Sony Bloggie Touch, Flip HD Hold Dedicated-Device Line vs. Smartphones

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Sony Bloggie Touch, Flip HD Hold Dedicated-Device Line vs. Smartphones

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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Dedicated Devices

Mobile cameras from Sony's Bloggie and Cisco's Flip franchises. These devices take high-resolution video, but could be pressured by the rise of general-purpose devices with multiple camera functions, including smartphones.

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Touch Screen

Dedicated cameras have increasingly embraced touch screens as a method of user input, as seen in the Sony Bloggie Touch (right). Sony is prepping a 3D version of the device for release.

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Setup

Dedicated devices offer the advantages of easy setup and quick use. In the Bloggie's case, there's one button to turn it on, one big red-and-black button to record, and a USB port to upload the images and video to your PC and Mac.

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Resolution

Dedicated devices' competitive advantage is that they perform their limited functions in very powerful ways. The Bloggie Touch can shoot video in 1,920-by-1,080 resolution, along with 12.8-megapixel still images—far beyond the capabilities of most smartphones currently on the market.

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Dedicated vs. General

Over the past few years, smartphones' camera capabilities have been on the rise.

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Integrated Element

A camera module is now an expected part of a smartphone's user interface. Seen here is Windows Phone 7's "Hubs" screen, which includes "Pictures."

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Drawback

Most smartphones come equipped with a 5-megapixel camera, meaning they lag behind many dedicated camera devices in that category.

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Apple

Starting with the iPhone (and continuing through the iPhone 4, shown), Apple has integrated camera modules and software into more and more of its mobile products, including the iPod Touch.

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Steve Jobs "I'm sure there will always be dedicated devices," Apple CEO Steve Jobs told The New York Times in 2009, "and they may have a few advantages in doing just one thing. But I think the general-purpose devices will win the day." Time will tell whether he's right.

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