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Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20K - Controls and 360-degree Capture

As with every other pocket Internet camcorder, features are few and far between. In fact, the Bloggie Touch is even less well endowed in this respect than some of its competitors, particularly JVC's PICSIO GC-FM2. The only options you have other than changing the shooting resolution are a timer, so you can take self-portraits, and a zoom. The latter provides a 4x factor, but is digital rather than optical, so will reduce image quality when used. The Bloggie Touch also has face detection, although this is permanently on. Sony’s SteadyShot image stabilisation is on hand as well, which is also a digital rather than optical system, but one of the best in its class from our previous experience.
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The arrangement of the Bloggie’s onscreen controls makes it easier to use in portrait mode. However, although there is an accelerometer on hand to flip the screen orientation when you switch to landscape mode, the latter is actually the orientation you need to use when shooting video. Otherwise, you end up with tall, thin video instead of widescreen, which isn't going to be very useful.
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But the Bloggie Touch’s headline feature is of course its 360-degree shooting. This is a feature Sony launched with the original Bloggie, but there is still no other major manufacturer offering a similar feature. The 360-degree shooting is provided by an add-on, which is bundled with the camcorder. This attachment, which comes in its own protective box, simply slips onto the top of the Bloggie Touch, held in place by a magnetic system.

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