Updated Review: Acceptable noise, touchy wi-fi, Crisp Video
7 March 2013
Summary: Updated Review: On the surface this looks like a nice camera. Compact, HD video and stills, and Wi-Fi connectivity to convenient sharing sites. There is good and bad. I originally felt there was a lot more BAD with this camera, but after additional testing I have given this camera a better rating.
Summary: Sony Bloggie Live(MHS-TS55) Video Camera with 4x Digital Zoom, 3.0-Inch Touchscreen LCD and WiFi Connectivity (2012 Model) When I opened the Sony Bloggie Live package and turned it on, I actually said, "whoa." I could tell this was going to be an entirely new level of quality. Here are a few features: * 12.8MP still camera * 1080p supported (also 720p) * Built-in USB port * Built-in mini-HDMI port I use my recorder sometimes for trips and events, but mostly live music...
Summary: This is a great camera. It's exactly like a cell phone. It's a touch screen, has Facebook,YouTube, and other social networks. There's no batteries or SD card needed. To charge it press a button, and a usb drive comes out to connect into your computer to charge. You get 3 hours of video, but if you turn it off hd you get another 2 hours. You also can take up to over 1000 photos. The only problem is the light.
Summary: Cons - embedded memory, battery is not removable, clips are limited in length to 20-30 minutes & Sony restricts to user to broadcasting live through Qik. Eventually the user will need to buy a paid plan from Qik Pros - small and can simultaneously record & broadcast live (via 3g, 4G & wi-fi) at lo res. With my cell I can not upload at one res and save at a higher res but I am not restricted to Qik, it does have a removable battery & expendable memory.
Summary: Last year, I was able to try a previous Sony Bloggie product and now this year, they introduced the Bloggie Live. This time it has a touch screen and they say you can instantly load your videos and photos onto the website of your choice. I really like the touch screen feature. I found it really easy to navigate around.
Summary: We have been delighted with the Bloggie. It works really well and uploads quickly and easily. The only complaint that I really had with this camera is that in order to mount it for a sideways video, I will have to have several tripods. If you are looking for a camera that you can use to upload videos instantly, then this one is good for that. But if you are looking for a high quality camera to take still shots with, you may want to keep looking.
Pros: An excellent replacement for my old Sony camcorder. From power on to recording is less than 2 secs. Colors vivid, max HD makes for awesome vids. Plug it into your Sony laptop and they are instant friends. USB file transfer to computer is super fast.
Cons: Doesn't do well in low light. Image stabilization doesn't. Button placement drives me crazy. Noisy autofocus.
Summary: Many people now ignore handheld camcorders because they have them built into their phones, iPods, and other devices, but is this reason enough? I can think of many reasons people may want a dedicated device, so this review doesn't presume that the Sony Bloggie is obsolete simply because "my iPod does the same thing". The Bloggie Live incorporates WiFi to allow many of the things that make iPod Touch, iPhone, and Android phone so popular - easy sharing.
Summary: I had the original Sony Bloggie, and wasn't very impressed with it. The new Bloggie Live is a big improvement over the original version. The Bloggie takes decent pictures and pretty good video in good lighting conditions. It can fit in your pocket, which makes it useful to have around when taking walks or visiting friends or places.