Sony Bloggie Duo review:

Sony Bloggie Duo

Sony Bloggie Software
The editing and sharing software on the Bloggie Duo is light on features, though it does look nice.

Embedded on the Duo is Sony's Bloggie Software for organizing and sharing your photos and movie clips. It's attractive and simple, but you can't do much with it other than organize, share, and trim video clips. It does those things well enough, but in comparison to what you get on Kodak or Samsung minicamcorders, the offering is weak. It is, however, available for Windows and Mac computers.

The overall design of the Bloggie Duo is nice, the highlight, again, being the dual displays for self-portraits. Operation is as simple as turning it on and pressing the big record button. There are three buttons down the right side of the screen; the middle one turns on the front LCD, the top accesses menu options, and the bottom is for playback. A circular directional pad around the record button controls the 4x digital zoom, self-timer, and the LED lamp. One nice touch: you'll get an onscreen countdown when using the self-timer and the front display.

There are a couple design things to be aware of that might turn you off, though. The battery is built in, so you can't easily swap it out when it dies; a full charge takes more than 3 hours via USB. When shooting horizontally, which is how you'll likely shoot a majority of the time, the tripod receptacle is poorly placed on the right side of the video camera. Also, the shutter release and power button are flush with the body and are only separated by a tiny strip of plastic. If you're not looking or paying attention, you could accidentally power off the Duo instead of take a picture. It's not a big problem if you're shooting photos, but it's a bit of an issue if you try to capture a still while recording video.

For people who like to be in front of the camera and not just behind it, the Sony Bloggie Duo is a good choice. It doesn't offer much beyond that feature, though, and its video and photo quality is best suited for online sharing. Which, to be fair, is what it's designed for.

Find out more about how we test camcorders.

What you'll pay

Best camcorders and action cameras of 2016 See All

  • GoPro Hero4 Silver

    Starting at: $349.99
    4 stars

    With excellent video quality, a long list of video, still and time-lapse options and a...

  • Sony Action Cam Mini

    Starting at: $248.00
    4 stars

    True to its name, the Mini is one small camera, but its features are nearly identical...

  • Sony 4K Action Cam

    Starting at: $399.99
    4 stars

    Sony has its eye on the extreme prize with the 4k-enabled X1000V action camera.

  • GoPro Hero4 Black

    Starting at: $434.00
    4 stars

    It's expensive, the battery life can be brief and the design might not be ideal, but GoPro's...


Discuss: Sony Bloggie Duo Camcorder (Silver)

Conversation powered by Livefyre