Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Review

3.5
April 9, 2014 | Mark Goldstein |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 produced images of fairly good quality during the review period. It didn't handle noise that well, becoming all too obvious at ISO 400, and then becoming progressively worse at the faster settings of ISO 800 and 1600, and finally the unusable ISO 3200 setting.

Chromatic aberrations were in evidence but were well-controlled, with some limited purple fringing effects appearing in high contrast situations. The 20 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpen setting and require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can increase the in-camera sharpening level.

Macro performance is excellent only allowing you to focus as close as 1cm away from the subject. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and adequate overall exposure. The maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds allows the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 to capture enough light for most after-dark situations.

The DRO feature dramatically increases the detail in the shadow and highlight areas, there's a handful of creative Picture Effects on offer, while the Sweep Panorama mode makes it simple to take wide-vista shots.

Noise

There are 7 ISO settings available on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400's 63x zoom lens offers an incredibly versatile focal range, as illustrated by these examples:

24.5mm

1550mm

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are just a little soft and ideally benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. Alternatively you can change the in-camera sharpening level.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 handled chromatic aberrations fairly well during the review, with some purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 allows you to focus on a subject that is 1cm away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

The flash settings on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 are Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Syncro, No Flash, with a Red-eye Reduction option in the Main menu. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Suppressed Flash - Wide Angle (24.5mm)

Forced Flash - Wide Angle (24.5mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Suppressed Flash - Telephoto (1550mm)

Forced Flash - Telephoto (1550mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Forced Flash setting or the Red-Eye Correction option caused any amount of red-eye.

Forced Flash

Forced Flash (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 80.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

Dynamic Range Optimisation (DRO)

DRO is Sony's solution for improving shadow and highlight detail in photos taken in contrasty light, significantly increasing the image's dynamic range. The examples below show the effect of turning this feature on.

Off

Standard

   

Plus

 
 

Picture Effects

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 offers a limited range of 4 creative Picture Effects.

Off

Toy Camera

   

Pop Color

Partial Color

   

Soft High-Key

 
 

Intelligent Sweep Panorama

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 allows you to take panoramic images very easily, by 'sweeping' with the camera while keeping the shutter release depressed. The camera does all the processing and stitching and even successfully compensates for moving subjects.

Standard
 
Wide
 
360

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