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Sony Bloggie 3D review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £170
inc VAT

Expensive for a Flip-style camcorder but cheap for a 3D camera – a good source of fun for anyone with a 3D TV


1/4in CMOS sensor, 1,920×1,080, 1,280×720, 1.0x zoom, 120g

Now that most smartphones can record HD video, pocket camcorders need to do something a bit special to justify their existence. Sony has risen to the challenge with the Bloggie 3D, which – no prizes for guessing – has twin lenses for 3D video and photo capture. At £185, it’s the most expensive fixed-zoom video camera but also the least expensive 3D video camera we’ve seen.

Sony Bloggie 3D

The camera’s lenticular display gives a 3D effect without the need for glasses, but its 2.4in size and 230,400-dot resolution don’t compare well with the lenticular screens in 3D smartphones and other 3D cameras that we’ve reviewed. The 3D effect was discernible but not particularly gripping, with blocky details and muted colours. The camera’s plastic buttons didn’t make a great impression either, and the five seconds from power up to record is a little slow.

Operation couldn’t be much simpler. There’s a button to toggle between 2D and 3D capture, separate video and photo capture buttons, a button for the LED lamp and another for the self-timer. A 4x digital zoom function is included for 2D videos and photos but it’s unavailable for 3D.

There are some thoughtful touches, such as how the interface reorients itself when the camera is held upside down, and also brings up a warning when held in portrait orientation (this aligns the lenses vertically so 3D capture won’t work). It’s odd that the tripod thread is on the short edge, though, as this encourages portrait-orientation use.

Connections are digital only, with an HDMI socket and an integrated USB plug. There’s no card slot but the 8GB internal storage is enough for around 80 minutes of top-quality video, close to the 75-minute tested battery life.

Videos are recorded at 1080p at 30fps, with clip lengths up to 30 minutes. AVC encoding at up to 15Mbit/s produced compression artefacts in fast-moving subjects but handled most scenes well. Low-light clips displayed heavy noise reduction artefacts (the LED lamp made little impact) and artificial light gave footage a yellow tint. Otherwise, picture and sound quality were dependably high, except for the usual wind noise problems.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****


Optical zoom 1.0x
Digital zoom 4x
Sensor 1/4in CMOS
Sensor pixels 5
Widescreen mode letterbox
LCD screen size 2.4in
Viewfinder type none
Video lamp Yes
Video recording format AVC
Video recording media flash memory
Sound AAC 48KHz stereo
Video resolutions 1,920×1,080, 1,280×720
Maximum image resolution 2,592×1,944
Memory slot none
Mermory supplied 8GB internal
Flash no


Digital inputs/outputs USB, HDMI
Analogue inputs/outputs none
Other connections none
Battery type Li-ion (non-replaceable)
Battery life 1h 15m
Battery charging position USB
Size 108x55x17mm
Weight 120g

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £170

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