With so many MP4 cameras on the market, knowing which one you should buy is a tough task. However, Sony has made things a little easier for you with their range of Bloggie devices. The model we have to review is the MHS-TS20K Bloggie Touch Mobile HD snap camera. Ok, so we know that this is not the cheapest of its kind on the market, but you can tell just by touching the device that it has been built with quality in mind.
Even before we get going there are two mountains that the Bloggie has to climb, the first is its price and the second is why you would choose this over an iPod Touch? The first question is easily answered, you pay for what you get, and looking at what other devices there are like this in a cheaper price range is easy to see that you do not get no where near as many features.
The Touch issue is a little harder, both these devices have HD video recording, but the iPod Touch has access to iTunes and the App Store. However, where the Bloggie excels is with its 12.8 MP camera. So there you have it, if you have already made your mind up that it is the Sony device that you wish to purchase, then you can now continue to read this review.
Some of the features on this device certainly look impressive, such as Full HD 1920×1080/30p, Exmor® CMOS Sensor for crystal clear images, 8GB built-in memory and a simple flip USB arm. However, the most impressive feature has to be the 3-inch touchscreen — not many cameras like this offers this feature.
From the moment that you take the Bloggie HD camera out of the box you already know that Sony has worked hard to get a solid design without adding too much weight. The balance felt very good, even when holding with one hand the camera did not try to lean to one side — which we cannot say for other such devices.
The most striking feature is what looks a little like the Home button on the iPhone, however this one is used to record videos. I have never been a fan of cameras that just rely on digital zoom, but time will tell if Sony has managed to do something special here.
The on/off button is on the side, and once you turn the device on you will have a number of things that you need to do first, such as setting the date and time. Once you have done this then you are ready to go. There is not much to do in order to start taking photos or shooting videos. First thing you need to remember is to select your megapixel setting.
Our first test was taking a photo, and already there is an issue with the design. To take an image you need to press the button to the bottom right or top right, depending if you have it in landscape or portrait. We found the button to be too far over to one side when taking an image with one hand, as your fingers are holding the device close to the edge — so there is a risk that you could lose your grip. However, when using two hands it is just perfect.
Taking a standard image is very impressive, but when you add a little sunlight to the equation things go a little wrong, which you can see from two of our test images below. We decided to take an image of a window that was letting in a lot of sunlight, it seemed that the sensor got a little confused and was unable to take a perfectly clear image; it was either too dark or light — depending if you pointed the Bloggie below the window or directly at it, which you can see from the two images below
Shooting videos seemed much better, and was very impressed how fast the sensor was able to respond to its surroundings. Our test video was taken during the day and did a good job, even though you might be able to see one or two issue, which you can see for yourself in the video that we have embedded for you below. However, the biggest drawback with this device is the lack of a flash.
However, let us not lose sight at what the target audience of this device is, and that is those who want to take quick shots or videos and then upload them to the web. It is here where Sony could have improved, as they could have given the Bloggie HD MHS-TS20K wireless connectivity and allowed it to connect directly to YouTube and other online video websites.
Below you will be able to see a test video taken with the device, that way you can make your own decision. You can clearly see that it is more than up for the job of taking everyday videos, but we can clearly see that it is not time to do away with your video camera just yet.
Overall the Sony Bloggie Touch Full HD MHS-TS20K is a nice device, and one that fits a certain need, it will be down to you to determine if it fits your needs.
The device comes in a choice of three colors, black, pink and silver and has a price tag of £199.00. For more details visit Sony UK.
Main specs include:
- Optical Zoom: 1x
- Digital Zoom: 4x
- CCD Type: Exmorâ„¢ CMOS sensor
- Effective Pixels: Photo (16:9 Mode): 8294K, (4:3 Mode): 12780K Video (16:9 Mode): 2073K, (4:3 Mode): N.A
- Face Detection
- White Balance
- 3-inch TFT LCD
- 8GB Internal Storage
- Full HD Playback
- HDMI Port
- Built-in battery
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