Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-HX400V
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Great camera for the price. Arrived on time.
Item # 158HX400K | MFR # DSCHX400/B
The Sony DSC-HX400V offers an impressive 50X optical zoom.
The impressive 50X optical zoom on the Sony DSC-HX400V digital camera will get your attention. If you can see it with your eye, this camera's high-quality lens will bring it into sharp focus. And once you train the lens on your distant subject, you'll capture crisp, detailed images. Sony's Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization will help eliminate blur from shaky hands — an important feature for any high-zoom camera. And the backside illuminated CMOS sensor and Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar lens are designed to excel in low-light shooting situations, so colors look natural and details pop.
In addition to its incredible zoom range, the 'HX400V has cool features like continuous shooting. Fire off up to 10 shots per second to capture an action sequence. Or use sweep panorama mode to shoot a 360-degree view of a landscape, cityscape, or even a large group photo from close range. Face detection, red-eye correction, and retouch options help make great-looking portraits easier and better than ever. And HD video shooting can make home movies look far slicker than the grainy footage of yesteryear.
Increase your shooting versatility with the 'HX400V's tilting LCD screen. It's perfect when you need to hold the camera above or below eye level while still framing your shots accurately. The 921,000-dot high-resolution display features a variable brightness setting, for a clear view of your photos and video even outdoors in bright sunlight.
Great camera for the price. Arrived on time.
William, Springfield, MO
Average Customer Review(s):
Great camera for the price. Arrived on time.
I bought this camera as a backup, but it does everything I need and more. An awesome camera. I would not ask for anything more at this price. It's a steal.
Pros: Ease of use. Light weight, Great zooming capability.
Cons: Nothing I can think of. It will be even better if the camera can save images in RAW format.
Love the camera. It is exceptional. Lens is truly amazing
Pros: Lens, lightweight, quality of pictures. Very pleased with results
I love it! I've only been using this camera for about 2 weeks now and I can say I am so amaze of the image quality of this camera. It does everything and the zoom range is awesome. I strongly recommend Sony and Crutchfield to anyone looking for a great digicam.
Pros: Pros: The mega zoom is amazing. I'm very pleased with this camera so far.
Cons: Cons: The lens cap has no string, attached to it, it's easy misplace.
I've been doing business with Crutchfield for decades because I look forward to their competitive prices, friendly sales people and fast service. So it was a "no-brainer" when I decide to upgrade my digicam and purchase a Sony, DSC HX400V camera. After using it extensively for a couple of weeks, I can say that I am in awe of the power and image quality this feature-laden Sony bridge camera offers. It does everything I want of an advanced "point-and-shoot" camera without being overly expensive or bulky, and the incredible zoom range is simply awesome. The on-board array of special-effects filters give the photographer a creative approach to manipulating images right in the camera instead of later in the computer. I strongly recommend Sony and Crutchfield to anyone looking for a great digicam and a great company to do business with. I will say that I am super pleased.
Pros: Too numerous to list, however, the mega-zoom reach is phenomenal and the many modes are a boon to creativity.
Cons: Honestly, I have found no "cons" as yet. It is a mid-range priced digicam so one gets their money's worth in ease of handling and features.
Very pleased with the quality of pictures and moderate pricing. Awesome telephoto lens.
Pros: Amazing quality photos. Easy for amateur to use. Super telephoto lens.
Cons: Can't come up with any cons.
Loving our new Sony DSC-HV400V !! Already had our first vacation--the zoom was perfect for the wildlife and even scenes I captured from the passenger window riding down the road :)
Pros: 50 Zoom. Wonderful pictures. Even like the manual flash design since my older electronic flash malfunctioned. First video with no practice in the dark civic center was wonderful as the "movie" focused perfectly on my grand-daughter's last tap recital. Many pros!
Cons: The only con is that the shutter button seems somewhat last my last Sony in that there are some very slow delays in between attempted photo shots. It remains that I need an in-depth read of the instruction manual to deal with this issue.
This camera enables me to get the distance from the lens without changing out lenses. The pics are great!!!
Pros: Picture quality is great!
Cons: no cons
Great well balanced camera. It will do more than I ever thought a camera would do on the creative side. I was looking for a camera with a good optical zoom, a good stabilizer, and GPS tagging all in one for under $500.00 dollars. Very few choices to choose from, but my research on the few I found kept coming back to this Sony product. I had own a smaller Sony camera 8-10years ago and loved it. So I ordered this camera. I am very pleased with the product so far. I have only used it on one small trip over the weekend. I found it very similar to other digital cameras I have used, the stabilizer for the zoom is amazing, and I am still learning about some of the creative features built into the camera. The only downside I see is the lens cap had no string to attach it to the camera, its booklet of instructions is not very completed and no directions on where to find more help. But a little web searching linked me to the help I was looking for. I look forward to flying with this camera to use it for the Ariel photography I love to do.
