Sony HX400V/B 20.4 MP Digital Camera Reviews

Sony HX400V/B 20.4 MP Digital Camera

Sony HX400V/B 20.4 MP Digital Camera

  • Clear Image Zoom ZEISS Lens
  • 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor for superb low  light images
  • Keep your subject in focus with Lock-On AF
  • Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi w/NFC3
  • Map your images with GPS tagged photos
  • Enhance features w/ downloadable camera apps
  • 4K quality still image output via HDMI2
  • Motion Shot Video traces subject movement

MP camera that takes you there. Even shoot on the move thanks to Optical SteadyShot that helps minimize blur. Use Easy Mode to simplify the camera’s menu functions, plus add fun or dramatic looks with the built-in Picture Effects. It’s ready when you are.

List Price: $ 449.99

Price: $ 449.99

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    Capt. Aero July 31, 2016 at 9:41 am
    213 of 215 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The HX400V is a Big Step Forward for Sony, April 5, 2014

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    I couldn’t care less about a few silly, post-capture, in-camera picture effects. The purpose of a good camera is to take pictures out in the field, not play around with them afterward. There’s plenty of time for that, after you get home.

    The image quality and the quick, effective functions of this model, put it far ahead of the deficient HX300 of last year. I sent that one back after 5 days, but this one is a keeper. Even at full-size, most of its photos look presentable and at normal full-screen viewing sizes, they are sparkling good. I didn’t think anyone could put 21 Megapixels on a tiny sensor like this and get good results, but Sony has proved me wrong.

    The photo and video quality clear out to the end of the 1,200mm lens is sharp. The HX300 lost resolution at full zoom. With video, you can engage the Active Stabilization Mode and get 1.41X, or a 1,692mm equivalent in focal-length and there’s no loss of quality. There are several other superzoom brands on sale now, that seem to match the HX400V in some specifications, but their overall performance for all purposes falls behind this one.

    I recommend getting the Sony ECM-XYST1M stereo hotshoe mike, to put on this camera. It picks up distant sounds well and mostly eliminates wind noise using a furnished furry wind sock. Breathing sounds from the operator are not recorded, which is a problem if the built-in mikes are used. The two elements can be swiveled out wide or pointed ahead for varied pickup patterns. I also bought two sets of Wasabi NP-BX1 batteries and chargers here on Amazon. You don’t get an external charger with the camera and having 5 batteries and two chargers gives me plenty of backup power and charging capability. This brand of battery seems to have the best reputation for an after-market source.

    The autofocus for both photos and video is quick and solid. There is no better camera for shooting flying birds or aircraft. The low-light abilities of it are amazing and the unique multiple-exposure modes make it possible to get good photos in very dim light.

    There’s a KiwiFotos lens adaptor tube here on Amazon that is built to fit the HX300. Although it is claimed that the lens is the same size as that of the HX400V, it is not. The HX400V outer lens housing is 1mm larger in diameter and this adaptor will not fit. Perhaps KiwiFotos will build a new one later that matches the HX400V.

    Although this camera is listed here and at other dealers in the USA as the HX400 (B), it is in fact the HX400V (B) they are selling. This model has GPS and the HX400 that is sold in some other countries, does not have GPS.

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    Colin S. July 31, 2016 at 9:54 am
    94 of 94 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The best sub-$450 all-in-one around, July 15, 2014

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    This is a phenomenal camera for the price.

    I bought this as a second camera for my wife to use while on safari. She’s kryptonite to anything technology if it can break or stop working she will find a way to make it happen. With this camera however, she ended up taking some amazing photos on our trip of fast moving animals at distances I couldn’t believe. The videos turned out even better.

    Reasons to buy:
    -This a great does-it-all camera: Enough megapixels to take photos for large print, good enough glass to make them clear and more
    -The 50x (1600mm equivalent) zoom takes great photos at long distances with the right lighting – my wife got photos of monkeys at 500 yards that my 200mm/F2.8 would never be able to. The clarity was phenomenal and some will be on our wall, you’d swear we were closer
    -The video quality is outstanding and the slow zoom makes for great landscape shots that zoom in on objects far away
    -GPS- We were deep in the African bush and when I synced our photos all of them were geotagged, pretty cool
    -Wifi – Using the playmemories app on Android or iPhone, you can control the camera and take photos or send your best ones to your phone from the camera for sharing online
    -If you are already bought into Sony’s camera line: this takes the same batteries and has the same menus as many others
    -Viewfinder is good enough, it gets the job done. For better long distance shots, this is a must and is why the cheaper long zoom cameras without an EVF are just about useless
    -Build quality is really good. The camera is also super light

    Reasons not to:
    -The RX10 is slightly more and is easily the best all in one for those not looking for a full frame or compact system.
    -The Lumix FZ200 and FZ1000 are great alternatives: I’d still have bought this camera for the price howeverr

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