3" LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 digital
camera has a 3.0" Clear Photo LCD screen with 460,800 dots. The LCD
brightness control can be set between 1 (dark) and 5 (bright). You can also
change the display resolution from high to standard to save battery power.
Recording Media: The camera is compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO
Duo (Mark 2 only for movie recording), Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
(Class 4 or faster). The camera also has an internal memory of approximately 55
Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in
JPEG. Moving images can be recorded in
MP4 format (AVC/H.264) with AAC
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a
1/2.3" color Super HAD CCD image sensor with approximately
and 20.1-million effective pixels.
63x Optical Zoom Lens: The camera is equipped with a Sony 63x
optical zoom lens. Focal lengths are as follows: Still Images: 24.5-1550mm
(4:3) and 27-1700mm (16:9); Movies: 29.2-1849mm (4:3), and 32.1-2029mm (16:9). The aperture range is F3.4-8.0 (W) and F6.5-8.1
Digital Zoom: In addition to the 63x optical
zoom, you can reach higher zoom scales by engaging the Precision
Digital Zoom or the Smart Digital Zoom. Precision Zoom enlarges all image sizes
by the total zoom scale of approximately 126x including the optical zoom of 63x.
The Smart Zoom enlarges the image digitally within the range where the image
will not be distorted, according to image size. The amount of zoom for each image size
||Smart Digital Zoom
|| Precision Digital Zoom
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode: Optical SteadyShot can provide blur-free movies
and still images. Camera-shake
compensation using Optical SteadyShot has been improved with the
addition of new electronic image stabilization. This makes it easier to obtain
sharp movies, even when zooming in unsteady situations.
Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still
images, the DSC-H400 allows you to choose from the following image sizes
and aspect ratios:
- 20M: 5152 x 3864
- 10M: 3648 x 2736
- 5M: 2592 x 1944
- VGA: 640 x 480
- 16:9 15M: 5152 x 2896
- 16:9 2M: 1920 x 1080
Sweep Panorama: You can record multiple images while
moving the camera in an arc, either horizontally or vertically. You can choose
the direction to pan the camera while taking the images. The available image
- Horizontal: 4912 x 1080
- Vertical: 3424 x 1920
- Horizontal: 7152 x 1080
- Vertical: 4912 x 1920
- 360°: 11520 x 1080 (Horizontal)
Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, you can
also record movies in MPEG-4 formats (30p) with AAC audio, in three image sizes:
||1280 x 720
||1280 x 720
||640 x 480
Drive Modes: In addition to single frame shooting, the H400
offers several types of drive modes:
- Continuous Shooting: The camera shoots continuous
images while you press and hold down the shutter release. Up to 100
continuous frames can be recorded in a single burst at
approximately 0.7 frames per second.
- Self-Timer: You can set the
Self-Timer mode to a 10-second delay so you can be in the
picture. The self timer with a 2-second delay can help prevent blurred
pictures from camera shake.
- Self-Portrait: A Self-Portrait Timer mode will
capture the image 2 seconds after the face of one or two persons is
- Self-Timer Continuous: The Self-Timer Continuous shooting mode
takes up to 10 continuous frames after a 10 second delay.
- Bracket: The Bracket mode lets you shoot a series of 3
images, each with a different exposure setting--one at normal exposure, one
under exposed, and one over exposed. You can select from three different step
values: 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
- Bracket WB: The Bracket WB mode shoots three images,
one with the current color tone, one with the white balance shifted toward
blue, and another toward red.
Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing
- Multi AF: The camera focuses in all ranges of the
finder frame automatically. When you press the shutter button halfway, a
green frame is displayed around the area that is in focus.
- Center AF: The camera focuses on a subject in the center of the
frame. By pressing the shutter release halfway, you can lock the focus on
your subject and recompose your shot with the subject off center.
- Spot AF: The camera focuses on a very small area.
Tracking Focus: If you are trying to photograph a moving
subject, you can use the tracking focus feature to keep the subject in focus as
it moves around the frame. If Face Detection and tracking focus are used at the
same time, the camera will track a selected face if it is registered with the
AF Illuminator: The AF (auto
focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject
in dark surroundings. You can set the AF Illuminator to Auto or Off.
Face Detection: Face Detection technology detects up to
eight individual faces and controls flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to
deliver accurate, natural skin tones with reduced red-eye. It can also give
priority to children or adults. You can also select and register an individual's
face to be given priority.
Scene Recognition: Scene Recognition mode operates in the
Intelligent Auto mode, and automatically detects nine different types of scenes
and selects the appropriate camera settings: Portrait, Night Portrait, Night
Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Low Light, and
Macro. The camera may also recognize whether the camera is on a tripod or
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can
select from the following shooting modes:
- Intelligent Auto Mode (iAuto): Allows you to shoot
still images with the settings adjusted automatically.
- Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted
automatically (both the shutter speed and aperture value). You can also
select various settings using the menu.
