When Toshiba's Camileo S20 was released about a year ago, it was the thinnest Full HD camcorder on the market. Since then, there have been a few Pocket Internet models with similar proportions, such as Kodak's Playsport Zx3, Panasonic's HM-TA1, and Sony's Bloggie Touch. But it's still very good value, and now there's a new version called the S30.
The Camileo S30 is a couple of millimetres thicker than the S20, but you wouldn't notice. The design is otherwise the same, at least externally. Inside, however, there's a new sensor. Whereas the previous model relied on a 5Mpixel CMOS, the S30 ups the resolution to 8Mpixels, although as with most Toshiba camcorders there's no information available on the actual size of the chip. Despite the increased CMOS resolution, the maximum still image resolution remains 16Mpixels, so picture detail should be a little better.
The lens is also fixed, as before, with just a macro switch on the top adjusting the physical lens configuration for close-up shooting. So both the zoom and image stabilisation are digital. However, you can now use both even when shooting Full HD, unlike with the S20, and the digital zoom has been boosted considerably to 16x, although resolution still suffers considerably when the zoom is called upon, and image stabilisation crops into the frame slightly too.
There are four video shooting modes available, all of which use MPEG-4 H.264 compression. Alongside the top Full HD 1080p resolution, which runs at 30 frames per second, there are two 720p options, running at 30 and 60 frames per second, plus VGA running at 30 frames per second. There's 128MB of storage on board, but that's enough for little more than a minute of footage, and we have to ask why Toshiba even included it. Instead, there's a slot on the top for SD memory, which supports SDXC so can accommodate cards larger than 32GB. With Full HD video recorded at a reasonably respectable 13Mbits/sec, 1GB of SD storage will be enough for around 10 minutes of footage, or 40 minutes of VGA.