Some info on this video clip...
Camera: Toshiba Camileo sx900
Aperture: 2.8-8.4 (minimum and maximum f-stop)
Shutter: 1/30-1/1000 (minimum and maximum that affect the video image)
Focus: auto + AFLock(a very great function imo!)
WB: one push
Cut&Edit in Movie Edit Pro 16
Text, music & Color correction in Sony Vegas 9.0 pro
Basically it's a test, to fully test this camera in daylight and lowlight conditions with zoom and other various settings.
Some sort of a quick text review of the camera...
So I got my lucky hands on the Toshiba Camileo sx900 camcorder before the selling date. Thank you Toshiba!
And This is the very first footage that i shot with it to test some various features on the camera.
So far i can say that Toshiba has improved their camera a lot inside, but the exterior, in my honest opinion, has gone worse.
But that doesn't bother me that much, because the main thing that i am interested in a camera is the manual control. And believe me or not, this pocket sized badboy has very much of it!
Toshiba has done some great improvements to their latest model (sx900).
Mainly in Firmware, it looks like they are using the same software as Sanyo camcorders do, witch is great in my opinion, because its simple and you can control a lot of things, shutter speed, aperture, focus, ISO, white balance etc.
You can also set 4 custom shortcut functions to the arrow buttons, witch are great also! Because they have some useful hidden functions, such as Auto Focus lock, Exposure compensation etc.
I must also point out that there are a few downgrades too. You don't have the ability to record in slow motion or timelapse mode.
The image quality has gone slightly worse (mainly in photo mode, it looks like the 8mp has been interpolated from a lower quality, for me it looks like a 2mp raw picture has been interpolated to a 8mp image)
So keep this in mind, the photo function is not so useful as it was on a camileo h20 or x100(imo h20 had the sharpest image quality and x100 the best optics). But let's face the truth, video cameras are not made for shooting photos.
So if you ask me what are the Pros/Cons Then follow me cowboy...
+ Alot of manual control, almost everything can be manually set inside the camera.
+ Many different meterinc modes (for auto modes), 4 for focusing(9 point,Spot,Face Chase, Color Chase) and 3 for exposure(Multi, Center, Spot)
+ You can use the led while filming to lit up your dark scenes abit.
+ 4 custom function buttons while in rec mode (they have some secret functions that are not normally available in camera menus)
+ 9x optical zoom so you can achive some nice depth of field effects (for example if you zoom in equal to 50mm)
+ 1080i60 is working (not like in x100)
+ the sound is finally stereo and really good!
+ easy to edit the footage, no conversions are needed
- The design is kinda cheap and imo. to small for a camcorder that has this lot of manual control.
- The lens is too small (i would like a bigger lens on a camera with a bigger aperture, for example f/1.8 or f/2.0, but this camera has f/2.8)
- The lens hood is vertical, so it has lost its point (...to shade the lens flare)
- The zoom button works hard (maybe its only on my camera, but it still kinda annoys me, because when i zoom in i kinda have to push it down as hard as i can, so there will always bee some shakiness when zooming in)
- While in manual focus the zoom is kind of limited witch is extremely awkward to me...
- There is no remote
- The Lens Cap does not stay on correctly
- The image quality has gone slightly worse(only noticeable in photos) and there is more noise, only thing that i can think about is that the sensor has gone smaller (because the camera is really small itself)
There is also this strange thing that i noticed. If i go to photo mode, then it looks like the frame rate pops up to 120 or higher, the image is extremely stable and there is no rolling shutter(witch is good because it kills the jello effect), while the image resolution is 8mp, so it looks like the sensor is actually fast. I think the camera would also be capable of filming with the same speed, but i don't know why this feature is not available, maybe its because of the writing speeds of an sd card. But it would be awesome to record a full hd clip(witch is actually 2mp) in a high speed frame rate, so that you can do some cool slowmotion effects in post.
Anyway, Toshiba has done a great job with this camera, and i am sure that they are going only up with this release, and hopefully one day there will be a more professional looking camera with a bigger sensor and a bigger lens with a filter tread(52mm for example?) to add some semi lenses(fisheye, tele, wide etc) oh and a external microphone jack with a hot or cold shoe would also be extremely nice!
I hope this information was useful for those who are thinking of getting this nice sx900, it really is worth it for the price!