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Sony DSC-HX400 Digital Camera

£314.00
Compact Camera 20.1MP 50x Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
One industry award
Reasonably priced
Does not have a good battery life
93 Reviews + 1 Award
Ephotozine Recommended
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Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

Four people said in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life. Walmart.com wrote “Short Battery Life” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX400. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Must Have A Spare Battery”. Two years ago Kaidaman said on Johnlewis.com “It is quickly exhausted and takes a long time to recharge and as a result” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX400.


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Reasonably Priced

Four customers who bought this digital camera considered that it was good value for money. An anonymous reviewer wrote in her review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com two years ago “The HX400V offered a best value product that did what I needed - a bigger optical zoom, better image quality”. Also two years ago Unoted gave the product a score of 8 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com “Bought this camera 2 weeks ago and us most definitely value for money”. Bkinva mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “In summary, good value for a super zoom point” in their review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a score of 8 stars.

Three customers reckoned that it was expensive. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-HX400 on expert website Ephotozine “The Sony Cybershot DSC-HX400V is one of the more expensive 50x optical cameras available.”. Ml gave it a rating of 6 stars and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Over the years, I have owned dozens of cameras, from simple point and shoots to expensive and heavy slr's”.

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Reviews

One Industry Award

The author at one expert review site concluded that they would endorse this Sony camera. Ephotozine gave this camera a "Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 79 out of 100 based on four expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine, Chip.de, zoom.nl and Les Numeriques.com.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 95 owner reviews this digital camera has an overall owner rating of 86 out of 100. 50 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 83% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 23,045 expert and user reviews (including 7,132 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its digital cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its high megapixel cameras compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Nine people mentioned that it had good features. Expert review site Ephotozine.com gave it a score of 7 stars and wrote “It is a bridge camera packed with a number of features, making it very versatile”. 1upali wrote three years ago “Having upgraded from a much older bridge camera, I was very impressed with the new features and the sheer quality of pictures” in their review of this digital camera. Imad mentioned “Features like the amazing zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, Superior auto to totally Manual, Incredible HD movies, peaking feature, Downloadable Apps” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product 7 stars.


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Released Over a Year Ago

Sony released the DSC-HX400 in April 2017.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The DSC-HX400 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras that have been available for more than a year.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The DSC-HX400 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon SX720 HS (£227.00).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sony DSC-HX400 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out more than a year ago.

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Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

The digital zoom of the Sony DSC-HX400 of 126 times zoom factor is one of the biggest amongst cameras that came out more than a year ago. The average digital zoom of cameras that were released one year ago is 15x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 130x.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera have optical zooms of between 3x and 63x, and the average optical zoom is 18x. With an optical zoom of 50 times zoom factor, the DSC-HX400 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Design

Nice Design

Two people reckoned that it was well designed. Rick mentioned “My new HX400V continues this trend plus adds a well-designed, ergonomic design” and rated it 7 stars.

Two people who reviewed it considered that it was good looking. Tim gave it a score of 4 stars and he mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Using this product is pretty easy and pictures are as good as SLR” in his review of this digital camera. Cameranut said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “The few shots I managed to get in focus looked pretty nice on the lcd screen, that is, until I magnified it”.

One person mentioned that the product was ugly. Artisticcreator said in their review of the Sony DSC-HX400 “When you start cropping and looking closer they are ugly and annoying” and gave it a rating of 6 stars.

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Robust

Four customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was well made. Danny C rated it 6 stars and he wrote in his review of the Sony DSC-HX400 “Whilst a little on the heavy side the camera has a solid, robust feel”. Tomphil rated it 7 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It said you need adobe flash player which is built in with windows8 maybe the web will get synchronized”. Kaidaman mentioned on Johnlewis.com “The sound was good with the built in microphone” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality

Nineteen people concluded that the product was good quality. Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-HX400 two years ago “Good Image Quality” . Johnlewis.com mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-HX400 “Good Quality Picture”. Three years ago Ephotozine.com mentioned on Ephotozine “The extra money means better image quality”.

