Design and features
There can be no doubt that the Toshiba Camileo X400 is a beautiful camera. Its design is made up of a number of different textures, making it a delight to hold not only due to its aesthetic appeal, but also because it feels genuinely expensive in the palm of your hand. This is impressive, considering how cheap it actually is at AU$349. Toshiba has done a fantastic job of combining high-quality plastic and a wood-grain textured metal in a pleasingly minimalistic way. The downfall to these materials is the tendency for the camera to become sticky and marked by your fingers as you use the device.
The lens size is average, but Toshiba has designed the area around the lens to create the illusion of size. What they didn't consider enlarging, however, was the external microphone, which is on the bottom of the lens and appears to have been added almost as an afterthought. However, Toshiba makes up for it by including a microphone input so that enthusiasts can couple the device with an external microphone, although without a hotshoe, you might find yourself reaching for the duct tape.
The 3-inch LCD screen is ordinary; it comes across as a low-resolution screen that doesn’t distinguish itself from other cameras in its price range. The quality of this feature is disappointing, as it doesn't quite live up to the rest of the camera's appearance. The screen seems, in fact, to be somehow cheaper than the outer shell, and even the impressive box that it's sold in.
One feature being promoted with great zest by Toshiba for the Camileo X400 is the in-camera touchscreen editing, which is great for trimming in and out points of your clips. However, this is a quick-fix function, and by no means a heavy-duty editing suite, so for more professional results, you're better off investing your time on the computer.
The functionality of the menu is puzzling. Most of the menu selections are solely picture icons, which would be unbelievably confusing to a first-time user unfamiliar with camcorders. It takes a while to familiarise oneself with the menu, which is not ideal for a point-and-shoot camera. While the menu looks impressive, it is not functional to access easily; one example being the cartoonish image of a snail used to denote "slow motion".