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Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS10 Camcorder Review
The SlideHD is the first Flip camcorder to feature a touchscreen LCD. Just like the Bloggie Touch, the screen on the SlideHD is 3-inches in size, but when it comes to usability in video mode the screen is downright awful. The entirety of the screen can only be used in playback mode, and when you're recording video only a tiny portion of the screen contains the video frame (roughly 1.5 or 2 inches). The rest of the touchscreen is taken up by large touch sensitive buttons that appear on the screen when you're in record mode on the SlideHD. This interface isn't well thought out and it pales in comparison to the full-screen system in place on the Bloggie Touch.
With a price tag of $100 more than the Bloggie Touch, the SlideHD is very expensive for an ultracompact model. The SlideHD does, however, contain 16GB of internal flash memory, so you do have to take that into account when you consider its price. The real downer that we can't overlook about the SlideHD is the fact that it—and all Flip camcorders—only record at a 1280 x 720 resolution. It does not record Full HD like the Bloggie Touch, and it struggled in our sharpness test as a result.
We normally like Flip camcorders for their simplicity, but the SlideHD was one of the most disappointing models of the 2010 lineup. Instead of improving design and performance, the Flip SlideHD is actually a worse camcorder than its predecessors. The touchscreen LCD is gimmicky, designed poorly, and doesn't mesh well with the interface in video mode. Sony gets the touchscreen system down much better on the Bloggie Touch, and we're hoping Flip is taking notes so they can improve.
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- Ease of Use
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