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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, wow, 1080! And so easy to use with the touch controls (pc and now apple compatible), November 22, 2010
This review is from: Sony Bloggie Touch Camera, 4-Hour (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Camera)
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Well it almost seems like everything is now like an iPad! Operating this little device is definately one touch and not multi touch. IT was fully charged when you switch on the device (that was a plus). The packaging was beautiful and I thought I was getting a nice of piece of jewelry!

This little camcorder/camera has a glass face that provides most of the functions with the exception of an one/off button, camera button and another button for start/stop video recording. There is an initial set up prompt menu when you first start the device and a demo video that gets you all excited that you immediately want to play with it!
Pros of this device
1) camera provides photo size of 12megap, 8m, or 2m
2) movie size 1080 (30p), 720 (60p), 720 (30p)
3) camera self timer (2 or 10 minutes)
4) zoom touch
5) camera has a single face recognition
6) delete and view of saved items very easy to navigate
7) mini hdmi to allow view to television
8) auto focus , not fastest response, but if panning slowly, it works great
9) a USB that is neatly stored in body of camera
10) allows for a mini tripod to be attached
11) for each of the saved photo/movie youncan tag it to you tube, facebook, flickr, and prelabeled email addresses.
12) the picture will rotate likemit is an iPhone/touch!
13) volume adjust on playback is great and picks up voices very well.
14) weighs less than iphone4

Con: you have to buy a separate pouch! Does get warm after using for half an hour continuously. This can only be used with windows and is not compatible to Mac! Hmm, not good.( update as of February 2011, software is now available to Mac users to allow download to a MAC! Yeah)
Also, wish there were some rubber gribs around the edge as it can get a little slippery to hold, but you do get use to it and adjust your grip to accomodate it.

Results: even in low lighting, both the camera and camcorder recorded pretty good results. The auto zoom will adjust from a moderate panning speed to avoid blurs. We were quite impressed with how well the auto focus adjusted.
Setting up the software was easy and detected the device immediately. The picture is a little grainy whe using less than 12 megapixel, and the playback on the hd1080 (I, which is what we suspect) was actually not bad on our 46 inch tv!
It is simple to use and I am usually the one that needs the manual and get over whelmed with the numerous functionalities. It was very intuitive and really simple to use for the market it is aimed at: shooting fun footages to share with family and friends.

Update: December 12th: in low light and indoor shoorting: the picture/video can come out with a tinge of yellow. This result will happen if you shoot too quickly without allowing the camera to 'accumulate' a little more light. The results are great for outdoors and very sharp finish (then again this is more for outdoor than indoor! We are still loving how light it is and that with the touch screen you can move the focus and hold the Touch with one hand!
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Initial post: Dec 23, 2010 12:31:58 PM PST
The lack of mac support is disappointing - there is a place on the Sony product page to sign up for a 'coming soon' mac support. We're a mac only household. Good review!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2010 12:13:30 PM PST
DLL says:
This product IS supported by Mac, though it's software may not be. If you have a Mac, you really don't need the software included--your Mac already has better options. You can be notified for available updates for Mac OS.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 4:49:00 PM PST
Yuniverse says:
Our church needs to record at least one hour non-stop. Most of these seem to shut themselves off after about 30-40 min because of heating issue with the sensors. I wonder if this recorder also has the same limitation? Would you mind trying it out, please? Thank you.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 6:33:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2013 6:39:45 AM PDT
If the camera records/encodes in .mp4 as advertised, then it's Mac compatible. And even if the accompanying software isn't, I'm willing to be it's not as good as what comes free on Mac's anyway.

And regarding the low light issue . . . when your image comes out with a tint of any kind, it's because of white balancing. Because different light sources have different color temperatures, which affect the way colors are perceived. The human eye adjusts itself, machines need a little extra help. Simple cameras like this are built with an auto-white balance feature (white balancing is basically telling your camera what color white is, which it then uses to figure out what all other colors are). In low-light situations, auto-white balance is known to be pretty poor.

Something to try out . . . if you know ahead of time you're going to be shooting where light is poor, get close to the light (or turn on more of the same types of lights temporarily, but NOT different types - if you're using incandescent bulbs for example, don't turn on flourescents) and hold up a blank sheet of computer paper directly under the light, with the paper filling the screen of the camera. It SHOULD help, at least a little, with auto-white balance.
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