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.

Smartphone dimensions

Toshiba-Camileo-S30Covered 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?

Difficult menu

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.

1080p resolution

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.

Review conclusion

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.

Technical specifications

Sensor TypeCMOS
Max8 Million (s) pixels
Optical Zoom0
Digital Zoom0:00
Recording MediaFlash Memory Card + Memory
Sensor1 Sensor
Depth in mm59
Type CamcorderVertical
Wireless InterfaceNo
Digital InputsYes
Height in mm106
Lowest Focal Length in mm0
Focal Length in mm0
LCD Screen Size3
Firewire IEEE-1394No
USB portYes
Resolution in Pixel0
Maximum Aperture Tele0
Maximum Aperture Wide0
ResolutionFull HD
Shutter Speed Fastest in Second0
Shutter Speed slowest in Second0
Sensor Size0
Type of Memory StickN / A
Type of SD CardSD / SDHC / SDXC
HD Video FormatMPEG-4
Photo Resolution Width in Pixels3264
Photo Resolution Height in Pixel in2448
Image StabilizerStabilizer Electronic
Capacity in GB0