Japanese consumer giant Toshiba has released a solid state HD camcorder which could well be the first one from a recognised brand available for less than £100.
The device records your footage on a SD Card (ed: they could try microSD to reduce the size even more) and comes with a 2.5-inch screen. The Camileo P10 comes with a 4x digital zoom, 128MB internal memory and doubles as a capable 5-megapixel digital photo, albeit without a flash.
Yet, it has a HDMI connection and supports full 1080p, rivalling the likes of the Flip Mino and the Creative Vado. Like its competitors, the P10 is capable of uploading content directly to Youtube. Toshiba reckons that a 4GB card will be needed to record one hour worth of HD content and the Camileo range is compatible with 32GB cards.
The P10's posher brother, the S10 has a slimline profile and costs only £30 extra. Both models - which sport pistol type bodies - will be available for sale in May 2009.
Manufacturers, like Toshiba, need to make sure that the Flip Mino doesn't corner the emerging mini portable camcorder market the way Apple dominated the portable audio market.
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It is a pity that mobile phone manufacturers have not concentrated on getting a real mobile phone that acts like a portable camcorder. The Nokia N93 was a nice phone that's unfortunately no longer available. Will others follow suit with?