Pros Amazing stabilizing feature
Good still shots
Turn it on and use it within seconds
Nice touch screen
Cons There can be some slight clicking on very low level audio
Auto Focus sometimes has a mind of its own, but adjusts quickly
Summary For a couple of years using the Flip Cam, one small drop to the floor had changed it forever. Some grainy lines started to appear on all my videos, so it was time to upgrade.
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.
I use my recorder sometimes for trips and events, but mostly live music recording. For this, I think the Bloggie will do well. My favorite thing about it is the stabilization. It really makes videos taken when walking or in a moving vehicle quite smooth.
Here are some suggested tips. I would recommend you put the wrist strap on as soon as you get near it, like a Wii control. If you have small hands, it can be a bit awkward, but you can get used to it. Your tripod mount is on the bottom, so you will have to mount it from the side.
I spent 2 days with this camera intentionally not looking at directions, to see how far I could get. The controls are very common sense, there was very little to surprise me in the directions.
The stereo microphones sound best between medium and loud levels.
The touch screen is really nice, and the camera feels much like a phone.
Overall, it is what it says it is, a great camera for blogging. The quality is good, the learning curve is easy, and the price is right.
Youtube's SonyListens channel provides some great info, and at this time offers a promo code for 15% off Bloggie accessories!
Pros Great video quality for a $149 (street price) unit. Easy to use even for beginners. Good pocket camera for trying to capture quick moments of life.
Cons Autofocus basically doesn't.
Summary As a basic video camera, the Bloggie MHS-TS20 is reasonably good in its price range. Video quality is generally sharp and colors are reasonably vibrant.
However, the Achilles' heel with this unit is its abysmal auto-focus. Even in brightly lit outdoor situations, there can be periods of time where the video is totally out of focus for 5-15 seconds, even though there may only be a single subject, or it's a wide-shot nature scene. I've had numerous occasions where I've shot 20-40 minutes of footage across 10-30 videos, only to pull the videos up at the PC and find half of them were unusable because of long periods of focus issues. Focus problems aren't relegated to action shots. Often just trying to film basic nature (i.e. a trail amongst trees) is hopelessly out of focus.
While this is okay for a pocket camera, I'm so unhappy with the focusing problems that I will probably replace it with something else soon. After all, why record video if half of it is unusable? Aside from the focus issues, I would rate this unit 5 stars, but these focusing issues drop it to "merely average".
Pros Looks nice, very neat. The camera is nice and sharp as long as its taken in broad daylight only.
Cons Not fit for purpose - cant get worse than that! Camera cant take pics in false lighting as has no flash - the vid clicks dreadfully and is so blurred at times even when the subject is still.
Summary Just dont do it!! It is a huge regret!
"I love it!!!"on by Grinder1958
Pros Easy to use, Small compact, good quality pictures
Cons No case provided
Summary A great camera for the computer non savy.
Pros Great HD video quality, great photos 12mp, 3.0" Touch Screen LCD ) with full-screen playback
Cons Poor auto-focus, no flash, mic position.
Summary I think most people misunderstand this little gem. This is a point and shoot video camera, geared at Bloggers, Youtubers, etc. Don't get me wrong the video quality is AMAZING for a camera this size, but is has limited features as you would expect.
It is a pretty little camera, looks really slick. The design (other than mic position) is great, and the fact that there is one, BIG red button to start recording is key to me (I hate to fumble around setting, i like my camera ready to shoot at a seconds notice.) I take this thing everywhere, and it holds plenty of space for your HD videos and photos.
Again, this is not for making a feature film, its for quick, fun type videos. The software makes it easy to tag friends, family and post to social networks.
Take a look at this camera; if you can get by the sometimes 'rogue' focus and no flash for photos, but want GREAT video, this is a great choice.