees all at once.

Our team actually won this during the competition so I should be able to demonstrate that 360-degree shooting mode once they ship it to us. See photos of the Shangri-la Boracay Spa & Resort here.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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14 Responses

  1. warfab says:

    So the MHS-CM5 won’t be available in the Philippines? Only the MHS-PM5?

  2. I was amazed by the Bloggie, really hope to own this own as I love taking videos for my blogging.

  3. Edgar says:

    I may be wrong, but isn’t this the first time Sony uses SD cards in its cameras?

  4. StrayArrow says:

    howowow…. everyday comes another entry to my long wishlist…. hope to own a bloggie …. hmmmm

  5. daddy joey says:

    that bloggie’s specs are way better than my HD pocket camcorders’

  6. Leandro says:

    I have the cm5 and the quality is pretty awesome. PM5 sucks because it doesn’t have optical zoom and reviews say that it has problems with the focus.

  7. Lil says:

    good thing I havent ordered via amazon.
    when will bloggie be available?

    please answer.

  8. warfab says:

    @Leandro: How’s the battery life with your CM5? A review told me to get another battery since both the CM5 and the PM5 does just over an hour of recording. That’s why I bought another battery together with the CM5 when I ordered through amazon.

    I really wish they’d intro the CM5 here in the Philippines so I wouldn’t have to buy the other accessories abroad…

  9. Leandro says:

    yup, battery life is terrible. lasts only a little over an hour. bought a spare one here in the philippines for P2,300.

  10. warfab says:

    @Leandro: Thanks for the reply. I’m glad that my decision to buy the extra bat was a good one. Did you also buy a mini-HMDI to HMDI cable for your CM5?

  11. Leandro says:

    no, i haven’t gotten a cable yet but i think that’s pretty easy to find here.

  12. waz says:

    Um. Only asking, is the CM5 Sony Bloggie released already? I wanted to buy it already eh. If so, how much is it here? Please reply soon…

  13. PW says:

    anybody here knows how much the sony tx5 costs here in the phil?

  14. Nonoy says:

    I also have the Sony Cybershot, but not this model, it’s the DSC-WX1. I wonder if which is more updated or more latest, TX 15 and 17 or the DSC-WX1?

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