This is one of Sony’s most affordable bridge cameras which comes with a powerful 63x optical zoom lens which has a focal length of 24.5-1550 mm in 35 mm camera terms. At the core of this ultra- zoom camera is a 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor that only snaps JPEGS which means you don’t get to shoot in RAW.
Sony has gone for a Super HAD CCD sensor here because we are in budget territory, but its higher performance cameras like the Sony Cyber-shot DSC- HX400V will come with a better CMOS sensor at a steeper price. However, in terms of the ability to zoom in using the optical lens, the Cyber-shot DSC-H400 outguns the more expensive Cyber-shot DSC- HX400V.
This bridge model from Sony also has a 0.2” Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) for using the camera at eye level as well as a 3” 460, 000 dot LCD monitor for composing and previewing your shots. Image quality at maximum optical zoom is soft while the video quality is HD at a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. As mentioned earlier, the CCD sensor is to blame for the average quality images. Sony has however done a lot to ensure the image quality is at least free from blurry effects due to shakes by incorporating SteadyShot image stabilization technology.
Above the LCD monitor is the EVF which unfortunately is of a low resolution and therefore you might find yourself opting to use the LCD more often. It would have been nice if the manufacturer made the screen to be flexible in order to be more dynamic to operate but as it turns out, it is a fixed LCD.
Using the intelligent Auto mode on the camera will allow it to automatically determine the kind of settings you need to take photos in different scenes thereby enabling novice users to use it as a point- and- shoot camera. More experienced users on the other hand will also appreciate the manual settings that allow them to tweak the shutter and aperture priority as well as the program.
The built- in flash is activated manually by pressing a dedicated button just below the left edge of its sloping sides. It pops up to enable you to take the shot with flash, but the subject should be within a range of two meters for it to make sense. Since there is no hot shoe on this camera, it would be impossible to attach any other LED flash or any other accessory for that matter.
Weighing in at 655 grams, this is a relatively heavy piece of tech to carry around, but there is provision for straps which you can attach and string it around your neck as you go about your excursions. The camera has good grip owing to the hand grip that is built to the right side which is also textured to ensure maximum friction which prevents any slips.
Although it takes just over one second to power the camera up ready to take the first shot, it takes three seconds between shots since that is roughly the amount of time it takes for each JPEG to be saved on the memory card.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC- H400 comes with an X-type 1,240 mAh Li-Ion battery that keeps the camera powered throughout a continuous session of snapping 300 photos. Since this is not much, it would help to have a spare battery on standby. The battery can be charged in camera using the supplied AC charger.
|Device type||Bridge Camera, Compact Camera|
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||129.6 x 95 x 122.3 mm|
|Sensor||20.1 MP, 5152 x 3864 pixels, Super HAD CCD|
|ISO sensitivity||80 – 3200|
|Zoom||63x optical zoom, up to 500x digital zoom|
|Screen size||3.0 inches, TFT LCD|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, Memory Stick PRO Duo,
SD, SDHC, SDXC, micro SD, micro SDHC, micro SDXC
|Battery||1240mAh NP-BX1 rechargeable Li-Ion,
300 shots/150 min per charge
|Others||SteadyShot image stabilization|