Sony cyber shot dsc hx400v

Sony HX400V

Bridge cameras continue to be one area of the compact camera market that remains buoyant in an otherwise declining arena. The HX400 is one of the larger bridge models available, closely resembling an entry-level or even enthusiast DSLR/T in overall body size at least.

The key selling point of this camera is its massive focal length. It keeps the incredible 50x zoom length of its predecessor, the HX300, which equates to 24-1200mm in 35mm terms.

Impressively, it also manages to have a maximum aperture of f/2.8 (at the widest point of the lens), rising to f/6.3 at the telephoto end. It's also a Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens, which should mean that it's capable of producing high quality images.

Outwardly, much of the HX400 remains the same as the camera it replaces, such as the three inch tilting screen on the back of the camera. Inwardly though, the HX400 has seen some key improvements that should equate to better image quality.

For starters, the latest image processor, the Bionz X can be found in the camera. This is the same processor as is already being used in the top-of-the-range full-frame A7 and A7R cameras.

Bionz X is claimed to be three times faster than the previous generation of processor, so focusing, start-up, shot-to-shot times should be improved, as well as noise reduced in low light/high sensitivity images.

Whereas the HX300V had a 20.4 million-pixel Super HAD CCD sensor, the HX400V has been upgraded with a 20.4 million-pixel back illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, which should also help with low light shooting. Furthermore, the camera has a native sensitivity run of ISO 80-3200, which is expandable up to 12,800.

It also inherits some of the other interesting technologies from the A7 and A7R, including detail reproduction technology, diffusion reduction technology and improved area specific noise reduction – all of which should combine together to beat the results that the HX300 was capable of.

Another improvement is that, like many of Sony's other recent introductions, the HX400 is fitted with integrated Wi-Fi and NFC technology, which can be used for remotely controlling the camera from a smartphone or tablet, or for sharing images to social networking sites.

As with several other Sony cameras, you can increase the functionality of the camera by downloading additional apps from Sony's PlayMemories store. You can also send images from the camera directly to a smartphone or tablet for emailing or sharing on social networking sites.

The rear-screen is a 921,000 dot Xtra Fine TFT LCD screen, and although it isn't touch sensitive, it does tilt upwards and downwards, which should be useful for shooting from awkward angles. The screen is joined by an electronic viewfinder, which has a sensor for automatically detecting when the camera has been lifted to the eye.

The finder itself is bright and clear, and offers a great view of the scene. Bridge camera EVFs tend to be a disappointment, but happily, the one here is actually useful and we found we used it very frequently during the review.

The camera offers manual control, along with semi-automatic modes, such as aperture priority, as well as a complement of fully automatic and scene modes. Creative options are also included, such as digital filters and a sweep panorama mode, and should appeal to the Instagram crowd.

It's worth noting however that unlike some other bridge cameras on the market, the HX400V is not capable of shooting in raw format.

Sony claims that the HX400V's battery is capable of lasting for around 300 shots. We're keen to test the battery life as this is aimed at travelling photographers who wouldn't necessarily be able to charge a camera very often.

There are quite a few bridge cameras in this premium segment of the market, but the natural competitors for the HX400 seem to be the Canon SX50 HS, Panasonic FZ72 and Fujifilm HS50.

Sony CyberShot HX400V Review, Best Lenses, Sample Images & Videos

Another superzoom point and shoot, this time from the stables of Sony, the CyberShot DSC-HX400V. To make the HX400V a superzoom point and shoot, Sony has packed it with a 50x optical zoom lens.

Other headline features of the camera include a 20.4MP back illuminated EXMOR R CMOS sensor, BIONZ X processor, 1920×1080 50p Full HD video recording with stereo sound and HDMI output, multi interface shoe, high speed autofocus, 10 fps burst shooting at full resolution, ISO range of 100-12800, a tilting 3-inch LCD screen with 921,000-dots, a range of Picture Effects and support for both Memory Stick PRO Duo and Secure Digital cards, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity and built-in GPS.

When it comes to design, the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX400V comes with a DSLR like body, dials and controls. The body has an all black matte finish and build quality of the camera is really good. The camera feels high-end when you are holding it in your hand. The compact size also means that locating the right control is never a stretch for forefinger or thumb. Most of the features you want to access are literally at your fingertip, which of course makes for speedier overall operation.

Front of the camera is dominated by the excellent f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens which at its widest end is 24mm and when fully zoomed in, it reaches at 1200mm in 35mm film format. Move to the back and you will see the vari-angle 3-inch, 921k dot resolution LCD screen. The screen flips out from the camera body and is extremely useful for shooting those awkward angled shots. It also acts as a live view of the camera. The screen itself is bright and clear and can be viewed in any lighting condition.

When it comes to performance, the HX400V is a monster. The autofocus is super quick, which is a rarity in point and shoot cameras these days. In daylight, the camera takes no time at all to focus, but in low light condition it starts hunting. That’s when you have to use some sort of lighting point for the camera to focus correctly. Macro performance is excellent, allowing you to focus as close as 1cm away from the subject.

When it comes to image quality, the CyberShot HX400V excels almost all other point and shooters in its class. Quality of images shot by this camera is excellent.

The camera also handles noise fairly well till up to ISO 1600. After that, details get lost and images become bad, to the verge of being unusable.  On the positive side, even when the lens is fully zoomed in at 50x, image quality doesn’t suffer. But at its widest angle, barrel distortions can be seen, but that is well within control and nothing to worry about.

Sony CyberShot DSC HX400V Specifications

  • 20MP – 1/2.3 BSI-CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 80 – 12800
  • 24-1200 mm F2.8-6.3 Zoom Lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-in Wireless
  • Built-in GPS
  • 660g. 130 x 93 x 103 mm


  • Design and build: 9/10
  • Features and performance: 9/10
  • Image quality: 8/10
  • Value for money: 9/10

Price of the Sony CyberShot DSC HX400V

 Sony CyberShot DSC HX400V Sample Images

YouTube Reviews:

Photographer John Sison reviews the Sony DSC HX400V in a detailed and comprehensive review of the camera.

Overall, the Sony CyberShot DSC HX400V is an excellent camera. It is rich in features and the performance parameters of the camera is just outstanding, as good as and at places even better that some of the higher priced point and shoot cameras in its class.

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