Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V Review

April 10, 2014 | Mark Goldstein |


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. This doesn't feel like enough of a step forwards though, especially as a lot of our criticisms of the older HX200V still haven't been addressed, namely a lack of direct access to the ISO speed and other key settings, a missing second control wheel, no RAW format support, a low-resolution electronic viewfinder, and an LCD screen that can only be tilted up and down.

Commendably we were able to achieve sharp results shooting handheld even at the far reaches of the huge 50x zoom lens, although the HX400V somewhat inevitably increased the ISO speed to try and compensate, resulting in noisier images with less fine detail. Still, its heartening to discover that the 50x zoom is actually more usable in real-life than you might first imagine, although you'll still need to use a tripod if possible for the best results.

We are disappointed that the electronic viewfinder still only has a resolution of 202k dots, especially considering that it's imperative to compose your photos through the viewfinder when shooting at the far reaches of the focal range, although automatic switching between the LCD and EVF when you hold the camera up to your eye has thankfully been restored. The inclusion of the multi interface shoe, multi terminal and built-in wi-fi/NFC make this one of the best connected and most versatile Sony cameras in their range, making it straight-forward to share your photos and remotely control the camera itself via the dedicated app.

In summary the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V is once again a solid, but not class-leading, superzoom camera that suffers a little from being priced too high and not offering quite enough features to satisfy the more demanding prosumer user.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 4