Sony - DSC-H400 20.1-Megapixel Digital Camera - Black

Utilizing Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Intelligent Active mode, this 20.1-megapixel Sony DSC-H400 digital camera ensures clear photo and video capture with minimal blurring and ghosting. A 3" Clear Photo LCD lets you review stored content.

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$269.99
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Sony DSC-H400 20.1-Megapixel Digital Camera
    • Rechargeable battery (NP-BX1)
    • AC adapter (AC-UB10C), USB cable
    • Shoulder strap, lens cap, PlayMemories Home software
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    83% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (29 out of 35)

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    Features


    20.1-megapixel, 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD sensor

    With an RGB primary color mosaic filter system captures high-resolution images up to 5152 x 3864 pixels.

    63x optical/50x digital/3150x total zoom

    Through an f/3.4-6.5 lens for precise zooming and accuracy.

    3" Clear Photo LCD

    With 460,000 dots resolution, brightness control, a histogram and a grid makes it easy to review images and videos. A 0.2" electronic viewfinder with 201,000 dots resolution lets you set up your shots.

    High-definition movie mode

    Lets you record crisp video footage at 720p resolution in MP4 (AVC, H.264) format.

    Bionz R processor

    Enables you to achieve sharp images.

    Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Intelligent Active mode

    Helps reduce the effects of camera shake and vibration to minimize blurring.

    Burst mode

    Lets you capture up to 100 shots at 0.71 fps (frames per second).

    Face detection

    Tracks up to 8 faces to help bring subjects into clear view. Smile Shutter technology ensures optimal results.

    Scene modes

    Include high-sensitivity, soft snap, portrait, landscape, night portrait, night scene, gourmet, beach, snow, fireworks, pet and party for versatility.

    White balance modes

    Include auto, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent 1 (white), fluorescent 2 (natural white), fluorescent 3 (day white), incandescent, flash, 1 push and 1 push set for shooting in a variety of lighting conditions.

    Flash

    With auto, on, slow synchro, off and advanced flash modes lets you add light to your shots when necessary.

    Autofocus modes

    Include multipoint, center-weighted, spot, tracking and face tracking to ensure scenes remain clearly visible.

    High-speed USB 2.0 interface

    Allows simple connectivity.

    Card reader

    Supports Secure Digital High Capacity, SDXC and Memory Stick PRO Duo formats for easy storage options (cards not included).

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    Customer rating

    4.3
    83%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    3.5

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      You Won't Be Disappointed

      Posted
      Russ

      I have been using HSC HX300 for almost 2 years and It has served me very well. Sunsets, the moon & stars, clouds, landscape and now the mountains since I've moved to Colorado Springs. Recently, it came up with an error message (E:62:10) that flashes on display. Did some research on it and found that it would cost $250.00 or more for Sony to repair. It's very annoying but it works fine. Then I seen the 400V on sale for $350.00. It was a no brainer. For $100.00 more than the cost to repair the 300, I now have 2 awesome cameras that take photos that make me feel like a pro. Which I am not! I 1st chose to go with a DSLR but found that if I wanted to get the craters on the moon and Pleiades (the 7 sisters) in the constellation Taurus The Bull, and crystal clear long zoom photos of Pikes Peak that I was getting with Sony, I would have to buy more lenses. I don't have that kind of money. The wide range of settings on this camera give me the opportunity to take photos that far exceed what I ever thought I could capture. And in that range, I am forced to adjust & fine tune the iso, aperture, exposure etc, if I really want to make the next photo better than the last. So I have learned a lot about photography. It fulfills my hunger for capturing the moment, no matter what it may be. This class of camera is so frowned upon by some. But I say, unless photography is how you are or will be feeding your family then buy this one! It will not disappoint! Even if it did, Best Buy has an awesome return policy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Disappointing but I was Warned

