Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Review

April 9, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 f

no full zoom sample pics????????

2:30 pm - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

#2 Mike

Funny that it performs so badly. On paper you would think it would outperform something like the Fujifilm S11000 or something - http://versus.com/en/sony-cyber-shot-dsc-h400-vs-fujifilm-finepix-sl1000

All the specs are just for marketing though! Bah.

2:53 pm - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

#3 moeskoetie

very bad pictures, to much noise

3:31 pm - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

#4 Rob Mac

Still using a CCD in 2014! It needs a BSI CMOS sensor with a brighter lens. No wonder it’s noisy.

1:51 am - Thursday, April 10, 2014

#5 Dave

Shouldn’t be on the market, after seeing what the pictures look like I’m glad I have a Canon. Pictures like make you think twice about any Sony cameras

3:07 am - Thursday, April 10, 2014

#6 Patrick

I honestly think that you shouldn’t give equal weight to the different scoring categories, when calculating your average scores. It’s not all about the imaqe quality, of course, but surely the images are what matters most in the end? A camera that hardly can take a decent picture shouldn’t be awarded with an ‘above average’ final score, regardless of build quality, features or ease-of-use.

1:00 pm - Thursday, April 10, 2014

#7 Boogie

Sony wants to be on the top of megazooms. It doesn’t matter quality, the most important thing is number x63 he he…
What a waste of money.

5:44 pm - Saturday, May 10, 2014

#8 Manoj

hehe u gud alone,hola equipa masterende cola mas tiraque tomme kirching

2:35 pm - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

#9 Dave

The pictures aren’t so good…Can you please review the Sony cybershot DSC-H300??

5:47 am - Friday, July 25, 2014

#10 Josh

When are u gunna review the h300?

9:32 pm - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#11 Mick

Just brought this camera.
All I can say is, what a mistake.

It is awful

8:05 pm - Saturday, August 30, 2014

#12 MR.Tomahawk

I don’t understand Sony’s thinking behind the release of this camera.Is it worth it to endanger the brand name just to catch a few kids and amateurs who are going to be impressed by the 63X..Shame on you Sony for this camera….

11:40 am - Friday, October 24, 2014

#13 Vicky

At the start of this review it is stated that this H400 Sony bridge camera has a Carl Zeiss lens. It DOESN’T. If it was a CZ lens it would say so on the lens and it doesn’t, it says ‘Sony Lens’. This is why this camera is a lot cheaper than the Sony X50 (which has a lower zoom but a CZ lens). How appalling that someone paid to write professional camera reviews hasn’t even noticed this model does not have a CZ lens. It makes his entire review unworthy of being posted, let alone read.

10:29 pm - Thursday, October 30, 2014

#14 Ben

I recently bought this camera, and by reading all of this comments I see that before choosing a camera u need to decide on what you are going to use it. I tried to take pictures very close to things but it does not work very well. I think this camera was made to take distant and wide pictures. Also you have to know when exactly push the shutter, its hard to focus: but it works very good for me.

4:59 pm - Thursday, December 4, 2014

#15 Ann

I took a chance on a Sony product and bought this camera….BIG MISTAKE.  The only way to take a close picture is by utilizing the panoramic function to piece together a shot.  It is only good for distant shots.  And, forget about night photos.  I went through every function and feature on this camera and could not get one decent night, winter photo.  That sealed the deal for me. This camera is just so poor on many levels.  The processor is ridiculously slow it is frustrating.  This haphazard Sony cannot even compare to my canon powershot DS 1000.  What a sad piece of work from Sony.

1:27 pm - Monday, December 22, 2014

#16 Mike

First of all - it is NOT a beginners camera - that is for sure. So I’m guessing that those who are disappointed with theirs haven’t really learned how to use it to it’s full advantage yet?

First, get out of AUTO. Using it in manual or A,S mode will start to make the camera shine. Use low iso’s whenever possible and do not set the camera to auto iso. Use a tripod if you can at full zoom - don’t expect to use it handheld at the full setting without a tripod or a high enough shutter speed. I have just taken some very good images of the moon at full zoom setting. I used a tripod and underexposed by a few stops using manual mode. The detail in the moon and the visibility of the craters are quite outstanding. Something that would not be possible using a dslr unless you were to spend thousands on a huge lens. Yes, the camera does have limitations, just like ANY other camera. It is not quite a do it all camera but it is a very useful one when you get to know it properly.

1:10 am - Monday, December 29, 2014

#17 Ben

Agree with you Mike, it is a great camera, you have to know how to use it. I have also taken pictures to the moon and closed pictures using a tripod and they look great.

