Full HD Camcorder Toshiba Camileo S20
What interests us the most when buying a camcorder? Image quality, usability, weight, size and design. Well, the price, of course. Recently, amid the great success of Sony Bloggie, a large number of similar models of very different designs have appeared.
One of these cameras is the Toshiba Camileo S20. I must note that Toshiba has released the widest range of such devices. Then why this one?
The smallest and lightest camera with the ability to record in FullHD resolution
Technically, everything is extremely simple: a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor with a fixed focal length, a 3-inch swivel-tilt LCD screen, a slot for SD (HC) cards and a Nokia BL4C battery. Of the available connection connectors: HDMI, RCA (standard AV), USB. And, actually, that's all.
How does this all work and what allows you to do?
The lack of optics as such indicates the presence of only digital zoom, which operates at resolutions less than the maximum possible. Video, as I said, you can shoot as much as possible in FullHD quality (at the bottom of the link to the samples), and 1080p. At 720p, a 4x zoom is already possible. Video quality with a very simple matrix is very dependent on lighting and light temperature. In cold fluorescent light or in fog, the image will be grainy and with artifacts. But on a sunny day in nature, the video will turn out good.
The maximum resolution of the photo is 5 megapixels with interpolation up to 15 megapixels. The quality is at the level of a good mobile phone. Again, the temperature of light and light play a role. For shooting in poor lighting, there is an LED flashlight under the lens. Illuminates sufficiently within a meter. It does not save further. Those. you can remove yourself as a beloved in the style of “Blair Witches”, but nothing more.
Minimum control buttons: on the opposite side of the screen, a button for switching the photo / video mode. And at your fingertips are buttons: a record enable button, a 3-position joystick for changing the zoom, a button to switch the shooting resolution, a backlight enable button, a button to switch to viewing mode. Under them are the connectors: AV, HDMI, USB. Under the screen, the power button and the pre-record button is a fairly convenient function that caches 3 seconds of the video second before pressing the “record” button. A couple of times I recorded unique shots thanks to her. The SD card slot is hidden at the top of the camera.
Video in quality, of course, differs from FullHD cameras with good optics and a good matrix. True, the price is 5 times different. However, from 3-4 meters centimeter letters are readable. Photos are about the same quality, even at 15 megapixels. At resolutions below full, you can turn on the digital stabilizer.
Pros of the camera. Weight and dimensions. Time to prepare for the shooting. With such dimensions and weight, the camera fits in any pocket. From the moment the screen is opened until the start of recording, no more than 2 seconds pass. But this is if you do not need to change the settings. It is also very convenient to transfer video to a computer.
In the settings you can select resolution, white balance, effects, general settings.
Why and to whom is this gadget useful?
For fans to shoot a lot of videos with small quality requirements, but with requirements for the size and weight of the device. Suitable for all bloggers who like to upload videos to the network. For any video reports as a more convenient device instead of a mobile phone.
If the shooting quality is of principle, it makes sense to look at the Sony DSC-TX7 camera with a 10 megapixel sensor, the ability to shoot FullHD video and Carl Zeiss 4x optics. True, the price is 2 times higher.
Sample photos and videos
The average price of the Toshiba Camileo S20 at Yandex.Market is 5355 rubles