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Toshiba Camileo P20 review

A quality pocket camcorder offering quality video at an affordable price

Our Verdict

For

  • Good features
  • Easy to use
  • Good video quality

Against

  • Sound quality

Toshiba's Camileo range is a departure from the traditional flip-style camera, and its roots are firmly in the camcorder rather than the phone. The Camileo P20 benefits from a pistol-grip form and fold-out screen, which make it feel natural to use.

With excellent image stabilisation built in, it isn't a victim of the shake associated with many models.

While the P20 is much larger than the MinoHD, it has that pocket feel, and is easily transported without you being bothered by its bulk.

In recording mode the screen flips out like that of a traditional camcorder, but it folds back for playback, so you feel like you're watching on a dedicated video device. The extra size means that Toshiba has been able to use a 3-inch touchscreen, which makes filming and watching comfortable and puts the Kodak PlayTouch and Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K to shame.

Video quality is excellent, and recorded footage looks crisp and clear. The image stabilisation is fantastic: even in the middle of crowds our subjects were still and the footage wasn't ruined by shaking.

One of the most noticeable assets is lightning-quick focusing, which left the Samsung HMX-U20 for dead. The Camileo handles bright light poorly though, and subjects are often overexposed in places.

However, if you're looking for quality beyond what the Toshiba can offer, you should be looking at a full form, high-def camcorder.

The biggest weakness is the sound from the internal microphone, and there are no provisions for using an external one, which rules the P20 out for anyone wanting to add a more professional touch to their home movies.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Camcorder
Flash Memory Capacity128 MB
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Number of Image Sensors1
HDMIYes
Product FamilyCamileo P
Recording MediaMemory Card, Flash Memory
Digital Zoom16x
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4
Recording FormatsFull HD
Built-in DevicesFlashlight
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camcorder Resolution5 Megapixel
Maximum Video Lines1080
Progressive ScanYes
USBYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
ColourBlue
Product SeriesP
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesFixed
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelP20
Product NameCamileo P20 High Definition Digital Camcorder
Product LineCamileo
Aperture Rangef/2.5
Manufacturer Part NumberPX1687E-1CAM
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Camileo P20 is a digital camcorder with Full HD 1080p video capture and a large 7.5cm (3") touch screen display for ease of use and intuitive menu navigation. Extensive connectivity is included with HDMI and USB ports for connecting to HD TVs and other devices. You can also upload videos from the Camileo P20 directly to YouTube, Facebook and Picassa in just a few clicks by connecting it to you laptop and using the upload button. All of this is housed in a ultra slim and stylish design which is only 22mm thick.

Package Contents
  • Camileo P20 High Definition Digital Camcorder
  • CD-ROM (User's Manual, Arcsoft Media Converter, Arcsoft Mediaimpression)
  • Magix "Video Deluxe" Trial Version (DVD)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • USB Cable
  • Video Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • Li-Ion Battery (PX 1728)
  • Power Adapter
  • Wrist Strap
  • Tripod
  • Pouch
  • Warranty Leaflet
  • Cleaning Cloth
Weight (Approximate)125 g
White Balance Modes
  • Auto
  • Daylight
  • Fluorescent
  • Tungsten