1:55 am - Monday, December 29, 2014

#18 James

I’ve just received this camera as a present and i’m impressed so far.  I agree with Mike and have also taken some excellent pictures of the Moon without even using a tripod and with very basic settings.  I don’t for a second believe that it is as bad as some of the above reviews.  I have been involved in surveillance utilising different cameras so speak from a level of experience.  I look forward to investigating further

10:32 pm - Monday, December 29, 2014

#19 Lorene

Is it serious publishing a review about a super-zoom camera WITHOUT showing a single sample at the longest zoom focal lenght (1550 mm)?

It’s not serious, nor professional.

The quality of this website is more and more degrading.

 

12:05 pm - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

#20 Tanya

Need some help??  I love my Sony Cybershot, but I can’t figure out how to take a good moving shot?  My daughter just started horse back riding & none of the pictures turn out…they are also blurry. Can someone please help??

12:23 am - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#21 Louise

Hi Tanya

Message me and I will try and help with this,

Many Thanks

1:11 pm - Sunday, February 1, 2015

#22 Mick

I will stress once again.
If you are considering buying this heap of junk, don`t

2:50 pm - Sunday, February 1, 2015

#23 Tanya

Hi Louise,
I’m not sure how to message you personally.  But other then not taking the best pictures of moving objects, I love my camera…it takes beautiful outside pictures.  But if there is a trick to taking action pictures I would love to know what they are.
Thanks
Tanya

3:32 am - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

#24 Tanya

Hi Louise,

I’m not sure how else to message you, but I would love some help.  I love my camera, it takes great picture except for action ones.  So any help you can give would be great.
Thanks
Tanya

3:37 am - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

#25 Louise

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Hi tanya.

My email x

2:40 pm - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

#26 Phillip

I have this camera and Im confused with all the negative comments?

Are there some settings people just cant find??

3:32 pm - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

#27 Aleksandra

Phillip ! Could I get some advices from you? :) Email me on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) please , as I got this camera last week and I’m new to the whole photography subject so would mostly appreciate some advices ! MAny thanks xx

3:40 pm - Friday, February 6, 2015

#28 David

My last camra was Canon SX50 bridge I added a 67mm ring and then a tulip and filters .I see threads on this400v can i add ring which is 55mm and somehow use my 67mm filters

2:59 pm - Saturday, February 7, 2015

#29 Tonja

Can someone help me please, I just got the Sony H400 camera today, and just started playing around with it, The problem I’m having is when I’m on manual mode, I can’t see anything on the view finder or the screen, it’s just black, but I just guess and take a pic and then it will show up, the pic I took. But when I put the setting on Auto mode I can look thru the view finder and the screen, and I see what I’m wanting to take a pic of. I hope this makes sense, and hope someone can help me. Is there a setting I’m missing, or is this camera messed up? Thanks in advance…

2:47 am - Sunday, February 8, 2015

#30 Tonja

wanted to also mention I can look thru the view finder and the screen on back and look at the tv or computer screen and can see it, but if I look on the floor at my dog or cat, I can’t see them, it’s just black.

3:44 am - Sunday, February 8, 2015

#31 Ben

I think it might be broken, better check it on your warranty. When I bought mine, it worked perfectly when I first turned it on.

5:34 am - Sunday, February 8, 2015

#32 benmart

i am gonna buy h400 today somebody help to start with proper mode

1:10 pm - Friday, February 13, 2015

#33 Phil Edwards

After reading as many reviews as possible (and especially taking into account all the negative ones) I still went ahead, took a chance and bought a Sony DSC-H400. (I already own an old Sony HX1 - and this camera had received some bad reviews due to its “noisy” pictures). I must say that after using the Sony H400 for three days, I’ve found the images excellent! I use the full manual setting, and on a bright day, make sure I turn the exposure compensation to minus 0.3. I also set the ISO to 80, and use 4:3 x 20m or 16:9 x 2m. I also set the zoom to “smart” which only allows an optical zoom figure based on the mega pixel size you choose. I’m finding the quality of the images very, very good. Very little noise (nothing like the noise level on my HX1 (but I clean this up with “neatimage” anyway. The Sony H400 is a very easy camera to use. Handling is great, and one is not “faffing” about adjusting lote of controls as on some other cmareas. Auto focus is a bit slow - but all you need to do is either hold the camera still, or use a tripod. The frame shooting rate is very poor, but once focus has locked on (and you can lock focus on an object near to the bird etc you are going to photograph), then keep the shutter half pressed, then fully depress to take the shot. I’m impressed with this camera. I think (as another reveiwer above commented) people need to give the camera a chance to show whatit is capable of - and use the manual settings!

Phil Edwards.
North Wales.
UK

11:34 pm - Thursday, March 5, 2015

#34 Big time mob

Sony H400 is a bad camera?? If it is…then why my images (taken using sony h400) were accepted on major microstock agencies and have been downloaded 5-68x??

6:44 pm - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

#35 Phil Edwards

I just cannot understand why “Photography Blog’s” reviewer (Mark Goldstein) gave the Sony H400 such poor ratings across the board. (also, he is incorrect in saying that images can be sharpened “in-camera.” (I have not found this facility on the Sony H400 - but would be grateful if anyone could point out where it is in the camera’s menu!

