Make a splash with Toshiba's new waterproof CAMILEO BW10 Sportcam
By Paul Ridden
May 30, 2010
Toshiba Europe has announced a waterproof addition to its Camileo range of camcorders. Designed for active sports people, adventure travelers and active families, the BW10 full HD sportcam can withstand immersion in the wet stuff to a depth of about 6.5 feet and shoots in full HD with image stabilization.
The 0.86 x 2.16 x 4.21 inch Camileo BW10 sees Toshiba dipping its toes into the waterproof camcorder market with a model capable of shooting full high definition 1080p at 30 frames per second in MPEG4 format. Waterproof to a depth of 6.5 feet (2m) and benefiting from embedded electronic video image stabilization and an ambient light-friendly ISO1600 sensitivity, the handy sportcam should be good to go whatever the conditions.
The BW10 features a 5 megapixel CMOS sensor and a fixed focus lens (F=2.8) and 10x digital zoom for both video and still images. There's face detection which can automatically alter the color and exposure of up to 12 faces framed using the 2 inch color LCD display, and an action mode with ten second self timer. Users will find the high capacity SDXC support infinitely more useful than the 8MB of internal NAND memory, while the HDMI-out capability of the camera will no doubt lead to inflicting, sorry, sharing movies with a wider audience.
On the subject of broadcasting captured moments, the sportcam also includes Camileo Uploader software for frustration-free YouTube uploading. The Camileo's Li-ion battery should give about 70 minutes video recording time with the LCD switched on and it will be available shortly throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa in a choice of yellow, turquoise or silver. A European price has been set at 149 euro (approx. US$183), with a UK purchase costing in the region of GBP130. There's no word on Stateside availability at the time of writing.