Toshiba Camileo H30 HD Review, Price, Specs, Advantages and Disadvantages

Toshiba’s new Camileo X100, H30 and S20, will be available for preorder in the US begining Tuesday, April 6 and in stores April 19. The X100, H30 and S20 HD camcorders will cost $400, $250 and $180 at launch, respectively. With the exception of the S20, the Camileo series camcorders aren’t Flip-like pocket gadgets. Toshiba is touting the X100 and H30 as full-fledged HD camcorders, which typically cost $600 to $1,000 from other manufacturers.

All three Camileos shoot 1080/30fps h.264 AVI footage, take stills, support SD and SDHC up to 32GB, and sport a 3-inch LCD touchscreen, dedicated YouTube upload button, and an HDMI output. The H30 and X100 also feature a 10 megapixel CMOS sensor and 5x and 10x optical zoom lenses, respectively, while the S20 has a 5 megapixel CMOS sensor with 4x digital zoom.

All camera controls can be accessed and managed through the 3-inch touchscreen LCD display. I’ve found it to be responsive, intuitive, and simple to navigate and operate, despite its surprisingly deep control offerings. The H30 offers four shooting modes (1080p/30fps, 720p/30fps, WVGA/60fps, VGA/30fps) image stabilization, controls for scene conditions, white balance, along with a host of other settings. For stills, the H30 offers many of the same controls, but adds ISO (auto, 800, 1600) and resolution options for 16, 10, and 3 megapixel stills. Toshiba says the H30 sports a 10 megapixel CMOS sensor, so I’m guessing some interpolation is going on with the 16 megapixel stills.

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