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Toshiba Camileo SX900 review

Is this new Full HD camcorder worth upgrading to?

Our Verdict

For

  • 9x optical zoom
  • 1080p recording
  • Bundled software

Against

  • Video quality not great
  • Flimsy build quality
  • Built-in light not much use
  • Straps and lens cap

Although the Toshiba Camileo SX900 looks like a regular camcorder and has a perfectly decent specification, it feels more like a toy than a serious piece of consumer electronics. It's rather small and the casing uses a lot of shiny black plastic and chrome.

Small gadgets can be very cool, but in this case the design seems to be flawed somewhat, as the hand strap and lens cap look like an afterthought. This wouldn't generally be considered a terrible sin, but we're talking about a £250 purchase.

Furthermore, the tiny size of the SX900 means that you effectively need to hold the camcorder between finger and thumb as the strap isn't much help. This becomes even more of an issue when you're making changes in the set-up menu as the fold-out 2.7-inch screen sits at 90 degrees to the navigation pad on the side of the camcorder.

Another aggravation was the USB connection. We plugged in the proprietary USB cable, pressed the transfer button and then had to answer the question of whether the USB connection was for a printer or a PC, and then whether the connection was for YouTube, Card Reader or MTP.

The Toshiba doesn't have any built-in memory, so the best move is to simply plug your SD/SDHC/SDXC card into a card reader and forget about the Toshiba USB connection.

The white LED shooting light is pointless, unless you are looking for some lost car keys in a darkened room.

Toshiba camileo sx900

Toshiba has included a mini HDMI cable and an AV cable with RCA audio and Composite video connections, as well as ArcSoft and MAGIX Video Deluxe software.

Overall, there's a long list of relatively minor complaints that we had hoped to counter with talk of high-quality 1080p video and 9x optical zoom.

Instead we were disappointed to find that the Toshiba has similar performance to the much cheaper Kodak Zi8 and the quality of the video fails to live up to expectations.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Camcorder
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Number of Image Sensors1
HDMIYes
Product FamilyCamileo SX
Recording MediaMemory Card
Image StabilizationElectronic
Optical Zoom9x
Digital Zoom12x
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Recording FormatsFull HD
Built-in DevicesFlashlight
Maximum Image Resolution3264 x 2448
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Maximum Battery Run Time1 Hour
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camcorder Resolution14 Megapixel
Maximum Video Lines1080
Interlaced ScanYes
Progressive ScanYes
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height55.4 mm
Width33 mm
Depth110.5 mm
ColourBlack
Product SeriesSX
Minimum Illumination3 lux
Focal Length3.20 mm to 28.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelSX900
Product NameCamileo SX900 High Definition Digital Camcorder
Product LineCamileo
Aperture Rangef/2.8 to 3
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPX1669E-1CAM
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

The ultra compact Camileo SX900 features Full HD (1920 x 1080p) video and high resolution digital image capture. Excellent low light capability ensures you can capture fantastic quality video and still photos all day long. The 9x optical zoom makes simple work of capturing distant subjects, while face and color detection in photo mode allows to keep your targets in focus at all times. With an HDMI output, playing back your footage on your HD TV is easy. The ultra sleek barrel grip design makes the SX900 easy to take anywhere with you, and with multiple scene modes, focus and light settings, the SX900 helps you capture all your precious memories in Full HD.

Package Contents
  • Camileo SX900 High Definition Digital Camcorder
  • Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • Wrist Strap (With Tripod Screw For Hand-Grip Use)
  • Pouch
  • Power Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • AV Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • Lens Cover
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Leaflet
  • Software Dvd (User's Manual)
  • Magix "video Deluxe 15 Plus" Trial Version
  • Arcsoft Media Impression
Weight (Approximate)151.5 g
White Balance Modes
  • Auto
  • Sunny
  • Cloudy
  • Fluorescent
  • Incandescent
  • One-Push