Is there still room for dead-simple and dedicated video shooters in this age of the smartphone? Sony seems to think so and just unveiled a brand-new addition to the company’s line of Bloggie cameras, in the form of the Sony Bloggie Live. The new model packs built-in Wi-Fi that allows for live-streaming of video, as well as a lot of easy sharing options for sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Picasa.
Sony Bloggie Live: Build
Sony knows how to design and build gorgeous gadgets, and the Sony Bloggie Live is by far the best-looking Bloggie yet, showing a marked improvement in aesthetics since the Sony Bloggie 3D. A rectangular shape defines the design, with rounded edges, sharp corners and curved brushed-metal front.
3-inch touch screen and a huge Record button, and on the right-hand side there’s a mini HDMI port for hooking up the cam to your telly.
The power button is on the left-hand side next to the shutter release for taking still shots, and the two are placed very close together. The bottom of the device houses a retractable USB arm, which the Bloggie uses to both sync and to charge.
Sony Bloggie Live: Features
The star of the show is the built-in Wi-Fi connection that lets you stream video straight to Qik Video, the mobile video-sharing service owned by Skype. Bloggie Live captures full HD video with a stereo mic and 12.8 megapixel stills, and both can be uploaded to Facebook, YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, and Dailymotion.
The streamed video will automatically be saved and available for playback from Qik.com while the original HD copy is recorded to the camera’s internal eight gigs of memory for later uploading or viewing.
There's 8GB of storage inside the Bloggie Live, letting you shoot just about three hours of 1080p footage, though with Wi-Fi enabled the battery runs out of juice in roughly one hour.
Sony Bloggie Live: Performance
You can shoot in 1080p with 30 frames per second or 720p with 60 frames per second and, while colours are crisp and clean, we felt the picture usually ended up looking a tad darker than what it actually was. Autofocus is annoyingly slow, taking upwards of a couple of seconds to refocus, and don’t even think about playing around with the zoom function – it’s digital and looks horrible. Audio recording is good without distortion.
Sony Bloggie Live: Verdict
If you’ve got a decent smartphone in your pocket, it’s hard to argue why you should spend $249 on Sony Bloggie Live, though we’re impressed that Sony managed to add live streaming and sharing options while retaining dead-simple operations. Its greatest strengths are its ease of use and great design, but the disappointing battery life and still images are something of a deal breaker.
Sony Bloggie Live review: Hands-on
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Sony makes it easy-peasy to stream and share video and still images with this dead-simple and good-looking piece of tech – we go hands-on with the Sony Bloggie Live
Sony Bloggie Live
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