On First Impressions: Toshiba Camileo S30

Better known as: The Flippantly Small, Full-HD Camcorder.


  • Full HD video resolution (1920x1080p); 8 MP stills
  • 16x digital zoom
  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader

At first blush:

  • The Toshiba Camileo S30 is conveniently compact. Hardly bigger than a box of cigarettes, it’s hard to believe that the S30 is capable of full HD video capture.
  • Dinky but easy to use, all you have to do is flip it open to power it up and you’re ready to record.
  • The 3-inch display that shows you what you’re recording is also the touchscreen to access playback menus, change the video resolution settings and choose between lighting presets.
  • Compact size and convenience usually means sacrificing the ability to control settings and functionalities manually and in the S30 if you can control it, there’s a button for it – although the button feels like more of an on/off thing than any kind of means to fiddle.
  • It’s easy enough to use without having to consult a user manual, and all of the buttons have icons to help you identify them. Flip, fiddle and film – the S30 really is user-friendly.
  • The LCD display that flips out and swivels is great – for right-handed people. For me, it just means that if I want to hold the camcorder in my left hand I then have to cross my right hand over my left to reach the buttons on the touchscreen, which is just plain awkward. But I’m used to the world favouring the right-handed, so holding the S30 in my right hand and operating it with my left is not the hugest inconvenience in the world.
  • The touchscreen is not as responsive as it should be, but this isn’t really a problem either, as there’s not a lot of touching that you’ll need to do – everything is taken care of, for you.

All that remains to be seen is the quality of the video this little camcorder is capable of, as that’s the only thing that counts, anyway – so I’ll be posting a video (adorably cute, of my Kid of course) soon –  keep a look out for it!

First impression scoring: 3/5

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1 Response to On First Impressions: Toshiba Camileo S30

  1. Dawn says:

    LOVE!!!! I want 1…

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