I’ve had the camera for three weeks now, and I continue to be amazed at the quality images it produces - even handheld at full 63 zoom! I find all one has to do is put the camera on “auto,” compose your shot and the camera will produce a great shot, almost every time. Phil Edwards. North Wales. UK

10:32 am - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

#36 Phil Edwards

OH! The Sony H400 also does NOT have the “Carl Zeiss” lens. It has Sony’s own branded lens.
Phil Edwards.North Wales. UK

10:37 am - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

#37 Inga

Anyone know if there is any remote shutter for this sony DSC H400 as I am strugling to get one - in fact seems is impossible and to work with close-up shoots is really needed.

11:30 pm - Friday, March 27, 2015

#38 Ben

Inga, to take close up shoots i have tried everything, and i manage to take very good shoots. All you have to do is DONT use the zoom, just put the camera the closest you can to the object, and with good light, WITHOUT flash, and it will focus right and the shoot looks pretty good, I took a shoot out of my sister’s eye and it looks so cool on the pc, while zooming in. I think that to use this camera you need a lot of patience, something that not everyone has, and then say its a shitty camera…good luck!

3:27 am - Saturday, March 28, 2015

#39 Inga

Thank you Ben.
The problem is, I have to work with this camera taking photos of small objects in a close range and its really slow focusing, as well blurry if I manually press the button,even if its fixed on a tripod, seems that there isnt a solution for this camera and £180 has been wasted…
I bought it because of the 63x zoom, but that is another useless feature, as it doesnt work on a close range.
Shame i cannot ask to return it for a refund - the time has gone, as I never thought I will even think of returning!!!

10:21 am - Saturday, March 28, 2015

#40 Phil Edwards

Tanya,

I don’t know of a remote shutter release for the Sony H400, however, you could try to find a screw on attachment which allows you to physically press the shutter (via an extension wire) without touching the camera’s shutter button.

On the matter of “close up fucussing,” after reading yours and the other chap’s comments i picked up my Sony H400, went straight outside into my back garden (even though it is a very windy day here in North Wales (UK)), put the camera on “auto” mode and took a couple of close up shots of some tiny flowers. I put the lens that close that the flower was in the shadow of the lens. I have just come back in house and loaded pics onto computer. They are both sunningly clear and crisp! I can only conclude that you both must have cameras which are faulty in some way! Kind regards, Phil Edwards. North Wales. UK.

11:59 am - Saturday, March 28, 2015

#41 Phil Edwards

Sorry I put incorrect name in previous comment. My comments are meant for “Inga” and “Ben.” Please accept my apologies.

Phil Edwards. North Wales. UK

12:01 pm - Saturday, March 28, 2015

#42 Phil Edwards

Dea All,

I have now found one flaw in the SonyH400’s focussing! It does sometimes have difficulty (in the “Auto” mode anyway) focussing on moving aircraft at high altitude! (not that anyone would be taking many shots of such things!).

In all other respects, I find the Sony H400 to be a great bridge camera.

Phil Edwards. NorthWales. UK

1:55 pm - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

#43 quel

Same issue with tonja.
The manual mode doesn’t show anything but when we shutter, it shows an image. ;(
Is it really broken? Other modes are working very well. Sony h400 camera is my first ever camera. So i dont know if the issue is natural or it is really a problem.

5:02 pm - Thursday, April 9, 2015

#44 Phil Edwards

Dear “Quel,”

The only time your Sony H400 may not show an image (either on the screen, or in the viewfinder)before you press the shutter, is becuase you may have the camera shutter speed set to high (say 1/2000th of a second - and the light conditions are poor.

However, as you are saying that after you press the shutter button and the camera takes the shot, an image is shown!

I can only think that you may have a fault with your camera.

Kind regards,

Phil Edwards
North Wales. UK.

10:05 pm - Thursday, April 9, 2015

#45 Graham

Just bought this Camera now and am really pleased so far, the zoom is amazing.
Took me an hour to find the button to lift the flash.
Also there is no instruction manual in the box is this normal.

Graham

9:32 pm - Friday, April 24, 2015

#46 Bryan

ABOVE ALL….....! Im very impressed with this camera. But the only thing is “Hard to capture tiny object” just that. I never regret buying this camera. Thanks to Sony. And most importantly, For those who disadvantage this camera will never find what they really deserve about the quality. I could say.

4:20 am - Thursday, May 7, 2015

#47 Dave

Hi,
Is it possible to take ‘Light Trail’ shots with this camera?

