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Sony DSCHX400V Digital Compact Bridge Camera with High Quality Lens (Electronic View Finder, 20.4 MP, 50x Optical High Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) - Black

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  • 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, 50x optical zoom, ZEISS lens, Optical SteadyShot, Wi-Fi, and NFC, and GPS
  • 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 50x optical zoom lens by ZEISS
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS

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  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm ; 635 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: DSCHX400VB.CEH
  • ASIN: B00IGL9PJC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,372 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The HX400V is a stylish compact that performs as well as it looks. Its SLR-like features, including high-quality coating and easy-hold grip, conceal the BIONZ X for high image resolution and faithful texture depiction - and SteadyShot image stabilisation. It also comes fitted with the famous Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar lens, which offers superb picture quality and 50x optical zoom. With built-in Wi-Fi and One touch NFC, you can easily connect with smartphones and other mobile devices to share your memories with loved ones. Plus, add new features to your camera whenever you wish with PlayMemories Camera Apps

Box Contains

Camera
AC Adaptor
Micro USB Cable
Shoulder Strap
Shoe Cap
Lens Cap
Instruction Manual
AC Power Cord


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H300 H400 HX300 HX400
Megapixels 20.1 MP 20.1 MP 20.4 MP 20.4 MP
Sensor Type 1/2.3 inch type (7.76 mm) Super HAD CCD 1/2.3 inch type (7.76 mm) Super HAD CCD 1/2.3 inch type (7.82 mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor 1/2.3 inch type (7.82 mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor
Lens Sony Lens Sony Lens ZEISS Vario Sonnar T* Lens ZEISS Vario Sonnar T* Lens
Optical Zoom 35x 63x 50x 50x
Digital zoom Up to 280x (VGA) Up to 500x (VGA) Up to 810x (VGA) Up to 810x (VGA)
Focal length f=4.5-157.5 mm f=4.4-277 mm f=4.3-215 mm f=4.3-215 mm
Maximum aperture F3.0 (W) - 5.9 (T) F3.4 (W) - 6.5 (T) F2.8 (W) - 6.3 (T) F2.8 (W) - 6.3 (T)
ISO sensitivity ISO 80-3200 ISO 80-3200 ISO 80-12800 ISO 80-12800
Minimum focus 1 cm - Infinity (W), 1.5 m - Infinity (T) 1 cm - Infinity (W), 3.5 m - Infinity (T) 1 cm - Infinity (W), 2.4 m - Infinity (T) 1 cm - Infinity (W), 2.4 m - Infinity (T)
Maximum continuous shooting speed 0.80 fps (for up to 100 shots) 0.71 fps (for up to 100 shots) 10 fps (for up to 10 shots) 10 fps (for up to 10 shots)

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By K Wren HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2014
* Photography skills: Enthusiastic amateur, occasional freelance photo/video journalist, travel brochure photography...
* Review based on more than 2 months of regular use.

Since my husband bought his Canon D-SLR I've been undecided which direction to take with my next camera - a D-SLR has the benefit of interchangeable lenses but at the expense of bulk and weight for carrying around, to say nothing of the cost. Although the photo quality can be higher, the bulk puts me off and I could foresee it being left behind. Instead, this Sony DSCHX400V bridges the gap between the two - 50x optical zoom (equating to 24mm-1200mm lens) plus the ability to use filters (55mm thread diameter) for creative effects.

It's bulkier than I expected but also a lot lighter in weight than anticipated. Build quality feels good despite it being wholly plastic and it's comfortable and easy to hold even with hot sweaty hands thanks to a rubberised-grip.

For the beginner there is the simple 'intelligent auto' point-and-shoot mode and no need to venture away from this. This selects the optimum exposure settings and in all of my tests on landscape, macro and people shots, it was accurate every time.

But, unlike beginner point and shoot models, this also offers the more experienced photographer some greater control with manual options. It doesn't offer quite the same flexibility and control as a D-SLR but it's not far off and a world apart from a fully-automatic point and shoot. For shooting waterfalls, I was able to switch to shutter-priority mode, select a slow shutter speed, reduce it further by adding a neutral density filter to gain that (near) perfect shot.
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By K Wren HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2014
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Photography skills: Enthusiastic amateur, occasional freelance photo/video journalist, travel brochure photography...

* Review updated 24 June 2014 following more than 2 months of regular use.

I'd had my eye on this very camera since its launch so was very excited to be offered the opportunity to review it.

Since my husband bought his Canon D-SLR I've been undecided which direction to take with my next camera - a D-SLR has the benefit of interchangeable lenses but at the expense of bulk and weight for carrying around, to say nothing of the cost. Although the photo quality can be higher, the bulk puts me off and I could foresee it being left behind. Instead, this Sony DSCHX400V bridges the gap between the two - 50x optical zoom (equating to 24mm-1200mm lens) plus the ability to use filters (55mm thread diameter) for creative effects.

It's bulkier than I expected but also a lot lighter in weight than anticipated. Build quality feels good despite it being wholly plastic and it's comfortable and easy to hold even with hot sweaty hands thanks to a rubberised-grip.

For the beginner there is the simple 'intelligent auto' point-and-shoot mode and no need to venture away from this. This selects the optimum exposure settings and in all of my tests on landscape, macro and people shots, it was accurate every time.

But, unlike beginner point and shoot models, this also offers the more experienced photographer some greater control with manual options. It doesn't offer quite the same flexibility and control as a D-SLR but it's not far off and a world apart from a fully-automatic point and shoot.
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I had such high hopes for this little beauty and replaced it twice, as I thought that I was getting a faulty unit. I honestly wanted to like this camera as it does look simply stunning. The premium build quality and the Zeiss lens, combined with the new Bionz X processor offer so much promise.

Yet this camera fails where it counts most, and that is image quality. Out of the box, images are rather soft and get worse at the extremities, with purple fringing evident in mid to high contrast images. You can increase sharpness, yet the edges still look softer. Colours are vibrant, yet results still look over processed, resulting in loss of detail in darker areas.

(When evaluating bridge cameras I use my Panasonic FZ200 as a benchmark)

I would have happily traded NFC, GPS or WiFi for Raw capability and a better EVF, which at 201K pixels is considered way below par on cameras carrying such a hefty price tag. (FZ200 sports a 1,302K pixel EVF, over a million more!!)

So it is useless to go through the rich feature set this camera offers, ( which can be viewed all over the net ) as it does not translate into the quality photos I have come to expect from Sony.
At this price point I would expect a camera that would deliver great photos and not facebook quality.... sorry

Being an avid Sony fan, I feel that this camera just does not live to the reputation and expectations. Hopefully, firmware updates could address certain issues.

I do tend to be very critical when it comes to cameras, so please appreciate that I am not trying to bash the HX400V. Maybe I was expecting a bit too much. Many sites praise this camera, and that makes me wonder. I suggest you read other reviews and try to get a hands on test at a local store. Hopefully they might let you use an SD card to take some pictures for further analysis.

Unfortunately, based on my experience, I cannot recommend the HX400V for the demanding photographer.
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