A fantastic 3D camcorder for the price
At the price the Z100 is good for someone who's starting in 3D or for teaching a kid how to shoot 3D, but it's also a great second 3D camera for someone who has higher end equipment - small, portable, and as I mentioned before it can shoot 720p60 in 3D (which no other consumer camera I know of can do) as well as 1080p30. I rate the Z100 five stars for the beautiful 3D imagery it's capable of producing, and the many features it provides for the price.
Cheap route to shooting 3D
Toshiba is to be commended for producing a 3D camcorder for under £200 that isn't a complete gimmick. The Toshiba Camileo Z100 is cable of shooting reasonable, if not great 3D footage. But this is still a considerably limited device, mostly due to its lack of an optical zoom even in 2D mode. The manual settings aren't exactly extensive, either, and the side-by-side 3D format reduces 3D image quality noticeably. If you really have to shoot 3D, the Toshiba Camileo Z100 is very cheap.
Blurry Video - Terrible Customer Service
I have purchased several Toshiba products in the past and been happy with the items and experience. I think their TVs are very good. But it appears they missed the mark with the Camileo HD camcorders. As disappointing as the camcorder is, the customer service is equally so.
Generous bundled accessories
Toshiba's Camileo X400 doesn't quite live up to the quality its seemingly sturdy build promises. But its sub-£150 price makes what it does have to offer decent value. There's certainly a lot more here than the pocket Internet models costing similar money or less. But for around £50 more you could opt for a budget model from a bigger brand, such as JVC's Everio HD GZ-E205, which will offer a step up in image quality.
The overall appeal of the Toshiba Camileo X400 lies heavily in its aesthetic appearance and design, which make it seem like a far more expensive camera than it actually is. Underneath this impressive exterior, however, is a very poor video camera that is as underwhelming as it is frustrating. If you like good-looking devices with very little substance underneath, then this is the camera for you. You will gain more pleasure looking at the camera itself than at the video footage.
I bought the Toshiba Camileo X200 for $129 at another store, brand new. I use it for the taping of lectures. The camera comes with software that makes uploading to YouTube a breeze. Transferring a video to DVD using Nero software leaves a presentation that is impeccable. In full HD 1080p, it is equal to any commercial movie DVD. My use involves a small table tripod, and with the remote I can zoom in or out.
Generous accessory bundle
Toshiba's Camileo X200 does give you a fair amount for your money, and it's around £20 cheaper than the company's own X400. However, its image quality is also behind the latter, particularly in low light. So whilst the X400 takes a decent step up in quality over Toshiba's previous models, the X200 is more like a small shuffle forward. It's good value, but isn't quite in the same league as its slightly more expensive brother.
Digital image stabilization and digital zoom can now both be used at the same time
The Toshiba Camileo S30 is one of two pocket-sized HD camcorders (P20, S30). Both offer full 1080p high-definition video capture at 30fps, a 10x digital zoom, an HDMI output, and microSD (in addition to SDHC/SCXC) memory expansion.
Toshiba's Camileo S30 has the same svelte proportions and stylish design as last year's S20, but with a higher-resolution sensor, a larger digital zoom, and image stabilisation you can use in Full HD mode. Most significantly of all, it has a touchscreen for controlling the settings. It doesn't perform quite so well as some pocket Internet models in low light, but with a comparable price and more features it's worth considering.
Good features for the price
If you're in the market for a good budget camcorder, the Toshiba Camileo S30 is a nice choice. Unlike some of its pocket camcorder competitors, it has a larger, swing-out display, which makes it easier to frame your videos. The menu interface needs improvement, and you shouldn't be expecting ultra-high quality high def recording, but the S30 makes up for it with a nice feature set and a slender, portable design.
Decent range of fun features
The Toshiba Camileo P100 is reasonably priced at £115, and it offers quite a few more features than most pocket Internet models. The optical zoom is also something the latter camcorder format never offers. However, image quality is somewhat inferior, particularly in low light. So although there's a reasonable amount here for the money, there are better choices if merely pointing and shooting are your intention.
Very good full-light video quality
If you want some of the best full-light video quality available for under $200, along with an exceptional feature set, consider the Camileo P100 but only if you get a solid money-back guarantee so you have a chance to give this camcorder a thorough vetting. If you're looking for very good video quality in a pocket model, and are fine with the candy-bar form factor, consider Kodak's PlaySport Zx3. It's less expensive ($150), and ruggedized to boot.
Affordable price point
The Toshiba Camileo BW10 is a rugged pocket camcorder designed to offer easily accessed, point-and-shoot high definition both in and out of water. Capturing video at 1080p, and stills at 5 megapixels, with an optional zoom of up to 10x, the rubberized outer coating allows for use in water as deep as 6.5 feet, and provides resistance against both general bad weather and dirt.
Doesn't do well in low light situations
Small, portable, and waterproof, the Toshiba Camileo BW10 is well suited for capturing moments from a summertime pool party. While quality isn't the greatest, it's effortless to use, and its anti-shake feature will appeal to users who want to capture fun moments.
If you are a budding film maker, or a serious photographer, then the BW10 won't satisfy you. It isn't loaded with options and although it produces decent video and still images, they aren't overly impressive.
The Toshiba Camileo B10 has a few more features than many pocket Internet camcorders, particularly the fun time lapse and slow motion options, but image quality is decidedly mediocre. Fortunately, the pricing is also middling at under Â£100. So whilst this isn't a particularly groundbreaking model, with nothing to single it out for special attention from the crowd, it is at least good value.
Subpar low-light performance
If the Camileo B10 were more solidly built, and would simply start up each time we pressed the Power button, we'd have considered it a good choice for budget-minded people who do a lot of full-light shooting. As is, we think most shoppers should give it a pass. If you are thinking of buying this camcorder, make sure you get a solid money-back guarantee and put this unit through its paces during the refund period.
Good choice for budget-minded people
If the Toshiba Camileo B10 were more solidly built, and would simply start up each time we pressed the Power button, we'd have considered it a good choice for budget-minded people who do a lot of full-light shooting. As is, we think most shoppers should give it a pass. If you are thinking of buying this camcorder, make sure you get a solid money-back guarantee and put this unit through its paces during the refund period.
Shoots 1080p HD
It would be churlish to be too critical of any camcorder shooting Full HD for Â£180, and the Toshiba Camileo H30 does offer some impressive features for its price. In particular, you will be hard pressed to find another camcorder at this price with an optical zoom as well. However, the H30â?? s poor low light shooting will make it far from ideal for capturing social gatherings in badly lit indoor locations, which is frequently the issue with low-cost camcorders.
Very compact and light for traditional form factor
At $180, the H30 is easy to recommend if you think a traditional camcorder is worth your money at all. It's a bit larger and more complicated than your average Flip or Kodak, but it also brings marginally better image quality, optical zoom, and a few extra features many consumers will find handy. On the other hand, a PlaySport can be had for $120, and my personal favorite P&S, the EX-FC100, for $200. The most compelling feature of the H30 is really that itÃ¢Â? Â? s the same device weÃ¢Â? Â?
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