The Bloggie Live is a great pocket camcorder because it does what it’s supposed to do and it does it well. It shoots surprisingly high-quality photos and video for what it is, it has a good-looking and responsive touchscreen, it’s got killer battery life, and its ability to do direct upload and shoot live streaming video over Wi-Fi is impressive and headache-free?when you’re on the right connection.
And therein lies the rub with the Bloggie Live. I’m giving it a good rating because it performs all of its functions very well, but when you consider the fact that its most unique function of live streaming video relies heavily on the external factor of Wi-Fi (which, unfortunately, isn’t everywhere), it seems a bit pointless. In fact, even when you do find Wi-Fi somewhere, you probably won’t know the sign-in information for the network, you may have to pay, the signal may not be very good, or all of the above. Wi-Fi hotspots can’t be relied upon for this device, either.
So, in my experience, whenever the Bloggie Live falters or has an issue with live streaming video, it’s not the camera’s fault, it’s the connection’s fault, hence the good rating. It does its job well, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll always have a connection that’s doing its job well. And at that point, when you realize that the only place you can use this thing to shoot live streaming video (reliably, at least) is in your home or maybe your place of work where the connections are strong enough and easy to access, you may find yourself wondering why Sony would even bother putting Wi-Fi in a pocket camcorder at all.