Toshiba thrive review

The Toshiba AT100 offers a 5MP rear-facing camera for taking photos and video, and a front-facing 2MP camera that you can use with Google Talk or other video chat apps.

Shots with the rear-facing camera looked clear, as long as we were in a brightly lit location.

Toshiba thrive review

As is true with every other Android tablet, it's often difficult to position the 10-inch screen in a way that makes photography anything more than just a point-and-shoot exercise. When you're also dealing with screen glare and can hardly see what's on the screen, photos tend to turn out poorly.

Camera settings aren't that impressive: there are just a few settings for shooting in sepia or controlling exposure, but no cool effects a la the Instagram app for the Apple iPhone. Still, the final results when we could see the screen turned out clear, colourful and worth the effort.

Toshiba thrive review

GLARE: Shooting into direct sunlight produces some light spots

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Toshiba thrive review

NORMAL: Images from the 5MP rear camera are crisp and clear

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CLOSE: Getting close to subjects isn't a problem, with no focus issues here

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COLOURFUL: Our best shot – colours are vibrant and true to life

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TOO SUNNY: Our worst shot – whereas before there were a few sun spots, here the bright sunlight takes over and causes the tree to darken so much it's almost a silhouette

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BLACK-AND-WHITE: Sepia and black-and-white shooting worked well

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For shooting movies, the Toshiba AT100 records in 720p definition, and we found the capture and playback to work smoothly, as long as we dealt with movies we shot on our own. With some Hollywood films we loaded onto the tablet, playback sometimes paused.

Like the camera, video capturing doesn't afford any extra features such as adding a cartoon effect. There's little sense that the Toshiba AT100 adds any extra features or apps to turn the tablet into an adequate camera or camcorder.

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Android 3.1 includes a simple movie editing app for dropping clips into a timeline – adding photos and splicing the whole affair together into one long feature. We're not talking about Adobe Premiere, but at least there's an app you can use for making your own movie.