Toshiba Camileo P30 HD camcorder £149.99 @ Play

Toshiba Camileo P30 HD camcorder £149.99 @ Play

Found 1st May 2009
Capture every moment with the latest in pocket sized Camcorder technology - the Camileo P30 High Definition SD based Camcorder from Toshiba. Offering 1080p High Definition digital video and still image photography, this pocket-sized product features 128MB of internal memory and support for up to 32GB SDHC memory cards. The 5 x optical and 4 x digital zoom makes capturing clear and colourful memories simple, and with the 2.5" colour TFT LCD screen, easy to view; it's everything you need for your home movie


Original Poster

Heres a link to the test video shot by this cam,…Hl4

Original Poster

And here's the unboxing of P30,…eyM

Not trying to rain on your parade, as on paper it looks like a good camcorder. However, the reviews say it all.

Trusted Reviews:

The prospect of 1080p shooting for £150 sounds too good to be true. Unfortunately, in the case of the Toshiba Camileo P30, it is a bit of a pipe dream, with low-light performance the main deal breaker. Although image quality in the best conditions is acceptable for the price, if you want a cheap camcorder to capture a few family moments, you would be better off avoiding the HD buzzword and sticking with a more dependable standard definition model. JVC's Everio GZ-MS120 or MG330 will produce much more consistent results, even if they can't boast the pixel resolution.


PCPro Review:

It's an impressive list of features, but the results can't quite back them up. The image stabilisation works well and the zoom is smooth and easy to operate, but colours are over-saturated, the autofocus extremely slow and the lens doesn't produce the sharpest results either. The extra features are nice to have, but we'd rather have the Mino HD's better quality recordings.

Also on the negative side, there's no on-board software of the type that makes the Vado and Flip cameras such a joy to use, and Arcsoft's MediaImpression supplied on the CD isn't the most elegant of editing/viewing tools.

All in all then, despite the impressive list of capabilities, features and low price, Toshiba's handy Camileo doesn't make the grade. It's lacklustre image quality sees to that.


Original Poster

Cant really argue at this price. Can we?


Cant really argue at this price. Can we?

Point taken. However, I don't see the logic in spending £150 of your hard earned money on a sub-standard camcorder. People looking around for a HD camcorder in this price range should do their research first, and maybe pay a little extra for a model that delivers. ;-)
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