Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V Digital Camera

Model #DSC-HX400V/B

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Screen 3" LCD Rear Screen Tilt (921,000 pixels)
Viewfinder Type Electronic


Audio Recording With Video, Stereo + Mono
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes


Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
1440 x 1080: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Video Recording Yes


Battery 1x NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter AC-UB10C/UB10D (Included)


Weight 23.28 oz / 660 g
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 3.7 x 4.1" / 129.6 x 93.2 x 103.2 mm


Zoom Optical: 50x
Clear Image Zoom: 100x
Digital: 50x
Focus Range Wide: 0.03' (1 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 7.87' (240 cm) - Infinity
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar
EFL: 4.3-215 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-1200 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 (W) - 6.3 (T)


Memory Card Type SD
Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed)
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo


Pixels Actual: 21.1 Megapixel
Effective: 20.4 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AC3
Max Resolution 20MP: 5184 x 3888
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Color Spaces sRGB


Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Modes Advanced Flash
Fill-flash/Slow Sync
Rear Sync
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.64 - 27.89' (0.5 - 8.5 m)
Telephoto: 7.87 - 11.48' (2.4 - 3.5 m)
Wide: Up To 39.37' (12 m)
Telephoto: 16.73' (5.1 m)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless

Exposure Control

Shooting Modes Anti-motion Blur
Handheld Twilight
High Sensitivity
Night Portrait
Night Scene
Pet Mode
Soft Skin
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80-3200 (High Sensitivity Mode: 100-12800)
Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
Burst Rate Up to 10 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 10 frames
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Incandescent
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Shutter 4 - 1/4000 sec in Auto Mode
1 - 1/4000 sec in Program Mode
30 - 1/4000 sec in Shutter Priority Mode
30 - 1/4000 sec in Manual Mode
8 - 1/2000 sec in Aperture Priority Mode

Connectivity/System Requirements

Wi-Fi Yes built-in
Software System Requirements Windows: Vista (SP2), 7 (SP1), 8
Mac: OS X 10.6, 10.8
Connectivity AV / USB Multi, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
Expert Reviews
Camera labs.32824899
21 May 2014

Sony's Cyber-shot HX400V is the company's flagship long super-zoom camera. It sports a 50x optical range, offering an equivalent of 24-1200mm, a new 20.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor coupled with the latest BIONZ X processor, a 3in tilting screen and electronic viewfinder, along with built-in Wifi with NFC...

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    50x optical zoom., Excellent stabilisation., Built-in GPS and Wifi with NFC., 1080p50/60 HD video with PASM., Hot shoe / Accessory port.

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    Low resolution electronic viewfinder., Lacks a touch screen., No High speed movie modes., No RAW mode.

Review guidelines.34355476
27 September 2014

The Sony DSC-HX400V digital camera is an excellent ” bridge “, characterized by a breathtaking body of the machine and excellent features and functionality, including the GPS module, Wi-Fi, NFC module, the manual controls Complete with a lot of support for the RAW format, the electronic viewfinder,...

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    Optical zoom up to 50x with the Intelligent Zoom; Manual controls; GPS; Quality sensor; Display resolution; Swiveling display; Full HD video footage; Wi-Fi connectivity; NFC module; MicroHDMI port; Stabilizer; Electronic viewfinder.

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    No support for the RAW format.

Digitalcamera hq.32832301
23 March 2015

The Sony HX400 boasts a 50x zoom and a 10 fps burst speed--but can the long zoom camera live up to big expectations?

Expertreviews co uk.33706088
15 August 2014

The FZ200's more modest 12-megapixel resolution keeps its noise levels lower, and its constant f/2.8 aperture means it captures significantly more light in telephoto shots. The HX400V's maximum (equivalent) focal length is twice as long at 1200mm, but we'd much rather have the FZ200's cleaner images...

Amateur photographer.32822919
14 May 2014

Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-HX400 is the successor to the HX300, and with a very impressive 50x optical zoom that has a 35mm focal-length equivalent of 24-1200mm it is a true ‘super-zoom’. However, while the HX400 supersedes the HX300, the new model has relatively few improvements over its predecessor.

Photography blog.34420874
10 April 2014

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V is a rather modest update of last year's HX300 model, principally adding a faster Bionz X processor, useful multi interface shoe, and Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity and built-in GPS.

Techradar uk.32817471
4 April 2014

There are a lot of interesting functions that make the HX400V appealing, including the 50x optical zoom, built-in Wi-Fi and creative functions.

24 March 2014

The Sony Cybershot DSC-HX400V is one of the more expensive 50x optical cameras available, but the extra money means better image quality. The camera body also has a higher level of quality, with the EVF automatically switching on when you put your eye to it being a nice touch.

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    50x optical zoom, Has Wi-Fi and GPS, EVF which automatically switches on, Rotating screen, Good battery life, Very good panoramas

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    Image quality is poor at ISO 6400 and 12800, Most expensive 50x zoom camera we have tested, No RAW shooting

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
25 January 2017

I have been using cameras for over 60 years. My equipment range from top end SLRs to compact point and shoot. I own lenses from 10mm to 600mm. I have been shooting with this camera exclusively for the past 2 weeks. I am amazed by the quality of my photos.

9 June 2017

I bought this camera as a backup, but it does everything I need and more. An awesome camera.I would not ask for anything more at this price. It's a steal.

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    Ease of use. Light weight, Great zooming capability.

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    Nothing I can think of. It will be even better if the camera can save images in RAW format.

19 July 2017

I really like this camera. The zoom is great. The features are all fun and easy to use. This is my second Sony and they do a good job with these bridge cameras.

14 April 2017

My fault, as I did not research this item with other merchants before purchasing. Older model, that is too overpriced for what you are getting.

30 September 2014

I had a difficulty, my fault. Couldn't find a piece. I was fortunate to get Ray again and he helped me find the missing piece. All is better than well. They help and are quite interested and involved in what they sell. Real people, great deals!

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    My Mom, now deceased, was an award winning nature photographer. She taught me much. Times change and I needed something that had the long lens capabilities without the old tripods, slides, darkroom, elegant yet rare approach.

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    Not one!

Abt electronics.32817785
22 December 2016

I love this camera! I enjoyed its predecessor, the HX300, so this one is certainly an upgrade for me.

Dp review.33575663
20 April 2016

I bought this camera in August of 2014. I took it on my yearly bear hunt and fell in love with the amazing zoom and the multiple features. I confess I am very much the newbie, so I was a bit intimidated by all the modes and functions.

29 August 2014

Great camera with clear images and zoom. Perfect for a trip to Italy!

3 weeks ago

I got this Camera around two weeks ago, I am just having one problem with focusing while zoomed in, but I think that is the lack of experience on my behalf. It is one of the best cameras I have owned, takes a picture when you want without that shutter lag.

3 weeks ago

Best point n shoot camera

Product Highlights
  • 20.4MP 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 50x Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Lens
  • 24-1200mm Equiv. Focal Length
  • 3" Xtra Fine 921k-Dot LCD & Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080/60p/24p AVCHD Video
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • 10fps Continuous Shooting & Lock-On AF
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama 360˚
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity, GPS & NFC
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