Product Type: Toshiba digital camcorders
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Good quality camera but other products can do a similar job.
Toshiba Camileo S30
Member Name: oligraham
Toshiba Camileo S30
Advantages: Fantastic quality video, small and fits in pocket.
Disadvantages: Fixed lens means no optical zoom, no protective cover for lens.
I was bought this product for my birthday as a suprise and have used it since having it.
Starting with the positives, the camera is small and fits in your pocket which is good and takes fantastic full quality HD videos which is a significant improvement on my last camcorder which used tape. The camera is quite stylish and has a large screen.
There are however a few negatives which means that I probably wouldn't recommend this product to someone. Firstly the lens is fixed which means that it is digital zoom only which is fine in some circumstances but means that if you want to zoom in on something you are going to loose a lot of the quality. Secondly there is no protective cover on the lens which means that if you aren't careful you could scratch it. Thirdly other products can do a similar job if you have an iPhone 4 or above or many other mobile phones they can take full HD video at a similar quality so if I were you I would probably try and collate several features into one. You can also buy cameras (Panasonic Lumix for instance) which have optical zoom and will take HD video for a similar price.
Overall if you wanted to buy a purely video recording camera this would not be a bad choice but I would recommend that you look elsewhere perhaps at the Panasonic Lumix
Summary: Fantastic quality video but drawbacks mean you should probably look elsewhere.
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