5:41 pm - Monday, June 1, 2015

#48 mike

Hi. I have just brought one of these cameras to take pictures at an airshow.
I cant believe how slow the focus is and there doesnt seem to be a manual focus like caneras ive used.
Is it possible to take pictures of moving jets with this camera or am i wasting my time?
Also when you hold the button down to take burst shots its sooooooo slow. I mean the planes will be gone before it takes a pic.
Also 63 x zoom is ok but if its a distant object your taking a pic of it just never seems to ficus correctly on it.
HELP me!!!

4:03 pm - Monday, June 8, 2015

#49 Ben

Hi mike, i doubt you can take good pictures out of a moving object like planes. Its true that the focus is very slow, but I think thats what we get. If taking pictures of planes in movement is what you are going to do, try returning the camera and buy another one specially for that activity. Maybe Im wrong, because I have not a lot of knowledge, but all I can say is that to manage this camera you need a LOT of patience, and learn how to adjust its numbers. Check this guy on youtube, he explains everything you need to know about photography from zero,
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFrmZQhRSVgnCreE0mM2QQg

3:00 am - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

#50 mike

Update.
I took my sony back and exhanged it for panasonic fz72 and wow what a difference.
Only 199.99 quid and its alot better.
Faster and better focus. Sport mode. Lots more settings.
Takes burst shots too.
I cant find a thing wrong with it!

10:40 am - Thursday, June 11, 2015

#51 Date

I bought the DSC-H400 ...was not impressed with at at all ..only good thing was it’s 63x optical zoom ..I took it back and paid for the more expensive HX400V what a difference it made ..totally happy now .

12:21 pm - Thursday, June 11, 2015

#52 Bob J

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3:16 am - Sunday, June 28, 2015

#53 Mariano

I just bought this camera.

I am a newbie in the subject.

Any recomendation regarding tutorial,  how to use it material? The manual is son poor!

Thanks

3:30 pm - Sunday, August 16, 2015

#54 Sean

Hi All,

I have purchased the Sony DSC H400 today and have been very please so far with its performance.

I am struggling to find the grid option though, could someone kindly point out how to get the grid on the display.

Many Thanks in advance,

Sean :)

3:02 am - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

#55 joanne

Hi any help on which is best settings fir night pictures of moon etc on Sony dsc h400 would be greatly appreciated

10:07 pm - Sunday, September 27, 2015

#56 Harry

Hi,
I bought this Sony HS400 camera recently at the weekend. Thank god I didn’t use it when I went on a previous photo shoot at Donnington Park taking pictures of the fast speeding motor racing bikes, it would not have coped. I used my Pentax bridge camera that did a perfect job, but I was after a better pixel and zoom, but the continuous shoot mode doesn’t seem to fire the rapidness sequence I expected. It takes 3fps compared to my 10fps on my Pentax, why is that. I may have to go back to the shop ask whats up or get my money back. I only tried it for two days, not what I expected.

11:18 pm - Sunday, September 27, 2015

#57 George

Little tip for Tanya and other persons who want to take action/fast moving pictures:

1.- the simplest way, is to have as much light as possible (that’s it, go outside in the daylight, or turn on ALL your lights and lamps in room :),
- and the mode on Auto or P
(the difference is that on P mode you can force the flash to pup and fire, even in bright sunlight, if you think you need it)

2.the seond way - is to tune your setting in the Manual Mode, as close to maximum as possible (maximum light):
- ISO (close to max 3200-that implies grainier pictures, but more speed)
+ Shutter (close to max 2000 - that implies less light, but more speed),
+ Aperture (the f number - close to max 3,5 (min is 6.5) - that implies more light, at the same speed)

Mix this 3 settings (depending on the situation) !!!

8:00 pm - Friday, November 13, 2015

#58 Gail

Hi, long time Cybershot owner here.

I’m on my third model since 1998. These cameras are truly a workhorse, user-friendly, trouble free, taking 1000’s of Ebay images, nearly daily use, with an average lifetime of about ten years each

I just purchased a DSC-H400, as my DSC-H2 is getting sluggish and ready to retire.
Thank you for the blog comments and tips regarding the settings.
I was having issues with the zoom and obtaining clear close up images, and the suggestions helped immensely.
Over the years I have always had positive comments about image quality, and several images have been used in reference/print.
So glad to have this issue resolved…

Thank you!
Gail :)

7:33 pm - Monday, January 18, 2016

#59 Phil Edwards (North Wales. UK)

Thanks Gail,

Good to hear that you’ve resolved the issues you had with the Sony H400. I’ve had mine for about a year now and I’m continually amazed by the quality of the images this camera is capable of taking. I only lose around one image (where the camera missed focussing) in about twenty. The H400 is a joy to use, and I always look forward to my next outing with the camera. People are always amazed when I show them an image (say of a small bird)that I’ve just taken at 63x zoom, when they are having difficulty in observing the bird with their binoculars and telescopes! ind regards, Phil Edwards. North Wales. UK.

