Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-HX400V
20.4-megapixel digital camera with 50X optical zoom
Item # 158HX400K | MFR # DSCHX400/B
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Our take on the Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-HX400V by Crutchfield's Eric Angevine
The Sony DSC-HX400V offers an impressive 50X optical zoom.
50X zoom from a point-and-shoot
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.
More than just zoom
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.
High-resolution tilting display
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.
- 20.4-megapixel effective recording backlit CMOS sensor
- 50X optical zoom (100X with Clear Image interpolation)
- records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards, and Memory Stick® PRO Duo media
- 3" tilting high-resolution LCD screen (921,000 dots)
- 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 24-1200mm (4:3 still mode)
- light-sensitive Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar lens provides exceptional clarity and low light performance
- Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with intelligent active mode
- advanced "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for sharp photos even in low light
- tilting high-resolution display with adjustable brightness gives you a clear view of photos and video
- program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, and manual exposure modes
- Sweep Panorama mode lets you capture 360-degree panoramic shots
- high-definition movie mode
- face detection controls focus and exposure for accurate portraits
- smile recognition holds shutter response until the camera detects that your subject is smiling
- high-speed shooting: 10 frames per second at full resolution (10 consecutive frames maximum)
- in-camera special effects include red-eye reduction, Toy Camera, and Retro
- built-in flash
Connections and Dimensions:
- micro HDMI output (cable not included)
- high-speed USB interface
- 5-1/16"W x 3-3/4"H x 4-1/2"D
- weight (with battery and memory card): 23.3 oz.
- warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- rechargeable lithium ion battery pack and AC charging adapter
- USB cable
- neck strap
- lens cap
What's in the Box:
- Digital camera (black)
- 55mm Lens cap
- NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 1240mAh 4.5Wh)
- AC-UB10C AC adapter (DC output: 5V 0.5A)
- 2' USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro USB on other end)
- Neck strap
- Instruction Manual
- Wi-Fi Connection/One-Touch (NFC) Guide
- Warranty sheet
- Online registration sheet
Great camera for the price. Arrived on time.
William, Springfield, MO
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Features and Specs
|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:
- 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 HX400V 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 speed).
- 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 detected.
- 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 areas:
- 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 speed.
- Shutter Priority: You can shoot still images after adjusting the shutter speed manually. The camera will determine the aperture setting.
- 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.
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:
- 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 area
- 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 walking person.
- 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 camera.
- 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 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:
- 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 TV.
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:
- 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.
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Why did you buy this?
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 ]
3 questions already asked
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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