Sony DSC-HX400V Hands-On And Opinion


Hey, this is Scott of Photography Banzai. In this video I want to talk about the Sony DSC-HX400V. Thanks to Camera Craft in Rockford
Illinois for let me try this out at their shop. There are quite a few different bridge cameras out there. In this case, it’s about mid range in the
price level.. in the zoom level. It does have a few interesting features for the price
that we’ll get to. Towards the entry level of range you have the Nikon B500,
and then you step up about hundred dollars at the moment and you have this
camera. This camera has a 20 megapixel 1/2.3 inch backlit sensor. That
basically means you get a little bit less noise in your photos compared to a
non backlit sensor. The most important thing about a bridge camera is the lens
in this case you have a Zeiss branded 24 to 1200 millimeter equivalent lens.
That’s 50x. It does have the optical stabilization, of course. These cameras
really need that. Aperture wise it goes from F/2.8 to 6.3 through the zoom
range, so you aren’t getting a constant aperture. But usually you don’t get that
in a camera like this. There’s a switch on the side of the lens that gives you
auto focus, manual focus, and the DMF mode. Which is the most important one If you
want to adjust focus yourself after gaining auto focus. When you’re not in the
DMF mode, you can use the ring to adjust zoom instead. But you also have a zoom
adjustment near the shutter button. The camera does have a 1/4000th of a second maximum shutter speed. That’s pretty decent for a camera like this.
With the lens and F/2.8 maximum aperture you shouldn’t have any issues in bright
sunlight. Autofocus wise, this does use contrast detect autofocus. So that’s not
an ideal method these days for autofocus. But I didn’t really notice any big issues
trying to gain focus with the camera. Your results will vary though, and of
course I didn’t use it too long. Probably the biggest feature of this camera for
the price level is the electronic viewfinder. If you drop down a little bit,
you won’t have that nice viewfinder in your camera. It is an option if you want
to spend a little more to get this. You will have a viewfinder. It’s very helpful
in various situations especially outdoors. LCD screen does tilt up and
down, which is nice. Of course it’s not fully articulating, but this is good for
straight photography. There is a dedicated button to switch
between the monitor and viewfinder which is nice. It also has a sensor on the
viewfinder if you want that automatic switch between the screen and the
viewfinder. The camera has a lot of standard photography modes of course. Gonna gloss over those, but ones that I thought were interesting are the
panorama mode and also the auto HDR mode. For panorama I tried it two times I had
no issues getting a nice photo out of it. The same situation for the auto HDR mode
it takes three photos stitches them together in the camera to give you more
dynamic range. So if you have really bright areas you’ll get more information
in that. Of course the only issue is that when you’re taking three photos you
could potentially get some blur. In video mode an interesting thing is that when
you do zoom, you can zoom smoothly and that’s definitely a benefit. It’s similar
to how camcorders work that’s a nice feature. There is a built-in GPS in the
camera. Very nice for tagging locations of photos. Connectivity wise you have
Wi-Fi and NFC, I assume with their Android and iPhone app. You also have a
USB 2.0 connection, which is on the older side, but good enough for most situations.
The battery is an NP-BX1 battery. Rated at 300 shots per charge. That’s pretty
small, but I mean it’s definitely manageable. You probably want an extra
spare battery or two. The memory card is down by the battery. It seemed pretty
easy to access. I didn’t have any issues with that. Build quality felt decent for
a camera of this price range. I didn’t have any issues. It has a nice assortment of
buttons and dials to get direct access to features and adjusting settings. The
tripod socket is not in-line with the lens. So that isn’t ideal if you want to
do the panorama mode on a tripod. But I was able to do that just handheld, so I
don’t think that would be a big issue. It is nice to see this camera has an MR1 in
MR2 memory recall preset settings right on the dial. So you can get to different
modes set up. Maybe one for photos, one for videos. Or one for action photos one
for landscape photos. And you can just switch back and forth quickly with those
right on the dial. This is a long zoom bridge camera. You get that delay when turning it on before you can take a photo. Because it has to
extend the lens. That’s pretty standard for this type of camera. So just
something to keep in mind. The camera does have a manual focus assist mode
with peaking. It also zooms in and shows you a distance scale on the screen. Which is
nice when you want to get that exact focus. All that said, I think this is a
pretty happy medium in a bridge style camera. Price wise and feature wise it
does have the EVF for using outdoors. All those situations where you can get that
direct look through the viewfinder. That is a nice feature. I think it is worth
spending a little bit more on. Of course it does have the small sensor inside, but
it’s pretty standard with this type of camera. Just don’t expect a lot from
image quality. You won’t be cropping a lot. And of course if you do a lot of
photos.. post them online, it’s no big deal. The biggest thing about these cameras is
that huge zoom lens. In this case it seems just fine. It is the 50x, so it’s
about mid range again in the amount of zoom you can do optically. Good enough,
especially for the price. That’s it for the Sony DSC-HX400V. Like I said, it
seems like a good happy medium for a bridge style camera. It is a little bit
more pricey than some of them, but you do get that viewfinder. Which is a really
nice benefit. Anyways Thanks to Camera Craft for let me try this out at their shop. Hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, please consider subscribing. That
helps me out a lot. Likes and shares help out a lot as well. Thanks again!

27 Replies to “Sony DSC-HX400V Hands-On And Opinion”

  1. You make very good informative reviews I watched a review of the B500 a very good review do you think this camera could make a better job than the 1300D

  2. it seems you have a shop where you sell cameras and you must know about them I watched the video of the B500 zoom and now this video can you advise me if the B500 or the Hx400 which one take better photos I mean when using the zoom which one take clear photos

  3. I was thinking to buy a reflex camera but when I compare photos of this camera and a reflex I don't see any differences it seems that this camera takes better photos than a reflex

  4. Nice video, Scott…lots of good info….I just bought one of these Sony HX400V's and like it though it is a lot more complicated than my older Canon! I has a question….after taking a picture the view screen fills with colorful graphs and stays "on" with a tiny copy of the pic I just took surrounded by a tone of technical info -?- I don't understand why? Is there a way to dismiss all this tech info and just see the picture I took? Many thanks. — Jack in Western CO

  5. i HAVE it !! i love her !! ..

    Question ! .. is there any newer model alike hx400v .. and a bit better ?

  6. Preciso decidir em comprar uma camera mas estou em dúvida qual é a melhor ,nata-se que é para uso geral fimar e fotografar. A SONY DSC HX400V ou a CANON SL2 e mais uma pergunta qual é melhor : camera que eu possa trocar a lente ou com lente fixa?. Agradeço pela dica.

  7. What anyones me is that recording only last about 23 min before it stops! It should last 29 or even 30 mins

  8. Thank you for the review, the DSC-HX400V is indeed a bridge unit very versatile, pleasant to use, the zoom is very nice for animal or nature photos at great distance, the LCD repositionable is a plus. Unfortunately after less than 3 years of use, for 80% of those camera's the stabilizer breaks down, making it impossible to take sharp pictures. Thousands of users on the Internet have the same problem, search for "E:62:10 story" on YouTube ! If I had known I would never have bought this camera.

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