Thursday, April 22, 2010

Engadget reviews: Toshiba Camileo S20

Engadget spends a little time with the new Toshiba Calielo S20, and they seemed to be happy with the 720p performance in good light, though they found the controls confusing and the interface frustrating. The zoom - which is only available in 720p mode - is difficult to control, and while they say it has a stabilization mode the footage they have posted appears very shaky (perhaps they didn't have the mode on?)

At $149.99 (at Amazon: Toshiba Camileo S20) maybe it's not a bad deal, but their conclusion (that the Flip or Kodak Zi8 were easier to use, and the Xacti VPC-CS1 a better performer) does suggest that any decision will be based on trade-offs.

A while back a friend loaned me a DXG camcorder he'd bought. He was disappointed with the video quality, particularly in poor light. I used it for a video shoot as the fifth camera (on the floor, shooting the drummers foot!) and I was actually quite happy with what it produced. For a quick cut-away to another angle it was perfect. I wouldn't want to use it as the primary camera for something, but for an extra angle at a shoot a small inexpensive camera can be quite useful...

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