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Sony Bloggie Touch 8GB

  • Category: Digital Cameras
Last Updated
November 9, 2010

Editor's Rating
4 Out of 5

Pros
  • Good video quality
  • Large, responsive touch screen
  • 12-megapixel digital camera
  • HDMI out

Cons
  • Flimsy USB connector
  • No Mac software support

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The Sony Bloggie Touch digital camcorder is a pocket-sized digital camcorder that has 8GB of flash memory, HD video recording (1080p), and a 3-inch touch display. It has great video performance and a compact design that makes shooting video on-the-go a snap.

The Sony Bloggie Touch measures approximately 2 x 4.3 x 0.6-inches and weighs just over 4 ounces, which is about the same as a small digital camera. Sony makes the Bloggie Touch available in several different colors, including black, silver, blue, and pink. The front side has just the lens and a very stylish design with a silver "swoop" design around the lens. The right edge has a small door that covers a mini-HDMI port. The left side has the power button and shutter release for taking digital stills. The bottom has the flip-out arm for connecting the unit to a USB port and a mount for a tripod.

The flip-out arm is a little flimsy and not as sturdy as we would've liked to see. There is no removable battery, so charging is only available through the USB port. The arm also sometimes makes it a little awkward to plug into a computer, especially a smaller laptop. We would also have preferred if Sony just included a USB port on the device and included a cable for connecting it.

Sony includes its Bloggie Touch software, which allows the device to show up like an attached storage device to your computer and you can drag-and-drop right from it. There's also some tools for sharing images and video shot with the device, like uploading to the Internet or sharing with others via Facebook, YouTube, and others. Oh, did we mention the software is compatible with Microsoft Windows only? You can still use it with a Mac computer, but without any of the features of the Bloggie software.

On the back of the Sony Bloggie Touch, you'll find a 3-inch touch screen LCD display. All of the camcorder's controls appear on the LCD display and they rotate with the orientation of the unit from portrait to landscape. The image quality of the display is surprisingly vibrant and bright. The screen's sensitivity is also well-tuned, so making button presses on screen works quite accurately and with ease. It's also very intuitive too, when you're shooting video or still images. For example, when shooting video, the zoom and focus controls appear right on screen.

You can also use the Sony Bloggie Touch as a digital camera for shooting still images. It has a maximum resolution of 12 megapixels, but you can adjust the level of detail you wish to take. Taking the images, however, is a little less intuitive. To do so, you have to half-press the record button for a second while it switches from video to image mode, then press the button all the way.

Sony offers the Bloggie Touch in two different capacities in each color: 4GB or 8GB. The 4GB model has about enough storage space to record about an hour of 1080p video and the 8GB model can store about twice that. Sony allows you to choose what resolution you'd like to record video in. The choices are 1080p at 30 frames per second, 720p at 60 frames per second, and 720p at 30 frames per second. To record video in 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, you have to hold the unit in a landscape orientation. Other resolutions can be shot in either orientation, but be aware that the orientation you use will be the way it plays back. The unit is also very quick to respond to the record button, even right after being turned on. Videos are recorded in MP4 format, while images are taken in JPEG format.

Video quality with the Sony Bloggie Touch is very good, but don't expect the same quality you'd get from an expensive full-sized, 14-megapixel digital camcorder. Quality of the videos were bright and clear in well-lit shooting conditions and low-light conditions were good too. Audio quality was a little too sensitive and caused a lot of background noise to be heard. Zooming with the camcorder's 4x digital zoom is sketchy at best, showing immediate blurriness.

Image quality is good too in well-lit conditions. However, low-light conditions produced images that were fairly poor and not of much use. Because of the lack of a flash, this is a pretty big downside.

Sony provides the mini-HDMI port on the side of the device to export video and image content to an HDTV, but they do not include an HDMI cable in the box, which means you'll have to buy it separately.


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