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Sony - DSC-HX400 20.4-Megapixel Digital Camera - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 532 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Vacations mini combo and more!

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    Pikon
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    Usually I used to carry some of my DSLR bodies and lenses for small trips or occasional events. This camera replaces all of that in a simple design, weight and performance for the money. The quality of the photos is excellent due to the Carl Zeiss lens (not included in other model from the competition). That gives this camera the advantage and performance needed for a great picture. Outdoor photography: SUPER (for the average photographer). Of course, if I was going to capture some cheetah hunt on some African safari I will have use something else like an A7 or similar but for the all day, semi pro, to have the advantage of carrying only the necessary equipment, feeling free, this camera is a great choice. Ok, indoor: that is a 50/50 answer and I explain: you first need to understand that if you are not going to be the weeding photographer or sport photographer for the event, you only need to catch that especial moment as the spectator for the event. The quality of the photos in manual mode (the one I use 99% of the time) depending on the illumination inside the dome (if it is a sport stadium) or a basketball court, will depend on when to change from Manual to Superior Auto. I used this camera on a religious event and I was able to catch from one side of the coliseum to the other side of the coliseum (about a 100 feet’s) with good quality, very good pictures. The video was of a very acceptable quality for the distance, lens, camera body (I was asking so much but filled the expectation). It is very easy to transfer photos and video using the Wi-Fi connection (moving photos to your phone; first you need to install in you phone the Play Memories App from the App Store – it is free). For the average photographer and for the money this camera brings all she/he will need. As said before, if you are covering the event and like greater quality pictures you should look to a different camera like a DLSR in the range of $900.00 or more and some quality lens (about $2,000) and the gear and so on. If you only want to have a great photo, carry a small bag and also enjoy the party, this is the camera, you won’t regret it. Be sure to by a spare battery. The first one lasted about 4 hours a lot of pictures with 4 clips of a bout 7 minutes each. Then change the battery for the other remaining 2 hours of the event I was covering. As said, great pictures for up load in a PC, Internet, print, also print to a big 8 x 11 without loosing quality. Great camera!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This camera is awesome

    Posted
    Anonymous
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    I bought this camera for a vacation I was taking to South Carolina. I was able to get some great pictures when we went to the park. I also used it at the theme parks and was able to get some awesome pictures. It hasn’t great zoom and clarity and I’m very satisfied with it .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Better Tool

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    deGenius
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    I cannot take good pictures but this camera helps me to be a better photographer. The 50x zoon is great. I took a picture of the moon FREE HAND. it turns out pretty good. The camera took several pictures of the moon and re-compose them into one which I call it cheating. The craters are visible without magnifying much on my laptop. The other pictures are sharp and exposed just right. The Firework program is not that great. Maybe I don't know the camera well enough. I did not have any pictures to bragg about. The night portrait program works well. it cuts down the blue tint from the sky to virtually nothing. The colors are true. The battery ran out on me once. I am considering to buy a spare. It will be great if Sony or Best Buy can make some small pouches which can be attached to the strap to carry small items like spare lenses and USB cables.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Great point & shoot camera

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    photohiker
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    As someone who has shot with SLR cameras for the past 50+ years I wanted a camera for birding and was impressed with the 24 to 1200 mm lens. It is awesome for shooting birds in trees but not as good on flying birds or moving targets. I guess I just need more practice. The zoom is slow but the pictures are sharp. I have gotten many compliments on the pics I put on Facebook. Over all I am very pleased with my camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good purchase

    Posted
    Isakino
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    I am having fun with my new cameras am glad I got it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice for the price!

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    NCTS95
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    After having a DSLR for the last 9 years, I was wanting something new with higher resolution. My choice for a new DSLR was way over my current budget would allow ($1500). So I decided to go back to a point & shoot and chose the HX400 because 1, Sony is what I've been using and am very satisfied with the products. 2, my daughter has a HX200 and I really liked the capabilities of her camera. And 3, I feel that at $350 on sale, this was a lot of camera for that price. So far I am very pleased. Love the WiFi and ability to use my phone as a wireless remote. I've even been 25 or 30 feet from the camera and remained connected. It will be great for taking family pictures. Still learning features and what all I can do with it but that's going to be half the fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Oneof the best cameras I have ever owned!!!

