Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Review

Overall 35
Imaging 7
Features 31
Size 69
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 X 720
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 130 x 95 x 122 mm
  • Weight: 628 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Summary

This review is devoted to Cyber-shot DSC-H400 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Feb 13, 2014. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #238 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 35/100 and it takes a rank of #1145 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 has the following external dimensions 130 x 130 x 122 mm (51.18 x 37.4 x 48.03″) with the weight of 628 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 122mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 — 300 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 — 122 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 — 628 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 has the following ISO range 80 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400. However, if you are looking specifically for a SLR-like (bridge) camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 features a 20.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 201k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Cyber-shot DSC-H400 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Cyber-shot DSC-H400 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-H400 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

In addition, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Cyber-shot DSC-H400 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 provides a shooting life of 300, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Cyber-shot DSC-H400 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 54. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (130 x 95 x 122 mm)
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 can be called a 79 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (130 x 95 x 122 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (300 shots)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 90. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (628 g)
  • Big size (130 x 95 x 122 mm)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 18. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 can be called a 18 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Cyber-shot DSC-H400
Announced Feb 13, 2014
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 201k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 8.8
Flash Modes Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5152 x 3864
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 X 720
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 628 g
Physical Dimensions 130 x 95 x 122 mm
Battery Life 300 shots
Battery Type 300 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1

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