Toshiba Camileo S20 pocket camcorder
Toshiba's Camileo S20 camcorder is feature-packed, but has finicky controls
- Time-lapse mode, white balance presets, fun extras, LED lamp for low-light shooting, Very slim and light
- Menu navigation and zoom can be frustrating, no built-in USB connector, cheap-feeling build
For sheer bang for the buck, look no further than the fun-filled, 1080p-shooting Toshiba Camileo S20. It's unsurpassed in features, but we've seen better usability and build quality.
Price$ 179.99 (AUD)
Note: Pricing for the Toshiba Camileo S20 is in US$. It's not currently distributed in Australia but can be picked up from online retailers.
It may be thin and light--even for a pocket camcorder--but the ultraslim Toshiba Camileo S20 packs more features into its frame than any high-definition pocket camcorder we've tested to date.
Along with 1080p high-definition video, digital stabilization, and a macro/landscape toggle switch--all of which we've seen in models such as the Kodak Zi8--the Camileo S20 has a handful of pocket-camcorder firsts, including an LED light for shooting in the dark, a time-lapse mode that lets you select between three preset intervals, four white-balance presets, and a slow-motion mode that helps you take (very grainy) footage of fast action. It shoots AVI files in 1080p or 720p at 30 frames per second, recording the video footage to a user-supplied SD or SDHC card.
Instead of the candy-bar design employed by the vast majority of pocket camcorders, the Camileo S20 shoots in a pistol-grip style, thanks to a flip-out, swiveling 3-inch LCD screen; it's a Sony Bloggie MHS-CM5 on a no-carb diet. The adjustable screen is great for composing odd-angle shots (filming over a crowd or taking self-portraits, for example), but it's not the sharpest screen we've seen, and it looks a bit dull in direct sunlight. That said, it's big and adjustable enough to get the job done as a viewfinder.
With all the normal settings in 1080p (30 fps) mode, the Toshiba Camileo S20 served up sharp, smooth, but slightly muted video when compared to similar pocket camcorders. Video quality didn't look bad at all, but colors aren't as vivid as they are in footage shot with the Sony Bloggie MHS-CM5 or the top-rated Creative Vado HD. (For the highest-quality footage, select "1080p" from the drop-down menu that will appear in the lower right corner of the embedded video player when it starts.)
Toshiba Camileo S20: Wide-Angle Video Quality Test
Sony Bloggie MHS-CM5: Wide-Angle Video Quality Test
Creative Vado HD (3rd Generation): Wide-Angle Video Quality Test
In low light (without the LED lamp on), the Camileo S20 brightened up the scene enough to show what was going on, but footage took on a tan, slightly muddy quality. Motion looked smooth, but color accuracy and white balance were lacking compared with our low-light champs, the second-generation Flip MinoHD and the third-generation Creative Vado HD.
Toshiba Camileo S20: Low-Light Test (Without LED Lamp)
Flip MinoHD: Low-Light Test
Creative Vado HD: Low-Light Test
The Toshiba Camileo S20 also has two more low-light shooting aids: its front-facing LED lamp, and a ISO-boosting shooting mode. Here's how the camcorder's low-light shooting looks in both of those circumstances: better, but with more visible graininess, especially in the high-ISO mode.
Toshiba Camileo S20: Low-Light Test With LED Lamp
Toshiba Camileo S20: Low-Light Test With High ISO
The Camileo S20 also takes 5-megapixel photos (and, according to its on-screen menu, up to 16-megapixel photos at its maximum-resolution setting), but you'll need a steady hand when shooting stills. I got shaky, blurry images when my hand moved slightly while taking a shot; if you use a tripod, image quality is about on a par with that from an above-average phone camera.
Despite all the fun features, the Toshiba Camileo S20 has a few notable drawbacks. For example, it has no flip-out USB connector; instead, Toshiba includes a separate cable in the box for charging your battery and offloading your clips. Also, digital image stabilization is available only in the camcorder's 720p/30 fps mode, meaning you don't get that option for the Camileo's highest-resolution video setting or even in its lower-resolution, Web-friendly video modes.
It's nice to have the macro/landscape toggle, but the macro mode doesn't allow for extreme close-ups; the closest I was able to get to a subject and shoot a clear shot was about a foot away. And the camcorder has an all-plastic build, which definitely makes it feel a bit cheap (but also slim and light, and probably fairly durable).
When shooting with the Camileo, I found the main drawback to be its menu navigation, which is especially frustrating given the amount of goodies at your disposal. Top-level menu navigation is done with the thumb-operated zoom control, which is fairly responsive but feels cheap and plasticky. Pressing the center of the zoom control would be the most intuitive way to make on-screen selections, but instead, you sometimes have to use the two small buttons below it to dive into on-screen menus.
When you're using the same zoom control for operating the 4X digital zoom, it's insanely touchy. At times, I was able to slowly zoom in and out, but at other times, the zoom control jumped between zoom points or rocketed to full telephoto. As with most pocket camcorders, it's best to refrain from using the zoom at all; only the 5X optical zoom on the Sony Bloggie MHS-CM5 stands out here.
The Toshiba Camileo S20 is definitely among the top tier of current HD pocket camcorders, thanks to the useful LED lamp, decent 1080p footage, and unique extras--all for less than $200. But a handful of usability issues, not to mention its cheap-feeling build, prevent it from landing at the top of our pocket-camcorder list.
Join the newsletter!
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
cloudandco Smart Cane
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Apple iPhone X
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Toys for Boys
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Bose SoundLink Micro
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Xbox One X
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Sony make shooting in HDR easy with new 4K camcorders
- Sony announces Australian availability for new waterproof RX0 action-camera
- Microsoft's Beam becomes Mixer, adds four person split-screen streaming to battle Twitch
- Microsoft's Story Remix uses machine learning and mixed reality to make your movies awesome
- New IoT malware targets 100,000 IP cameras via known flaw
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- Get set for Amazon Australia Black Friday launch
- Destiny 2 PC review: A port worthy of PC gaming's mightiest rigs
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTDigital Account StrategistSA
- TPAutomation EngineerQLD
- FTDevOps EngineerOther
- FTDevOps Engineer - Supply ChainOther
- FTMulesoft Solutions DesignerNSW
- FTSERVICE DESK - ENTRY LEVELSA
- CCIntegration AnalystACT
- CCIntegration DeveloperVIC
- FTTechnology Development ManagerQLD
- FTSystem Specialist - Operational Technology SystemsOther
- FTSenior Strategy Specialist - Direct / ConsumerOther
- FTStorage & Backup Engineer x2 - EMCOther
- FTNetwork Lead AcrhitectNSW
- FTSenior Systems Engineer (WINTEL)ACT
- TPICT Strategic Sourcing SpecialistQLD
- FTCommercial Loan Documentation SpecialistOther
- FTLead Business AnalystNSW
- TPProject Manager - IT SecurityQLD
- TPSenior Business AnalystACT
- FTSenior Field Services Telecommunication RiggerACT
- FTSenior Change ManagerACT
- FTNetwork EngineerACT
- CCData ModellerACT
- FTTM1 Application Management AnalystOther
- FTSenior Java and AEM DeveloperOther