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Sony DSC-H400 – Review

Sony DSC-H400 is a type of digital camera bridge camera body features a handy and easy grasping  but, above all, an exceptional 63x optical zoom, a very high value for this kind of product. As for  other specifications, the camera has a sensor type Super HAD CCD 20.1-megapixel camera, a Sony lens equivalent to 24.5 to 1550 mm in 35 mm format, SteadyShot optical image stabilizer, electronic viewfinder, auto mode Intelligent Auto, full manual controls, 3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 460,800 dots, the internal memory of 55 MB, expandable with Memory Stick and Secure Digital cards of various models, HD movie recording and high battery autonomy.

Sony DSC-H400: Design

The Sony DSC-H400 is a digital camera ergonomic design, with a large side handle that makes it easier to hold, in perfect SLR. The rear part is occupied by a 3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 460,800 points and an electronic viewfinder, while the manual controls are positioned on the upper part, in the form of convenient ring. As for  size, measuring 129.6 mm in width, 95 mm height and 122.3 mm in thickness, for a weight of 628 grams excluding battery and card and of 655 grams by taking them into consideration.

Sony DSC-H400 - Top
Sony DSC-H400 – Top

Sony DSC-H400: Features and functionality

The Sony DSC-H400 is one of the latest compact camera’s bridge type submitted by the manufacturer. In particular, this model was launched this year, in February, along with the Sony DSC-HX400V, and has a really attractive design, comfortable grip with SLR-style, and especially the higher optical zoom of its category.

Starting right from the specifications, the H400 is equipped with an image sensor type Super HAD CCD 1/2, 3 inches in size and with an effective resolution of approximately 20.1 megapixels, also excellent in low-light conditions,   and Sony a lens that has an aperture of F3.4-f6.5 and a focal length of 4.4 to 277 mm, equivalent to 24.5 to 1550 mm in 35 mm format. The prominent feature is the optical zoom, which reaches the value of 63x, can also be used when recording video clips. The digital zoom is equal to about 126x.

Speaking now of the various features offered by the Sony DSC-H400, you can certainly start by SteadyShot, ie, the optical image stabilizer that compensates for the movement of the machine, such as when using a high zoom, ensuring consistently sharp photos and perfect. Definitely important, then, the manual controls are located in a strategic and very intuitive, allowing you to achieve professional results.

Sony DSC-H400 - Rear
Sony DSC-H400 – Rear

For those are not very familiar with the various settings and wants to leave it to the car, or just want to start to learn about the various options, the camera is also equipped with the automatic settings according to the scene and shooting conditions. The advanced flash allows for brighter images when needed, indoors, at dusk and at night. Another interesting feature is the built-in electronic viewfinder that assists the LCD display, sometimes even replacing it, to offer the user a complete professional.

With the Sony DSC-H400 can also record HD video footage, with a maximum resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. Other specifications include a shutter speed, ie 1 – 1/2000 sec, various modes of white balance, an ISO range that goes from 80 to 3200, various shooting modes and picture effects. The  self-timer and shutter speeds continuous 0.71 fps.

Speaking now of saving photos and videos, the camera has an internal memory of 55 MB and a slot for cards such as Secure Digital, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo and Memory Stick Micro. As regards the interface is equipped with a USB port and connector microHDMI. The included battery can take around 300 pictures and record approximately 150 minutes of video. The package finally included the rechargeable battery, adapter, USB cable, instruction manual, shoulder strap and lens cover.


Great for those who want to start having total control over her photos and videos, the Sony DSC-H400 is a bridge camera with countless features and, in particular, a high zoom, the optical image stabilizer,  an electronic viewfinder and full manual controls. This is a mid-range machine, with a display resolution of not very high, only HD video clips and more importantly, does not support the RAW format. In defined a good compromise at an affordable price.

Where to Buy Sony DSC-H400?

Sony H400/B 20 MP Digital Camera
  • Get everything up close with powerful 63x Optical Zoom
  • Minimized blur with Optical SteadyShot Image stabilization
  • MP Super HAD CCD sensor for beautifully detailed images
  • Simplify camera menu with Easy Mode
  • Picture Effect for more expressive photos
Easy to Use
Value of Money

PROS : Manual controls; Zoom high; Electronic Viewfinder; Optical Image Stabilizer; Intelligent Auto Mode automatically; Autonomy; Resolution; Opening goal.

CONS : No support for the RAW format; HD movies only; Display resolution is not very high.

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