By Roger Frost
Here is not just another pocket camcorder that makes video easier to share. The Toshiba Camileo S10 is a generation down the line that started with the Flip USB camera but now delivers a result that really is worth keeping.
In daylight or a well lit classroom its high-definition video is commendable. Using the mini tripod supplied lets the camera show its best. Being so portable and convenient suits it to capturing, say, a school science experiment. If you rarely take a camcorder on a day trip, you have probably already found a use for this phone-size unit.
The Camileo S10 switches on when you lift its viewfinder screen and switches off when left unused. It records a MOV MP4 file which you can view in camera or on a PC with the ArcSoft software supplied, VLC media player or Apple's QuickTime. The ArcSoft software is a very simple tool for assembling clips and for uploading them to Youtube.
The camera is charged with the supplied mini-USB charger and the battery holds its charge well. The lithium battery is the very popular NP60 so it will be very easy to replace one day.
A regular niggle is that the camera menu needs practice to change the exposure or turn on the image stabiliser. The cause appears to be that you have to select a setting and confirm it with unlikely buttons. The image quality drops if you pan too fast or record in low light but at a street price of £100 I do not complain. Credit is due to Toshiba for providing an inexpensive camera packaged with a tripod, HDMI and AV cables, case, strap, USB cable and lightweight mini-USB mains charger. This is a much liked and used camera that is a cut above earlier generations of this type of product.
Ratings (out of 5)
Fitness for purpose 5
Ease of use 2
Value for money 5
Camileo S10 camera
Toshiba handheld video camera providing: 1080p video quality and below; 5Mb still photos; white LED light; SD card slot. Price £90 to £150
Roger Frost is a writer and author of numerous guides to using technology in science
January 13-16, Olympia, London
Toshiba will be showing the latest model, the Camileo S20 at thee BETT show. Stand L30.
Roger Frost will be showing his Organic Chemistry multimedia software at BETT 2010 on stand S59