A very versatile action camera - builds on the already excellent Drift HD and adds several exciting new features
I just wanted to make something quick to show the camera in action, and didn't make any effort there to cover all of the features. Most of what I say there applies both to the Drift HD and the Drift Ghost, but the Ghost is a pretty fantastic upgrade and has a lot of new features that I've outlined above.
Outstanding HD video quality up to 1080p
The HD Ghost is an excellent quality 1080p HD POV camcorder - with a handy remote control, to boot. It also also shoots high-quality JPEGs. The free iPhone application is also a nice bonus that's actually useful. Different types of mounts are included to make the HD Ghost package very complete, without the need to buy more accessories.
If you can get over the tricky user interface - eventually you will - the HD Ghost delivers consistent, high-quality HD video and stills.
Waterproof to 9 feet without a case, Intuitive smartphone app interface
The GoPro Hero and the new Sony Action Cam are still the wearables to beat for image quality and (especially with the GoPro) capturing slo-mo shots. But I can heartily recommend the HD Ghost, especially for those who'd rather get outside and start recording than spend hours digesting a manual to figure out how it works.
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.
Good low light performance
With Cisco killing off its Flip camcorder line last month, the ultracompact camcorder market was left with some gaping holes to fill. Kodak's series of pocket-cams may be poised to take over a chunk of the Flip's former market, and, we must say, the waterproof PlaySport Zx5 is certainly a worthy heir. We liked the Zx5's predecessor (the PlaySport Zx3) enough to name it our best ultracompact camcorder of 2010, so it shouldn't be a surprise that we liked the Zx5 as well.
Full HD shooting
With the Playsport Zx5, Kodak has built on the excellent Zx3, and added standards-compliant dust and shock proofing. The result is a camcorder ready for a wider range of outdoor activities. The specifications and performance are otherwise very similar. So although the new model is a little more expensive, making it slightly worse value overall, it's the better choice if you want a cheap pocket camcorder able to resist the elements and a bit of rough treatment.
Isn't enough to make us fork out an extra £30 to £40 over the previous model.
It's hard to see what the Zx5 brings to the party that wasn't already offered by the Zx3. Both 1920x1080 video capture and image stabilisation were already included, as was the shoot and share option. The Zx5 has a dedicated Share button and DIS (direct image stabilisation) plus support for face-recognition. This isn't enough to make us fork out an extra £30 to £40 over the previous model.
Good video quality.
The Playsport Zx5 is a very versatile pocket camcorder,it not only takes sharp video but is designed to go underwater and take the odd fall off a table. Despite its sturdy build, the Playsport is sharply styled and not at all cumbersome to carry with you. The lack of a built-in USB plug and a lapse in autofocus top the very short list of quibbles with the Playsport Zx5, which continues Kodak's tradition of leading pocket camcorders.
Decent video quality
The PlaySport will probably not be used to make any award winning documentaries (or even a serviceable student film). But for its price it can't be beat as an adventure camcorder, and is more than acceptable as a pocket cam for less demanding users. Its video and image quality is on par with the rest of its class, and its superior build puts it above its competitors.
Rugged waterproof and shockproof specifications
The Kodak Playsport Zx5 is a fun little pocket HD video camera. Video quality is good for a camera of this size, and you can capture decent 5-megapixel images when needed. With a street price of $159.99 US, the Playsport is very easy on the pocketbook.
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.
Easy to use
For the past few years, Kodak has excelled at making reliable, compact camcorders that are both cheap and easy to use. The PlayFull Ze1 certainly has all those traits, and, continuing in true Kodak fashion, the camcorder avoids many of the useless gimmicks that plague other ultracompact models. There is one gimmick the PlayFull succumbed to, however, and that's the idea of making a camcorder that is so tiny that it actually becomes a nuisance to work with.
Good Small Camera-For the grab and go video shot
So far, so good. I have taken several 720 60fps and 18080 videos, all seem to sync with your setting. 1080 does look to be the smoothest and best quality video. I like the construction, outside feels solid, the side access doors do seem a little flimsy, but the connectors that go into the device are rubber, so much better than plastic in terms of longevity.
Zoom is okay, but will kill the overall resolution.
Bad image quality in low light conditions
We liked the look of this camcorder, and its multitude of sharing options. The lightweight feel and price suggest that it is for a younger market. Bad image quality in low light conditions, limited internal memory and a small screen let down the entry-level Kodak Playfull ZE1.
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.
Capable of recording in full 1080p high definition
The Drift Innovation HD170 is a high-end HD helmet cam and is the first HD helmet cam that features a playback screen, remote control and 1080p recording resolution. It also sports a rotating lens, a photo burst mode and an SD/SDHC card slot for expanding storage up to 32GB.
Flexible mounting options
At $329.99 the HD170 is a bit of a hard sell compared to the competition. That's $30 more than the ContourHD 1080p or GoPro HD Hero, either of which are available for $299 (or less, if you shop around). It's certainly nicer and easier to use than the GoPro, thanks that camera's clunky exterior case and two-button menu system, and it offers comparable video quality to the competition -- if you left room for Jell-O.
Outstanding video quality.
The Drift Innovation HD170 1080p Action Camera is made for those who demand simply the best. It shoots both high definition videos (up to 1080p) and 5 Mega Pixel Stills - allowing you to capture the action from your unique point of view.
If you are looking for a great quality wearable HD camera with a built in LCD screen, loads of mounting options and a remote control, the Drift Innovation HD170 is a hands down winner.
With the color LCD screen, setting up shots couldn't be easier.
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