Easy to Use

Sixteen people who bought the Sony DSC-HX400 considered that it was easy to use. Johnlewis.com said “Easy To Use Great Zoom” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they only gave it a rating of 1 stars. Chris1957 mentioned “I really like the camera in most respects as it is easy to use and mostly takes good pictures” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Chris1959 wrote in their review of this digital camera “I have found the instructions easy to use & am very pleased with the photos taken so far, especially with the zoom & panoramic shots”.

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Meryx wrote two years ago “I have yet to play with image enhancement settings”. Mark1888 said on Johnlewis.com “Settings are easy to change”. Two years ago Daldad mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Walmart.com “I've been playing with some of the scene settings and enjoying the ease of use of this camera”.

One owner who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good interface. Rick scored it 8 stars and he said on Bhphotovideo.com “The user interface is very easy to understand”. One owner who reviewed it considered that it was easy to setup.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-HX400 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for more than a year.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including a cheaper camera such as the Sony Alpha A5000 (£279.98) or you might consider a higher scoring camera such as the Nikon 1 J5 (£266.00).

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was noisy. Mark1888 mentioned “Perfect light, images are noisy” and gave the product a rating of 6 stars. Two years ago Cameranut said on Bhphotovideo.com “The downloaded images looked very poor with lots of noise on my monitor”.

Features Voice Recording

The DSC-HX400 features voice recording. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The DSC-HX400 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-HX400 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

Alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the 700D (£335.00), or the G9 X (£392.96) both from Canon or the Nikon 1 J5 (£266.00).

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5152 X 3864 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-HX400 has a 5152 x 3864 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. Most cameras that have been available for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 5152x3864, 3648x2736, 2592x1944, 5152x2896, 1920x1080, 4912 x 1920, 4912 x 1080, 3424 x 1920 and 11520x1080 and 7152x1080. The best still image resolution of all cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera is 6000 x 4000 and the worst is 480 x 480.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The DSC-HX400 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the Canon G9 X (£392.96), and the Nikon 1 J5 (£266.00) which has better reviews; or the Sony Alpha A5000 (£279.98) which is cheaper are also worth considering.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The DSC-HX400 does not feature bluetooth. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also do not feature bluetooth.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony DSC-HX400 supports Near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The DSC-HX400 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

Alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to consider include the Canon SX720 HS (£227.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The DSC-HX400 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The DSC-HX400 features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Sony DSC-HX400 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for more than a year also feature contrast adjustment.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 628 grams, the DSC-HX400 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Compact

Five customers reckoned that it was compact. Walmart.com mentioned “Small Compact” however despite that they rated it 1 stars. Amateurphotographer.co.uk gave it a rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400 produces images that are comparable to a mid-range compact camera”. Chising wrote on Johnlewis.com “Much better than compact, especially when using manual settings” in their review of this digital camera.

Three owners who purchased this digital camera thought it was heavy and bulky. Alanin53 wrote on Johnlewis.com “Nice to handle, good picture quality, slightly bulky” in their review of this digital camera. One person who purchased it concluded that it was easy to carry around. Bill gave it a rating of 7 stars and he mentioned “It is easy to carry” in his Sony DSC-HX400 review.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The DSC-HX400 has an external flash connector. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have an external flash connector.

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Technical Details

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The DSC-HX400 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have an HDMI

The DSC-HX400 does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The DSC-HX400 has a hand strap. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also have a hand strap.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony DSC-HX400 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sony DSC-HX400 has a batteries included. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out more than a year ago also have a batteries included.

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Viewfinder

Very High Magnification

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than a year ago the magnifications range from 0.24x to 17x. The magnification of the DSC-HX400 of 16.2 times zoom factor is one of the highest amongst digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Support

Good Support

Eight customers thought it had good technical guidance. An anonymous reviewer wrote in her review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com two years ago “The layout is good and I have been able to explore various features without recourse to the manual as everything seems fairly instinctive”. Tomphil said in their review of the Sony DSC-HX400 on Johnlewis.com “Technology has improved immensely and this camera has kept up with it and having the inbuilt instructions make it perfect for me to take pictures”. Puzzle mentioned two years ago “Wish it had a better manual for a novice” in their review of this digital camera.


Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had an electronic viewfinder. Danny C rated it 8 stars and he wrote “EVF is excellent supported by good technology” in his review of this digital camera. Alanin53 said two years ago “The evf should be better.” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX400. Paulthetraveler said three years ago “The EVF worked well”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Rory said in his review of the Sony DSC-HX400 three years ago “Love having a View Finder - particularly in bright sunlight”. Edwardallank scored it 6 stars and wrote “I recognised this weakness before purchase however and conscious that I mostly use the viewfinder (which is great” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners said in their reviews that it had a good screen. Jb24 wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-HX400 on Johnlewis.com “The only criticism is the image quality on the viewfinders - the screen is ok”.

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Good for Video Recording

Eight people who reviewed the product considered that it was good for video recording. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-HX400 “Fast Video Write To Card”. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Great Avchd Video” in their review. Kaidaman gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said on Johnlewis.com two years ago “The DSC-HX400 is a wonderful all-round camera that produces some great photographs and video”.

Good Autofocus

Thirty-nine people who purchased it agreed that it had a good zoom. Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “With a very impressive 50x optical zoom that has a 35mm focal-length equivalent of 24-1200mm it is a true ‘super-zoom”. Amateurphotographer.co.uk also said “With the advantage of a super zoom” in their review. Amateurphotographer.co.uk also mentioned “This zoom range is extensive enough for the majority of situations” in their review.

Five owners who purchased it reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Bhphotovideo.com said “Fast Accurate Auto-Focus” in their review of this digital camera. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Ephotozine three years ago “For macro photography the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 1cm.”. Paulthetraveler said in their review of this digital camera on Walmart.com “The pictures were very good, in focus”.

Five owners who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good image stabiliser. Meryx wrote “Good stabilization and quick focus are key advantages at extreme zoom” and rated it 8 stars. Edwardallank said in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com “As important, its image stabilisation, are great”. Kaidaman gave it a rating of 8 stars and mentioned on Johnlewis.com two years ago “The stabiliser worked well and I was able to hand hold without camera shake” in their review of this digital camera.

Three people who purchased the product concluded that it had a good lens. Alanin53 gave the product a score of 6 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com two years ago “The lens is great for a camera of this price”. Happyscl said in the same month “Having used a DSLR camera with 2 great lens I was a bit worried about making such a radical change” and gave it a score of 7 stars. Fk said “I am impressed with the Zeiss lens and the 50X optical zoom”.

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Able to Produce Good Images

Fifty-nine owners who reviewed the product said that it was able to produce good images. Johnlewis.com mentioned “Prints Date On Photo” in their review of this digital camera but even so they only scored the product 1 stars. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com said “Picture Quality Great”. Boze rated it 5 stars and wrote in their Sony DSC-HX400 review “Very pleased with quality of picture when using zoom”.

Eight owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Amazon.co.uk said “Great Resolution”. Alanin53 wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-HX400 two years ago “I don't only mean the zoom- the resolution is excellent” . 1upali gave the product a rating of 6 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Definitely get a second battery and perhaps even a third for a full day's shooting with a lot of using the zoom motor”.

Four people considered that this digital camera was good in low light. Amazon.co.uk wrote “Good in Low Light”. Rick said on Bhphotovideo.com “The CMOS sensor chip Sony uses in these cameras is fantastic - excellent low-light capabilities”. Sussex Dickie said on Johnlewis.com three years ago “The picture quality is very good, especially in low light” and scored it 7 stars.

Two customers who purchased the product concluded that it had a good ISO range. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “High ISO Performance” in their Sony DSC-HX400 review but they scored it 1 stars. Two years ago Cameranut gave it a score of 75.803210696298 out of 100 and wrote “I also do not like the fact that there is no designated iso button”.

Two people who purchased it considered that it had a good image sensor. Artisticcreator wrote two years ago “I sold mine at a lose so I can purchase the A6000, since it has the same sensor and processor as my A77” in their Sony DSC-HX400 review but even so they only gave the product a score of 69.87298779205 out of 100.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027242877887, 00700686602825, 00845251071689, 02724292320230, 04905524981414, 04905524981469, 04905524981483, 04905524981506

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