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Sony Bloggie Digital Camera Review

Mar 14 2011, 1:58pm CDT | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

Sony Bloggie Digital Camera Review
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Cool little camera works well and is very portable

Specifications

The Bloggie can record video in 1080p resolution using MP4 format. The camera also has a 12.8MP still shot sensor and it can take still shots while videoing. It has a 3-inch touchscreen on the rear that allows you to control the settings and view the photos and video you take. It also has the software onboard for sharing the photos and video on social media. The Bloggie with two hour recording is $179.99 and the Bloggie with four-hour capacity is $199.99.

In Use

The first thing I noticed with the Bloggie after taking it out of the box is that the camera is very thin and portable. I can slip this thing into my front pocket with my wallet and not even know it is there. My review sample is a black version with four-hour recording capacity and it is a very nice looking camera.

The rear LCD is a 3-inch unit and it has great color and resolution. It is touch sensitive and you can change settings and navigate menus using your finger. You can mark the photos or video you like and want to share right on the camera and when you hook the Bloggie to your computer and sync it will put the content where you want it to go.

The camera takes great photos in bright outside light and indoors if the lights are on. The camera has no flash so shooting in the dark simply won't happen unless you have a light with you. The camera also lacks an expansion slot for a memory card. Once you fill up the four hours of space the camera has you will need to move the content to your PC, Mac or delete things to keep using it.

The camera also lacks optical zoom. It has a digital zoom, which you should just forget exists. Using the digital zoom simply ruins the high quality of the images and video making them look cartoonish and just plain bad. If you want to zoom in on your subject, you will need to physically move closer. The Bloggie is able to focus on things as close as 4-inches away automatically and take good shots.

In the right conditions, the Bloggie works very, very well. I really like that I can be recording video and hit the shutter button and take a still pic without stopping the video recording. The still shot you capture pops up in a small picture-in-picture window on the rear LCD to show you what you snapped.

The focus speed of the Bloggie is decent. I can get it to focus and snap off a pic in a few seconds. The shutter is quick enough that you can take clear photos of people walking or moving around. If the action is fast, things get blurry and the shutter can't snap fast enough to catch your subject in some instances.

Verdict

Pros

  • Great video quality in good lighting
  • Very slim
  • Good touchscreen

Cons

  • No flash
  • Digital zoom ruins video and photo quality
 

Conclusion

If you use the Bloggie in bright rooms or outdoors at a closer distance to your subject the little camera works great. If you resort to digital zoom, the image quality is ruined quickly and the lack of flash makes the camera useless in a dark room.

8.5
10
 

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