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The ultra-compact & lightweight Toshiba Gigashot K Series High Definition camcorder with a 80GB hard drive, 10x optical zoom, 3" LCD screen, HDMI output and electronic image stabilisation.

Great price for a high def camcorder.
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#1
http://www.itechnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/Toshiba-gigashot-A100F-1.jpg
banned#2
you`ll get flamed buddy about this
some snooty so & so will go on its on 720p and then some
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ad the coupon voucher AWCAMC15 to get an extra £15 off plus 3.5% quidco
#4
Max res 1280x720p.
#6
laskys.com are offering it for £289
#7
adys71
laskys.com are offering it for £289

Including delivery - http://www.laskys.com/digital_cameras_and_camcorders/camcorders/hard_drive_camcorders/toshiba_gigashot_k80he.html

adys71
ad the coupon voucher AWCAMC15 to get an extra £15 off plus 3.5% quidco

£274.06 after Quidco.
#8
I am after a camcorder for my hols have been warned that hdd can have problems and the best format is still tape? Is this worth buying?
#9
Plenty of good photos at Misco.
#10
FYI this month's PC Pro magazine - ie cover date 'September 2020', ooops 2008... has a review of "pocket digital camcorders" (page 90+) although no Toshiba models included.

Their "winner" is Panasonic HDC-HS9 albeit Full HD at c£650.

Worth a 'browse' at the newsagents...
[mod]#11
added £15 off voucher to OP :) bringing price to £284 plus quidco if tracked would be £9.84 but not sure if quidco will track using voucher code
#12
Great price for a HD camcorder.
#13
Nothing about camcorders on the Tosh site :oops:
#14
not a bad price
#15
mk-donald;2565332
FYI this month's PC Pro magazine - ie cover date 'September 2020', ooops 2008... has a review of "pocket digital camcorders" (page 90+) although no Toshiba models included.

Their "winner" is Panasonic HDC-HS9 albeit Full HD at c£650.

Worth a 'browse' at the newsagents...

FYI - HS9 is the same as the SD9 cept the SD9 uses SD cards and not on board hard disk and hence is smaller and much lighter !
- sorry am biased because I have the SD9 and it's great

- anyway main point is this can be had for only £425 at Amazon - and I'm sure someone out there will finder it cheaper elsewhere - moral of this story if you want 720P then why not go for full HD 1080 p - don't let hte £650 pruice scare you - you can get it cheaper than that
#16
Any link for the manual? Seems a very good price!

Anythiung else to conisder at this similar price?
#17
Only problem i find with hard drive camcorders is the fact that there is moving parts so you have to be very careful with it... even the slightest drop could cause problems... flash memory is an alternative or stick with dv tapes.

not a bad price for a 720p camcorder i suppose!
#18
Panasonic HDC SD9 with free 4GB SDHC for £393.95 delivered

http://www.purelygadgets.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=22370&wysiwyg=10#null
#19
i bought a JVC for £300 about a month ago and i get £30 cashback if i send off for it

does it apply for this too?
#20
djaliboy
Only problem i find with hard drive camcorders is the fact that there is moving parts so you have to be very careful with it... even the slightest drop could cause problems... flash memory is an alternative or stick with dv tapes.


Surely that applies just as much to DV camcorders? You don't go bashing them about either. And DV tapes can deteriorate and drop out even when stored carefully, as I know to my cost. HDD files must easier to transfer than dv tapes, where you have to load up each tape and sit there while it plays back in real time onto your PC.

Have to agree with you about solid state though. That'd be the ultimate bash-proof storage medium... apart from the danger of EMPs from nuclear weapons of course...
#21
Of course, cost is an issue for SD cards compared to tapes, for long holidays, weddings and stuff.
#22
adys71;2565225
I am after a camcorder for my hols have been warned that hdd can have problems and the best format is still tape? Is this worth buying?


I have had a hard-disk based camcorder for nearly a year now (Sony) and I can tell you from experience that it is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better than the tape-based ones. With a hard-drive you can start and stop recording literally anytime, while with a tape you have to re-wind to the end of your last shot.
#23
Was thinking about getting one of these after seeing the price, even got as far as reserving one.

BUT!

I then came across this:

http://www.toshiba-europe.com/smallandsurprising/downloads/en/reviews/gigashot_launch.pdf

The worrying phrase is "For the more budget conscious film maker, the Gigashot K series
also delivers MPEG-4/H.264 interlaced high definition video at a
resolution of 1280x720 pixels"

That means it's not even 720p. As long as this press release is accurate this means that this camera is not even HD as 720i is not part of the HD spec. Technically a SD Progressive camcorder would produce a clearer picture.

I'm going to keep my money until someone can confirm/unconfirm this.

Matt.
#24
Croccy22
Was thinking about getting one of these after seeing the price, even got as far as reserving one.

BUT!

I then came across this:

http://www.toshiba-europe.com/smallandsurprising/downloads/en/reviews/gigashot_launch.pdf

The worrying phrase is "For the more budget conscious film maker, the Gigashot K series
also delivers MPEG-4/H.264 interlaced high definition video at a
resolution of 1280x720 pixels"

That means it's not even 720p. As long as this press release is accurate this means that this camera is not even HD as 720i is not part of the HD spec. Technically a SD Progressive camcorder would produce a clearer picture.

I'm going to keep my money until someone can confirm/unconfirm this.

Matt.


Every other site I've seen shows this as 720p.
#25
Does anyone have any link to a review of this camcorder ? I'd like to know how it performs in low light.
Thanks.
#26
Can you provide a link to a reputable site that actually states 720P and not just 1280x720. I know there are sales sites that state this but no actually review sites or anything.

