Toshiba Camileo BW10 review: Toshiba Camileo BW10

Features Toshiba Camileo BW10
Inputs/Outputs None/Mini-HDMI, Micro-USB
White balance Auto
Scene modes None
Focus Auto
Color effects None
Lens cover (auto or manual) None

Video quality is good, but it doesn't compare to video from a full-fledged camcorder. At 1080p and 720p resolutions, the movies are enjoyable to watch at small sizes on a computer screen, with the former being sharper than the latter. At larger sizes, such as on a big HDTV, things like rolling shutter wobble, judder when panning, and motion blur and artifacting with fast-moving subjects are much more noticeable. At small sizes they're not bad enough to ruin your video. The electronic image stabilization seems to help with hand shake some, but don't expect it to be rock-steady if there's a lot of movement.

Indoor and low-light video is mediocre, which is pretty typical for minicamcorders, especially lower-end models like the BW10. Basically, you'll see all the same problems I mentioned above, but more of them and with visible grainy noise. There is a small LED lamp on front to help light close subjects, but I wouldn't count on it to brighten entire scenes.

Photo quality is on par with a camera phone; good enough in bright lighting for sharing online, but poor in low light. The BW10 does have autofocus for photos and video, and can focus on subjects about a foot from the lens.

Unlike most shoot-and-share minicamcorders, the BW10 has no embedded software. Included with it on a disc, though, are a basic YouTube uploader and a 30-day trial of editing software; both are Windows-only, and if you want to buy the full version of the software it'll set you back $90.

Conclusions
While the Toshiba Camileo BW10 isn't a standout in any way, it's not without merit. It is waterproof after all and can be found for little more than $100. It's easy to use, and although its video is full HD in resolution only, it's good enough for YouTube sharing.

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Toshiba Camileo BW10 Camcorder (Yellow)

Part Number: PA3897U-1CAY Released: Apr 14, 2011
MSRP: $149.99 Low Price: $98.94 See all prices

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  • Release date Apr 14, 2011
  • Optical Sensor Type CMOS
  • Width 0.9 in
  • Depth 4.2 in
  • Height 2.2 in
  • Weight 3.5 oz