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Toshiba Camileo S30
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Toshiba Camileo S30 Camcorder

8MP 118g CMOS Jan 2014
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Pocket-SizedAt 3/4" thin and 4.2 oz, this compact video camera is about the same size as a smartphone and can go wherever you go. Don't sacrifice power for size! Hi-Def Made EasyThe CAMILEO S30... More
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30 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

Based on eleven expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Pocket Lint, PC Mag and about.com the average expert rating of this medium sensor size camcorder is 70%.

Easy to Use

Several Toshiba Camileo S30 reviewers who purchased the Toshiba Camileo S30 agreed that it was easy to use. Four years ago Corey Taylor said on Amazon “Fits in the pocket very well which is handy as it can be taken almost anywhere”. Laff wrote “Very light and handy” in their Toshiba Camileo S30 review. Laff also wrote “Easy to use and touch screen playback is brill”.

One Toshiba Camileo S30 reviewer who purchased the Toshiba Camileo S30 said that it was easy to use the menus. Five years ago Videomaker.com mentioned “Videoimage quality isn't great, convoluted menu navigation”.

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Good Product Quality

Eleven people who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was good quality. Ashwin mentioned in their Toshiba Camileo S30 review on Amazon “It has better quality, sounds good”. Corey Taylor mentioned on Amazon “Great camera, top quality also has very good battery life” in his Toshiba Camileo S30 review. Laff wrote five years ago “Good quality pictures at wide”.

Good Size

Four Toshiba Camileo S30 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was thin. Five years ago Videomaker.com mentioned “Slim, very lightweight” in their review of this camcorder. Trustedreviews.com wrote in their review “It was the thinnest Full HD camcorder on the market”. Cnet.com.au wrote in their review on expert review site CNET.com.au “It's also incredibly light at 120 grams and slim at just 19mm thick”.

One Toshiba Camileo S30 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was compact. Expert review site G4tv.com mentioned “The Toshiba Camileo S30 camcorder comes with more than just HD video recording in a compact size”. One person who bought it thought it was a good weight. Fossil Finder mentioned in their review “This camera looks great, small, light weight, lovely colour”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good screen. About.com wrote “The $179 camcorder features a 3-inch touch screen display and 8-megapixel still photo capture”. About.com also wrote “It has a larger, swing-out display, which makes it easier to frame your videos”.

Nice Design

Some people reckoned that it was a good design. Five years ago Videomaker.com mentioned “Great design, easy to use, lots of recording”. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com mentioned “Sports a nice design.” in their review of this camcorder but they rated the Toshiba Camileo S30 60 out of 100.

One Toshiba Camileo S30 owner mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was good looking. Marmalademan said on Amazon four years ago “Pretty good” and scored the product 4 stars.

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Robust

One person said that the Toshiba Camileo S30 was well made. Expert website Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote “The build quality is good and for normal un-zoomed recording” in their Toshiba Camileo S30 review and scored it 4 stars.

One customer considered that it was reliable. Vidkid mentioned in their review of this camcorder “On replacing the battery the camera works perfectly.I also found that charging via the USB lead is much more reliable than with the mains lead” .

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Good Technical Features

One Toshiba Camileo S30 owner considered that it had good features. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this camcorder on expert website PC Mag “Feels like a real video camera, with a big screen and plenty of features.” yet they gave the product a score of 3 stars.

Good Battery Life

A number of Toshiba Camileo S30 reviewers who reviewed the product wrote that it had a good battery life.

Good Quality Lens

One customer concluded that this camcorder had a good zoom. Laff mentioned in their review on Amazon “Zoom is digital and best not used because of blurring”.

One Toshiba Camileo S30 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Amazon Customer said five years ago “The still shots have no image stabilisation and are constantly blurred - certainly not up to advertised spec”.

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Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Camileo S30 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Camileo S30 also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to consider including the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Sony HDR-GW66, or the Toshiba Camileo BW10 which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Camileo S30 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Camileo S30 also are Full HD.

