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Sony Cyber-shot H400 Hands-On Preview

Sony Cyber-shot H400 Hands-On Preview - We go hands-on with the new Sony Cyber-shot H400, with a 63x optical zoom lens, and post sample photos.

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Sony Cyber-shot H400 in Compact Cameras

Sony Cyber Shot DSC H400 63x Zoom (2) (Custom)

The Sony Cyber-shot H400 is an interesting ultra zoom bridge camera with a large 63x optical zoom lens - this zooms from the wide-angle 24.5mm equivalent all the way to 1550mm equivalent. On the back is a 3inch screen, as well as an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), along with optical image stabilisation which should help when using a lot of optical zoom.

Sony Cyber-shot H400 Features

Sony Cyber Shot DSC H400 63x Zoom (5) (Custom)

The camera features a 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor which means that it only records 720p video rather than full HD video, as well as having a more limited ISO range compared to cameras with a backlit CMOS sensor. Continuous shooting is not as quick as cameras with a backlit CMOS sensor either, such as the higher specification Sony Cyber-shot HX400V.

Sony Cyber Shot DSC H400 63x Zoom (8) (Custom)

A lithium-ion rechargeable battery gives a 300 shot battery life rating, and the camera also features a "Party mode" designed to automatically adjust sensitivity, exposure and colour for vivid memories at parties. The camera will accept either a Sony Memory Stick or an SD memory card.

Sony Cyber Shot DSC H400 63x Zoom (7) (Custom)

The camera has a dedicated video button, as well as sweep panoramic mode. The camera has an intelligent auto mode, scene modes as well as P/A/S and manual shooting modes. Sample photos taken with a pre-production version of the camera.

Sony Cyber-shot H400 Other sample images

Sony Cyber-shot H400 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Sony Cyber-shot H400 Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.4 - f/6.5
35mm equivalent24.5mm - 1550mm
Optical Zoom63x
Image Sensor
Pixels20.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5152
Pixels (H)3864
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.3
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity80 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting0.7fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPSNo Data
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)300shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsRechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1; AC AdaptorAC-UB10C; Multi USB cable; Shoulder Strap; Lens Cap; Instruction Manual

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