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Sony Bloggie Live HD Camera Review

Posted: May 1, 2012
Sony Bloggie Live HD Camera Review
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The Sony Bloggie Live HD camera ha features like 1080p video recording, a 3" touch screen LCD and wireless streaming capabilities, making shooting and sharing videos online with your friends and family as easy as ever. Kevin Pereira and Matt Mira check out this social media friendly device on Gadget Pr0n.

What You Need To Know

  • The Sony Bloggie Live HD camera is one of the nicer pocket cameras we've seen.
  • The front is all brushed metal, which is really nice.
  • The 3" touch screen is pretty responsive compared to most touch screens we've tested on cameras.
  • There are minimal buttons for power, a dedicated button for stills and a record button.
  • There's a mini HDMI port on the side.
  • Along the bottom features a USB dongle that flips out and a tripod mount.
  • The LED light on the front is really helpful in low light recording situations.
  • Overall, the build quality is pretty solid compared to the now discontinued Flip camera.
  • The video recording quality is pretty good and what we expected from a camera like this.
  • The Sony Bloggie records at 1080p, which is pretty a high res for a camera of this size.
  • The camera books up quickly and recording a video is just a matter of pressing a button.
  • The screen is a little washed out so you're not seeing the best representation of the vide you're recording.
  • Overall, the video and audio quality was pretty solid.
  • The flagship feature on this camera is the Internet functionality.
  • The built-in Wi-fi allows users to upload their videos directly from the camera, which means you'll never have to plug this in except for charging.
  • You can upload videos to YouTube, Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and DailyMotion.
  • YouTube uploading was very easy as well, and you can even earmark videos for Bloggie to upload automatically once it's connected to Wi-fi.
  • The Bloggie can also stream live to the web, which works pretty much as advertised.
  • Within a few minutes of opening the camera, we were live streaming.
  • You'll need a Qik account, which is free.
  • Once you've signed up, it's just a matter of connecting to a Wi-fi network.
  • One of the coolest features is that you can see any comments someone writes on your Qik stream directly on the camera.
  • One of our gripes is that the Wi-fi radio turns off when the camera is inactive to save battery, so reconnecting to your stream can take around 15-20 seconds.
  • Video also streams at 320x240, which is a bummer.
  • This can all be done on iPhones and other smartphones using a Qik app.
  • The battery life is pretty good and lasts about 3 hours, which is the same amount of record time with a 1080p at 8 GB of storage, so that works out pretty nicely.

Price

  • $220

Rating

  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The build quality is great.
  • The video quality is good for a camera of this size.
  • Uploading videos and live streaming directly from the camera work really well.
  • $220 is still a pretty steep price from a pocket camera.
  • The iPhone 4S has the same video recording quality, has all the Internet functionality and is cheaper with a contract.

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