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Image Quality and Verdict

By James Morris

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

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.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

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

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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