Toshiba Camileo X400 - Image Quality and Verdict

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But the majority of options are aimed more at fun than supreme camcorder control. You can set the camcorder to trigger recording when motion is detected. There’s a slow motion option, which grabs lower-resolution video at high speed then plays it back at normal speed. The time lapse function grabs a frame at intervals of one, three or five seconds, then stitches them together, so you can capture paint drying or grass growing.

Surprisingly, the X400 also incorporates a minijack microphone input. This isn’t accompanied by an accessory shoe for attaching an external mike to the camcorder body. There are also no controls for adjust audio manually, and no minijack for hooking up headphones. But at least you can attach a lapel narration microphone if you want to.

Although we’ve not been hugely impressed by the image quality afforded by previous Toshiba Camileos, the X400 provides surprisingly decent performance. In good lighting, colours are bright and faithful, with a relatively sharp picture. Low light performance is a little less exciting. Although the X400 does maintain a reasonable level of brightness, but the white balance isn’t very accurate and there’s a noticable loss in detail.

Verdict

Toshiba’s Camileo X400 doesn’t quite live up to the quality its seemingly sturdy build promises. But its sub-£150 price makes what it does have to offer decent value. There’s certainly a lot more here than the pocket Internet models costing similar money or less. But for around £50 more you could opt for a budget model from a bigger brand, such as JVC’s Everio HD GZ-E205, which will offer a step up in image quality. So if you’ve only got £150 to spend, the Camileo X400 provides quite a bit of camcorder for your money, but if you can scrape together a little more then we’d recommend aiming a little higher.

Score in detail

  • Design 7
  • Image Quality 6
  • Features 6
  • Value 10
  • Perfomance 6

Image Processor

Image Sensor Back-illuminated CMOS with 5Mpixels
Image Sensor Quantity 1

Lens Features

Optical Zoom (Times) 23x
Digital Zoom (Times) 120x

Video Recording

Recording Media SD card
Video Capture Format MP4
Max Video Res 1920 x 1080
Image Stabilisation Electronic

General Features

LCD Screen Size (Inch) 3in
On-board Storage (Gigabyte) 0.128GB
On-board Microphone Stereo

A/V ports

HDMI Mini
USB 2.0 Yes
Audio / Video Out No
Audio / Video In No
External Microphone Yes

Physical Specifications

Weight (Gram) 295g
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