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Toshiba Camileo H10 - Toshiba Camileo H10

By James Morris

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

Considering the bargain price, we weren't expecting particularly amazing video performance from the H10. Despite the HD resolution, video quality can't hold a candle to the top Full HD models from the likes of Canon, Panasonic, Sony, JVC and Samsung. In adequate lighting, colour fidelity could only be described as acceptable. Some reds had a tendency to wash out and veer towards orange. The aggressive compression also smoothed out detail too much and light areas blew out, losing detail entirely.

We found the H10 had problems focusing in lower light, too. This was a shame because colour performance was generally quite good and the level of grain not excessive. Overall, the H10 performs above the level of a compact digital camera pressed into service to shoot video and definitely ahead of a mobile phone. But it's not even close to the same league as premium HD camcorders.

Unfortunately, despite the H10's comparatively high sensor resolution, it didn't particularly prove itself as a digital camera either. Colour fidelity was good, but the overall picture looked very fuzzy. This wasn't helped by the necessity of pushing down quite hard on the photo button to take a photo, making it difficult to keep the camera steady.

Video is recorded as AVIs using H.264 MPEG-4 compression. We found this a little problematic for editing software. Corel VideoStudio Pro X2 was able to import the files but was extremely sluggish editing them. Premiere Elements 7 also imported the footage and after some hesitation was quite fluid editing it but with occasional stalls. CyberLink PowerDirector 7 imported the files but then crashed when we tried to play them on the timeline. So overall we can't give many plaudits for the H10's compatibility with mainstream video editing apps.

Despite its low price, the Camileo H10 still has HDMI built in, although this is a mini socket so requires an adapter to connect to a TV. Amazingly, Toshiba actually includes an adapter cable in the box. It's only 1.2m long, but that should be enough for HDTV hook-up. You even get a remote control, for leisurely lounge control. For analogue TVs, a minijack is incorporated with a breakout cable for composite video and mono audio.

Verdict

When a camcorder offers HD shooting at this kind of price, it's hard to be too critical. After all, 2008's top selling camcorder, the JVC Everio GZ-MG330, is more expensive for just standard definition, and the Panasonic SDR-S7 costs about the same, and that's standard definition too. The Toshiba also gets extra brownie points for including an HDMI cable. But the video performance is not significantly better than the standard def alternatives, and editing the results is much more of a pain. So, whilst the Toshiba Camileo H10 is still good value, videomakers on a tight budget would still be better off forgoing the HD nametag for something a little more practical.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 6
  • Features 5

Marek

December 21, 2008, 2:59 pm

I've been waiting for someone to review this camcorder for a couple of months now. Is there any chance of some sample footage being posted with the review?

Simon 15

August 20, 2009, 3:41 pm

Comparing this 720p to other 1080p? That is a bid unfair... or are you comparing it to the 720p mode of the 1080p cameras? This would be a much better comparison.





4mbit/s is a bit low, but I wouldn't say its that bad. If you consider the "internet 720p" movies, most are in the 4.xx mbit/s range, with a few below that mark too, and they aren't that bad (if bad at all).





This camera can be had for £100 now with delivery, but it isn't included in the price list.





Apparently I heard this will only take up to 8gb SDHC... is this true? Wouldn't it had been worth mentioning in a "trusted" review? Also no details on battery life? Aren't these major points?





I think whoever did the filming in the video review needs to learn how to hold a camera better, shaky is a fault of the person holding it, not the camera.





x264 is a *GOOD* format, blame the software editing packages for not being able to handle a good open format. The fact that it uses AVI+x264/mpeg4 is a very good thing, instead of some cruddy mov or dv style avi, or even worse... proprietary, ack.








Now it seems its worth looking at the H20, full HD.

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