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Toshiba Camileo Pro HD - Toshiba Camileo Pro HD

By James Morris

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

With the Camileo Pro HD's lack of features and low price, we weren't expecting particularly impressive video quality. In good light, however, the results are quite passable. Reds and orange are a little too heavily saturated, and bright regions blown out, but there is a reasonable level of detail. The zoom is very slow and the exposure control also sluggish, with a small but noticeable lag when adjusting to new lighting conditions. The Toshiba doesn't acquit itself so well in poor illumination, either. In a room lit with a single 100W tungsten bulb, the image is very dark, even with exposure on maximum. The level of grain isn't that high, but it's clear why the Camileo Pro HD has a built-in video light. Overall, though, video performance was better than we were expecting for the price.

For editing, a regular USB 2.0 connection is provided to drag clips onto your PC. Since the Camileo records its MPEG-4 H.264 video in MP4 format, however, rather than AVCHD, the footage is not as widely supported in editing applications. CyberLink's PowerDirector 7 had no trouble coping with it, but neither Pinnacle's Studio Plus 11.1.2 nor Ulead VideoStudio 11.5 could import the files. Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 thought the MP4 files only contained audio. Toshiba includes Nero 8 Essentials, however, which can at least burn footage to disc.

If you want to watch your video on a TV, a minijack is available for analogue video output, with a cable supplied for composite video and RCA audio. For HD, a second minijack works in tandem with a second cable, offering component analogue video connections.

Verdict

The Camileo Pro HD's lack of features and poor video performance in non-optimal conditions mean it doesn't really warrant the ‘Pro' in its name. But then you're not paying anything like a Pro-level price, either. At under £150, the Toshiba isn't far off a compact digital camera. Yet it can shoot much better video than any still image snapper or mobile phone. So whilst this isn't the camcorder to kick-start your own videomaking business, it's exceptional value for shooting video destined for YouTube.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Value 10
  • Image Quality 6
  • Features 5

drozd

August 6, 2008, 4:17 am

Its a rebadged Aiptek


http://www.aiptek.com/Merchant...

bearbait

September 30, 2008, 12:32 am

Any reviews re the camileo h10?

clive 2

November 8, 2008, 9:31 pm

I recently bought one of these. Im not expecting the top of the range bits and bobs for this price. I was only looking for a still snapshot cam but this seemed such good value from reputable brand that I chanced it.





The last cam I bought was a middle of the range on about 6 years ago or so. This is twice the quality of that. Looks great to my untrained eyes. Video is nice and I have found everything straightforward.





Installation a breeze. installed driver then software. havent needed to decode anything, all is what I normally use and nstantly plays in media player for example. Also uploaded the clips to my facebook and perfect.





If you are like me, not really into high end cam stuff but also want something with a recognisable brand, easy to use and does "everthing it says on the tin" so to speak then highly recommended!

hansf2a

December 18, 2008, 10:28 pm

A fine camera with good quality photo's and video's, that's to say: if you accept an irritating oblique horizon! Toshiba admits an assembling error for a particular series (made in China...) and refunded me the money. No more Toshiba for me.

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