"Good quality, great price!"3.5 starson by Roxx33
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!