The ever buoyant bridge camera market keeps the compact camera market always on the upgraded side of technology. The HX 400 is one of the bulky and large sized bridge models available in the market that resembles an entry level DSLR (well, at least by its appearance).
Announced in February 2014, the Sony Cyber shot DSC-HX400V s a bridge camera that has numerous features and adds versatility and class.
Find out more about this camera that costs Rs. 25,000*/- at a few online stores.
CyberShot HX400V features:
This camera is built for all sorts of photography, with a minimum focusing distance of 1cm macro photography are quite eye catching and the features on this are also in line with the current technology. The most unique point about this camera is its massive focal length, the incredible 50x zoom length of its predecessor, the HX300, which equates to 24-1200mm in 35mm terms. This camera has a maximum aperture of f/2.8 (at the widest point of the lens), rising to f/6.3 at the telephoto end which is really essential for photographers belonging to various levels. This camera has a Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens that produces high quality images. The HX400V has an impressive 20.4 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor that goes really well with the 50x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 24-1200mm, apart from optical image stabilization to keep images as sharp as possible, this camera can record at 10 fps, you will also find two auto modes - Superior Auto that aims to reduce blur and noise and Intelligent Auto selects the correct scene characteristics. This camera also has full manual controls from expert photographers as well as a range of scene modes and Sweep Panorama and a few picture effects that can be applied to the shots such as; toy camera, miniature and partial color.
In terms of technology, this camera possesses Wi-Fi for easy image sharing and also has GPS that can be used to geo tag images. It also has an electronic viewfinder (EVF) as well as a hot shoe mount. Users can shoot videos in full 1080p HD with optical zoom available and sound recorded in stereo, you can also use the PASM modes to control the aperture and / or shutter speeds. This camera has an ISO range from 80 all the way up to 12800. The HX400V has the latest image processing engine; the Bionz X that lies within the camera is the same processor as is already being used in the top-of-the-range full-frame A7 and A7R cameras, it is claimed that the Bionz X is three times faster than the previous generation of processor, so focusing, start-up, shot-to-shot times should be improved, as well as noise reduced in low light/high sensitivity images, this camera has also inherited the interesting technology aspects from the A7 and A7R, some of them include detail reproduction technology, diffusion reduction technology and improved area specific noise reduction which is a new and finer addition than its predecessor. Inclusion of Wi-Fi is quite essential so as to remain trendy; this camera also has NFC (Near Field Communication) technology that can be used for remotely controlling the camera from a smart phone or tablet, or for sharing images to social networking sites. There are various apps available on Sony’s Play Memories store to increase the functionality of the camera. Users can also send images from their camera directly to a smart phone or tablet for emailing or sharing on social networking sites.
Build, Handling and Display and modes:
The HX400V shares the same construction as found with the HX300 camera. Firstly, you will notice that the grip on this camera is a chunky affair and it has textured coating that helps it feel secure in the hand and gives it a higher quality appearance. This camera looks very much like a DSLR with a mode dial on the top of the c amera to quickly switch between different exposure modes, such as fully automatic, superior auto and movie mode. The camera also has full manual controls along with aperture priority and shutter priority modes. You will also find a space for two groups of customized settings that come in handy for those who like to shoot in one particular type of scene. The largest element found on this camera is the focal length which is quite massive. The zoom is quite smooth and works pretty fine and the best part is that this lies within handy reach by the thumb. There is a scrolling dial on the back of the camera that can be used to change the shutter speed, depending on the mode you're shooting in. You will find the function button on top of the camera just in front of the mode dial and behind the shutter release button that is easy to reach with your fingers and activates a quick menu that has all the essentially used functions already assigned to it (eg white balance and sensitivity) there lies another button next to the function button that can be assigned to perform a single function. On the rear side of this camera, you will find the four way navigation pad with corresponding functions; you can also find the Menu button that can be sued to access the main menu. Sadly, this camera lacks touch screen and hence changing the AF has to be done through buttons.
The HX400 V has a 921,000 dot Xtra Fine TFT LCD screen that tilts upwards and downwards, which should be useful for shooting from awkward angles. This is accompanied by an electronic viewfinder, which has a sensor for automatically detecting when the camera has been lifted to the eye. This Cyber Shot camera has both manual as well as Semi-Automatic modes such as aperture priority, as well as a complement of fully automatic and scene modes along with digital filters and a sweep panorama mode that follows the instagram effects quite well. Sadly, this camera does not shoot in raw format.
The HX400V has a battery that lasts for around 300 shots according to Sony. This should be enough for a short shoot but, if you’re intending on going on a long shoot then it is recommended that you carry an additional battery.
The Sony CyberShot HX400V is an interesting addition to the Cyber shot range of cameras with an appealing 50 X optical zoom as well as Built in Wi-Fi and creative functions. You would also love the processor of this camera as well as the EVF. It would have been a great thing if Sony would have added a touch screen display on this camera. But, it is a great camera built to perform
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX400V Rivals:
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Nikon Coolpix L830