Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS10 Camcorder Review
The Sony Bloggie Touch isn't just an update of Sony's previous ultracompact models—it's an entirely new kind of camcorder. With its 3-inch touchscreen and stylish design, the Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS10 offers a completely different user experience than last year's Bloggie MHS-CM5 and MHS-PM5 from Sony.
The new design of the Bloggie Touch offers a simpler interface, a far more sophisticated appearance, and makes for a better camcorder overall. The Bloggie Touch definitely has its problems (most ultracompacts do), but the camcorder does a good job where it counts. The built-in editing software is Sony's simplest version to date, and it allows you to easily share videos with friends on YouTube, Facebook, or Sony's own "Personal Space" online storage system.
In designing the Bloggie Touch, Sony borrowed heavily from the Flip line of ultracompact camcorders, particularly the Flip SlideHD. However, Sony made many improvements where the Flip SlideHD failed. These improvement ts include a thinner design, a more effective LCD, and an auto screen rotation feature that allows you to record video while holding the camcorder horizontally or vertically. The Sony Bloggie Touch also did well in most of our video tests, although we were a bit disappointed by its lackluster sharpness scores.
We're happy to see Sony invigorate the ultracompact market with something new and fresh like the Bloggie Touch. Hopefully, other manufacturers will follow suit with their own unique designs that bring new ideas to this burgeoning field. The Bloggie Touch is available in to versions: the 4GB MHS-TS10 (shown throughout this review) and the 8GB MHS-TS20.