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

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This Sony DSC-HX400 digital camera's 20.4-megapixel, 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens allow you to take crisp photographs and high-definition video footage of subjects and scenes. Built-in Wi-Fi simplifies file sharing.

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    What's Included


    • Sony DSC-HX400 20.4-Megapixel Digital Camera
    • Rechargeable battery (NP-BX1)
    • AC adapter, micro USB cable
    • Shoulder strap, shoe cap, lens cap, PlayMemories Home software
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (402 out of 416)

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    Features


    20.4-megapixel, 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor

    With an RGB primary color mosaic filter system captures high-resolution images up to 5184 x 3888 pixels.

    50x optical/50x digital/2500x total zoom

    Through a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens for precise zooming and accuracy.

    3" XtraFine LCD

    With 921,000 dots resolution, 5-step manual brightness control and a histogram with on/off options makes it easy to review images and videos. A viewfinder with 8.1x, 16.2x magnification lets you set up shots.

    High-definition movie mode

    Lets you record up to 1080/60i/60p/24p video footage in AVCHD format with 2-channel Dolby Digital (AC-3) audio or up to 1440 x 1080 video footage at 30 fps in MP4 format with 2-channel MPEG-4 AAC-LC audio.

    Bionz X 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 10 shots at 10 fps (frames per second) to help you gather sharp footage of fast-motion scenes.

    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, night scene, handheld twilight, night portrait, landscape, portrait, soft skin, antimotion blur, beach, snow, fireworks, advanced sports shooting, gourmet and pet for versatility.

    White balance modes

    Include auto, daylight, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent 1 (cool white), fluorescent 2 (day white), fluorescent 3 (day light), flash, color temperature, filter and custom for shooting in a variety of lighting conditions.

    Built-in manual pop-up flash

    With a variety of flash modes lets you add light to your shots when necessary.

    Creative style options

    Include standard, vivid, portrait, landscape, sunset, black-and-white and sepia to enhance your creativity while shooting.

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Facilitates photo and video sharing.

    NFC (near-field communication) technology

    Enables one-touch remote function and sharing with compatible devices.

    Card reader

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


    Customer rating

    4.7
    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    3.7

    Pros

    Cons

    • 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

      The Vacations mini combo and more!

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

      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: 4 out of 5 stars

      Still debating overall opinion

      Posted
      PebblesCO
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      I have been using a friends camera (the 300 model) for a few years and loved it. While at tournaments (only time I've used it so far), my friend noticed that it was slow to take pictures. There seemed to be an unusually long lag time between taking one picture and the camera being ready to snap the next photo. This is using the automatic feature. When I took it for USA Games tournament, I got to use it for the first time. I noticed that when taking distance photos, it struggled to focus (the 300 model did an OUTSTANDING job with focus). Then, when I got where it would take the telephoto shot, it wouldn't focus for the next shots, etc. I found the only way to get it to focus again was to power off the camera and turn it back on. I missed a number of precious photos of my athletes receiving their awards or performing in their events because of this focus problem. Taking camera back in case it is a lemon. Since the 300 model didn't have any issues, it is surprising that the 400 and newer model would have these difficulties. Love the adjustable back viewing screen -- one of the major selling points for this camera. I had been also looking at the Canon T5i or Nikon 5300, which also have adjustable screens, but neither got near by budget of $500 -- even for Black Friday sales (only the T6 model hit $500, but doesn't have adjustable screen). I recommend getting a camera with the adjustable back viewer. It is so handy when you need to take pictures over other peoples's heads or down low -- like when taking pics of little kids. I'm hoping the focus issue can be corrected. I loved the quality of photos from the 300 model and was hoping for similar performance with the newer model. The 300 model took excellent distance photos, that when you zoomed in on the computer, didn't become pixelated and made it seem like you were a lot closer. I take sporting photos and often take photos from across football fields. The quality of zoom made that 100+ yard distance look like the photo was taken less than 10 yards away.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Huge design flaw

      Posted
      Dillman
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      The camera takes superior pictures in daylight/bright light but the low light is extremely poor. I have a DHC-HX200 and it is superior in low light using the same settings. The DHC-HX200v can capture a illuminated museum display with great accuracy. Nice black background and crystal clear foreground. The HCX400 has a gray background with a huge blob of out of focus light for the foreground. Absolute terrible in side by side photographs between the HX200v and the HX400v. The worse thing about the HX400 is the memory card slot. When I change batteries, opening the batter cover partially ejects the SD card. I took over 100 irreplaceable pictures with the HX 400 with no error showing. After the last it shows a " No card" error came up. Upon investigation it seems when you press down to close the battery compartment it ejects the card. There is no warning but the pictures are not saved. I could see the pictures when I shot them and after "Processing" it went to the next picture but the pictures were not there at the end. I reseated the card and carefully closed the door. The next picture I took was saved with the next sequence number meaning the 100+ shots I took were gone with no trace of the files. I ran a card recovery software and there was no data on the card for the missing pictures. I lost a lot of memories with no way to recover and no error indication. My memory card works great in my HX200v. The 400v has incredible issues.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great, Sturdy Camera!

      Posted
      Lyssakat89

      For the past few years, I have only had Nikon cameras; however, I started getting tired of them lagging and thus, missing my shots. With having 4 younger kids, it's hard to capture good pictures of someone not moving, so it's important to find a camera that can take good movement shots and my Nikons were not doing the job. On top of it, they would shut down randomly. I swore I would never get away from Nikon; however, I have done extensive reviews and I decided to try out a Sony. I decided to go with the open-box item because it was almost $100 cheaper. I just placed the order yesterday and it already arrived today. I took it out of the box and was pleased to find everything like brand new. I was also pleasantly surprised to feel how sturdy it felt. It was heavier than my latest Nikon P600, but for that reason, it does feel sturdy and better made. I haven't tried out too many shots yet, but for the few that I did, it definitely felt a lot faster and more crisp than I was used to on my Nikon. I am anxious to get outside more and take some more shots and especially more shots of my kids. I also love the zoom feature so far and the fact that you can zoom in 2 different ways, either on the lens itself, or, the button on the top. So far, I am pleased with my purchase and glad I chose to step out of my comfort zone and try a Sony!

      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

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Point and Shoot Camera Ever! Easy to use!

      Posted
      Xenardr
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I needed a camera that took still and photos in motion with high clarity. The 50X zoom is the greatest thing ever. I'm still learning everything it does and each time I find something else it just amazes me. This camera gives you all the fantastic features of a DSLR camera without having to buy extra lenses....although I recently found out that you can get other lenses for this camera. It's simple to use, and with a point and zoom and shoot you can get those amazing photos that you see everyone with a high tech camera get without major cost and without trying to change lenses. I bought an extra battery and a 64 Gig card and went on vacation.....using it several days taking video and photos and never used all the space on the card. The only thing I wasn't happy with was it could have used a better How To guide. I would have loved to have a guide that showed every single thing that the camera could do on different settings. Would have made learning all of it a bit easier but overall....this camera is fantastic and I recommend it if you want fantastic photos without a DSLR cost.

      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

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

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