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    milivet
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    I love this CAMERA!!! Best one i have ever owned so far in my life. I wish I had it sooner. I am not a professional but I have been taking photos for years and I love take them. There are so many setting that i am still learning the camera but I have enjoyed the pics I have taken with it so far. I just wish I knew how to get the exposure to process faster because I miss pics because it takes so long to reset after taking a photo.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    Posted
    Mom76
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    Absolutely love this camera. I have been able to capture so many great moments and memories. So easy to upload photos to my iPhone and then post on fb.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love it

    Posted
    Camarita1
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    I bought this for my niece and she loves it. I really recommend it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great camera beautiful pictures.

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    gpaw1
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    i really love my camera it makes taking pictures much more fun .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for anyone.

    Posted
    Mav12
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    This is a great camera for anyone that would like to take long distance photos without carrying extra lenses. The optical view finder would be better if it provided a larger field of view.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So much to learn

    Posted
    wannabephotographer

    Sony Cybershot DSC-HX400V REVIEW I just purchased this Sony 7-16-2018. I had read about the great zooming, It Is truly amazing! I mean amazing! But no one really talked about macro much. I have a little Canon Power shot SX710HS that takes the best macro pics and 30x zoom but I wanted more, so I bought a friends used Nikon P600, the zoom is great, and I got good photos on sunny days but the barrel started to stick, plus macro wasn't as good as my Canon. So I got this Sony 400, I took this Sony out of the box and used Auto for all the flower pics in bright sun on the river bend and for the most part they were all great, but I couldn't get focused up close on some of them. I don't know what ISO 200, 800, Aperture etc means, when do I use those settings? I need to learn that stuff, So I used auto. One problem I had with this Sony, as soon as you turn the camera on, it wants you to set the date, I'm not sure if it's just me but it won't set and stay so I have to hit cancel everytime I turn the camera on. When I press cancel, it goes to a screen "go to www.sony.net/pm for playmemories software". So I have to press two things before I can even begin to photograph. So let's get to MACRO, my Canon I can zoom to a bee on a flower and see pollen on it's legs and it is in focus. I can take a photo of just the bee, I've tried and tried to get that close on this camera but it loses focus each time. I got ants on a leaf (see photo) but it won't let me zoom into the ant. I turned the ring on the camera and it would show me the ants up close on the monitor but then it didn't capture the photo that way. Today was partly cloudy, I got great photos of a squirrel in the tree but not of birds on a feeder. I took from across the yard to behind a tree 4 feet away from the feeders. Being in the correct setting would've helped I'm sure. Not having a portable charger I thought would be no big deal, well it is! Having to plug the entire camera into the wall outlet especially with such a short charger cord is ridiculous and takes a lot longer than a portable charger. I will have to see if there's a charger I can buy and get an extra battery. If there is I suggest you buy one also. The Nikon 600 you can edit photos right on the camera, I haven't found that on this Sony yet. Oh the volume for the shutter, The Sony 400 kept showing function is disabled when trying to turn the shutter sound down. I did an online chat with Sony and he kept saying to record a video and I could then change the volume, it took 20 min for him to understand I just wanted to change the shutter volume, he finally said there's not a volume, it's either on or off. Ok so ISweep Panorama onscreen instructions say move the camera left or right or up/down. I kept trying the up and and it didn't work. First you have to go to menu, to the camera icon and scroll down to Panorama direction and set the way you want . Now on to Handheld Twilight setting, it's better than what I expected from reviews. I wish I could post more than 2 photos here to show you. Haven't tried night photos yet. And lastly, don't do what I did by just going to auto and start taking photos because there is actually a wonderful camera guide in the camera (that I just now found) that tells you tips and what setting to use for different lighting and where to find the setting in the controls. So turn the camera on, go into a shooting mode, press the ? button on the bottom right side and then menu and the onscreen help comes up. There's apparently a lot packed in this camera but it will take a beginner like me awhile to learn it. But my suggestion is go for it! 4 stars only because it's my 2nd day to use it and had problems with not getting the up close like I wanted. Maybe the instructions will help me with that now that I know they are there in the camera

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Customization!Customization!Customization!

