Sony Bloggie Touch (MHS-TS20/B)
The $163.00 Sony Bloggie Touch is the perfect tag along video recorder. Its small form factor and ultra quick startup time make it great for catching those special moments as they happen. Obviously designed for the new social networking generation the Bloggie offers a 1080p recording capability that records in web friendly MP4 format. The simple sharing tools, which work with both Windows and Apple operating systems, allow you to load your pictures and videos straight to YouTube, Facebook, Picasa and FlickR.
Other than the single power on/record button all interaction with the innovative Sony Bloggie is done through the 3 inch touch screen. There is a built in USB arm that folds away when you don’t need it so there is no need for a USB cable to connect the Bloggie to your computer. There is also no need for SD cards as it has an internal 8GB flash memory.
All of this fun stuff but what about the quality? The pictures are crisp and can be taken with 12.8 megapixel resolution. A 4x digital zoom and the ability to Macro from four inches away allow ultra detailed close-ups. The ability to take a snapshot while filming video is a nice innovation as the camera is already focused during that time. With the use of a few video camera tips this could be your link to the world.
Now for the negatives. The autofocus takes forever to lock onto a subject. It tends to try to refocus without warning and there is no way to single out any one particular item to focus on. Reviewing pictures isn’t as easy as it could be. Instead of just clicking back to the previous picture you have to navigate through the entire thumb nailed album to see the last picture taken. There is no flash so taking pictures in a dark setting just isn’t going to happen. At best they will be extremely grainy.
Overall a nice toy for daytime outings and indoor shooting but the quality falters in low light or during high action activities because the autofocus spends so much time readjusting.