Sony Bloggie Touch hands-on review

Sony Bloggie Touch hands-on review

T3
  • Borrowing stylistically from the Walkman, the touchscreen Bloggie impresses

    At IFA 2010 Sony was displaying it's latest attempt to take a slice of the pocket-cam market. The Sony Bloggie Touch or MHS-TS20K is the latest generation of Sony’s pocket Flip-rivalling camcorder and the first to feature a touchscreen.

    It’s hard to believe it’s only been about a year since the original Bloggie - the gaudy orange MHS-PM1  landed and this is a world away from that first effort. Capturing full HD movies and with a f2.8 lens the TS20K is far more contemporary, sophisticated and attractive. It doesn't even look like a camcorder - in fact we'd say this has more in common with a Sony Walkman.

    View our exclusive Sony Bloggie Touch pictures here:

    Available in silver (clearly a nod to the Flip Mino HD), pink (which is far classier than you’d imagine) and black, the brushed aluminium finish makes it feel like a high-quality, durable product, but still lightweight at 142g. Measuring 15.2mm deep, it’s slimmer than the Sony Bloggie PM5 and will easily fit into a jean or shirt pocket.

    The highlight is the beefed-up LCD screen, at 3-inches the screen is more generous, making it far easier to compose photos, and with a 288,000 pixels it’s fairly sharp. As a capacitive touchscreen it's effective; menu commands respond quickly and it’s easy to flick through your 12-megapixel still images

    Starting up quickly, Sony’s kept controls to the minimum. One press of the large record button and you can start videoing, shooting 1920x1080 movies at 30fps. Controls along the top include On/Off and still-image record for capturing 12.8-megapixel images. Swap between landscape and portrait mode and the screen responds quickly.

    Transferring video and images couldn’t be simpler, thanks to the flip-out USB port located in the bottom. You also get an HDMI port for viewing video on a high-definition TV, while Sony still supplies a 360 Video Lens, so you can capture video panoramas.

    One change we’re not keen on is the removal of the memory card slot. Instead the TS20K has 8GB internal storage, which captures four hours of 1280x720p video (less for full HD). We also noticed the MHS-TS20K gets fairly hot quite quickly, although the unit we played with had been used on Sony’s stand for long periods.

    Available in October, first impressions of the Bloggie Touch are pleasing. We love the sleek design, it’s easy to use and the touchscreen responds well, lets hope video quality is as impressive.

    Link: Sony

    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony Bloggie Touch Back.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony_BloggieTouch_usb_610.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony_BloggieTouch1_610.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony_BloggieTouch_side1_610.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony_BloggieTouch_hdmi_610.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony_BloggieTouch4_610.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony_BloggieTouch_handson2_610.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony_BloggieTouch3_610.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony_BloggieTouch_handson2_610.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony_BloggieTouch_back2_610.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony Bloggie Touch menu.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony Bloggie Touch top.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony Bloggie Touch record button.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony_BloggieTouch2_610.jpg

Comments

Be the first to comment…

Back to top
Close
T3 Newsletter
Sign up to recieve the T3 newsletters by entering your details below

Your Details

As you're registering with us. we'd like to think that you'd enjoy receiving the following emails; if you'd rather not receive them, please untick the boxes:

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and it's group companies containing news, special offers and product information
I agree to the terms of use and privacy policy and confirm that I am over 16 years of age *
Close
Log in or Join

By clicking below you agree to our terms and conditions and our privacy policy

Log in to T3.com with your preferred social network

Log in with your T3.com account

CloseJoinPlease complete these additional details

Join T3.com with your preferred social network

OR

Join T3.com

Please tick this box to confirm you are 16 years old or over

Just so we know you're human

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Close Edit your profile

Change your password

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Social networks

You have authorised these social networks to interact with your T3.com account.

Please ensure you deactivate or revoke access to this website from within your social networks settings to ensure all permissions are removed.

Close Forgotten your password

Forgotten your password?

Please enter the email address that you used to sign up and we'll send you a new password

Close
Forgotten password
Don't have a T3 Account? Join now