A Bear's Face on Mars Blake Lively's New Role Recognizing a Stroke Data Privacy Day Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe Peacock Discount Dead Space Remake Mental Health Exercises
Want CNET to notify you of price drops and the latest stories?
No, thank you

First impressions: Sony Bloggie Touch

Sony goes more sophisticated with its latest minicamcorders using a slim metal casing and a 3-inch touch screen.


Flip Video may have been the first out of gate with a touch-screen pocket video camera, but Kodak, Samsung, JVC, and now Sony have followed--all with more compelling packages than Flip's offering. Sony's new Bloggie Touch features a snappy 3-inch touch-screen LCD, an f2.8 lens with auto macro, and full hd 1080p-resolution recording at 30 frames per second.

Sony's past minicamcorders have had "youthful" designs, came in multiple color options, and the devices and packaging were typical of mass-produced electronics--loaded up with stickers, bits of paper, and software discs. The Bloggie Touch, however, has a brushed metal casing and is available in black and silver versions. The packaging is a simple black box and not much else is in it beyond the device. The memory and battery aren't removable; there are 4GB (MHS-TS10) and 8GB (MHS-TS20) versions and the battery is charged by the flip-out USB connector. All software and manuals are embedded in the Bloggie's memory.

The whole thing is a refreshing break from the presentation we're used to seeing from large manufacturers. But, there's more to the Bloggie Touch than looks, so hit the slideshow below to see some hands-on first impressions.

The MHS-TS20 and MHS-TS10 will be available in October for about $200 and $180, respectively.