- Aperture Priority: You can shoot still images after
adjusting the aperture setting manually. The camera will determine the
- Shutter Priority: You can shoot still images
after adjusting the shutter speed manually. The camera will determine the
- Manual Exposure: You can set the exposure manually. The shutter speed can
be set between 1/2000 and 30 seconds. The aperture (F value) can be set
between F3.4 and F8.1 (Wide Angle) or between F6.5 and F8.0 (Telephoto).
- Sweep Shooting: Multiple images are shot while
the camera is moving, and these images are compiled into a single panoramic image.
- Movie Mode: Allows you to record
MPEG-4 movies with stereo audio.
- Scene Selection Modes: You can choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Night Scene, High Sensitivity, Gourmet, Pet, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, and
Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to
-2.0EV in 1/3 stop increments.
Built-In Flash: The camera's built-in flash
features a range of 1.3'
to 28.8' with the zoom set
to wide and 11.4' to 15' with the zoom set to telephoto. The flash
- Advanced Flash: the flash automatically operates in
dark locations or when the subject is backlit. The ISO sensitivity is
increased in a dark place to shoot a farther distance brighter.
- Auto: the flash automatically strobes when the surroundings are
dark or when there is backlight
- Flash On: the flash strobes with every shot
- Slow Synchro: the flash is used regardless of the amount of
ambient light, but the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions,
allowing you to clearly shoot a background that is out of the flash-lit
- Off: the flash does not operate
Red-eye Reduction: The flash pre-strobes before shooting to
reduce the red-eye phenomenon. You can set to Auto (when Face Detection is
activated), On, or Off.
Metering Modes: You can select Spot, Center, or Multi-pattern Metering. Spot metering lets you adjust the
exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is
strong contrast between the subject and the background. Center-weighted metering
measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the
brightness of the subject. When multi-pattern metering is used, the image is
divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The
camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a
White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the
white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject,
and the overall color balance is adjusted. When shooting under special lighting
conditions, you can select the settings manually. When using flash, you can
select the flash white balance mode. The white balance can also be set to
Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent 1 (white fluorescent), Fluorescent 2 (natural white
fluorescent), Fluorescent 3 (day white), One Push
(adjust white balance depending on the light source), and One Push Set (memorizes
the basic white color which will be used).
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image.
The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a
dark image when skewed to the left side.
View Modes: The Sony DSC-H400's View Mode allows you to
select your recorded images and movies by sorting them into different views:
Date View, Folder View (Stills), and Folder View (Movies). The internal
memory only offers Folder View.
Index View: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full
screen, you can view multiple images at once in the index view mode. The index
feature lets you to display a total of 16 (4 x 4) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once.
You can also view images in the Calendar View which displays a thumbnail image
on the shooting date.
Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back
images one after the other. You can select from the following slide show effects
(Simple, Nostalgic, Stylish, or Active). The interval between the pictures can be adjusted,
allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds. When repeat
is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to
8x the size of the original image. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left
to right and up or down through the image.
Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in
90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.
Picture Effect: You can add effects to images with different
effects, such as Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, and Soft High-key. The original image as well as the
retouched image can be saved.
Images: You can delete a selected
image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid
accidentally deleting of an image, it can be protected.
DPOF: You can mark recorded still images on a memory card
for printing. This Print Mark
is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF
(Digital Print Order Format) standard.
Battery Information: The DSC-H400 is powered by the
supplied NP-BX1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Using the supplied AC-UB10C AC
adapter, the battery can be fully charged in the camera in approximately 230 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the
battery has the following capacity:
||Approx. 150 min
||Approx. 300 images
||Approx. 160 min
||Approx. 320 images
Typical Movie Shooting
||Approx. 60 min
||Approx. 75 min
Continuous Movie Shooting
||Approx. 120 min
||Approx. 135 min
Viewing Still Images
||Approx. 240 min
||Approx. 4800 images
Multi (AV/USB) : The camera features a proprietary jack for
connecting the supplied USB cable to your computer for downloading your photos,
or charging the battery in the camera. The interface is USB 2.0 High Speed
compatible. You can also connect the optional VMC-15CSR1 A/V cable to the
Multi-connector for playing back images or videos on a Standard Definition TV.
The TV output can be set to NTSC or PAL, as needed.
PlayMemories Home: The DSC-H400 can be used with
PlayMemories Home software, which needs to be installed on your computer. With the PlayMemories Home software you can:
- Import images recorded on the camera to the computer.
- Play back images stored on the computer and the camera.
- Share images using PlayMemories online.
- Display images stored on your computer by shooting date on a calendar.
- Edit still images, such as resizing and cropping.
- Upload images to a network service (internet connection required)
Compatible Operating Systems: The "PlayMemories Home" software is downloadable from
the Sony Imaging website. It
is compatible with Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and Windows Vista (SP2)
operating systems. A version is also available for Mac OS X 10.7-10.9.