Sony H400 overview
Sony H400 is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally announced on February of 2014. The camera houses a 20MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 5152 x 3864.
The H400 ranks at #78 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #533 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. Remember to check our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your personal requirements.
Here is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony H400 family
The Sony H400 comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can view all older and latest models as well as main specs.
Sony H400 Gallery
You can check the H400 from different angles in the gallery below.
Sony H400 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Sony H400 based on factors that are typically viewed as necessary in a camera.
Sony H400 Sensor specifications
The Sony H400 features the Bionz(R) chip. The sensor spec in the Sony H400 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5152 x 3864 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The CCD sensor boasts 20MP and delivers a native ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below shows the H400's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The H400 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Sony H400 dimensions
Sony H400 weighs about 1.38 lbs (628 grams / 22.15 oz) and the volume of the camera is 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Sony H400 is more heavy in comparison with other competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Listed below is a pic of the Sony H400 beside a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.
The top view below will show you the button arrangement on the H400.
Sony H400 Lens specifications
The H400 offers a built in lens and it has a focal range of 25-1550mm making it a 62.0 x zoom which is ideal and would let you zoom right in.
At the widest 25mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.4 making it rather slow and not very good in low light situations and you will likely struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also have to increase the ISO setting which results in noisy files. Towards the tele end, 1550mm is phenomenal zoom and comes to f6.5 making it fairly sluggish and you may need to apply slow shutter speeds.
Sony H400 Connectivity
The H400 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and oftentimes adjust settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Some applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.
Sony H400 Video specifications
The maximum video quality in the Sony H400 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should really go for at least FUll HD quality for video. While the camera includes a mic socket, it is sadly lacking a headphone socket which means that you will not have the option to check your sound levels.
Sony H400 Weather Sealing
Sony H400 doesn't include weather proofing so damp conditions can easily damage the camera.
Sony H400 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony H400 is equipped with a 3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The ViewFinder specs regarding Sony H400 are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 201 thousand dots
- Coverage 100%
Viewfinders are rather handy for bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.
Sony H400 Shutter specifications
Sony H400 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Sony H400 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Sony H400 includes only built in flash lacking external flash ability.
Sony H400 Autofocus specifications
Sony H400 includes just Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & accurate in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which makes it valuable for portraits.
It also includes Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. Sony H400 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing ability is useful for low light situations or you want to have more exact control on focus.
Sony H400 Battery life
The battery in the Sony H400 is designed to last for 300 shutters based on the CIPA requirements which is about the same as its rivals. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the highest possible (600) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Following is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the best battery life:
Sony H400 for different styles of photography
The following graph shows a summation of the Sony H400 for different styles of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section below.
Portrait photography with Sony H400
The Sony H400 gets a points total of 41 which is dreadful, and means the camera is not really acceptable for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support & potential to work with external flash.
Sony H400 Street photography highlights
Coming in at a dreadful rating of 43, the Sony H400 is not really acceptable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Sony H400 Sports photography factors
A reasonable sports photography score of 52 means the Sony H400 is somewhat suited for shooting sports. A camera really should have very good autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Sony H400
Size is very critical in choosing a travel camera. Overall, the Sony H400 gets a modest 54 for a travel camera which makes it somewhat suitable to purchase for your journeys.
Sony H400 Landscape photography information
For anyone who is planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most significant aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony H400 at it's dreadful rating of 45 for a landscape camera is not really acceptable in the current market.
Sony H400 Vlogging details
A camera for vlogging really should come with a moving display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Sony H400 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a dreadful rating of 27.
Sony H400 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the H400, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The graph below shows you an overview of the H400 versus it's highest scoring rivals mentioned earlier.
Here are a few more cameras you may take a look at as alternative options. To see a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.