4:49 am - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

#60 Harry Higgs

Hi,
I bought the Sony camera with the 63x but has it didn’t perform the quick fire shots I needed f picture bought the Sony DSLR 58 18-55 lens 75-300mm lens soon. My action shots and manual settings are perfect and recently pictures on Central News weather slots, excellent.

9:38 pm - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

#61 Phil Edwards (North Wales. UK)

Thank you for your kind comments “Machine Vision.” I continue to be amazed with the images the H400 is capable of taking.

Kind regards,

Phil edwards.
North Wales.
UK.

10:41 pm - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

#62 ccd image sensors

Thanks for sharing this nice article. and I wish to visit again on your blog. keep sharing with your work.

7:40 am - Saturday, February 6, 2016

#63 Phil Edwards.

Just been out taking pics of some very high flying airliners. The day was bright and clear. Zoomed in to 63x (camera set to 4:3 format, 20mp image size, and “Easy” mode). Sighted the airliners jet stream and followed it along until reaching the plane (Airbus A380)itself. Re-focussed (holding button half pressed). The camera missed focus first time, but grabbed it on second try. Got a good couple of clear shots (handheld at 63x zoom!). Very little noise (which I cleaned up and sharpened with a program called “Neatimage.” Even with image uncropped, I can easily see the individual cabin windows, the four emergency exit doors and the KLM airline logo. I’m impressed once again. My next outing will be to photograph very fast moving RAF jets training in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. I’ll let you know how I got on. Best wishes,

Phil Edwards.
North Wales.
UK.

3:49 pm - Friday, February 12, 2016

#64 Sharon

I am taking a photography class and we were discussing Light Meter.  Can you tell if the Sony DSC H-400 has a light meter and where I can find it?

Thank you!

9:54 pm - Monday, February 22, 2016

#65 Phil Edwards (North Wales. UK)

Sharon,

The Sony H400 doesn’t have a light meter - but it does have a “Histogram.” (Press “display” on the circular button on back of camera and press again to get “display detailed information.” Press the button in centre and you will see the Histogram on the bottom right of screen). The histogram shows you how light, or dark you image will be - before you take the shot. If the white on screen is to the left the picture will look dark when viewed. If the white on Histogram is off to the right, your image will be brighter.

Regards,

Phil Edwards.
North Wales
UK.

1:11 am - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#66 Sharon

Thank you Phil for the detailed information. We thought it didn’t have one but I needed to make sure. Thank you so much for your help. I wish I had looked at this blog before I bought my camera. Know anybody who wants to buy a almost brand new DSC H-400 Sony camera?! Lol

Thanks again,
Sharon

2:11 pm - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#67 Dietmar

Can somebody post pictures taken with 63X zoom? Im seriously thinking of buying this camera, but im not sure yet..

9:30 am - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#68 Canoeboy2016

Dietmar,

I’ve just joined “Photographyblog” and as yet I’m not sure how to upload photos to the site. I think I can send you a private message, and perhaps send you some sample shots taken with my Sony H400 (at 63x zoom).

Another alternative, (if you are thinking of buying a Sony H400) is to try and get a hands on experience of using the camera. Do you know anyone who has one? (I live in North Wales (UK) and if you lived near I would gladly let you use mine for a couple of hours - you would only need to bring your own “SD” card which you could then use to download the pics you’ve taken and study them at your own leisure. All I can say is that although the Sony H400 does have its shortcomings - mainly its very slow “burst” speed of 0.7 frames per second!, and it’s occasional slow “hunting” focus (only in very poor light mind you), I have found the camera to be a joy to use, with very simple and easily accessible controls, and one which does give very clear and crisp images - even hand held at 63x optical zoom. I think that if you are going for the Sony H400, it might be worth considering the next model up the Sony HX400. It is about £100 dearer, but it would give you Manual Focussing, The Zeiss Lens (the Sony H400 has Sony’s own lens - which is good! - but maybe not quite as good as a Zeiss lens!), and the Hx400 has a much faster burst speed (10 frames in one second). I believe both models take a couple of seconds to write their images (even single images) to the cameras memory - no matter what speed card you use. Incidentally, I believe Sony make three “H” series models of the 400. the H400 basic camera. The HX400 (which is without “Wi-Fi” and geotagging of images), and the HX400v which has the lot (but it is the most expensive of the three. I have mentioned going straight for the HX400 as you are buying for the first time - and this camera does have the extras I mentioned. I am so pleased with the performance of the H400 that I will probably upgrade to a HX400 (without the wi-fi or geotag), simply as it has the useful manual focussing, and faster burst speed - and the Zeiss lens (my reckoning is that as the images are so good on the H400 - with the Sony lens, they must be as good, if not marginally better with the Zeiss lens). Hope this info is of use to you. I will try and send you a personal message (and perhaps I can send you some samples by e-mail). regards,  Phil Edwards. North Wales. UK

3:15 pm - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#69 Canoeboy2016

Dietmar,

I’ve posted some images taken with my Sony H400. They are under “Canoeboy2016” entries, and are in the “General” section of the photo gallery section of the site. They do show the amazing zoom capabilities of the Sony H400. They also illustrate how clear and sharp the images are - even at 63x Optical zoom.

