Toshiba Camileo S30
A small pocket camcorder
As I said in the previous articles, I’ve never been a fan of the pocket camcorders, mainly because most of the camcorders don’t have even decent performances: they lack autofocus and zoom features, as well as other features than normal cameras have.
Though, as I’ve recently reviewed Kodak PlaySport Zx3 HD, I thought that It would be a good idea to test and review another pocket camera, this time from one of my favorite manufacturers, Toshiba Camileo S30.
Covered in a rock solid plastic, Toshiba Camileo S30 comes with a compact design that consists of a system similar to the Qwerty keyboard. However, since its official measures are of only 2.36″ x 4.33″ x 0.75″, I would have expected to see a lighter weight: S30 has is surprising heavy, considering its sizes. Though, it fits perfectly on any pocket, and can easily be misplaced with a modern phone.
3 inch display size
An interesting fact is that the size of the display of the camera is of 3”. Considering that the total height is of 4.33 inches and that most of the normal camcorders have a display of 3 inches, I’d say that Camileo S30 has quite an impressive screen for its size. As well, it was a pleasure for me to see that the camera has no more than 3 ports: one for the USB, one for the TV, and one for HDMI technology.
As well, Toshiba S30 comes with an internal memory of only 128 M; still, it supports upgrades that can go up to 64 Gb, therefore it can bare more memory than most of the nowadays normal camcorders. How cool is that?
Though, I must say that when it comes to using this camera for the first time, I strongly suggest to read the manual before. You will find out that the navigation among menus is very frustrating: for instance, you will have to click a menu button to see where it leads. From this point of view, a major minus. After all, this camera isn’t a Mario game, and I bet that most of the users want speed an ease of use, facts that should be normal at a pocket camera.
As for usage and performance, Toshiba Camileo S30 seems to do a pretty good job. Though, if you are going to record at 1080p, you need to firstly upgrade the memory, as 128 Mb surely won’t last too long. One thing that I really need to mention is the fact that this camcorder has a time lapse feature, that can be extremely funny. I must confess that I’ve spent about 2 hours playing with this feature, therefore it’s no need to say that I was quite satisfied.
So, the final tests conclusions are: even if it has a crappy menu which will surely annoy its users, Toshiba Camileo S30 is for sure a good camera that is worthy for its money. Perfect for urban recording, will surely be in the pocket of a lot of people from now on.
|Max||8 Million (s) pixels|
|Recording Media||Flash Memory Card + Memory|
|Depth in mm||59|
|Height in mm||106|
|Lowest Focal Length in mm||0|
|Focal Length in mm||0|
|LCD Screen Size||3|
|Resolution in Pixel||0|
|Maximum Aperture Tele||0|
|Maximum Aperture Wide||0|
|Shutter Speed Fastest in Second||0|
|Shutter Speed slowest in Second||0|
|Type of Memory Stick||N / A|
|Type of SD Card||SD / SDHC / SDXC|
|HD Video Format||MPEG-4|
|Photo Resolution Width in Pixels||3264|
|Photo Resolution Height in Pixel in||2448|
|Image Stabilizer||Stabilizer Electronic|
|Capacity in GB||0|