WiFi connectivity and wireless features
The Bloggie Live's benefits include a lower price tag and a simpler feature set. It's a dedicated camcorder, so you don't have to worry about all the other features, apps, and costs associated with owning a smartphone. Then again, if you already have a smartphone that can record and transfer video wirelessly, then there's really no good reason to buy a Bloggie Live.
Capable, well designed camcorder
The Bloggie is a good choice for someone who either doesn't have a decent camera/video camera on a phone or mp3 player, as it does basically everything those devices do.
It also has several features not found on iOS: stills while recording, steadyshot, stereo sound, dedicated still/video buttons, 60p mode, and direct sharing with other smartphones to name a few. I found myself reaching for the Bloggie when I knew I'd want to take some video rather than relying on my iPhone.
Live-streaming capabilities via built-in Qik app
Without a doubt, the Sony Bloggie Live is the most versatile pocket camcorder we've tested in terms of wireless streaming, peer-to-peer sharing, and still-image resolution. Admittedly, it lacks a couple of useful features found in Kodak's Zi8, such as a mic-in port, a dedicated macro/landscape toggle, and removable storage. Is it a compelling alternative to a higher-end smartphone?
Small size and light weight make this camera easy to have at all times.
Pocket camcorders have come a long way, and the Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 proves that. This camcorder has fully embraced the technology of high definition and combined it with ease of use and portability. Uploading and sharing with social networks, YouTube, smart phones, and tablets has become an effortless process through this little Wi-Fi enabled device. It only takes a few touches on the camera's 3-inch touch-screen and you're done.
I also find the camera uncomfortable to hold, giving very little room for fingers without constantly, and accidentally hitting buttons (mainly, the silver side button), when held in the horizontal shooting position. If there was no issue with the sound playback mentioned above, I would have kept the camera and just trained myself to hold it differently, as well as learned to tolerate the lack of 'touch screen' responsiveness, but because of the playback sound issues, I'm sending it back.
Sturdy build and waterproofing
Sony's bloggies have never quite been the value option. If you want a decent waterproof pocket Internet camcorder, then Samsung's W200 is very keenly priced, Polaroid's X720 even more cost effective, and then Panasonic's HM-TA20 and Kodak's Playsport Zx5 are also both cheaper than the bloggie Sport. Features are also very limited, even for a camcorder of this type. But this is a typically solid Sony device, and of course image quality is top of the genre.
Shock and waterproof body
The Bloggie Sport won't challenge the pro-level video cameras in terms of features and quality, but its simple interface and sturdy, waterproof body is likely to appeal to families at the beach or the extreme sports enthusiast who regularly finds his or her camera submerged in water.
Decent video performance
The Sony Bloggie Sport is much like previous Sony pocket camcorders only a lot hardier. Waterproof and impervious to dust and (moderate) drops onto hard surfaces, you'll struggle to break it. It's simple to use, with barely any settings to tweak and one huge record button to kick off video although the touchscreen can be slightly unresponsive at times.
Full screen recording, in-camera tagging
The Bloggie Touch is by far Sony's best effort in the pocket camcorder market to date. The autofocus lens may frustrate a bit indoors, and holding the camcorder horizontally may take some Flip fans some getting used to. But the video quality is excellent and the use of the full 3-inch touchscreen really makes it easy to capture your movies.
Low light abilities are particularly impressive that come as a pocket Internet camcorder.
Now that more and more phones are offering video recording at HD resolutions, with Internet upload abilities built in, the writing would appear to be on the wall for pocket Internet camcorders such as the Bloggie Touch.
However, Sony has still managed to give it some features that could lure you away. For a start, the much larger sensor means image quality in low light will be significantly better. But the 360-degree attachment is also unique.
A better-than-average pocket cam, but not the game-changer we were hoping for.
Overall the Sony Bloggie Touch feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. It's beautiful on the outside, small, well made and lightweight, and captures good-quality video and stills, but lacks anything truly stellar to elevate it beyond the competition - especially given its price tag.
very good bang for the buck
I didn't test out the sharing options although it seems to have a wealth of them. Also, in non U.S. territories, there is also a package sold with a panaramic 360 degree view add on device. The manual talks about it. As far as I can tell, this device is not sold seperately anywhere yet, and the combo package is not offered natively in the U.S.
Still picture quality is not as good as the original Bloggie Touch
The Sony Bloggie 3D (MHS-FS3) is a portable digital video recorder built with a minimalist design that can comfortably fit in a pocket. This is related to the Sony Bloggie Duo (MHS-FS2), but uses two sensors to record 3D content and only has the one screen.
Compact, lightweight, simple to use
We're still not fans of Flip-type cameras. We feel you're compromising too much on the picture and video side of the equation, especially compared to the cheaper, competing Sony WX9 digicam, for example. And the 3D portion of the Bloggie 3D isn't ready for prime time. Yeah, we know all about the pluses of quick image uploads, but if that's your game, just use your cellphone. If you care even a teensy bit about quality, there are tons of other options.
Glasses-free 3D display with good quality 3D.
The Sony Bloggie 3D pocket camcorder can't offer the same quality as a 'real' 3D camcorder like the Sony HDR-TD10, but it adds a nice touch to your videos without breaking the bank. It's one of the most innovative of the current crop of pocket camcorders.
Good low light performance
The Sony Bloggie Touch isn't just an update of Sony's previous ultracompact models it's an entirely new kind of camcorder. With its 3-inch touchscreen and stylish design, the Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS10 offers a completely different user experience than last year's Bloggie MHS-CM5 and MHS-PM5 from Sony. The new design of the Bloggie Touch offers a simpler interface, a far more sophisticated appearance, and makes for a better camcorder overall.
Expandable memory storage
The Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5 is a candybar style camcorder with a focus on portability with its slim, lightweight design. Aesthetically, the camcorder has more in common with camera phones than traditional camcorders, with the lens being at the top of the device and being held up horizontally while in-use.
Solid video quality
With so many "me too" pocket camcorders flooding the market, Sony's Bloggie MHS-PM5 stands out with decent HD video recording and a unique lens. This swivel lens makes the Bloggie a bit more complicated than a purely "point and shoot" model like the Flip, so users looking for that kind of simplicity may need to go elsewhere.
Build feels distinctly cheap and plasticky
Despite the high-end features, however, this is no premium product. The build feels distinctly cheap and plasticky - especially the pop-out USB connector, which has a tendency to collapse into the body of the camera if plugged in too vigorously. There's 27MB of storage built in; more must be added via SD card or Sony Memory Stick, and a 4GB Memory Stick Pro is supplied. You don't get an HDMI output, and the onboard software is basic.
Stylish, lightweight design
Sony has taken several steps forward since it debuted its first pocket camcorders last year, but it's also taken a step back. While $149 is a for a pocket cam with these specs, the Bloggie MHS-PM5's design is more difficult to use than its predecessor. Had Sony kept the record buttons in an easy-to-reach place (and thrown in HDMI output), it would have been a more worthy competitor to the easier-to-use, full HD Kodak Playsport ($149).
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