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Toshiba Camileo S30 Camcorder

8MP 118g CMOS 16x Jan 2014
Total Megapixels Weight Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Average expert reviews
Slim, very lightweight
Limited zoom
81 Reviews
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Reviews

Average Expert Reviews

Eleven experts from sites including Trusted Reviews, Pocket Lint, PC Mag and wired.com have rated this video camera on average 70 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Poor

Based on 70 owner reviews the average owner rating of this video camera is 57%. It seems that users really don't rate this Toshiba video camera very highly.

Unexceptional Brand

Based on 225 expert and owner reviews (including 87 verified purchases), Toshiba has unexceptional reviews for its video cameras. Toshiba also has unexceptional reviews specifically for its medium total megapixels camcorders compared to other brands.


Price

Low Price and a Lot of Included Swag

Twenty-one owners said in their reviews that the Toshiba Camileo S30 was good value for money. Website Videomaker.com mentioned “Low price and a lot of included swag” in their review of this camcorder. Expert review site Pcmag.com said “Luckily, shooting high-definition video has never been easier or more affordable”. Six years ago expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com rated it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “The Toshiba Camileo S30 is an extremely affordable pocket camcorder that has respectable video quality”.


Limited Zoom

Eight people reckoned that this camcorder did not have a good zoom. Website Videomaker.com wrote six years ago “Digital zoom only”. They also said “The zoom is digital only, as is the image stabilization so if you intend on use either a lot” in their review. Salie gave it a rating of 20 out of 100 and mentioned “It remains, there is no way to zoom the camera out, you're stuck with it”.

Two owners who bought it considered that it did not have a good lens. Website Videomaker.com wrote “Easy to smudge or obscure lens with finger” in their review of this camcorder. They also mentioned “Super sensitivity to light made for unwelcome lens flares and overexposed shots” in their review.

Two people wrote in their reviews that the Toshiba Camileo S30 did not have a good autofocus. Six years ago Lewis1073 mentioned “The focus blur is drearful” and scored it 2 stars out of 5. Bugpowderdust wrote “You have to change this with a switch, there is no auto-focus as such”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Eight owners who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good screen. Expert review site About.com wrote “The $179 camcorder features a 3-inch touch screen display and 8-megapixel still photo capture”. They also said “It has a larger, swing-out display, which makes it easier to frame your videos” in their review. Six years ago Laff mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Amazon “Easy to use and touch screen playback is brill”.


Weight & Dimensions

Slim, Very Lightweight

Eight owners said in their reviews that it was compact. Expert review site G4tv.com wrote “The Toshiba Camileo S30 camcorder comes with more than just HD video recording in a compact size”. Oldgiteggy said six years ago “Very compact and easy to keep with you” in their review of the Toshiba Camileo S30 nonetheless they scored the product 60 out of 100. Alan Wood mentioned “Wanted a simple compact recording device for both work” in his review of this camcorder.

Four customers said in their reviews that it was thin. Website Videomaker.com mentioned “Slim, very lightweight”. Six years ago expert review site Trustedreviews.com said “It was the thinnest Full HD camcorder on the market” in their review of this camcorder. In the same month expert website Cnet.com.au wrote “It's also incredibly light at 120 grams and slim at just 19mm thick” in their review of this camcorder.

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Very Light

The average weight of camcorders that were launched more than two years ago is 370g, and the weights range from 50g to 2.8kg. The Camileo S30 is one of the lighter medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera (only 118 grams) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Two customers who reviewed this camcorder considered that it had good features. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “The Toshiba Camileo S30 pocket camcorder looks and feels like a real video camera, with a big screen and plenty of features.”.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market since January 2014.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Camileo S30 supports HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder also support HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras which support HDMI currently available including because of their better review scores, the Vixia HF S30, or the EOS C500 (£9,954) both from Canon or the Sony HDR-CX330.

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Storage

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The Camileo S30 has a fairly standard maximum memory card size (64 gigabytes) compared to most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

If this camcorder maximum memory card size is too small for you then you might want to look at the Toshiba Camileo X150 (£79) (128GB and higher rated), or the Sony NEX-FS700 (128GB and higher rated).

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The Camileo S30 has a quite large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera. Medium total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder have display diagonals of between 1.5" and 4".

We compared all the other 3" screen size video cameras to this video camera and we think because of their better review scores, the HDR-PJ50, and the HDR-PJ260E both from Sony or the Samsung HMX-H304 are also worth considering.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the HDC-Z10000 (3.48" and higher rated), or the AG-AC90 (£1,430.95) (3.5" and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Canon Legria HF S30 (3.5" and higher rated).

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Has a Touchscreen

The Camileo S30 has a touchscreen. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have a touchscreen.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Camileo S30 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at including the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Sony HDR-PJ330, or the Samsung HMX-QF30WN which all of have better reviews.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Camileo S30 has a relatively average digital zoom (16 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic HS900 (20x and higher rated), or the JVC GY-HMQ10 (£2,394) (20x and higher rated).

