This is an upgrade to the Cyber-shot HX300V of last year with plenty of exciting features which include the same 50x zoom lens that made its predecessor so popular.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC- HX400V camera might still earn a lot of praise for its f2.8-6.3 24-1200 mm lens but new additions which include Wi-Fi, Near- Field Communication and a multi- interface shoe for attaching an additional flash accessory make it even more appealing. This is in addition to built- in GPS.
There is a better image processor onboard which enhances the quality of zoomed images as well as enabling the automatic conversion of photos to 4K resolution and allowing them to be reproduced on a 4K screen. The Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens is lent some of the credit from the high resolution images it is capable of capturing. Being a premium mirrorless camera, it comes with a 20.4 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. The 20.4 million-pixel sensor is also good for low light shooting.
Although the body is made of plastic, it is well rounded and feels substantial enough to assure the user of its durability. There is a textured grip provided for holding the camera firmly with the right hand. The elongated lens barrel on its part allows your left hand to grip onto something as you manually focus on a potential subject.
At the back is a low- resolution LCD screen that is 3 inches in size. It has a flexible hinge that allow it to tilt outwards and then up and down. An electronic viewfinder is also in place at the back uppermost position.
At the top of the camera is the shutter release button, a mode settings knob, the zoom dial and other function buttons. Aside from Wi- Fi, NFC and GPS connectivity options, there are two ports for connecting a HDMI cable and a USB cable. You tap the right hand side of the camera with an “N” insignia to initiate NFC pairing. Using Wi-Fi and NFC, you can remotely manipulate the camera from another portable device such as a smartphone or tablet.
On the side of the lens, more controls. This time, it is a three- stage switch for adjusting the lens. A lens ring that is situated on the barrel is used for the manual focusing.
The HX400V can capture Full HD video of 1920 x 1080p resolution in AVCHD format at a choice of 25 or 50fps. Audio is captured in stereo to add more quality to the shoot. You cannot do raw recording on this camera though.
Sony has standardized the software for its cameras to provide a unified user interface. Sony Cyber-shot HX400V is one of the first cameras to embrace this integrated system. Among the benefits include the ability to download enhancement software from Sony’s PlayMemories store. Sony also claims that the camera battery is able to last for up to 300 shots from a single charge.
The lag of 1.5 seconds between shots is also good enough to ensure you do not miss an important shot.
|Device type||Compact Camera|
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||129.6 x 103.2 x 93.2 mm|
|Sensor||20.4 MP, 5184 x 3888 pixels, Exmor R CMOS|
|Sensor size||1/2.3 in|
||Up to 10fps|
|ISO sensitivity||80 – 12800|
|Zoom||50x optical zoom, 100x-810x digital zoom|
|Screen size||3.0 inches, TFT LCD|
|Connectivity||GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, Mini HDMI, SD,
SDHC, SDXC, MicroSD, Memory Stick Pro Duo
|Battery||NP-BX1 rechargeable, 300 shots/150 min per charge|
|Others||Bionz X image processor, Wind noise reduction,
Contrast detection AF