There are a number of alternative Full HD video cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Panasonic HDC-Z10000E, or the Toshiba Camileo BW10.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Camileo S30 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the Camileo S30.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Panasonic HDC-Z10000E, or the Toshiba Camileo BW10.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Camileo S30 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most video cameras that came out around the same time as it support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this camcorder supports an SD memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders that are a comparable age to the Camileo S30.

Across comparable types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSDXC.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on video cameras of this age and type.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Camileo S30 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4608 x 3456. That's over seven times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by camcorders of this type and age. This video camera also support a still image resolution of 2048 x 1536 and 3264 x 2448.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution is actually the best supported still image resolution amongst all medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Camileo S30.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution is the worst supported still image resolution amongst comparable types of video camera.

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Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

At 8 megapixels, the Camileo S30 has a quite high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the Camileo S30. The movie megapixel counts of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Camileo S30 range from 0.49MP to 9.9MP.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This video camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Camileo S30 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Camileo S30.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ50, or the HDR-CX410 both from Sony or the Olympus LS-20M.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p|480p|720p video mode, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The Camileo S30 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This Toshiba camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of this spec and age. The white balance modes "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on video cameras of this age and spec.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on medium sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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Quite Small Minimum RAM Requirement

The Camileo S30 has one of the smaller minimum RAM requirement (only 512 megabytes) amongst medium sensor size camcorders of this age. The smallest minimum RAM requirement of video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Camileo S30 is 1MB, the biggest is 1.1GB, and the average minimum RAM requirement is 740MB.

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Very Light

At only 118 grams, the Camileo S30 is fairly light compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the Camileo S30. The lightest comparable spec video camera that has been around for a similar time to the Camileo S30 is 76g weight and the heaviest is 2.8kg.

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Very Small

Comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Camileo S30 have depths of between 15mm and 460mm, and the average depth is 100mm. At only 19 millimeters, the Camileo S30 is fairly small compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this Toshiba video camera rated it as 57 out of 100. This puts this camcorder in the bottom 10% of all the comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years when ranked by average owner review score.

Toshiba Camcorders Only Have Unexceptional Reviews

On average Toshiba medium sensor size camcorders have unexceptional ratings as do all video cameras produced by Toshiba.

Poor Connectivity

Several people who purchased the product thought it was not able to connect to the internet. Five years ago Videomaker.com wrote in their review “Low light performance not as good as pocket Internet models”. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com mentioned “Since then, there have been a few Pocket Internet models with similar proportions, such as Kodak's Playsport Zx3, Panasonic's HM-TA1” in their Toshiba Camileo S30 review.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Camileo S30 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens including the HS900, or the HDC-SD90 both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of only 0.125 gigabytes, the Camileo S30 has a fairly small internal storage capacity compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Camileo S30. Camcorders that were released around the same time as the Camileo S30 have internal storage capacities of between 0.016GB and 220GB.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Camileo S30, the Camileo S30 is not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the HDC-SD90, or the HDC-Z10000E both from Panasonic or the Philips CAM150 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Camileo S30 does not have a night mode. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Camileo S30 also do not have a night mode.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have a night mode including the Panasonic HDC-SD90, or the Aiptek 3D i2 ($149.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Camileo S30 is not waterproof.

Camcorders which are waterproof that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HX-A100 ($289.95), or the GE DV1 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Camileo S30 do not have a built-in projector. The Camileo S30 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ200, or the HDR-PJ240 both from Sony or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has Two Cables Included

The Toshiba Camileo S30 has a greater number of included cables than most similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Toshiba video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Camileo S30. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this camcorder.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Toshiba Camileo S30

Released Over Four Years Ago

Toshiba released the Camileo S30 over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Camileo S30 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

Other 3" screen size camcorders currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ50, or the HDR-PJ260 both from Sony or the Samsung HMX-H304.