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Flash

Has a Built-In Light

The Toshiba Camileo S30 has a built-in light. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera do not have a built-in light.

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Packaging Content

Has a Tripod Included

The Camileo S30 has a tripod included, as do most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

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Has a Pouch

The Toshiba Camileo S30 has a pouch. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder also have a pouch.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Camileo S30 has a hand strap. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder also have a hand strap.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Toshiba Camileo S30 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Toshiba Camileo S30 has a batteries included. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera also have a batteries included.

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Still Image

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Camileo S30 is 4608 x 3456. That's over seven times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder. In addition, this Toshiba camcorder support a still image resolution(s) of 2048 x 1536 and 3264 x 2448.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best supported still image resolution amongst all medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

The worst supported still image resolution amongst comparable types of video camera is 640 x 480.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This video camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Camileo S30 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Image Sensor

Fairly High Effective Megapixels (image)

The lowest effective megapixels (image) of video cameras of this spec and age is 1.3MP, the highest is 21MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 7.7MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of 16 megapixels, the Camileo S30 has one of the higher effective megapixels (image) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

Across all the comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder the effective megapixels (movie) range from 0.49MP to 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 4.7MP. With an effective megapixels (movie) of 8 megapixels, the Toshiba Camileo S30 has a fairly high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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8 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is an 8 megapixels sensor video camera.

If this video camera total megapixels is too small for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic AG-AC90 (£1,430.95) (8.04MP and higher rated), the Vivitar DVR508 (£24.99) (8.1MP and higher rated), or the Canon EOS C100 (£1,999) (8.29MP and higher rated).

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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Design

Great Design, Easy to Use, Lots of Recording

Twenty-seven customers who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. Six years ago website Videomaker.com wrote “Allows overall control through camera features”. They also said “A simple and easy to use pocket camcorder, to it's technology family” in their review. Expert website Gadgetshow.channel5.com gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this camcorder “We loved the ease of use and portability of this device”.

Robust

Five people considered that the product was reliable. Secret mentioned “This would be a great camcorder if it was reliable” in their Toshiba Camileo S30 review however they rated the product 1 stars out of 5. Jo Hewitt wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “I have the Camileo S20 (owned it now for well over a year) and it is completely dependable and easy to use”. Vidkid said on expert review site Amazon “On replacing the battery the camera works perfectly.I also found that charging via the USB lead is much more reliable than with the mains lead” in their review of this camcorder.

Two customers who reviewed it considered that it was well made. Six years ago Awp278 wrote in their review of this camcorder “The item was very good and I had no problems with its build or record quality.” however despite that they gave it a score of 1 stars out of 5.

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Great Design, Easy to Use, Lots of Recording

Five owners who purchased this camcorder agreed that it was good looking. N. Hider mentioned “Sleek appearance, nice easy to use touch screen etc” however despite that they only scored the product 20 out of 100. They also wrote “Regradless of what you pay if something is suppost to be HD 1080p then the video quality should still be pretty good” in their review. Becky252 said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Stylish - we all had great fun with it”.

Three customers who reviewed this camcorder thought it was well designed. Website Videomaker.com mentioned six years ago “Great design, easy to use, lots of recording”. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com wrote also six years ago “Sports a nice design.”. Three years ago Scott Wellard mentioned in his review of this camcorder on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “It has a cool slinky design” but in spite of that he scored the product 2 stars out of 5.

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Good Product Quality

Twenty owners who purchased it thought it was good quality. Expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote “The build quality is good and for normal un-zoomed recording” in their review of this camcorder. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Pocket Lint six years ago “Rival models offer better image quality at lower pricesKey specsHDMI, Li-ion battery, SD, SDHC, Touchscreen” however they only scored the product 60 out of 100. Expert review site Cnet.com.au said “Toshiba's S30 will satisfy those who are happy to sacrifice video quality for a slim camcorder” in their review of this camcorder yet they gave it a score of 65 out of 100.


Power

Good Battery Life

Eight customers who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good battery life. Lynjonesfamily mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “This is a great little camcorder, small, easy to use, long battery life” in their review of the Toshiba Camileo S30. Six years ago Oldgiteggy wrote in their review of this camcorder “Taking out the battery proved successful now” yet they only scored it 60 out of 100. Alan Wood mentioned “Battery life is good” .


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers toshiba px1752e1cam, toshiba px1730e1c4g, toshiba px1741e1c4g, toshiba px1744e1cam, PX1751E-1CAM, 815479R16HB
Barcodes 04026203846920, 04026203848580, 04026203861046

Toshiba Camileo S30 Review Sources

To prepare this Toshiba Camileo S30 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,208 product attributes, 23,752 camcorder reviews and 1,754,400 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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