Regards,

Phil Edwards,
North Wales. UK.

1:47 am - Thursday, February 25, 2016

#70 Dietmar

Thanks Phil. I have checked your pics, and they look surprisingly good. But anyway, after reading HX400V review, i think im going for this model. Mostly for CZ lens, Full HD, and manual focus. Wifi, and Gps is also cool features. You can get HX400V for ~250 GBP on ebay, not so bad.

H400 has bigger zoom, but overall, HX400V is the better choice, i think. Only thing im a little bit worried, is this E:62:10 error that destroys Sony cameras. Just google.

https://community.sony.com/t5/Cybershot-Cameras/my-sony-dsc-hx-300-is-showing-E-62-10-on-its-screen-what-has/td-p/442676

Anybody here had this problem?

 

9:56 am - Thursday, February 25, 2016

#71 Dietmar

Edit: Check this out. Im not sure any moore if its wise to buy any Sony Camera. This is the reason for E:62:10 message.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57328696

1:31 pm - Thursday, February 25, 2016

#72 Phil Edwards (North Wales. UK)

Thanks for your kind comments Dietmar. I too have read about the E:62:10 error message that stops the zoom element of the HX400 working. It does indeed sound worrying, and would put me off upgrading to the Sony HX400. “Touch wood”,” I haven’t (to date anyway) had that problem with my Sony H400. It must be making your choice all the more difficult.

Incidentally, have you read the reviews on the older Sony HX100? My grandson had this camera and I took it out for the day to test it against my Sony HX1 and Sony HX200v. The Sony HX100 performed better than both the other Sony’s. (I bought the Sony HX200v as an upgrade for my Sony HX1, but it gave poorer quality images than my HX1)No matter what I tried to do to improve them. Perhaps I had a faulty model - as many others extolled the virues of the camera! Anyway, as I said before, I am more than happy with my Sony H400 - despite its shortcomings. (I just hope this model doesn’t have the E62 error message). Phil Edwards. North Wales. UK.

7:35 pm - Friday, February 26, 2016

#73 Sharon

I am having a terrible time finding things on my help guide for my Sony DSC H-400.  Can you help me find how to get my histogram to show on the view screen since I don’t have a light meter.

Thank you for all you help!
Sharon

7:56 pm - Saturday, February 27, 2016

#74 Sharon

Where can I find the histogram on this camera?

9:10 pm - Saturday, February 27, 2016

#75 Phil Edwards (North Wales. UK)

Sharon,

To get the Histogram to show on the display, press the “Display” part of the round button on back of camera (marked “disp” at top). You will then be presented with “Detailed Info.” Press the middle of the round button to select this option and you will then see the Histogram displayed in the viewfinder (or on the screen depending which setting you have the camera on at the time). The other options are self explanatory. Hope this helps. Phil Edwards. North Wales. UK.

1:26 am - Sunday, February 28, 2016

#76 Phil Edwards (North Wales. UK)

Sharon,

Press the top (marked “Disp”) of the circular button on back of camera. You will be presented with a choice of “Detailed Info.” Press the button in centre of the circular button and you will see the Histogram appear in the viewfinder. Regards, Phil Edwards. North Wales UK.

1:50 am - Sunday, February 28, 2016

#77 Phil Edwards.

Thank you “Ricoh Lenses” for your kind comments.

Phil Edwards.
North Wales.
UK.

8:49 am - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

#78 Mark

Reading these comments, it is hard to believe that people are talking about the same camera: on the one hand plenty of positive and reasoned comments, on the other what looks like a hate campaign (as the latter does not produce a lot of reasoned argument, it is hard to know what the potential problems are).

I have just two questions.

1. Does the camera focus efficiently at infinity, which will be my main interest?

And

2. Has the camera got a “B” setting?

8:52 am - Friday, March 25, 2016

#79 Phil Edwards

Mark,

To answer your questions.

1. The Sony H400 does focus fairly efficiently at
  infinity - so long as the light is bright. In
  good light I have found that the camera will
  focus almost instantaneously on a bird, or
  building in the far distance. On a cloudy day,
  it can “hunt” about for a couple of seconds
  before locking onto your subject. Even on a
  bright day the camera does sometimes hunt a bit
  when trying to focus on say an airliner flying
  at 30,000ft. I have found that if you put the
  camera into the “Landscape” setting (in the
  “scene” mode, it will focus a lot quicker, and
  keep in focus for the next shot. I wouldn’t
  dispute the fact that the Sony H400 certainly
  is sometimes a little slow at focussing at
  infinity - but only mainly when the light is
  poor. In my view, it is a small price to pay
  for the camera’s abilities in other areas -
  like the clear and sharp photos it takes -
  even when handheld at 126 X digital
  magnification!

