Strangely, the X200 sports a minijack microphone input, so you could hook up an external device, athough there is no accessory shoe for mounting anything on the camcorder itself. The accessories in the box are generous, too, considering the price. An infrared remote is included, plus a material pouch to keep the camcorder dust free. Best of all, Toshiba has thrown in a mini to regular HDMI cable, so you can hook the X200 up to your HDTV and watch your footage in all its digital, high definition glory.
Image quality in good lighting is decent enough. Colour can be overly saturated, and where there is extreme contrast in light, bright areas can be slightly blown out whilst shadows lose detail. But overall the picture is very acceptable. Video performance in low light isn’t terrible, either, but it is behind that of the X400, showing the benefits of the latter’s back-side illuminated CMOS. The X200’s footage does maintain some colour in poor illumination, but it isn’t very bright, and there is noticeable grain, more than the X400 shows. The white balance also gives light-coloured areas a yellowish tinge.
Toshiba’s Camileo X200 does give you a fair amount for your money, and it’s around £20 cheaper than the company’s own X400. However, its image quality is also behind the latter, particularly in low light. So whilst the X400 takes a decent step up in quality over Toshiba’s previous models, the X200 is more like a small shuffle forward. It’s good value, but isn’t quite in the same league as its slightly more expensive brother.
Score in detail
Image Quality 7
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