Toshiba Camileo X-Sports Review – Not wanting to spend too much money on something you’re going to throw down mountains and drop out of planes? Fair dues, you might well be interested to hear that this is the cheapest camera on test, then, although there are some sacrifices to be made for that small amount of monetary saving.
Toshiba Camileo X-Sports, Cheap and Brutish Action Camera
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: the X-Sports is gigantic. It’s several times the size of the GoPro, which its design is obviously modelled on. Riding around urban areas with one of these strapped to your helmet requires real confidence – the stares, the shouts, the incoming projectiles. On top of that, there’s an issue of build quality. From the camera itself to the range of included mounts and the diving case that will take you down to 60-metre depths, everything feels cheap and plasticky. The mounting system is incredibly similar to GoPro’s, but not so similar that you can use GoPro mounts with the X-Sports (a bit of careful filing would probably see to it, though).
On the good side, you do at least get lots of mounts for your money – including a proper vented helmet baby, one for surfboards and a grabby, GorillaPod-like mini tripod. The video quality isn’t that bad, either. At speed, there’s quite a lot of jitter and shake, but footage is grain-free even at dusk, and transition from bright light to shadow is handled well. The processor appears to struggle when moving at speed, though, with trees and bushes blending into a blur if you pick up pace. Sound is also an issue, with audio completely drowned out by wind noise. After-dark video is, as you’d expect, very grainy, but not massively worse than the majority of the other cameras; this is an endemic problem.
Of course, everyone likes a bargain and the X-Sports is perfectly capable, but when getting the perfect shot first time counts, it’s worth spending extra.
- Comparatively cheap.
- Decent daylight footage.
- Wide range of compatible mounts
- Massive and cheap-feeling.
- Very poor low-light shooting.
- Audio is a washout.
Toshiba Camileo X-Sports Specifications
- Screen 2-inch LCD
- Sensor 12-meg/1080p at 60 fps
- Burst Mode Not quoted
- Storage MicroSD only (64GB max)
- Connectivity USB, microHDMI
- Water Resistance 60m with case provided
- Battery Life Up to 1.5hrs
- Mounts Included Flat surface, curved surface, side, bike, vented helmet, surfboard, tripod
- Dimension Height 49.5mm Width 73mm Depth 29.5mm
- Weight 94g
- Price $315