2. The Sony H400 doesn’t have a “B”(bulb) setting,
  but you can set the shutter to remain open for
  up to 30mins when on the “A,” “S,” or “Manual”
  setting.

Incidentally, the Sony H400 will focus almost
instantaneously on the Moon!(I have taken some
really crisp photos of the Moon - which I will try to upload to this site).

I hope the above answers your questions satisfactorily.

Kind regards, Phil Edwards. North Wales. UK.

1:33 am - Saturday, March 26, 2016

#80 Mark

Hi Phil

That is very useful. My interest is to take a camera to the Total Solar Eclipse that I’ll be watching from Nebraska next year. It’s years since I had a camera and, not having any pretentions to be a pro, I want a camera that takes decent shots at infinity and does not require me to use my PhD to operate it, or to spend hundreds of Pounds on a super-advanced camera that my abilities certainly will not be able to exploit to anything near its potential.

Where I live now (outside Madrid) I can’t do the 8 hour star trail shots that I could do in the past because the sky is so bright, but I do want the option of taking long exposures on the night sky. I also want to have time to experiment properly with the right combination of zoom, field of view and image steadiness before I try to capture an eclipse!

10:06 am - Saturday, March 26, 2016

#81 Mark

Dear Phil

My previous attempt to reply seems to have been lost in cyberspace.

Thanks. That is helpful.

I am going to Nebraska next year for the Total Solar Eclipse, hence my interest in focussing at infinity! I want a decent camera for the eclipse that does not require me to use my PhD to learn how to operate it. As it is years since I owned a camera, there is no point in me spending hundreds of Pounds on one that my limited skill simply won’t use to even a fraction of its capabilities. I also need the camera well in advance so that I can learn the correct combination of zoom, field and steadiness to get good results (I’ll use a tripod) and have practice with exposure times for the partial phase.

I like stellar photography but, living in Madrid now, I have such a bright sky that the 8 hour star trails that I used to take a totally out of the question, but I would like to try some sky shots.

10:40 am - Saturday, March 26, 2016

#82 Phil Edwards

Mark,

Yes, some of my comments disappear, and then appear twice!

I’m not sure how the Sony H400 will perform with a Total Eclipse especially at the moment of Total Eclipe?). However, I took some good photos of the partial eclipse which took place last year (visible from the UK) and those turned out OK (I lost approx six of the 10 I took on the day. Have you considered the Sony HX100v? This is now out of production, but you can pick them up for around £100 on e-bay and Amazon. The HX100v has full manual focussing, a 30x zoom, and a 10 frames per second burst rate. My grandson has one, and I’ve used it on several occasions. It’s another great camera from Sony. Gives clear and crisp pictures and has much more in the way of manual adjustments - if you want them! There is an “easy” mode (as on the Sony H400), so you can use this mode if you prefer. Hope this mesinformation is of use to you. Yours sincerely, Phil Edwards. North Wales. UK.

4:51 pm - Saturday, March 26, 2016

#83 Mark

Hi Phil

Very helpful comments and advice. Obvious questions: what focal length do I have at full zoom and what FOV do I get with the HX100v? I would look for a 5 degree field for inner corona, but to get detail, something smaller is desirable, but not too small unless piggy-backed on a telescope to keep the Sun in the FOV with motor tracking (no, that sophisticated I will not be). It would be useful to know what field I’ll get with both models: my guess is that I will never go out to full zoom un any realistic use-scenario.

What I have done before in eclipses is to use a mylar filter for the partial phases on a 200mm teleobjective. That gave me excellent results on 100ASA colour film. Good technique is to whip it off in the last minute before totality, but I’ve never got that far… my only two totals have been clouded-out! (in the annular that I did see beautifully I was broadcasting, so I was limited to sneaking looks with my 20x80 binos between questions from the presenter).

6:47 pm - Saturday, March 26, 2016

#84 Phil Edwards

Mark,

The field of view will vary according to how much you zoom the camera in on your subject. I’ve uploaded several more photos (they are in the “General” section, under “Moon” and “Marker Buoy” titles. As you will see, the field of view rapidly diminishes as the camera is zoomed in. The pics of the moon were taken with camera on tripod, and 10 second timer used. The pics of the marker buoy were taken handheld.

I cannot comment on the field of view on the Sony HX100v - but I would think it will be subject to the same narrowing of the field of view as it is zoomed in on the subject.

With digital cameras, at least they have a screen where you can actually see the field of view before taking the photograph, then adjust the zoom accordingly.

Regards,

Phil Edwards.
North Wales.
UK.

