This review is devoted to Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V that Sony has first introduced to the public in Feb 12, 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 BSI-CMOS sensor.
This is an upgraded model that Sony released to replace their older product HX300.
In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #128 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 40/100 and it takes a rank of #940 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V 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.
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-HX400V. 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.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V has the following external dimensions 130 x 130 x 103 mm (51.18 x 36.61 x 40.55″) with the weight of 660 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-HX400V, 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-HX400V is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 103mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V 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-HX400V 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-HX400V comes with Bionz X processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V has the following ISO range 80 - 12800 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V. 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-HX400V 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.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V 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-HX400V with other standard sensor sizes.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 .
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.
Some of the other highlights of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 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.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
In addition, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.
One more advantage of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V 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-HX400V 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.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V’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-HX400V’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V to the average SuperZoom camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 30. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V can be called a Intermediate 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.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 58. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 76. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V can be called a 76 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 19. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V can be called a 19 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.
No Significant Advantages
|Announced||Feb 12, 2014|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Flash Off / Autoflash / Fill-flash / Slow Sync. / Advanced Flash / Rear Sync. / Wireless (with optional compliant flash)|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5184 x 3888|
|Max Native ISO||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Physical Dimensions||130 x 93 x 103 mm|
|Battery Life||300 shots|
|Battery Type||300 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo|