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Toshiba Camileo S20 - Toshiba Camileo S20

By James Morris



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Toshiba has provided some more fun-oriented facilities. There’s a motion sensing setting, which triggers recording when there’s action in the frame. The time lapse mode records a frame every 1, 3 or 5 seconds. There’s also a slow motion option which grabs video at four times the normal speed but at a lowly 320 x 240 resolution.

The S20’s box is full of extras. Alongside a handy protective pouch, there’s a little screw-fit tripod with flexible legs. The analogue AV cable only provides composite video and mono RCA audio, but there’s a mini HDMI port if you want to watch your video in all its HD glory. Toshiba even includes a converter cable with full-sized HDMI on the other end so you can plug directly into your HDTV.

Toshiba Camileo S20

If you want to edit footage from the S20, it’s recorded as AVIs and we found these compatible with all the software we tried. However, being H.264 performance is extremely slow, making editing a relatively laborious process with the 1080p footage. Toshiba supplies Video deluxe 15 Plus and Movie Edit Pro 15 Plus, both from MAGIX, in the box, but they’re just trial versions.

The S20 follows the trend of the last couple of years and provides built-in Internet connectivity. As soon as you plug the device into a PC via USB, you will be prompted to install the H.264 codec from the S20’s onboard memory, if it isn’t on your system already. The YouTube Direct software will then start up straight from device as well. However, its features are extremely limited, offering just the ability to input and save your YouTube login, and then upload your video as a public or private clip. You can’t even provide a YouTube category or tagging information.

Toshiba Camileo S20

What really lets the S20 down, however, is its image quality. In good lighting, colours are vibrant enough, and detail reasonable. However, there are issues with contrast, with bright areas often blown out. Low light is unsurprisingly this camcorder’s Achilles' Heel, as with most low-cost models. Although the S20 can achieve a reasonably bright image in poor illumination, with a fair amount of colour preserved, the automatic exposure often fails completely to set itself correctly, creating a completely dark image.

Fortunately, the video light is reasonably bright for the S20’s size, and provides a handy boost at ranges up to a couple of metres. The Night mode also brightens the image, but accentuates the grain as well. Overall, though, the S20 does not do well under modest artificial lighting conditions, which is unfortunately a key environment for a camcorder aimed at the impromptu capturing of social events.


The Toshiba Camileo S20 is certainly a great-looking camcorder, and you’re likely to receive admiring glances after pulling it out of your pocket (unless you chose the pink version…). At around £150, it’s very reasonably priced, too, and this includes some worthwhile extras in the box such as the HDMI cable and tripod. However, image quality is behind pocket Internet camcorders such as the Flip Video Ultra HD and Creative Vado HD in low light. So whilst it’s good value, the Camileo S20 only offers the video capabilities you would expect at this price.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 6
  • Features 6


February 14, 2010, 4:42 pm

Again, no menion of the battery. If its built in then this is another cheap camcorder with a defined life of perhaps 2 years.


February 19, 2010, 6:33 pm

I have used this cam, and have edited the video footage too! Its a alright cam, but you see that its trying to focus on anything. Which in turn brings out crap quality.

James Morris

February 25, 2010, 7:56 pm

@JDunn The battery is removable.

Paul Rogers

October 14, 2010, 10:08 pm

The S-series Camileo cameras are fantastic value at under £70 now..I have owned the earlier S10 model for a year took some great video and photos with it. Although they have fixed lenses and no manual controls, the video quality makes up for that in my opinion. It is far better than all it's competitors including the Flip, for both for videos and stills (I tried a few). I often shoot stills with my S10 rather than carry around a bulky digital camera, as the image quality is very decent in both wide angle and macro. The main selling points for me are the incredibly compact size (you really don't notice it in your pocket) the long battery life and fast charging time.


November 14, 2011, 5:28 am

HI All,

Can we use this as a webcam? coz when I try to connect it with computer it only brings up windows explorer so I could copy or delete the video files


June 13, 2014, 12:50 am

s type is great I do have one but its battery lifespan is finished and I am in Africa in Namibia I could not get its battery in the market,

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