Finweek English Edition - - Communication & Technology - BENE­DICT KELLY

TOSHIBA ISN’T A NAME you’d read­ily as­so­ciate with video cam­eras, so it was with some trep­i­da­tion I took a look at the Camileo HD video cam­era. On the up­side it’s tiny – small enough to rest eas­ily in my out­stretched palm and light enough it could be used con­tin­u­ously without your hand get­ting tired. Its flip-out screen – the only way of see­ing what you’re shoot­ing – is bright and easy to view. The menu sys­tem is easy enough to use but I did find the menu icons a bit clunky. They could def­i­nitely do with some spruc­ing up.

The Camileo shoots a va­ri­ety of reso­lu­tions: from the very grainy up to HD qual­ity. How­ever, due to its small sen­sor size, you typ­i­cally find in this kind of cam­era low light per­for­mance isn’t all that good and you’ll typ­i­cally see some “noise” on the video. For the unini­ti­ated, “noise” in this con­text is a vis­ual dis­tor­tion that hap­pens when the sen­sor doesn’t pick up dark colours prop­erly.

Though that means you won’t be us­ing this cam­era to shoot your bud­get Hol­ly­wood movie, for quick videos you in­tend up­load­ing to the web, it’s more than ad­e­quate. Also, be­cause the ver­sion I had has no op­ti­cal zoom it can’t zoom at all in HD mode. In fact, the only ben­e­fit of not shoot­ing in HD all the time is to save space and make up­load­ing eas­ier.

The cam­era has a still and video mode but the but­tons are so close to­gether it would be easy to push the wrong one by ac­ci­dent and miss that magic mo­ment. While the Camileo isn’t go­ing to be a full re­place­ment for your reg­u­lar still or video cam­era, for some­thing that can be thrown into a back­pack for a week­end away it makes a de­cent com­pan­ion.


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