We may all be singing the praises of smartphone video capture, but Sony are still plugging away with their Bloggie pocket HD camcorder range. And with good reason; the two new models (Bloggie Live and Bloggie Sport) both look to add interesting new functionality to the original Bloggie idea.
First up, the Bloggie Live, which will offer HD video capture, 12.8 MP still shooting and, most interstingly, the ability to live stream whatever you’re recording over Wi-Fi.
A built in Wi-Fi chip works alongside Qik video to push the video into cyberspace, storing one HD copy of the recording locally on the camera, and another on the Qik website. The livestream supports a commenting system too, meaning viewers live comments can be viewed on the camera’s 3 inch touchscreen. The camera can also publish directly to the likes of YouTube and Facebook.
Alongside the Bloggie Live model, Sony also launched a Bloggie Sport pocket camcorder, with a more ruggedised build. Similarly spec’ed as the Live, it has a touchscreen that will work when drenched underwater, can withstand an hour’s dunking in 16 feet of water, and drops of 5 feet. It will come in shades of blue, black and red.
Both due in February, the 8GB Bloggie Live will be priced at $250 (no UK pricing available yet). The Sport will land a little more cheaply at $180, with a UK retail price of £180 too.