This is Sony’s Bloggie Touch camcorder. So far I’m impressed with its build, size, weight, features and ability to capture video and audio.
On the back of the device is a dedicated record button and a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen for naviagating the camcorder’s menus. Much like Cisco’s Flip’s camcorders Sony has included a built-in USB arm that pops out with the push of a finger and is surprisingly sturdy and responsive – kind of like a switch blade in operation. On one edge of the camcorder is an HDMI port for displaying full 1080 video on a connected hidef TV, and the other an on/off button and a dedicated snap shot button – it can capture high rez photos even while recording video (something tells me the rez is lower while in dual capture mode). Sony has also included a wrist strap and a a USB extension cord just incase the built-in USB arm can’t reach your computer’s USB port.
Unlike early iterations of this camcorder, this version can capture full 1080p at 30fps and 12 megapixel photos. In the limited amount of time that I’ve played with the device I’m very impressed with not only the video quality, but it ability to capture audio, or in my case voices, from behind the camera. I haven’t delved into the battery life, but this model, the TS10, has 4GB of memory built-in, which is good for up to 40 minutes of full HD video – there is no expansion card slot – or 2 hours of 720 HD video. Unfortunately, shooting videos at night or in low light, as I tested, is pretty much a waste of time since the camera’s lens is so small and can’t grab enough light to produce a viable picture. However, it can focus on objects that are just 4-inches from the lens.
The 3-inch touchscreen isn’t Apple iPhone responsive, but suffices given the camcorder’s functionality. There is a digital zoom, which in my astute opinion is useless and a variety of sharing functions, such as Facebook, Youtube and others, once you plug it into a computer.
The model I’m currently testing costs $180, though for an extra $20 you can double the memory capacity of the device – seems worth it.
Expect a review up in a few weeks.