Another area where the P100 beats most candybar alternatives, except Toshiba’s own, is in features. These are accessed via the 3in touch-screen LCD. A single tap brings up a quick menu, which provides rapid access to toggling the electronic image stabilisation, advanced zoom, shooting format, and video light. The latter actually has two settings. One turns on the buit-in LED lighting, and the other what Toshiba calls “digital light”, which is essentially a gain-boosting night mode.
The remaining settings can only be accessed via the full menu, which is a little unintuitive. It’s entirely icon driven, and it isn’t always obvious what each icon stands for. However, there are quite a few options available here. Alongside duplicated controls for the video light, resolution and image stabilisation, the motion detection feature grabs video at the chosen quality setting when something moves within the frame – ideal for secret nature videos or spying on your friends.
There’s a slow motion setting, which records at high speed but lower resolution and then plays back at 30 frames per second, so the action looks slower. There’s a time lapse function, which can grab frames at one, three or five-second intervals, giving you the chance to watch grass grow at an acceptable pace. Pre-REC continually buffers a few seconds of video to memory, and adds this to the beginning of your shot. This means you capture the action just before you press record as well, preventing you from missing an important event.
There’s an effects section, which includes the macro mode and white balance configuration. The latter offers presets for daylight, fluorescent and tungsten lighting alongside fully automatic, but no manual mode. The scene section provides a soft skin option, night mode, and rather annoyingly the backlight compensation function can be found here, where it’s so buried you are unlikely to use it as often as you might like to. A small selection of digital filters is also available, which includes black and white, sepia tone and negative.
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