    Posted
    Toygrapher
    • My Best Buy® Member

    First off I looked at many different cameras before settling on this one. This is a great camera for a beginnner or a pro. With its comprehensive menus and useful features you are garunteed to get the best possible shot. The titling screen is perfect for getting a shot at an awkward angle. The viewfinder is amazing and unbelievably clear. Great for framing a shot or reviewing one. Wifi and Nfc make sharing and posting pcitures to social media a cinch. The 50x zoom isn't overkill and lets you capture anything yards away. All in all a great camera and I would definetly buy it again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic camera for the enthusiast.

    Posted
    DerekSLC
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    I bought the HX400v model. Its been a fantastic camera. I have taken brilliant outdoor photos, as well as great photos of my kids. I specifically got this camera for aviation photography. From airshows, to airports, the Sony can pick airplanes out of the sky in great detail. Enough detail to read tail numbers perfectly. My favorite features are WiFi, and the super zoom. You can send photos directly to your phone on the spot. Download the easy to use Sony app, then your camera and phone sync up fast. For the price, I highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    In love!

    Posted
    candacelynn2
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    I'm not a professional photographer, just a regular person who enjoys taking pictures of beautiful scenery. The zoom on this camera is unbelievable! I took it to NYC and caught really great pictures of the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island ferry. I zoomed right to her face! The best part about the zoom is that it comes with the camera; it's not an additional $1k lens attachment. I also love that the lcd screen folds out so you can still see it even if you change the angle. I really haven't used it much but I'm certainly very pleased.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera

    Posted
    lrr101

    I am using this product to take pictures of birds. This camera takes nice telephoto shots. I am seeing great detail in the birds when I get a good focus and zoom. The zoom lens is very high quality. The viewfinder, to me, is a must when birding; it has been clutch in getting a quick clear zoom and focus on the birds; birds can be a challenging picture because they move around so much. I end up taking 5 or six shots of each bird and end up with a couple of keepers. I can't say enough about this camera. It is great at this price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality photos/zoom

    Posted
    yzfmik
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    I purchased this camera for a trip to Tennessee. The camera has great auto modes, yet a lot of manual control when needed. The 50x's digital zoom is amazing! I've taken photos of the moon and the craters are crystal clear! Battery life is awesome as well. Very happy with this camera!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Worth It!

    Posted
    Elaine
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    I have been using Canon products for more than 10 years. My most recent Canon was a 7D MarkII with a Sigma zoom lens. My favorite subjects besides my grandchildren are birds, or any wildlife. I decided I wanted/needed a point and shoot for convenience. After much reading and looking and talking with others....I chose this Sony product. Long story short...I had invested A LOT of money and my shots were mediocre. First day out with this Sony point and shoot I captured pin-sharp photos of birds like I never had with the Canon products. Without a doubt this Sony point and shoot is a dream to handle. FYI...recovery between shots is slower than the Canon, and low-light is an issue. However, the Sony brings a more consistent and pleasant result with each photo shoot!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best bridge camera out there. The zoom...Wow...

    Posted
    BMunster
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    I had a D3400 Nikon DSLR, which was great and all, but I returned it because I really didn't like the bulk of that camera and the limited zoom of the 300mm lens. This camera fits into a small bag and that 100x zoom is incredible. The shots are very clear. I'll post some sample pics below. For $449, you can't beat it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bought this twice

    Posted
    Seagull5

    I have come to the decision that for the money a bridge camera will give you the best all around camera for the money you invest. I own three now and each one has its advantages. The HX400 is a solid feature laden camera. The glass used in the lens is top notch. The focus is quick so any sports or Birding shots are not lost. As far as low light photos go being it has a small sensor it can struggle to find focus. My other cameras are a Fuji S1. Another bridge with one big plus. A Weather resistant 24 to 1200 mm which is great for Florida. Also has a hard time in low light. The last and a great all around piece of equiptment is the Lumix FZ200...very bright F28 lens which will keep the F28 up to 600mm. The HX400 is a very good camera....I had to buy a second one as I sold the first one and missed having a really good fun camera. Enjoy

    I would recommend this to a friend