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.
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
Image Quality 6