3" LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V digital
camera has a 3.0" XtraFine LCD screen with 921,600 dots. The angle of the
LCD screen can be adjusted 60° downwards for
shooting at high angles, and 90° upward for low angle shots. The LCD
brightness control can be set between -2 (dark) and +2 (bright).
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 HX-400V is also
compatible with Eye-Fi cards, which allow you to upload your photos using Wi-Fi.
Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in
JPEG. Moving images can be recorded in
AVCHD (H.264) with 2ch Dolby Digital audio or MP4 format with AAC
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a
1/2.3" color Exmor R CMOS image sensor with approximately
and 20.4-million effective pixels.
50x Optical Zoom Lens: The camera is equipped with a Carl
Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (T-star) 50x optical zoom lens. Focal lengths are as follows: Still Images: 24-1200mm
(4:3); Movies: 26.5-1325mm (16:9) and 32.5-1625mm (4:3). The aperture range is F2.8-8.0 (W)
Zoom Function: In addition to the 50x optical
zoom, you can reach higher zoom scales by engaging the Smart Zoom, Clear Image
Zoom, or Digital Zoom. Smart Zoom enlarges images without causing image
deterioration by partially cropping the image. The Clear Image Zoom enlarges the
image digitally with a process with less deterioration. The Digital Zoom
magnifies images uses an image process that causes increasing deterioration as
you zoom farther. The amount of zoom for each image size (at 4:3 aspect ratio)
|Image Size ||Optical Zoom |
(incl. Smart Zoom)
|Clear Image Zoom ||Digital Zoom |
|Large ||50x ||100x ||200x |
|Medium ||71x ||142x ||284x |
|Small ||100x ||200x ||400x |
|VGA ||405x ||810x ||810x |
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-HX400V allows you to choose from the following image sizes
and aspect ratios:
|Image Size ||3:2 ||4:3 ||16:9 ||1:1 |
|Large ||18M: 5184 x 3456 ||20M: 5184 x 3888 ||15M: 5184 x 2920 ||15M: 3888 x 3888 |
|Medium ||8.9M: 3648 x 2432 ||10M: 3648 x 2736 ||7.5M 3648 x 2056 ||7.5M: 2736 x 2736 |
|Small ||4.5M: 2592 x 1728 ||5M: 2592 x 1944 ||2.1M: 1920 x 1080 ||3.7M: 1920 x 1920 |
|VGA ||--- ||VGA: 640 x 480 ||--- ||--- |
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 AVCHD and MP4 formats in the following image sizes:
|Movie Format/Quality ||Average Bit-rate ||Image Size |
|60i 24M (FX) ||24 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
|60i 17M (FH) ||17 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
|60p 28M (PS) ||28 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
|24p 24M (FX) ||24 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
|24p 17M (FH) ||17 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
|MP4 12M ||12 Mbps ||1440 x 1080 |
|MP4 3M ||3 Mbps ||640 x 480 |
Motion Shot Video: The Motion Shot Video feature lets you
see the tracking of the subject's motion in high-speed, like a stroboscopic
image. You cannot save the images made with Motion Shot Video as a movie file.
It is simply a playback feature.
GPS: The HX-400V is equipped with a GPS sensor that receives
location information from overhead global positioning satellites. Using
PlayMemories Home software (downloadable from Sony), you can use the location
data to display your photos on a map showing their shooting location. Even with
the camera turned off, you can track and log your location for up to 24 hours.
Drive Modes: In addition to single frame shooting, the
offers several types of drive modes:
- Continuous Shooting: The camera shoots continuous
images while you press and hold down the shutter release. Up to 10
continuous frames can be recorded in a single burst at
approximately 10 frames per second (Hi speed) or 2 frames per second (Lo
- 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 3 or 5 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.
Multi Frame NR: The camera can automatically shoot multiple
images continuously, combine them, reduce the noise, and record them as one
image. Multi Frame Noise Reduction allows you to select larger ISO numbers than
the maximum ISO Sensitivity.
Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing
- Wide: 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: 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.
- Flexible Spot: The camera focuses on a very small area,
which can be moved around within the frame.
Lock-on Auto Focus: If you are trying to photograph a moving
subject, you can use the Lock-on Auto Focus feature to keep the subject in focus
as it moves around the frame.
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. When the Smile Shutter function is activated, the
camera will automatically detect and shoot a smiling face.
