Toshiba is heading for the U.S. compact digital camcorder market with the introduction of the full-HD Camelio range. Due to hit stores on April 19, the new line is made up of the pocket-sized, 3.5 ounce S20 and two compact touch-screen models - the H30 and X100. All units include HDMI output, 3-inch LCD monitor, Internet upload hotkey and support for SD/SDHC memory cards.
This 2/3” thin
compact captures H.264, 1080p video and 5 megapixel stills, has a swiveling 3” LCD, a built-in LED flashlight and charges via USB. There's no optical zoom and the 4X digital zoom works when recording at 720p but not at 1080p. There are four built-in record settings - Macro mode, Motion Detection, Slow Motion and Time Elapse mode - and video stabilization for 720p and 480 modes. One 32GB SD/SDHC card leaves enough room for up to 5 hours recording at 1080p. The S20 costs US$180.
The H30 won't fit into your pocket quite as easily, but the trade off is of course better specs. It weighs in at 8 ounces, has a 3-inch LCD touch-screen, 5x optical zoom and takes 10 megapixel digital still photos. Like the S20 it has four recording modes, HDMI output and built-in flashlight . The H30 costs around US$250.
At the top-end of the Camelio line-up is the X100. Weighing 9.5 ounces, the X100 shares the same 3-inch LCD touch-screen and 10 megapixel digital still capabilities as its sibling, but ups the optical zoom to 10x optical and features a 4 GB internal solid-state memory. The X100 shoots 1080p at 30fps and 1080i at 60fps resolution video and video stabilization works in all modes except 1080i. The X100 will hit shelves at around the US$400 mark.