- Focal Length: 25–1550 mm
- Resolution: 20 MP
- Sensor size: 6.17 x 4.55 mm
- Screen size: 3 inches
- Sensor type: CCD
- Optical Zoom: 63x
- Digital Zoom: 500x
- Type: Point & Shoot
- Built-in Flash: Yes
- LCD Info Display: Clear Photo LCD
Sony Cyber shot range of cameras have been popular throughout the globe with exceptional quality images, stunning screens and a whole lot of innovations compressed into a compact package. While affordability was a major concern along with the quest to find the top notch features that would go easy on your Gandhi’s. Sony had introduced the DSC H-400 camera that was an affordable super-zoom camera that offered various sweet features that replaces the additional expenses of getting a DSLR or even switching lenses. The H400 serves most of your photographic needs and does a great job. This camera falls within the 20k range and offers unique features and various modes. Let’s take an in depth look at them shall we?
The Sony Cyber shot H400 is an ultra zoom camera from Sony that eases the use of akin to a point and shoot but possesses the look and feel of a DSLR camera. To start off, this camera features a 20.1MP 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD Sensor accompanied by a BIONZ R Image Processor that provides magnificent and brightly lit up images along with its 63x optical zoom lens that has a 35mm equivalent focal length that ranges to around 24.5-1550mm making it huge and reduces the burden of carrying different lenses. The camera has a capability of shooting some of the best looking 720 P HD videos at 30 frames a second and it uses Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization that compensates for the cameras shake wile held in hand and eliminates the blur especially when the user is on the move and shoots an image instantly, this feature is also helpful while shooting in low light and when using the longer focal lengths. Another advantage is the 360˚ Sweep Panorama in this camera that allows the user to press the shutter button and sweep the camera so as to capture the entire landscape / any other subject and provides a high resolution image result that is composed into a single photograph.
Image shooting has become simpler and faster than before, the Intelligent Auto function built into this camera allows the user to make the optimal settings based on its recognition of the scene that is to be shot, the cameras Easy Mode is as easy as it sounds and simplifies pretty much everything for its user. There is a Smile Shutter Technology that has been incorporated into this device that works based on your preferences and captures smile. There are various Picture Effects for more expressive photos and Party Mode to optimize the flash for more illumination against harsh lighting situations. You would absolutely love the Sony 4.4-277mm f/3.4-6.5 lens that has a considerable 63x optical zoom and provides the user a very substantial telephoto range.
Build Quality, Display and Handling:
The overall build quality and the finish of the H 400 is quite good and maintains a high quality throughout. The all-black matt finish that permeates across the camera’s body along with DSLR-like dials and controls leads anybody into believing that this is a camera built for enthusiasts. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400's relatively compact size and thus it is easier for users to spot the controls (placed on the right) without having to stretch your fingers too much, even your thumb feels relaxed. In fact most of the important features that require regular access are placed at your fingertips and this is speedier and more accurate for an agile operation. Overall dimensions are 129.6mm x 95.0mm x 122.3mm, which is not at all bad for an ultra zoom camera and it weighs 655grams, which although on the heavy side for a modern bridge camera helps to provide a steadier hold when shooting towards the telephoto end of the zoom. The Steady shot image stabilization is Sony’s offering that prevents blurred shots and performs well when the light is not in your favor.
The front side of this camera is occupied by a huge Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens that flaunts a maximum aperture of f/3.4 and a focal range the equivalent of an ultra-wide angle 24.5mm to a super-telephoto 1550mm in 35mm film terms, that makes it so much simpler to shoot all those candid shots and portraits from afar. You can easily try your hands at landscape photography as well and experiment with the wider side of photography. The top plate of this camera contains Sony’s standard sophisticate look and feel along with a chunky stereo microphone sitting just behind the otherwise hidden pop-up flash. Towards the right side of the flash, the grip is placed as well as the narrow candy shaped on/off button. There is an embedded lamp as well that glows green when the camera is switched on, or orange if the battery is low and the unit is being recharged. There is no separate mains charger on this camera, instead there is a mains lead, adapter and plug, the lithium-ion battery in this camera is hence charged within and does not have an external charger to do the charging job.
There is a bright 3 inch Clear Photo 460K dot LCD along with an eye-level viewfinder that provides two viewing options to the shooter and helps you compose as well as view the images before/after shooting. The EVF is a little tiny in proportion and has a comparatively low resolution and it is difficult to view the rear LCD under direct sunlight. There is a dioptre control as well that benefits glass wearers.
The dial on this camera that has 8 different options that induce creativity such as program, aperture-priority, shutter-priority and manual mode settings, plus Sony's now ubiquitous Sweep Panorama function.
Performance and Modes:
Performance wise, the H400 performs quite well under the given circumstances, built with the latest technology (then) this camera was built to perform in most conditions and it does keep up to its word. There is a dedicated High Definition video mode on this camera that records720p 1280x720 pixel clips at 30fps (Fine or Standard quality), sadly there is no 1080p mode. There are 11 different optional modes that cover pretty much everything right from the usual portraits to shooting landscapes by night and even handheld; pet, beach, snow and fireworks mode round out the more usual suspects.
The H400 comes with a X type Lithium Li-ion battery that has a great life and lasts long.
The CyberShot H400 is a great camera with possibly all the essential features that are required for photographers. It would have been nice to see the latest technology such as Wi-Fi, GPS etc on this camera. Overall, this is a good camera and worth buying.
Sony CyberShot DSC H400 Rivals:
Nikon Coolpix L820
Nikon Coolpix L810
Sony CyberShot DSC H300
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS