Nice camera that you can take everywhere with you but HD recording is too shaky.
We must give credit to flip for creating a new market segment for small portable video cameras that allow you to take quick videos and easily upload them to YouTube. This has somewhat become a cultural phenomena and possibly means of revenue for a quite a few people. Today, we look at the Toshiba Camileo S10 which is built around the same concept but with better specifications. Packaged is a small box, the S10 comes equipped with carrying case, an HDMI cable as well as an analog A/V cable, a USB charger and a mini tripod-stand which will come in quite handy as we’ll explain later.
The S10 is slightly larger than the flip mino HD and around the same size as the Creative Vado. Unlike the Creative and Flip units where the screen is built on the front of the unit, the Toshiba S10 has a flip-out screen found in traditional video cameras and that bringing the screen up and down also acts like a power switch which makes it convenient.A small light is located below the lens that can act as a flash or as a light for low-light still and video capturing.
The back side has a the main record button along with a zoom rocker, a button to switch between HD and SD resolutions as well as Flash and playback buttons. You also have a section here that opens up for HDMI, analog and power connections. On the top of the unit, you have a slot for plugging in SD cards as well as a switch to enable Macro mode shooting. The S10 does not have any built-in memory which I think is good as it allows you to swap SD cards and continue recording instead of dumping contents to a PC. Also, SD card storage keeps increasing and prices falling so you can always equip it with very a very large capacity card.
The S10 is capable of recording in full 1080p hi-def resolution which provides exceptional details to your videos but at the same time, makes it suffer from the shaky cam effect. There is no optical image stabilization and even though I have pretty stead hands, I found my footage to be very shaky. This is probably one of the reasons why Toshiba has bundled a mini tri-pod with the unit as that will help. The following videos show some the quality of the S10 pictures in daylight, indoors and outdoors.
Pretty decent quality on the video and as well as the still, as long as you have decent light. Low light and night time shots and videos were expectantly not that great with the S10- even a full blown video camera has a hard time doing that so I wont hold anything against Toshiba for that. Battery life is pretty decent- I easily managed to get over an hour’s footage on one charge and since the charging process is via USB, its quite convenient to charge the unit though a PC.
Priced at AED 585/- (US$160), the Camileo S10 is a pretty impressive little video camera that lets you capture everyday videos in very fine detail. The only issue we have is its shakiness and Toshiba does well to bundle a tripod. However, you wont really be using the tripod every time you use the camera.