1280x720 is the resolution, it does not mean it's a progressive picture, Just like 1920x1080 can be either progressive or interlaced.

I'm sure Toshiba would not let there official press release go out with wrong information on it.

Again though if someone can prove me wrong then this looks like a good deal but I have a horrible feeling everyone is going to be VERY dissapointed.

Another thing, since this camera was apparently released in January why is there not one single review of it anywhere on the net??? Surely at this price range (even when full price) it should be all over the gadget sites?

I think I might go to comet today and look at the manual before I make a decision.


Matt.
#27
WorKid;2569388
Of course, cost is an issue for SD cards compared to tapes, for long holidays, weddings and stuff.


well 8GB SD card class 4 cost me £17 and that gives me around 40-50 mins recording - at top quality - which I don't think is too bad a price premium to pay (admittedly my 16GB class 6 cost nearer £45)

I use a 16GB and an 8GB, which is more than enough for my holiday needs but others may differ obviously . SD cards do cost but a few points that I took in their favour when making the decision:
1. no moving parts - as mentioned HDD commonly fail for this - particularly given that camcorders are being carried and bounced around etc
2. SD devices are smaller and cheaper - for me the priority was getting the best quality family shots most of the time, this is a trade off of quality against ease of use - as in a full size TV/Film type camera will give great quality but am not going to carry one around with me, if SD is smaller and lighter then I am more likely to carry the camera (the SD9 fits in my jeans or jacket pocket) and hence I am more likley to have it on occassions ot use it than a larger device - this is actually the main reason I went for the SD9 - it's great and I love it - BUT to be honest it doesnt have the best picture quality, the reviews I have seen suggest a JVC model is better, but the JVC weighs ~700grams as opposed to the SD9 being only around 200. It all came down to best quality at lowest size/weight to maximise usage/avilability.

3. with SD cards if I have multiple ards, as I fill a card I can 'lock' it and put a new card in the device and I know the footage on the first card is 'safe' - where as on an HDD device if it fails you could risk losing many hours/full holidays of data
4. as with most things techie SD cards are dropping in price at a fast rate, at the mo for me 8GB are the most cost effective, - I'd expect that will soon be 16GB cards then maybe 32GB (all of which are supported by SD9) hence cost becomes less of an issue and if 32GB allows 2-3 hrs recording - that is plenty for me.

Just my personal thoughts in making my decision which device to go for. Hope it helps
#28
This is a decent price, i got my Sony 40 gig for £228 so for to pay a little more for double of the memory its good.
#29
Croccy22
I think I might go to comet today and look at the manual before I make a decision.


Its probably a good idea.

I went to my local store and saw it, its a really nice camera, plus with the £15 and then collect from store £284 for this is a steal!

I'm gonna go down there tonight with a HDMI cable and ask them if I can test out the demo one and then play back the film on their HD screens.
#30
Looks like a good deal to me.:)
#31
Jerec
Its probably a good idea.

I went to my local store and saw it, its a really nice camera, plus with the £15 and then collect from store £284 for this is a steal!

I'm gonna go down there tonight with a HDMI cable and ask them if I can test out the demo one and then play back the film on their HD screens.


It's not a standard HDMI socket on the unit and no HDMI cable is supplied, however a component cable is included.
#32
Comet have all there cameras out and open for people to test, I'll have to go try one out sometime but for this price can't be bad, even without high def it's still a large capticity hard drive camcorder.
#33
Problem Child
Comet have all there cameras out and open for people to test, I'll have to go try one out sometime but for this price can't be bad, even without high def it's still a large capticity hard drive camcorder.


Not all stores do.
#34
Hi all,

Checked this out at lunch time and i'm now an owner. The camera IS 1280x720p despite what the toshiba website says.

It states 1280x720p on the box.

The quality is very good for the price and it is easy to use. Plug into pc and copy the mp4 files over to the pc. Simple as that.

I'll let people know a bit more when i've had a play about later but it looks ok for now :P

Matt.
#35
Croccy22
Hi all,

Checked this out at lunch time and i'm now an owner. The camera IS 1280x720p despite what the toshiba website says.

It states 1280x720p on the box.

The quality is very good for the price and it is easy to use. Plug into pc and copy the mp4 files over to the pc. Simple as that.

I'll let people know a bit more when i've had a play about later but it looks ok for now :P

Matt.


Awesome Matt, this looks a really good buy, do get back to us on some more info. :)
#36
Can u upload some footage ?
#37
I am looking for a canon hv30 if anyone can point me in the right direction. Best price so far seems to be around £599 from empire direct - £30 for the 3 year guarantee seems decent too.

http://www.empiredirect.co.uk/content/products/details/index~modelcode~CNN-HV30~dept~camcorders~subdept~ANALOGUE-CAMCORDERS~brand~canon.htm?aid=119&awid=78995
#38
Can't really post video due to the size (a 5 second clip is 15mb).

Here is a screen grab of media player playing a video. Just sort of shows the sort of qulaity.

It's really not a bad camera from what I have seen from it so far.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll38/Croccy22/shot.jpg

Matt.
#39
Just picked it up from Comet with the £15 voucher so for £284 its a steal and yes, it says 720p on the box.

Voted Hot!
#40
Matt, do let us know about the quality of the indoor videos that it can capture. A screen shot would do. If you could upload a sample video on [url]www.mediafire.com[/url] it would be absolutely fantastic.
Thanks

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