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The Sony DSC-H400 sports a powerful zoom lens and molded body that's comfortable to hold.
When you want to zoom in on the best part of a scene, the Sony DSC-H400 can bring you 63X closer. That's the difference between a wide-angle view of a stage with tiny dots on it and a sharp close-up of the look of concentration on the lead violinist's face.
Sometimes, you want the opposite of zoom. When you're in the middle of an incredible landscape, you want to stand back and capture the grandeur somehow. The DSC-H400 can create panoramic shots up to 360 degrees around you: just press the shutter and sweep the camera in a circle. The camera handles the rest, shooting multiple images at high speeds then seamlessly stitching them together to create one continuous image.
When you use a camera phone, you probably end up with blurry portraits all the time. The 'H400 is equipped with Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Intelligent Active mode. It compensates for camera shake by countering horizontal and vertical camera movements. It works to keep hand shake from introducing blur to your still photos, and counteracts the effects of walking or sitting in a moving vehicle when shooting video.
edgardo, bayamon, pr
Average Customer Review(s):
Look beautiful, really like the zoom. I could take a good picture of the moo and the very far away building and make it look like I'm standing somewhere close to it. I also like the filming I videoed the firework the other night. I was about to video it from my backyard and got a very good viewed just like I was at the event
Pros: I like the zooming and picture bright
Cons: I dislike it because it doesn't have the croping feature. I think that all camera should have it. If the zooming isn't this good I wouldnt but it. I wish the features should be more like the Kodak digital one that you could crop the original picture in to any size you wanted and still have the originate and also brightening. With this camera I couldn't do any of those feature. Extremely disappointed in Sony. I have two Sony Cameras both don't have the features I wanted. I only like their zooms.
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24.5-1550mm|
|Internal Memory||55 MB|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
|Effective Megapixel Count||20.1|
|Highest Resolution||7152 x 1080|
|HD Video Recording||1280 x 720/30p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||23.1|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
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 MB.
Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in JPEG. Moving images can be recorded in MP4 format (AVC/H.264) with AAC stereo audio.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.3" color Super HAD CCD image sensor with approximately 20.4-million total pixels 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 (T).
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 is as follows:
|Image Size||Optical Zoom||Smart Digital Zoom||Precision Digital Zoom|
|16:9 (15M)||63x||Not available||126x|
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:
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 sizes include:
Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, you can also record movies in MPEG-4 formats (30p) with AAC audio, in three image sizes:
|Movie Format/Quality||Average Bit-rate||Image Size|
|720 Fine||9 Mbps||1280 x 720|
|720 Standard||6 Mbps||1280 x 720|
|VGA||3 Mbps||640 x 480|
Drive Modes: In addition to single frame shooting, the H400 offers several types of drive modes:
Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing areas:
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 camera.
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 moving.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can select from the following shooting modes:
Exposure Compensation: 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 settings include:
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 well-balanced exposure.
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.
Deleting/Protecting 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:
|Battery Life||Number of Images|
|Shooting Still Images||LCD Screen||Approx. 150 min||Approx. 300 images|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 160 min||Approx. 320 images|
|Typical Movie Shooting||LCD Screen||Approx. 60 min||---|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 75 min||---|
|Continuous Movie Shooting||LCD Screen||Approx. 120 min||---|
|Viewfinder||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:
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.
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This camera comes with the NP-BX1. This is a lithium-ion battery. [ Jeff Apr 07, 2014 ] Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: That Sony DSC-H400 will accept a filter because it has internal threads around the lens. The appropriate size of the filter is, however, not known. That information isn't available right now on our website or Sony's website. No filters are listed as accessories and the manual isn't available either. If you would like to add a filter, I'm sure the proper size will be in the manual or, at the very least; you could check with a local camera shop and have them measure the ID. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Mar 31, 2014 ] Staff