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.
Superb image quality
If you've got the cash, and the desire, the Canon XA10 is a camcorder with few flaws. The zoom is impressively versatile and controls easy to access, with only the small viewfinder a significant negative, dwarfed by the likes of the huge storage capacity and XLR inputs
First of all, you should know that this camera is made for professionals, but I am sure that won't stop the tech savvy everyday Joe from purchasing one to do his home videos. The good thing about this camcorder is that it is feature-filled enough to provide the professionals with a compact quality camcorder, but also easy enough to use so that the average Joe can utilize it as well.
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.
Nothing but problems
Picture quality is not good. Grainy and blurry, and it does not handle well in the dark at all. Audio quality is even worse -- quite muffled. It looks like something from a first-generation cellphone camera. Videos are compressed in H.264. At full resolution, the files work out to about 100 megs per minute, so you could record about 40 minutes on a 4 gig card.
Kodak Playfull ZE2
This camera is great. i did alot of comparison to the kodak Playful vs the Kodak playful original and its brothers the sport z3 and z5. The kodak playful ze2 (the product I'm reviewing) is excellent for theme parks, water parks, etc. Good on the go camera because i don't want to have to worry about dropping my regular camera or phone while this can take a 5ft drop and 10ft of waterproof. the original playful is not waterproof or drop proof.
The GE DV1 frustrated us from the moment we took it out of the box, but there were a few things that we liked about the camcorder as well. Let's start with the bad: the camcorder has a clumsy design, poor video performance, confusing controls, bad buttons, and a terrible instruction manual. We found the port covers to be difficult to open and the built-in USB arm was a particular challenge to extract.
Easy to use.
When it comes to camcorders that can be tossed into the water or survive a fall onto the concrete without shattering, your choices are pretty limited so the DV1 doesn't have many direct competitors to compare it to. That said, it's more rugged and can be dunked deeper than Kodak's PlaySport Zx3 (cheaper too), but doesn't offer Kodak's video quality or feature set. So if you need a bare-bones camcorder for a trip to the beach or an outdoor adventure, the DV1 is a good option.
Impressive video quality
In many ways, the JVC Picsio GC-FM1 (MSRP $199) comes as a disappointment. It's easy to use and has impressive video quality better than the other ultracompacts we've tested. This is due, in large part, to the impressive high resolution sensor and the excellent automatic white balance, even in indoor lighting.
Where many pocket Internet camcorders sport already impressive 1/4in sensors, the PICSIO goes even larger with a 1/3.2in CMOS, which boasts a whopping 8.17-megapixels.
We have to admit to being mostly impressed at how JVC has met the challenge of the changing camcorder market with the PICSIO. Like every other pocket Internet model it has major limitations, thanks to the fixed-focus lens and complete lack of manual settings. Despite this, the GC-FM1 is capable of decent video and reasonable performance in low light. It's also competitively priced, although you do have to factor in a small extra cost for SDHC media.
Highlight definition is a strong suit
All in all, the JVC GC-FM1 costs too much to recommend, considering its shortcomings compared with the Kodak Zi8. Its video quality in good lighting is among the best we've seen, and its highlight definition is a strong suit. However, the build quality, buttons, audio quality, and controls all detract from the device's usability, and the 1080p-shooting Zi8 allows much greater flexibility with your video.
If you're in the market for a pocket camcorder with about $200 to spend, you've got better choices than the Picsio GC-FM1 (such as the Kodak Zi8 and Pure Digital Flip UltraHD). They won't be as small and as portable as the Picsio (not that they're terribly cumbersome either) but you won't be fumbling with their controls as a scene unfolds in front of your frustrated eyes.
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