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Toshiba Camileo Z100 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £154
inc VAT

The Z100’s hateful touchscreen menu doesn’t ruin what is otherwise a fun and good value 3D camcorder


CMOS (size not disclosed) sensor, 1,920×1,080, 10.0x zoom, 286g

The Toshiba Camileo Z100 is a hand-held 3D camcorder with a 2.8in colour 3D touchscreen and Full HD resolution. It can also take 16-megapixel still images in 3D and has a mini-HDMI output so that you can plug the camera straight in to your 3D TV, but perhaps the best thing about the Z100 is that it only costs £154.

Toshiba Camileo Z100

It’s equipped with two 5-megapixel CMOS lenses, but the Z100 shoots in 2D using the left-hand lens by default. To change that and record in 3D you must press the 3D button. The colour touchscreen displays 3D images, too, so you know the feature is activated. Understandably, the quality of the touchscreen isn’t going to be fantastic on a camera at this price, but it’s adequate. There’s quite a bit of flicker when panning, and there’s a tremendous amount of cross-talk on objects that are within one metre of the lenses, which means you see many ghost images that cause even more flicker and blur the touchscreen.

Given the price of the Camileo Z100, we were ready to criticise it heavily, but after viewing our captured 3D footage on our reference Samsung ES7000U 3D TV, we were pretty impressed. Objects within six metres of the lenses had a real sense of depth to them and didn’t just look cardboard cut-outs arranged at various distances from the camcorder. The effect isn’t overly pronounced, but it does add something to your footage and is more than just a novelty.

Toshiba Camileo Z100

Sadly, the inclusion of 3D technology on a camcorder this cheap means it misses out on certain key features, such as an optical zoom. Instead, you get a 10x digital zoom in 2D mode and 4x digital zoom in 3D mode. Somewhat predictably, footage soon deteriorates into a sea of noise and blurred images when you use the digital zoom. There’s no image stabilisation technology either, so handheld footage suffers from quite a bit of shake.

Thankfully, the Camileo Z100 feels pretty tough. It’s very utilitarian in appearance and lacks elegant design features, but its touchscreen hinge feels strong and durable and the plastic doesn’t flex. You also get a detachable lens cover. We would’ve preferred a switch-operated cover, but again, you have to compromise given the price.

To record footage you’ll need an SD card. The Camileo Z10 has 128MB of built-in storage, but this is shared with its firmware, so in practice you only get enough storage for 30 seconds of video. Then again with SD cards costing as little as £13 for a 32GB card, it’s hardly a big extra expense.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****


Optical zoom 10.0x
Digital zoom 0x
Sensor CMOS (size not disclosed)
Sensor pixels 5,000,000
Widescreen mode native
LCD screen size 2.8in
Viewfinder type colour touchscreen
Video lamp Yes
Video recording format H.264
Video recording media SDXC and flash memory
Video resolutions 1,920×1,080
Maximum image resolution 4,608×3,456
Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied 128MB internal (shared)
Flash no


Digital inputs/outputs mini HDMI out, mini USB
Analogue inputs/outputs 3.5mm microphone input
Other connections none
Battery type Li-ion
Battery life 1h 42m
Battery charging position camcorder
Size 62x120x62
Weight 286g

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £154

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