9:21 am - Sunday, March 27, 2016

#85 Mark

Hi Phil

Bear in mind that the Sun and Moon are both almost exactly half a degree across so, if you have Moon photos, you can scale your field with the zoom. If a standard 35mm lens has a field around 30 degrees (rule of thumb) I would suspect that the FOV with maximum zoom is going to be less than the Moon’s diameter so I will never use the maximum zoom, but it would be nice to know for sure. It would be nice to know that I have something to spare and do not have to push the camera to its limits to get what I want.

10:12 am - Sunday, March 27, 2016

#86 Phil Edwards

Mark,

Thanks for explaining the field of view aspect. I’m not so much into the technical side of photograph! All I can say is that with these fixed lens bridge/superzoom cameras is that you have plenty of latitude with the field of view, through the varying degrees of zooming. The maximum digital zoom (using a 2 megapixel format) is 156x, and this appears to show a small potion - perhaps a quarter - of the moon’s surface. The wide angle setting shows the whole of the moon with much dark space around it, so either the Sony H400 or HX100v models will give you the field of view you are looking for. If you haven’t already got either of those models (and you are into more of the technical side of photography - where you want a lot of manual control) I would recommend going for the Soney Hx100v. Regards,

Phil Edwards. North Wales. UK.

5:49 pm - Sunday, March 27, 2016

#87 Mark

Hi Phil

I can’t see your answer in the Blog, but I can read it in the e-mail. That’s consistent with what I expect. You have answered all my doubts to my satisfaction and I will order the H400. As delivery to Spain is given by Amazon as “1 to 3 months” it will take a while to arrive.

Many thanks for your help. For me this camera will do what I need nicely.

7:01 pm - Sunday, March 27, 2016

#88 Phil Edwards

Glad to be of help Mark.

Best wishes,

Phil Edwards.
North Wales.
UK

9:58 pm - Sunday, March 27, 2016

#89 tony

Ive been trying to set the shutter speed to 30 seconds but have been unable does anyone know how to do it?


Tony

2:50 am - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

#90 Phil Edwards

Tony,
To adjust the shutter speed/duration on the Sony H400 you must select either the Shutter (S), or Manual (M) postions on the mode dial. You then press the central button on the round 4 way selector on back of camera. You will see the Shutter speed (visible at the bottom of screen (or viewfinder)highlighted with a small blue marker above the shutter speed number (if you have camera set on manual, you will see markers highlighted above both shutter speed, and aperture).

To adjust the shutter speed, you now press either the top, or bottom segments of the circular selector on back of camera. The top segment increases the shutter speed - up to its maximum of 1/2000th sec. Pressing the bottom segment of the circular dial decreases the shutter speed to zero, then increases the shutter opening duration to its maximum of 30secs.

As you decrease the duration of shutter speed to 1/3rd of a second, you will notice the letters
“NR” appear alongside the shutter speed. This is letting you know that the Camera’s “Noise Reduction” has been activated. Whatever shutter speed you choose after noise reduction has kicked in, will increase the processing of the image you take, by the length of shutter speed. (if you have set your camera at 10 seconds opening, the image will take a further 10 secs to process before you can view it on screen, or take another pic. If you set the shutter speed at 30 secs, the camera will take a further 30 secs to process the image for viewing.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards,

Phil Edwards.
North Wales.
UK

8:29 am - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

#91 tony

Hi Phil thanks for your comment unfortunately i cant get it past 1/4th second for some reason it wont go slower than that, thanks again for your help

Tony

2:44 pm - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

#92 tony

Hi Phil

thanks for you help that worked!

many thanks
Tony

2:51 pm - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

#93 Phil Edwards

Great to hear that you sorted it!

Regards,

Phil Edwards.
North Wales.
UK

8:59 pm - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

#94 Phil Edwards

Glad to be of help Tony.

Regards,

Phil Edwards
North Wales.
UK

1:15 am - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

#95 Marco

Hello
I bought this camera a week ago. For now is quite good for me.
Do you anyone knows if it have a macro function?
I couldn’t found it.

Marco from Buenos Aires

9:57 pm - Friday, April 1, 2016

#96 Phil Edwards

Marco,

The “Macro” function on the Sony H400 is automatic.

There are no controls for this function.

Just leave the lens on its widest setting (do not zoom in).

You can now move your camera close up to the subject you want to snap, gently press the shutter button half way to focus, and then press fully down to take photo.

Let us know if you are successful?

Best wishes,

Phil Edwards.
North Wales.
UK.

1:57 am - Saturday, April 2, 2016

#97 Marco

Thanks Phil! I try some pictures the other night just taking some shots in this way.. it seem to work very good, but when you use zoom, it doesn{t work any more.

And what about noise, i take some pictures in 20M, and after downloading them, I started to see there is not very good definition. Is not bad, but… i expected better. there is any way to correct it? or it is just these.

Thanks!
Marco

10:58 pm - Monday, April 4, 2016

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