Summary: Pocket camcorders have come a long way since the plasticky, standard def, oh-so-simple Flip hit the market in 2007 – and the Sony Bloggie Touch is testament to that. Clad in a brushed-aluminium jacket and rocking a touchscreen and Exmor CMOS sensor, it’s able to snaffle up Full HD , 1920x1080p clips at 30fps and feels all the way like a premium product.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, there weren't any of the 360 lenses available when we went back for a longer play the Sony stand at IFA, but we still think that this sounds like a great feature. The built-in USB connector, as featured on previous versions and on many camcorders of this ilk is a nice touch, although ease of use depends on where the USB ports on your computer are and you might have to unplug any other USB devices while you use it if they're in the way.
Pros: Compact design, touchscreen, HD video, 360 lens
Conclusion: Pocket camcorders don’t have to live up to very high standards. Smartphones and recording capabilities of point-and-shoots largely take the place of such devices, and it’s easy to understand why so many consumers might easily dismiss such electronics. But the Bloggie Touch improves on the quality of most of these devices video recording without being an imposing camera with a steep learning curve.
Pros: Responsive, bright touchscreen, Simple, easy to learn and use UI and controls, Crisp, accurate stills and videos, Ability to take stills during recording, Slim, sleek, minimalist design
Cons: No SD card slot, No audio output jack, Chassis scratches easily; screen easily smudged, Can be awkward to hold when shooting stills
Sony Bloggie Touch review: a Full HD pocket cam aimed at bloggers
Good Gear Guide.au
4 May 2011
Summary: Despite a few design quirks, the Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20 is a definite improvement over its non-touchscreen-equipped predecessor. It is capable of taking very attractive video and is ultra-stylish to boot.
Pros: Good Full HD video performance, attractive design, user-friendly interface
Conclusion: This isn’t the cheapest flash-based camcorder going. But it comes with the kind if sturdy build and top-end features we’ve come to expect from Sony. If you like your kit to have a bit more to it than the basics, but don’t want to break the bank, then the Bloggie Touch is a worthwhile option.
Pros: The screen is really where the Bloggie Touch bests its competitors. At 3-inches, it gives the camera the feel of a smartphone rather than a camcorder, but also makes framing pictures much easier than on less capacious models. There’s an accelerometer so controls are always in the right place no matter which way you hold the gadget. Clips are commendably colourful and are easily uploaded via USB or shoved direct onto your telly using the HDMI port. In all, it’s a class...
Cons: The massive screen does come with a downside: there’s no real space at the bottom to hold the Bloggie Touch when using it vertically. That means you get really bad camera shake unless you turn it round and use horizontally. The lens could be better, with stills not exactly measuring up to what we expect from a 12 megapixel plus sensor.
Conclusion: The very practical Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20K is a well made camera with all the options you need and the ability to shoot in full HD, but potential are advised to first check out the competition before committing. There is better out there.
Pros: If there’s one thing we love the most about the Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20K it’s how simple it is to use. There’s a single button on the front for recording video, and two more for snapping still photos and turning the power off. It couldn’t be any easier. Other controls let you choose between different video formats such as 1080p and 720p high definition, while the still photo options let you switch it up from 12-megapixels to 2-megapixels to give extra flexibility ...
Cons: The touchscreen interface however isn’t quite as responsive as you might get on some iOS and Android smartphones, with some commands failing to register unless given a second tap. Images might be clear but they lack vibrancy, tending to look rather dull in places. The Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20K might shoot in HD, but don’t expect it to replace full-blown camcorders anytime soon. The autofocus could also do with a little work in darker conditions. There’s a tendency ...
Conclusion: The easy-to-use, good-looking Sony Bloggie Touch shoots excellent-quality video at a variety of frame rates, and captures great still images—it's our new Editors' Choice for pocket camcorders.
Pros: Excellent video quality. Small, sleek form factor. Large, touch-screen LCD. Shoots high-quality 12MP still images. HDMI out. Simple drag-and-drop interface on computer.
Cons: USB arm feels a bit flimsy. Touch screen interface is occasionally confusing. No support for accessories. No HDMI cable included.