The Sony Cyber-shot H400 is an entry level ultra zoom bridge camera with a massive 63x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, manual controls, a 3inch screen and built in electronic viewfinder.
The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H400 features a 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor, and a 63x optical zoom lens equivalent to 24.5 – 1550mm in 35mm terms. Optical SteadyShot is designed to keep shots steady.
Digital SLR styling helps you hold the camera steady, with a large rubberised hand grip. The built in electronic viewfinder (EVF) gives another point of contact to help you hold the camera steady when using the optical zoom. There is a 3inch screen on the back with a 460k dot resolution.
The camera features an intelligent Auto shooting mode, as well as full manual controls, sweep panoramic, video recording at 720p, a number of scene modes, as well as digital filters. The camera uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which should give 300 shots.
The camera feels well built with a solid plastic body. The handgrip has a slightly rubberised feel to it helping grip with an indentation for your fingers. The rear of the camera has a small textured areas for your thumb, however this is not rubberised. The buttons and controls are all neatly placed so that you can reach them with your right hand, and on the left of the camera is simply the button to release the pop-up flash.
There is a button on top to switch between the electronic viewfinder and the rear screen. The viewfinder is quite small, but does feature dioptre correction if needed. The view is reasonable, but you can tell that it is a budget camera due to the small size of the viewfinder. Using the electronic viewfinder will help get steadier shots when using the optical zoom, however you may find it uncomfortable to use for extended periods if you wear glasses. The options are settings are quite easy and quick to access, either using the buttons on the 4-way controller, or using the Menu button. Pressing the menu button brings up a number of options that can be changed on the rear screen without having to go into the full menus. To go into the full menus you scroll to the bottom of this list and select ‘Setup’ where you will find more advanced settings. The screen is quite clear when used outdoors, with an anti-reflective coating.
Battery life – Battery life is rated at 300 shots according to Sony / CIPA test results, which is average – therefore we would recommend a spare battery if you plan on shooting more between charges.
Speed – We took a number of shots to test the camera’s responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Wide – Focus / Shutter Response||0.35secs|
|Full zoom – Focus / Shutter Response||1.4secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||3.4secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||2.0secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.9secs|
|Continuous Shooting – JPEG
(shots before slow down)
|Continuous Shooting – Flash||N/A|