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Toshiba Camileo X-Sports Review

Richard Easton
12 Jul 2014
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
199
inc VAT

Not as good as the GoPro Hero3, but it’s much cheaper

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Specifications

Optical zoom: 0, Sensor: 1/2.3in CMOS, LCD screen: 2in, Size (HxWxD): 73x49.5x29.5mm, Weight: 94g

There’s a big market for action cameras that let us record the rough and tumble of our sporting achievements, and one name that’s currently synonymous with them is GoPro. Hoping to dent GoPro’s market share, however, is Toshiba with its much cheaper Camileo X-Sports.

The design of the Camileo X-Sports looks very similar to the GoPro Hero3, and it’s reasonably compact. The X-Sports weighs 94g, so it’s slightly heavier than the GoPro Hero3 and Sony HDR-AS15, but you probably won’t notice the extra weight when the X-Sports is mounted on your helmet.

The X-Sports’ rectangular design is simple and the camera looks tiny when it’s taken out of its tough case, which is waterproof up to a depth of 60m. As the camera isn’t waterproof or rugged you’ll want to make sure it’s kept in the case whenever it’s in use. Annoyingly, though, we found the X-Sports’ buttons difficult to operate when it’s in the case, and required a firm and forceful press for something to happen.

Thankfully, the X-Sports comes with a remote control, which has a wrist strap, or you can control the X-Sports with the Toshiba WiFi Connect app that’s available for iOS or Android devices. The app provides a useful live feed from the camera, but there is, predictably, some noticeable. You can also use the app to change the resolution and control the 10x digital zoom.

It may be priced similarly to the GoPro Hero3 White Edition (£190, www.argos.co.uk), but the Camileo X-Sports specifications are best compared to the more expensive Hero3+ Black Edition (£360, www.gopro.com) due to the X-Sports’ 1/2.3in sensor and ability to capture a 12MP still image.

Such a large sensor combined with a maximum ISO speed of 6400 means that the camera performs admirably under low light conditions, although there is noise. The lens has a wide aperture of F/2.8, and uses an electronic image stabiliser to reduce the shakiness of footage.

You’re able to capture burst images at up to 30fps, although you’ll have to reduce the resolution to five megapixels. At the camera’s full 12-megapixel resolution the maximum burst rate is only 10fps. A simultaneous video and photo setting allows you to record video footage while capturing a still image at specific intervals.

Toshiba Camileo X-Sports rear

You can review footage on the Camileo X-Sports’ 2in LCD display, which has a resolution of 320x240 pixels. It isn’t a particularly good display due to its low resolution and poor brightness, even on its highest setting, but it’s still good to have, especially when many other action cameras don’t have a display at all.

The X-Sports’ menu provides you with the usual array of video options, and you can choose to shoot Full HD video at up to 60fps. If you reduce the resolution to 720p you can even shoot at 120fps, which is useful for creating slow-motion videos. The menu is easy to enough to use, considering the limited amount of buttons, and we had no trouble seeing it outdoors in daylight.

In our battery test, the Camileo lasted one hour and 32 minutes while recording video at 1080p/30fps, which matches Toshiba’s claimed battery life. The Li-ion battery is user-replaceable, so you can buy more and replace drained batteries in the field.

The Camileo comes with a generous assortment of mounting options so that you can attach it to vented helmets, bikes and surfboards, as well as curved and flat surfaces. These mounts work with or without the waterproof case.

Our review model also came with an optional head and chest strap mount (PA5150E-1AKA, £25 from www.toshiba.co.uk), and we decided to test the X-Sports with the chest strap during a game of football. While the footage captured wouldn’t rival a commercial production, the setup was surprisingly comfortable and the image stabilisation did a good job of reducing camera shake. The mount and case were tough enough to survive the bangs and knocks that inevitably occur in a park kickabout.

We also tested the X-Sports with our HPI Racing Bullet MT test radio-controlled car. While the image quality didn’t rival that of the impressive GoPro Hero3 Black Edition, the X-Sports certainly performed better than expected. Grass had lots of detail and clouds and the sky wasn’t overexposed.

We found the Toshiba Camileo X-Sports to be a good alternative to the GoPro Hero3, and one that provides good performance and specifications combined with generous mounts and accessories. If you don’t have the budget for a GoPro Hero3 and don’t mind sacrificing a little image quality, the Toshiba Camileo X-Sports is a good alternative.

Hardware
Optical zoomN/A
Digital zoom10x
Max recording resolution1,920x1,080
Sensor1/2.3in CMOS
Sensor pixels12000000
LCD screen2in
ViewfinderNone
Video lampNone
Video recording formatH.264
Video recording mediaMicroSDHC
SoundNot disclosed
Maximum still image resolution4,000x3,000
Memory slot (card supplied)microSD
Camera flashNone
Connections
USB outputs1x Micro USB
Video outputsMicro HDMI
Other connectionsNone
Battery typeLi-ion
Battery life1 hour 32 minutes
Battery charging positioncamcorder
Size (HxWxD)73x49.5x29.5mm
Weight94g
Buying information
WarrantyTwo-year RTB
Price including VAT£199
Supplierwww.argos.co.uk
Detailswww.toshiba-europe.com
Part codePA5150E-1C0K

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