To sum this review up, this camera is beautifully constructed but has focussing issues together with an unresponsive and frustrating touchscreen. The digital zoom is too easy to accidentally engage and cannot be deactivated. This is one of the last of the pocket Bloggie cameras. Cameras like this have now been superseded by smartphones. Smartphones offer a number of advantages when it comes to sharing, accessories and post-processing. This Bloggie MHS-TS20 was first introduced in early 2011 can now be picked up at a fraction of its original intended selling price.
To save me responding to multiple comments regarding the same things, I'll explain a little more about what I expected from my 360º video, what I am not interested in and what I've found out in the six months I've owned this camera.
I am aware of the existence of unwrapping software for the 360 video that stretches the video out to one long thin strip. However I am not interested in unwrapping the 360º video. Viewing things that happen in front of, and behind the camera at the same time, is both confusing and unnatural. I only wanted to view the video as a scene that could be interacted with by moving the 'camera' window to view different segments of the action, just like the iPad app that I demonstrated. That iPad app by the way is called '360 video' and is just a player for a few set scenes that are included with the app.
I use an Apple Mac, and the options for playing the 360 video clips on a Mac are very limited.
There is an OSX app called ThreeSixZero however it doesn't work with the files created by this camera.
I am also aware that there is a way to play the 360º in flash…but this kind of thing is way beyond my abilities or the amount of effort or time that I want to spend to play back a few 360 clips.
I'm also aware of work done to hack the Bloggie 360 attachment to improve the quality of the video by increasing the resolution it records in up to 1080p (apparently it normally records 360º video in 720p). However if I were to do this, I'd have no way at all of playing back the video, because the 1080p 360º files wouldn't be recognisable by the Sony Bloggie software. I also believe the quality of the optics mean that the overall video quality would look poor whatever the resolution.
What Sony needed to provide alongside the 360 attachment was an online gallery where users could upload their 360º video. The clips could then be played in a browser by anyone and shared or embedded on a website. There's really no point in being able to record video that can't be shared or played back anywhere.
As I mentioned in the review, I'm not convinced that 360º video adds anything to the experience, so I won't be pursuing this idea any more. I am however interested in 360º photos. I don't want to create 360º panoramas by using iPhone apps. I want a camera that records a 360º view in an instant and offers a way to share, view and inteact with those photos.
I was therefore very interested in the Tamaggo camera that was announced about 8 months ago at CES. Unfortunately maybe this product was a bit too good to be true as there has been very little seen or heard from this company since.
If you want to grab a cheap last gen bloggie there are plenty on Amazon
MHS-TS20 SAMPLE CLIPS AND PHOTOS - recorded by myself. Hosted on Dumptruck.