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Sony DSC-H400

£219.00
A good value for money and fully featured bridge camera, great for wildlife photography
Bridge 20.1MP 63x Yes Feb 2014
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Sony DSC-H400 Review

Representing excellent value for money and with features, we have ranked the Sony DSC-H400 number 61 across all digital cameras.
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Why Has it Scored 76?

It has very good user reviews but average expert reviews. 89% of buyers recommended this digital camera to others. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report good picture quality, it is easy to use and is robust. However they also report unacceptable noise level.
This Sony digital camera has some great features:
Fairly high megapixels sensor
5152 x 3864 pixels image resolution
Quite big optical zoom
Has an image stabilizer

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared the DSC-H400 with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for wildlife photography, ranking number 86 in wildlife photography cameras. However good for portrait photography, ranking number 97 in portrait photography cameras as well being good for sports photography, ranking number 116 in sports photography cameras.
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How Big is the Sony DSC-H400?

The Sony DSC-H400 is 129.6mm wide and 95mm tall. It is 122.3mm deep and weighs 628g.

Sony DSC-H400 front dimensions

Sony DSC-H400 size in context

Sony DSC-H400 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Average Expert Reviews

Based on eight expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Camera Labs and Mac World the average expert rating of this Sony digital camera is 69%.

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User Reviews Are Good

This digital camera has an average user rating of 88% based on 602 user reviews. 287 reviewers (87% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 89% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Users Report Good Picture Quality

89 owners who bought the Sony DSC-H400 agreed that it was able to produce good images and two people who reviewed it said that it was able to produce clear pictures.

Customers Report Unacceptable Noise Level

Three customers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was noisy.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

89 customers who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to use, 10 owners who bought it wrote that it was comfortable and easy to hold and nine owners who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was easy to use the menus. five customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to setup.

Customers Report it is Robust

13 customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was well made.

Customers Report Superior Product Quality

51 customers wrote in their reviews that the Sony DSC-H400 was good quality.

Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

70 customers wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money.

Customers Report Great Technical Features

15 owners wrote in their reviews that the product had good features.

Sony Has Very Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 32,324 expert and owner reviews (including 10,628 verified purchases), Sony has very good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has very good reviews specifically for its digital cameras compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Great Battery Life

Seven people who reviewed it said that it had a good battery life.

Users Report a Good Flash

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good flash.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Seven people wrote in their reviews that it was compact, three owners who bought the Sony DSC-H400 thought it was lightweight and two people who purchased the product thought it was a good size.

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Seven owners thought the Sony DSC-H400 had a good screen and six people who purchased it considered that it had a good viewfinder.

Users Report Excellent Design

Six customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good looking and two people mentioned in their reviews that it was ergonomic.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Nine owners agreed that the Sony DSC-H400 was good for video recording.

Customers Report Good Technical Guidance

Seven people wrote that it had good technical guidance.

  • This brings me on to the second negative, which is the, almost non existent, instruction manual…
  • The only fault, if you can call it that, is the lack of clear instructions…
  • My only criticism is the instruction manual has to be downloaded…
    Brin (Argos.co.uk) - December 2015
  • The only downside is the lack of Instruction Manual as you have to keep looking at a a PC to use the various settings…
  • One slight disappointment was the lack of an instruction manual ( apart from the basic "first use" leaflet…
  • It is totally let down by the lack of something as cheap as an instruction manual…
    Sassinak (Argos.co.uk) - November 2014
  • Although there is instruction material on line…
  • Auto focus easily obscured, would need better instructions on use included with the camera…
    Waymore (Argos.co.uk) - November 2015
  • The only downside is the lack of an Instruction Manual…
  • What lets the product down is the instructions provided which are very basic…

Users Report Good Lens Quality

77 people reckoned that it had a good zoom, eight owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good autofocus and six customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good lens. however 27 buyers mentioned that this digital camera had a lens that was not very good., 17 people who reviewed it considered that it did not have a good autofocus and nine owners wrote that the product did not have a good zoom.


Value For Money

Excellent Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and very good features but is over 6 months old. However at £219.00 it is cheaper than 66% of cameras.

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Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Sony DSC-H400 and the United Kingdom price of £219.00 was the cheapest. The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $229.63 (£298.40).

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Features

Fairly High Megapixels Sensor

Across all the digital cameras the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The DSC-H400's sensor megapixels of 20.1MP is fairly high compared to most other cameras. It is in the highest 16% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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5152 X 3864 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the DSC-H400 is 5152 x 3864 pixels. That's 25% higher resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. Digital cameras resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The Sony DSC-H400's optical zoom of 63x is in the biggest 13% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Average Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture number of the DSC-H400 of 3.4 is pretty average compared to most other cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony DSC-H400 has an image stabilizer, as do 77% of digital cameras.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of digital cameras is 200, the highest is 820,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 14,000. The DSC-H400's ISO sensitivity (max) of only 3,200 is fairly low compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lowest 25% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Sony DSC-H400 has a built-in flash, as do 66% of digital cameras.

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Heavy

The weight of the DSC-H400 of 628g is in the heaviest 9% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. The average weight of all digital cameras is 300g, with the lightest being 50g and the heaviest being 1.5kg.

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Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

The Sony DSC-H400's closest focusing distance of 0.01m is fairly large compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the largest 17% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has a USB Connectivity

The DSC-H400 has a USB connectivity, which is unusual. 87% of digital cameras do not have a USB connectivity.

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Average Image Sensor Size

The DSC-H400's image sensor size of 0.435" is pretty average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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5152 X 3864 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The DSC-H400 supports a maximum still image resolution of 5152 x 3864 pixels. That's 25% higher resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by digital cameras. In addition, this Sony digital camera supports still image resolutions of 5152 x 2896 pixels, 11520 x 1080 pixels, 3648 x 2736 pixels plus 3 more values. The resolution of all digital cameras ranges from 384 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6016 x 4016 pixels (best).

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Very Big Digital Zoom

Digital cameras have digital zooms of between 0.72x and 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x. The DSC-H400's digital zoom of 500x is very big compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Features Face Detection

The DSC-H400 features face detection. 89% of digital cameras do not feature face detection.

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Has a Self-Timer

The DSC-H400 has a self-timer, which is unusual. 82% of cameras do not have a self-timer.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

The DSC-H400's viewfinder screen size of only 0.2" is fairly small compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 8% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. Digital cameras have viewfinder screen sizes of between 0.17" and 8", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.41".

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Has a Tripod Mount

The Sony DSC-H400 has a tripod mount, which is unusual. 75% of cameras do not have a tripod mount.

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Supports Direct Printing

The DSC-H400 supports direct printing, unlike 89% of digital cameras which do not support direct printing.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The DSC-H400 features brightness adjustment, unlike 79% of digital cameras which do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the DSC-H400 of 3" is pretty average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Sony camera has been on the market since February 2014.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon dsch400bceh, sony dsch400bceh, info dsch400bceh, sony sz98165ean, sony 9jdkzs00, sony 9jdkza00, sony h400b, sony sony
Barcodes 00027242877092, 00845251071726, 04905524981629, 04905524981650

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