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Toshiba Gigashot A100F review

£394.35 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Toshiba

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

The Toshiba Gigashot A100F uses AVCHD, and boasts 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, allowing it to claim 'full HD' status - good news if you own an HDTV.

The Toshiba Gigashot A100F uses AVCHD, and boasts 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, allowing it to claim 'full HD' status - good news if you own an HDTV. 

The Toshiba Gigashot A100F also features a mighty 100GB capacity, or ‘solid state' removable memory card. This lets you commit roughly 12 hours of HD video or 23 hours of standard video to its built-in drive - arguably more than most of us would ever need - plus there's a card slot for an SDHC card for storing 2Mp stills.

Toshiba's A100F is more conventionally designed than some HD camcorders, such as Sony's diminutive HDR-TG3. However, smaller size usually means fewer features, and the TG3 lacks the 100GB storage straight out of the box that the Toshiba Gigashot A100F offers.

Higher capacity is a compromise and you'll have to stretch your fingers when holding the Toshiba Gigashot A100F in your palm. It also feels decidedly plastic and lightweight.

Start up is almost instant. Slide your fingers under the hand strap, flip open the 3in widescreen LCD and you're ready to shoot - with an impressive 60fps frame rate and Dolby digital stereo audio. However, there's no alternative viewfinder to fall back on if screen visibility suffers in bright light and the HDMI cable costs extra.

The Toshiba Gigashot A100F has a fairly standard 10x optical zoom, but it boasts one of the smoothest, quietest actions we've had the pleasure to use. It literally glides.

On-screen menus are accessed and features selected via a mode wheel to the lefthand side of the screen and a teeny joystick just below, meaning operation is fairly intuitive and the Toshiba Gigashot A100F is fast to respond to choices.

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Toshiba Gigashot A100F Expert Verdict »

Li-ion battery
AC adaptor, USB cable, AV cable, Component cable
Remote controller included
1,490-pixel CMOS sensor
min shutter speed: 1/500s, max shutter speed: 1/8s
white balance presets: Auto, Sunlight, Cloud, Fluorescent light H, Fluorescent light L, incandescent lamp
TTL Zoned Metering, Metering modes: Spot
focal length:4.5-45mm, equivalent 35mm focal length: 35.9-431mm
aperture: F/1.8
optical zoom: 10x
electronic image stabiliser
76mm, 230-pixel display
built-in microphone
max image size: 1920x1080 pixels
100GB Hard Disk Drive, SD Memory Card up to 8GB SDHC/SD
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The Toshiba Gigashot A100F delivers a full sound and realistic colours, though there was some noticeable image ghosting when panning through interior shots. If you don't need a huge storage capacity there are probably better camcorders out there for you, but if you're willing to trade off size for high capacity, the Toshiba A100F is the camcorder for you.

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