Sony HX400V summary
Sony HX400V is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially announced on February of 2014. It features a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 5184 x 3888.
The HX400V stands at #17 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #374 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should look at our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your customized factors.
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Sony HX400V family
The Sony HX400V has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can identify all past and current models alongside key features.
Sony HX400V Gallery
You can look at the HX400V from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony HX400V Pros and Cons
Here is a list of good and bad points of the Sony HX400V based on features which are generally considered important in a camera.
Sony HX400V Sensor features
The Sony HX400V features the Bionz X chip. The sensor spec on the Sony HX400V is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 5184 x 3888 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20MP and includes a native ISO range of 80 to 12800. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved so you have less room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath illustrates the HX400V's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The HX400V sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sony HX400V dimensions
Sony HX400V weighs about 1.46 lbs (660 grams or 23.28 oz) & has external measurements of 130mm x 93mm x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Sony HX400V is heavier as compared to other competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Down below is a shot of the Sony HX400V beside a soda so you can get a feel for its size.
The top view under will show you the button arrangement on the HX400V.
Sony HX400V Lens features
The HX400V comes with a built-in lens offering a focal range of 24-1200mm making it a 50.0 x zoom which is exceptional and can allow you to zoom all the way in.
At it's widest 24mm, it comes with an aperture of f2.8 and that's fairly sluggish and not the best for low light occasions and you may find it hard to get good bokeh. You would also need to up your ISO causing noisy pictures. At the long end, 1200mm is excellent zoom and comes to f6.3 making it very sluggish and you would have to choose slow shutter speeds.
Sony HX400V Connectivity
The HX400V has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and in some cases alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
Some apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Sony HX400V Video features
The max video resolution on the Sony HX400V is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance between quality and file size but 1080p won't give you any room to downsample. While the body contains a microphone port, it is sadly missing a headphone port so you won't be able to keep an eye on your audio levels.
Sony HX400V Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing on the Sony HX400V so you have to be careful in wet and dusty situations.
Sony HX400V Display and Viewfinder
The Sony HX400V features a 3" tilting display screen having a resolution of 921k dots.
Please be aware that the display has no touch support.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder details for Sony HX400V are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Coverage 100 percent
Viewfinders are very useful during sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.
Sony HX400V Shutter features
Sony HX400V continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Sony HX400V Flash and Hot shoe features
Sony HX400V comes with both inbuilt flash as well as external flash support.
Sony HX400V Autofocus features
Sony HX400V comes with only Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and accurate as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which can be useful for people photography.
The Sensor features 9 focus points to select from. It also boasts Tracking AF for things that move. Sony HX400V has manual focus if required during low light or you need to have more precise control on focus.
Sony HX400V Battery life
The battery pack (NP-BX1) on the Sony HX400V is fashioned to last for 300 clicks with respect to the CIPA standards which is comparable with it's competitors. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life within this kind of cameras.
Here is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the highest battery life:
Sony HX400V for specific categories of photography
The following bar chart gives a outline of the Sony HX400V for specific categories of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Sony HX400V Portrait photography details
The Sony HX400V receives a rating of 52 which is average, meaning that it is fairly acceptable to use for portraits. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support & ability to use external flash.
Street photography with Sony HX400V
With a reasonable points total of 50, the Sony HX400V is fairly suited to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Sony HX400V as a Sports photography camera
A modest sports photography score of 56 suggests the Sony HX400V is reasonably suited for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have good autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Sony HX400V
Weight is extremely critical in getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sony HX400V gets a decent 54 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat suited for your journeys.
Sony HX400V Landscape photography factors
If you find yourself looking to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Sony HX400V with it's average rating of 50 for a landscape camera is reasonably adequate in the current market.
Sony HX400V Vlogging details
A vlogging camera preferably should have a moving display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all things, the Sony HX400V is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a awful rating of 29.
Sony HX400V Alternatives
If you are in the market for replacements to the HX400V, here is a selection of the highest scored cameras which fall into the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The diagram just below gives you an overview of the HX400V compared to it's top scoring rivals mentioned above.
There are more cameras you might see as alternatives. To go through a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.