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Toshiba releases Camileo B10, P100 minicamcorders

One's a budget candy-bar video cam, the other's a pistol-grip. Both are full HD.


Back in April, Toshiba announced two new Camileo pocket video cameras for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Those are now available in the U.S.

The B10 is your basic candy-bar style minicamcorder with a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, 2-inch LCD, Mini-HDMI output, and a removable battery, which is quickly becoming a rarity.

It captures video (MP4 format) in full HD (1,920x1,080/30p) as well as 720/60p, 720/30p, and 480/30p. It'll also shoot 5-megapixel JPEG photos.

The P100, according to the Toshiba rep I spoke with, is more for the prosumer, but I'm really not sure what makes that so. Instead of a bar, it's a pistol-grip design, which gives it room for a 5x optical zoom. It also has a 3-inch touch screen and a pause/record button, so instead of getting a bunch of little clips you can have one long video made from smaller recordings. Maybe that latter part is what makes it prosumer, but it's nice for anyone, really.

Along with having an actual optical zoom, the P100 has autofocus (the B10 is fixed focus) with macro shooting for close-ups. The P100's resolution is 8 megapixels, but captures video at the same resolutions as the B10; photos are 8 megapixels, though.

The rest of the features are pretty much the same between the two. Both have digital image stabilization; can be used as a VGA Webcam; have Motion Detection, Slow Motion, Time Lapse, and Pre-Record options; have an LED lamp; and record to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

The B10 and P100 are available now for $119.99 and $179.99, respectively.