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, Infant, Night Portrait, Night
Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, Macro, Spotlight, or Low Light. The camera may also recognize whether the camera is on a tripod or
moving (bright or dark surroundings), and if photographer is walking.
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 1/4000 and 30 seconds. The aperture (F value) can be set
between F2.8 and F8.0 (Wide Angle) or between F6.3 and F8.0 (Telephoto).
- Memory Recall (1, 2): You can store and recall
often-used modes or numeric settings in one of the two available memories.
- iSweep Panorama: 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 Full HD AVCHD or
MPEG-4 movies with stereo audio.
- Scene Selection Modes: You can choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
Portrait, Advanced Sports Shooting, Landscape, Night Scene, Hand-held
Twilight, Night Portrait, Anti-motion Blur, Pet, Gourmet, Beach, Snow,
Fireworks, Soft Skin, and High Sensitivity.
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 1.64'
to 27.89' with the zoom set
to wide and 7.87' to 11.48' 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
- Fill-Flash: 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
- Rear Synchro: The flash works right before the exposure
is completed every time you trigger the shutter. This allows you to shoot a
natural image of the trail of a moving subject such as a moving car or a
- Wireless: When using a wireless flash, the shading
effect provides a more 3D appearance to the subject. Wireless flash requires
a remote control-compatible external flash connected to the camera's
Multi-Interface Shoe and a separate wireless flash placed away from the
- 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), Custom
(adjust white balance depending on the light source), Color Temp/Filter, and
Custom Setup (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.
Wi-Fi Overview: The Sony DSC-HX400V has built-in Wi-Fi so
you can interface the camera with your smartphone or Wi-Fi-enabled laptop
computer and wirelessly perform various shooting and playback functions. The
camera also supports NFC (near field communication).
PlayMemories Mobile: To interface with the HX400V, your
smartphone must have the PlayMemories Mobile application. The app is compatible
with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 5.0 or later. It is also
compatible with Android smartphones and tablets with the Android 2.3 - 4.4
NFC (Near Field Communication): By touching an NFC-enabled
Android smartphone or tablet to the "N" mark on the right side of the camera,
the smartphone will be connected automatically via Wi-Fi, and the PlayMemories
Mobile app will be launched. The two devices must touch for approximately 1-2
seconds to make the connection.
Wi-Fi Functions: The following wireless functions can be
performed with the HX400V:
- Smart Remote: You can use a smartphone as a remote
controller for the camera. Still images shot via remote control are
automatically sent to the smartphone's memory. You can also change some of
the camera's settings, including EV, Self-Timer, and Review Check.
- Send to Smartphone: You can transfer still images to a
smartphone for viewing. Images can be transferred in its original image
size, or resized to 2M or VGA. RAW images are converted to JPEG format
before being transferred.
- Send to Computer: You can transfer images stored on the
camera's memory card to a computer connected to a wireless access point or
wireless broadband router in order to easily make backup copies.
- View on TV: Images can be viewed on a network-enabled
View Modes: The Sony DSC-HX400V's View Mode allows you to
select your recorded images and movies by sorting them into different views:
Date View, Folder View (Stills), AVCHD View, and Folder View (MP4).
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 9 (3 x 3) 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 playback of a specific folder, or all
photos within a date range. The interval between photos can be short or long,
and you can change the playback image size from HD to 4K. When playing back on a
Bravia TV, effects can be turned on to enhance playback.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image to get
a closer look at the detail of the 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, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key,
Partial Color, High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono,
Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration. 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-HX400V 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:
of Images |
Images ||LCD Screen ||Approx. 150 min ||Approx. 300 images |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 190 min ||Approx. 380 images |
| Typical Movie Shooting ||LCD Screen ||Approx. 50 min ||--- |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 55 min ||--- |
| Continuous Movie Shooting ||LCD Screen ||Approx. 85 min ||--- |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 95 min ||--- |
| Viewing Still Images ||Approx. 250 min ||Approx. 5000 images |
HDMI: The HX400V has a micro-HDMI (Type D) output on the
of the camera for connecting the camera to an HDTV. A micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is
required to make the connection. If you are connecting to a Sony Bravia TV with
Bravia Sync, you can control the camera using the TV's remote control. The HDMI
output resolution can be set to Auto, 1080p, or 1080i. When connected via HDMI
to TVs that support 4K, you can set the output for still images to 4K playback.
Multi (AV/USB) : The camera features a Micro USB port 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
PlayMemories Home: The DSC-HX400V 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.