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Two new Toshiba Camileo 1080p camcorders launched

Toshiba SX900 and SX500 to hit the shelves in July

Toshiba Camileo SX900

Toshiba Camileo SX900

Toshiba has announced two new pocket HD camcorders in its Camileo range: the Toshiba SX900 and the Toshiba SX500.

Both models offer full HD recording (1080p resolution), and will launch in July 2010. Predicted prices are £250 for the SX900 and £200 for the SX500.

The SX900 sports a 9x optical zoom and a 12x digital zoom, while the SX500 has a 5x optical zoom and a 12x digital zoom.

Face detection

Both models are able to take still photographs, and feature face-recognition technology designed to enhance the look of people in the frame. The SX900 and SX500 can each detect up to twelve faces.

The two new compact Camileo HD camcorders capture 30 frames per second video at full HD resolution (1920x1080p), and are also able to capture 60 frames per second at 1080i resolution which, according to Toshiba, makes them ideal for fast moving shots.

For more information on camcorders, check out our camcorder report or for help choosing an HD camcorder watch the Which? buyers’ guide video

Low level lighting

Toshiba claims that both cameras have ‘improved hardware to compensate for a low level of ambient light when filming indoors or at night time’. Low level lighting can often ruin videos, so Which? is keen to put this claim to the test in our labs when the camcorders launch.

The Camileo SX900 and the Camileo SX500 each have a 2.7-inch LCD and can be connected directly to an HDTV via the HDMI connection.

For help choosing an HD camcorder, check out our HD camcorder reviews

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