      Posted
      BuckeyeKnight
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have been using the Sony H400 camera for a few weeks now. I replaced a Canon Powershot S1, that had a 10x optical zoom vs this Sony camera's 63x optical zoom. Still shots come out pretty good. But actions shots are another thing. I took photos at a high school football game tonight, and the action was too much for this camera. I tried different settings, but most of the zoomed in photos came out blurry. I attribute part of this to it being more difficult to hold the camera steady for zooming in to far distances, but it says that it has "Optical Steady Shot". The other part is, what I was warned about in some other reviews that I read, that the continuous shots are too slow. About 1 shot per second versus 3 per second on the Canon. It also focuses slower. I got much better photos on the old Canon, and even better photos with my Sony TX20 pocket camera, which I really, really like! Unfortunately, the TX20 is a better camera than this bigger H400 camera. It has more options and takes better photos. I am disappointed that the H400 cannot take photos while taking video (TX20 can). It cannot edit photos to trim or resize the photos (TX20 can). It does not have stereo microphones for video (TX20 does). I could go on and on. Unlike Canon, this camera does show a calendar for finding photos and it does have sweep panoramic mode, which I do like. Those options, plus the fact that this camera has an eye-piece viewer vs the similar priced Canon Powershot, which does not, is why I purchased this camera. The bottom line is that this Sony H400 camera is fine for photographing objects that are sitting still, but not so much for action shots. It looks like a fancy camera, but it really is a "get what you pay for" camera. If I had the chance, I would return this camera and pay more for a better Sony or Canon camera (with built in far distance zoom).

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Quality pics, but disappointed

      Posted
      SportMom
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I should have researched a little more. I wanted a camera with good zoom AND burst mode. However, much too late, I sadly discovered this camera's "Burst Mode" is only .71 pics per SECOND- so basically one picture per second. I have kids in sports, and was so excited to capture mid-action frames. Not possible with this camera :( Burst mode is what I was looking forward to the most... I wish the label "Burst Mode" was not allowed to be used in the description unless a minimum # of frames per second was specified. I would recommend to someone who doesn't need burst mode, as the photo quality is decent. But that wouldn't include anyone I know...

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hi SportMom, We do appreciate providing us these feed backs for the betterment of our product. We will pass this to the proper department. Thank you for your time. - Jerome Sonystyle

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      63x zoom was why it was purchased.

      Posted
      satisfied1
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I bought this camera specifically because of the 63x zoom and because I also have the DSC-H300 and DSC-HX300 models in the Cyber-Shot series of point and shoot cameras. I only use this camera when the extreme zoom is necessary over the 50x zoom of the HX300. But I do agree that the focus doesn't always work quickly enough for my tastes. If SONY would combine everything on the HX300 with the H400's 63x zoom, it would be appreciated because I would only need to use one camera instead of both of these models. For now, I use both cameras and like them very much.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good Beginner Camera

      Posted
      Jase
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I purchased this camera under the recommendation of my photography professor at college a few weeks ago. It is nothing fancy, but it does the work I need it to do for class. Given its capabilities, I am pleased with its pricing. I did find out that the bag that is recommended by Best Buy does not fit the dimensions to hold the camera. So I ended up purchasing one elsewhere. So far, I am pleased with the camera. The battery lasts quite a while. I have only charged it once since purchasing it two weeks ago. Overall, if you are a beginner photographer, I think this is one of your safer bets camera-wise.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great camera for stills and long distance.

      Posted
      ALdWill
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Still learning this camera, Love the long zoom capability. But have not been able to get consistent focus on moving objects that are close. Manual is only on-line and not easy to find the best way to take certain pictures. i.e. close ups. fast action multiple shots with one click etc. For the cost it is worth keeping just for those long shots. One last thing is the mode select on the top. IT can be bummed and moved to another setting without realizing it. So now I check between shots to make sure it is on the desired one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very good camera - Easy to Use

      Posted
      Danny
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      This camera takes very good pictures with the automatic settings. The 63X Optical Zoom works great. The clarity of the photos is very good for a camera in this price range. However, I have seen photos taken from a Nikon P530 which had more visual clarity. But the Nikon P530 was priced about $30 more and only included a 30X Optical Zoom. In summary, I would rate this camera excellent for the price. There are still other cameras that can take better photos, but they cost much more.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Not sure why Sony would make this camera

      Posted
      Snwmnky007
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I have purchased many Sony cameras for work over the last few years. Mostly hx-200, hx-300, and hx-400 these have worked really well for me but I wanted to see what really a couple hundred dollars less would be in sony's mind. My conclusion: an almost unusable video function that cannot stay focused or balance even perfect lighting conditions. These would only be good for cheap point and shoots maybe. I returned all three h-400 after only working with them for one day. Best Buy did its part outstandingly but Sony why?

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about control panel, energy, sensor and flash. Editors are less positive about storage. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 81/100 = Very good quality.
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