If you would prefer a video camera with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the HDC-Z10000 (3.48" and higher rated), or the HDC-Z10000E (3.48" and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Canon Legria HF S30 (3.5" and higher rated).

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Camileo S30 has a fairly average maximum memory card size compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Camileo S30.

If this video camera maximum memory card size is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the Camileo X200 (128GB and higher rated), or the Camileo X150 (128GB and higher rated) both from Toshiba.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 16 times zoom factor, the Toshiba Camileo S30 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HS900 (20x and higher rated), the JVC GY-HMQ10 (20x and higher rated), or the Samsung HMX-QF30 (40x and higher rated).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Display
Screen Size
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Self-Timer
Playback
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
USB Connector Type
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Memory Card Included
Included Memory Card Size
Other Features
Minimum Processor
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Minimum RAM Requirement
Internal Memory Size
The Windows Operating System

Expert Reviews

(12)
29 June 2011

The Camileo S30 will fit the pockets of many videographers looking for a portable option. Synonymous with laptops, Toshiba has now added the Camileo S30, a simple and easy to use pocket camcorder,... Read more…

Good clarity in images
Allows overall control through camera features and accessories
Low price and a lot of included swag
Cool functions, including slowmotion, timelapse and motiondetect are unheard of in a budget camera
Several hardware perks, such as HDMIout, a flipout display, removable battery, zoom controls
No audio control
Limited zoom
Some difficulty navigating the menus
Summmary
The Camileo 30 will fit the pockets of many videographers looking for a portable option
24 May 2011

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...

18 April 2011

The Bieber-esque popularity of the Flip video camera over the last few years has sparked a proliferation of cheap, handheld camcorders. However, the news last week that Cisco is killing off the... Read more…

The S30 isn?t the most feature packed camcorder you are going to find, but it is one of the smallest full HD camcorders on the market. We loved the ease of use and portability of this device. The...

6 April 2011

In the past, Toshiba's camcorders haven't been able to give the premium models from mainstream manufacturers anything to worry about, and the Camileo S30 does nothing to change that. However, at...

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User Reviews

(69)
Reviewed 26 April 2011 by Awp278

Unfortunately after less than 10 uses this item cut off mid-record. Believing it to be a low battery I charged the item. It came on, then cut off again as soon as I entered into the menu command... Read more…

Reviewed 5 April 2011 by Jayne

I wanted a camcorder that was easy to set up and carry about with me, this little gem does every thing i want and more. all the user interface is clear and easy to understand, the touch screen is... Read more…

Reviewed 25 April 2011 by A. D. Green
(Verified Purchase)

I'd never been interested in video recorders before now. When my son was born 20 years ago I bought one with the intention of recording his childhood, but it was too bulky, meaning the picture... Read more…

Reviewed 19 March 2012 by Coal77
(Verified Purchase)

I hold my hands up - I made a big mistake in ignoring the reviews on here. I thought Toshiba is a well known brand so surely it was just bad luck that people had problems with it. Unfortunately... Read more…

Reviewed 27 March 2011 by Alan Wood
(Verified Purchase)

Wanted a simple compact recording device for both work and pleasure. Quality is excellent once I remembered to remove the protective film from the lens. Battery life is good...

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 815479R16HB, PX1751E-1CAM, toshiba px1736, toshiba px1736e, toshiba px1744e1, toshiba px1729e1, toshiba px1752e1, toshiba px1752e1c, toshiba px1744e1c, toshiba px1729e1c, toshiba px1741e1c4, toshiba px1744e1ca, toshiba px1729e1ca, toshiba px1752e1ca, toshiba px1730e1c4, toshiba px1729e1cam, toshiba px1752e1cam, toshiba px1730e1c4g, toshiba px1741e1c4g, toshiba px1744e1cam
Barcodes 04026203846920, 04026203848580, 04026203861046, 04051154134758, 04051154134789
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