It’s hard to evaluate a device like the Sony bloggie. On one hand, I could never recommend a camcorder with poor low-light performance lacking an external mic jack. On the other, the bloggie is a $200 gizmo designed to compete with pocket camcorders like the Flip, which share the same weaknesses. Although the bloggie is larger than pocket-sized, what the device does right, it does better than most other pocket camcorders.
What really distinguishes the bloggie from competing devices is its 5x optical zoom, shooting size options, and video performance in good lighting. On top of that, the camera is simple to operate. If you are in the market for a pocket HD camcorder, consider the bloggie. However, its drawbacks prevent the bloggie from being a must-have gadget.
- Solid video performance in good lighting
- 5x optical zoom
- Simple operation and upload
- SD and Memory Stick compatible
- Four shooting modes
- Poor performance in low light
- No external mic jack
- Memory card not included
- PMB software not Mac compatible
- Larger than pocket-sized