Pros: Good optical zoom Good stabilizer Not to big or heavy
Cons: No string on lens cap Instruction booklet a little lacking
Had a Sony years ago and decided to purchase a newer Canon-never like the quality of the pictures with the Cannon, everything seemed to be backwards like the button for the zoom went just opposite of the way most cameras . Went back to a Sony and I have not been disappointed - the quality of marco photos is awesome and the camera is fairly user friendly. As for the Play Memories Home...it is awful have tired for days to get it to work with no success. Have called Sony twice and they have been very helpful but bottom line-my computer is a Dell with Windows 8 but not a touch screen and it seems there are many problems with the program on computers which have Windows 8 but not a touch screen...go figure. I have deleted that program and everything else is great. Love the WiFi with my Iphone and the Wifi on the computer works great to upload photos from the camera-so you don't need the Sony Play Memories Home-to bad, I would have enjoyed using this program but not a big deal and way to much drama to keep trying; Two things about the camera I don't like (small things) the cover for the camera lens is not attached so I figure I will lose it in a few months and the other is NO BATTERY CHARGER you have to change the battery in the camera. This is not convenient at all-I like to charge a battery while I use the other...can't do that-so I fixed that and purchased the travel battery charger so I don't have to charge the battery in the camera. Everything else seems to be great.
Pros: Feel of the camera, user friendly, photos excellent, zoom is great, Wifi is easy to use and works well, love the GPS.
Cons: Camera lens cover not attached, NO OUT OF CAMERA BATTERY CHARGER (this was big for me),
This camera is definitely a great bridge camera. It packs a lot of the futures not found on smaller, cheaper cameras without the "bother" and expense of extra lenses for a DSLR. This camera has excellent image stabilization at full zoom (50x), this camera is virtually as easy to hold stable as my Panasonic ZS1 at full zoom (10x). Another useful feature is the manual focus, which works in picture and video mode. If the autofocus focuses on the wrong object during video, a quick twist brings the desired object back into focus. This is one of the reasons I chose this camera over the competition. I also liked the EVF. I wasn't sure I would like looking at things on such a small scale, but I was impressed with how well it worked. Also the proximity sensor that automatically switches between the screen and the EVF works without a hitch. One thing I did not like is that the manual focus/zoom ring is not truly manual. When turning the ring, one can hear the servos zooming in and out, and it just feels unconnected. But even though I prefer true manual control, this is much better than simply relying on autofocus.
Pros: Long zoom range Excellent image stabilization (OIS) Manual Focus (sort of)
Cons: Manual focus not truly manual
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-1200mm|
|Highest Resolution||5184 x 3888|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080/60i|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||23.3|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
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 stereo audio.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.3" color Exmor R CMOS image sensor with approximately 21.1-million total pixels 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) and F6.3-8.0 (T).
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) is as follows:
|Image Size||Optical Zoom |
(incl. Smart Zoom)
|Clear Image Zoom||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-HX400V allows you to choose from the following image sizes and aspect ratios:
|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 sizes include:
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 HX400V offers several types of drive modes:
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 areas:
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:
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 1.64' to 27.89' with the zoom set to wide and 7.87' to 11.48' 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), 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 operating environment.
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:
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.
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-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:
|Battery Life||Number of Images|
|Shooting Still 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 side 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 compatible.
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:
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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Have predessor of this model and was happy with it. Thought it would be a good camera for my daughter to have as she is a travel writer. [ KOERT Dec 08, 2017 ]
Because I purchased one just like this before, loved it. [ daphne Nov 26, 2017 ]
I have always like Sony cameras. They work really nice and take good pictures. Had to replace my last Sony camera due to water damage. I picked this one because I want long zoom. [ Hector Nov 16, 2017 ]
Choose this due to reviews on crutchfield and online. I am not looking for an exotic camera however something that has a good optical zoom and has worked well for others. [ Paul Mar 22, 2017 ]
Good reviews and a friend has one and recommended it. [ Anthony Jun 09, 2016 ]
The lens size is not very common, so accessories may be hard to come by. I was able to find a set of lens filters (polarized, neutral density, etc.) and a lens hood to fit, but I don't get much use out of them. [ Pablo Dec 06, 2017 ]
It can connect to WiFi for downloading apps and software updates, not for browsing or checking email. [ Pablo Dec 06, 2017 ]
It's supposed to hook up to wifi, but I have never used that feature. I do really like the camera and the great zoom in capabilities, etc.! [ RICK Mar 18, 2016 ]
Yes - but with restrictions. It will work with Android and ios devices after you install Sony's "PlayMemories" app on the device. It will not work through public wireless LAN. You can also connect wirelessly to a computer after installing the Sony software - handy for transferring photos. The Sony app allows you to view whatever the camera is viewing and also allows you to remotely control the camera: zoom, shutter, etc. We have set the camera near a bird feeder while viewing the image on an iPhone. When we see a good image we can snap the shutter remotely. [ Howard Mar 18, 2016 ]
Yes it does have wifi. [ Donald Mar 18, 2016 ]
Is the HX400V the same as the cmera HX300? [ Carlos Sep 07, 2014 ]
Very similar. But V has got and wifi [ David Aug 06, 2014 ]
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