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Toshiba Camileo X400
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  • Toshiba Camileo X400

Summary

Our Score:

7

Pros

  • Generous bundled accessories
  • Keen price
  • 23x optical zoom

Cons

  • Limited manual control
  • Mediocre image quality
  • Clunky icon-driven menu

Key Features

  • Back-side illuminated CMOS sensor with 5MP
  • 1080/30p MP4
  • SDXC-compatible SD memory slot
  • 23x optical zoom
  • LED video light
  • Manufacturer: Toshiba
  • Review Price: £143.00

Toshiba's camcorders sit curiously in its portfolio of products. The company may not be Bang and Olufson, but most of what Toshiba makes is considered at least somewhere in the middle of the market, if not better. Its camcorders, though, are decidedly budget-oriented, with low prices and limited features. The Camileo X400 doesn't buck this trend completely, but at first glance it looks like a step in a more quality-oriented direction.

The X400 has a reassuring mass about it, and it comes in a box that has a premium velveteen air. The bundled accessories are generous, too. There's a carry pouch with a shoulder strap included, a remote control, and even a cable to connect the camcorder's mini HDMI port to the regular HDMI on a HDTV. All of this belies the camcorder's sub-£150 price.

The base specification isn't bad, either. Toshiba rarely quotes the size of its sensors, so all we know about the X400's CMOS is that it has 5MP and is back-side illuminated. But the former is more than enough for Full HD, and the latter has positive implications for performance in low light. The top shooting resolution is Full HD at 30 progressive frames per second. But there are other options, including 720p and VGA at 30 frames per second, as well as 720p at 60 frames per second. Still images can be captured at 3, 5 or 16MP, with the latter clearly using a large amount of interpolation.

Footage is captured to SDXC memory card, although there is a X416 variant available in some parts of the world which comes with 16GB of memory on board. A 16GB allocation will be enough for around four hours of footage at the top quality setting. The format used is MP4, rather than AVCHD, but this is still a highly compatible format for editing.

Stan Lee

January 26, 2013, 7:34 pm

This camera is packed so thoughtfully, you think you are getting something terribly expensive!- the box is so gorgeous! And your anticipation is hard to control!!!

But -- when you start trying it out, your anticipation wanes to disappointment...

You must get an expansion memory card. You only get like 30sec on the internal memory...

The Start/Stop button is hard to push, making it difficult AND - doesn't protrude out enough for you to have a good 'feel'... Why it has to be so BIG compared to the OTHER buttons is a mystery...

The Zoom button is either full zoom or nothing. There is no such thing as 'slow' zoom.

You can't put a bigger battery into the camera - and it is a mongrel non-standard... It's available on eBay for a shocking $19.99 ! What a rip!

The recorded sound level is WAY too low!!!

The icons in the menus aren't big enough. Plan on using a stylus - if you can FIND one! (I hope you have tiny fingertips...)

Ditto when recording. You have to squint to see the icon on the screen if you are recording or not...

You can't attach a lens hood, so make sure the sun is BEHIND you - not on the side of you!

The supplied Toshiba camera bag is too small, and just too tight for the camera, and you can't carry anything else, like the charger...

The Walmart bonus bag is roomy enough for the camera, but the side pockets are too small for the charger...

If you want to plug in an ext mic, you have to open the LCD, which turns on the camera. The ext mic does not help the audio problem!!!

The video output connector doesn't make a good connection!

I went thro TWO of these. I returned the 1st one because of low audio, and the 2nd one because of low audio AND NO HI DEF PICTURE!!!!

Will I buy a 3rd?

nawwwwww...

Don't forget - You only get 15days to return it to Walmart if you don't like it!!!

I'm really glad I bought it from Walmart instead of eBay! I'd be stuck with it if I bought it on eBay...

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