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Settings and specifications
The remaining settings require a trip to the main menu. Here you can find an Effect section with a very modest selection of scene modes - just night, soft skin and backlight compensation, which we wouldn't normally classify in this category. On top of automatic mode, white balance options include fluorescent and tungsten indoor presets, but just a sunny one for outdoors, and no fully manual mode. There are also black and white, "classic" (sepia) and negative filters you can apply, although we always recommend leaving such drastic alterations to the editing stage. There's also no direct access to exposure levels, unlike on the [linkout:http://www.trustedreviews.com/polaroid-x720_Camcorder_review Polaroid X720].
A further menu setting provides access to another decent array of options. You can turn on image stabilisation, which is of the less effective digital rather than optical variety, but still welcome where many pocket Internet camcorders have no stabilisation at all. There's a motion detect mode, which will trigger recording automatically when activity is detected in the frame - ideal for catching thieves, spying on your friends, or capturing animals in their lairs. You can shoot slow motion, with the footage being grabbed at 120 frames per second with a 320 x 240 resolution and then converted to 30 frames per second, so it plays smoothly at a quarter of the speed.
A Pre-rec function is also available. It buffers a few seconds of video at all times, and then adds it on the beginning when you press record. This effectively acts as if you pressed the button a few seconds earlier, stopping you from missing important events. Time lapse options include capturing a frame every 1, 3 and 5 seconds. So there are certainly a few more shooting modes available than just point and shoot.
Toshiba has never provided quite such comprehensive specifications for its camcorders as some big-name electronics companies. So all we know about the CMOS is that it has a 5Mpixel resolution, not its size. But this is more than enough pixels to shoot the top Full HD video resolution, which is captured at 30 frames per second. You can also shoot 720p video at 30 or 60 frames per second, and VGA at 30 frames per second. Still image options include 3Mpixels, 5Mpixels, and 8Mpixels, with the latter clearly involving some interpolation. There is a modest 128MB of memory on board, but not even all of that is free. So you will need to rely on the SDXC-compatible memory card slot. A gigabyte of storage will be enough for 14 minutes of Full HD video.
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