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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2012
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I've used a Toshiba Camileo Z100 3D camcorder for several months, and am highly impressed with it. While it won't do quite everything that the thousand dollar plus 3D cameras will do, at a quarter of the price or less it can still do plenty, and it can shoot genuinely beautiful 3D (and 2D) video and still photos. My favorite 3D video modes are 1080p30 (you can watch on the built-in 3D display, or looks fantastic plugged into a 3D TV with an HDMI cable) and 720p60 (great for fast action scenes, and the only camcorder I know of for less than several thousand dollars that can shoot 3D at 60 frames per second). It has a considerable number of manual settings available, many of which work in 3D mode, including several exposure (auto, center, spot, backlight, night), ISO, and white balance settings. The filter effects are fun to play with - shoot 3D or 2D in black and white, sepia tone, or color negative (3D black flames and waterfalls). The still photos are great for viewing on a 3D TV or the web, or for printing in 2D at moderate enlargement (I wouldn't try a poster-size enlargement). To see what it's capable of, search for "Camileo Z100" on video or photo sharing sites - there are many spectacular videos and photos out there, either straight from the camera or edited using 3D editors.

The Z100 also has some nifty 2D-only modes, including slow motion and time lapse video.

The Z100 can do a fantastic job if you use it for the things it does best. A few tips:
(1) Focus is sharp from about 1 meter to infinity. Closer than 1 meter and your images may be out of focus.
(2) The stereo base (distance between the left and right lenses) appears to be about 28mm, pretty close to many other modern 3D cameras. That means the best 3D will be at close to medium range, maybe about 1 meter to 5 or 6 meters, though it still shows some depth at greater distances. I shot some nice 3D video of carnival rides with clouds in the background, and an object at 30 meters is visibly closer than an object at infinity. But fairly close up will show the best depth.
(3) The camera is digital zoom only, no optical zoom (well you can't get everything at this price). This means that the more you zoom the more the image quality is reduced. Some people use the digital zoom, but I prefer to shoot full wide angle to get the very best image quality.
(4) There's no optical image stabilization. If you shoot video full wide angle and have a steady hand it can do a good job handheld, but if you want really rock-solid steady video (maybe for a professional production), it's best to use a tripod or camera stabilizer (actually that's good advice for any camcorder).
(5) The best lighting appears to be in sunlight with the sun at your back, though the camera does surprisingly well indoors with the lights on, or outdoors after sunset or at night with streetlights.
(6) While the basic modes are pretty simple to use, it's best to read the manual to learn about the optional settings and how to use them.

There are more capable 3D camcorders available, but at several times the price. At the price the Z100 is good for someone who's starting in 3D or for teaching a kid how to shoot 3D, but it's also a great second 3D camera for someone who has higher end equipment - small, portable, and as I mentioned before it can shoot 720p60 in 3D (which no other consumer camera I know of can do) as well as 1080p30. I rate the Z100 five stars for the beautiful 3D imagery it's capable of producing, and the many features it provides for the price.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
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For $150 this camera takes 3D HD videos that look pretty good. It's a great start on low end 3D video.
It has a small screen that you can view in 3D with out glasses. Has a time lapse, slow motion, motion sensing settings.

In 3D you have to pan very slow or shot makes you dizzy. Need a lot of light to get good 3D. The zoom is very jerky. But all in all it cost me $200 for camera and 64 gig mem card/
If you want to try 3D this is the camera to get.
I'm starting to look for a high camera now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2013
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Easy to use. Clear picture and 3D! I have used it a few time so far and for what it cost you can't beat it. I can copy the output files to a usb drive and play them right on my LG 3D TV. For the money and 3D you won't get optical zoom or steady shot but what you do get for a quarter of the price is great. The camera does need good light and outdoor filming is great. Indoor a little washed out but still ok.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2013
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This camera is easy to use and had decent picture quality. I'm not crazy about the touch screen menu, because I don't like having to wipe down the screen every time I need to change a menu setting. It records side by side on a single HD frame, so you lose a little resolution, but it makes it easy to instantly view what you're shooting on any 3D TV that has an HDMI input. There is no optical zoom for 2D or 3D mode, but 3D video actually looks best when you're relatively close to your subject anyway, so it's not a deal breaker. Very happy with the camera.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2013
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To start playing with 3D this is a good camera. comes with a lot of options. Shoots in 2D also. For 3D playing it back you have to have the right set up. If you want something to come out of the screen look, dont get the object to close to the lens on the camera. Still fun to play with and shoots great outside or ver and I mean very well lighted indoors.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Bought this and a Fuji still 3D Camera. The Fuji has the same lousy battery life, but has amazing 3d. This only has 3d if you are 5 to 10 feet from the subject. really not useful.
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on September 29, 2013
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VINE VOICEon September 14, 2013
-- The Good --
1080p 3D video
3D display screen
Time lapse video
3D photo close-ups
Touch screen interface
Lightweight and easy to use
LCD screen rotates 270 degrees

-- Bad --
If 3D photo mode selected immediately after camera power on, 3D images are distorted.
At least one 2D photo must be taken before switching to 3D photo mode.
Narrow dual lens spacing yields poor 3D depth beyond 20 foot range
Fixed focus

-- Ugly --
3D photos appear hazy and washed out - require postprocessing contrast and brightness correction
Zoom is digital so image quality looks terrible when using Zoom.
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on September 7, 2013
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With this purchase, I was looking for 1080p first, and maybe 3D later. After seeing this (and its very reasonable price), I had to seal the deal.

The 1080p quality with this camera is very good for the price. It doesn't compare to video from a Blu ray movie, but the price doesn't compare also. And if you're still fine with 720p (which, on this camera, looks pretty close to 1080p), you can shoot in 60 frames per second. And trust me, 60fps makes a HUGE difference. The only unfortunate thing about 60fps is YouTube only accepts 30fps (now, at least), so if your video is going on YT, just shoot in 1080p.

As for the 3D, I've heard that it looks good. I made a test video to show my subscribers on Youtube and they liked it. I don't have a 3D monitor, so I didn't really utilize this. On top of that, Sony Vegas won't open 3D files for some reason, so I couldn't edit any 3D footage. All in all, 3D = a feature you probably won't use, but it's cool to have just in case

Another thing to remember, get an SD card (full size). This camera only has somewhere around 100mb of onboard memory, which isn't enough for literally anything. Thankfully, SD cards are dirt cheap right now.

Beyond that, there really aren't any complaints. The camera quality is really solid. Transferring files to your computer is incredibly simple. Overall, this camera is just awesome. Definitely worth the price.
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on May 31, 2013
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The camcorder is intuitive to use, with very few buttons to press, and a touch screen for more settings. The 3D created by the camera is saved as a Side by Side L image first MP4 in 1920x1080. With this camera and a copy of CyberLink's PowerDirector 11, I find it extremely simple to shoot video and then add 3D effects and titles afterwords. That's a fully realized 3D movie creation package for well under $500! (Given that you have a 3D monitor for video editing)

The video looks great, and as many other reviewers note, the best range is at least 2 feet away from your subject. It's a blast to set up a tripod for super stable video, and then have your subject wave swords or other long objects at the camera. It looks very convincing in review, and appears a bit closer than was shot. My daughter noticeably jumped when she was reviewing video of herself waving a stick with some embers on the end of it about 18-24 inches from the camera. She said it looked very much like it was coming right at her face.

Shoot in well lit areas. The sensors are not great in low or back-lit scenarios. The footage will look a bit grainy. Not surprising for an economy class device, just something to be wary of.
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