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SonyCyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera
 
3.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Zoom range/performance (8)
  • Large clear LCD (7)
  • Great resolution (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (4)
  • Poor image quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (6)
  • Travel (6)
  • Wildlife (5)
  • Landscape/scenery (3)
  • Sports/action (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Plenty of bang for the buck!

I use this camera for every occasion. The picture quality and ease of use are incredible. The zoom and steadiness of the camera at long distances is even more amazing. I had Canon...Read complete review

I use this camera for every occasion. The picture quality and ease of use are incredible. The zoom and steadiness of the camera at long distances is even more amazing. I had Canon and Nikon cameras prior to this and I am sold on the Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera by Sony. Its a bit bulky but other than that I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Some good--some not so good

On my twice daily walks with my dog, I shoot about 30 nature pictures each day--mostly birds, odd plants, flowers, and other wildlife. To do this, I needed the greatest...Read complete review

On my twice daily walks with my dog, I shoot about 30 nature pictures each day--mostly birds, odd plants, flowers, and other wildlife. To do this, I needed the greatest zoom possible, and the Sony DSC H400, with its 63x zoom seemed to fulfill my needs. For the last 3 years I have been using a Sony HX100V with a 30X zoom, which I have loved. Here is my take on the Sony DSC H400:

Pros:
1. The 63X zoom speaks for itself
2. It is light-weight.
3. Its 20.1 megapixels allow for great enlargement.
4. The lens has a screw in for UV filters and some other 55mm size lenses for some fabulous pictures.
5. The lens cap STAYS ON. It kept falling off the HX100V.
6. The video is quite good, especially with the steady feature.

Cons:
1. The focus is soooooo slow that the birds will have laid their eggs by the time I have focused on their mating habits. Sometimes the focus does not even get set, especially when lighting conditions are darker or I have zoomed in. This never happened with my HX100.
2. You have to be about 12 feet away from your subject before you can zoom in and focus. The HX100 needed only about 8 feet.
3. A big problem is that the viewing screen does not fold out, making decent "ground" shots or "air" shots impossible. Also, the HX100 shifted from viewfinder to screen automatically. The H400 does not, requiring time-consuming button pushes, which allow my subjects to get away.
4. Low light photos are poor, a problem when I shoot very early in the morning (about 5:30 a.m., when the birds are out).

Overall, the camera is acceptable for the money. I'll keep it, though I do not plan to retire the HX100 then.

Reviewed by 11 customers

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1.0

Don't buy this camera

By GO Nikkon

from Arizona

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Poor Image Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera:

      Lag/Shutter delay. Not convenient mechanisim to change aperture, shutter speed and white balance. The DSCH-300 is a much better camera and easier to minipulate the dials. Lens and color are NOT good. Never a clear, crisp colorful photo. Don't waste your money, even if it is a good deal. View finder is not very accurate.

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      • No

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      4.0

      A good camera, but not perfect

      By Bruce not from Gotham

      from Alamogordo, NM

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Bad At Night
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera:

      Great pictures during the Day, not so Great at night. I used it for my holiday Trip and got good pictures.

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      • No

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      5.0

      My best travel companion

      By Angus2012

      from Melbourne Australia

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera:

        I use the camera in all different lights, fast movements and scenes.
        Love the wireless download, makes photos very easy and quick to download
        Have take a great shot of a bulls eye, at about 90 meters, great photo.
        Easy to use, just love it.
        I don't know anything to say that isn't great about this camera.

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        • No

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Handicapped Camera

        By PhotoNerd

        from Atlanta

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Limited Zoom
        • Poor Image Quality
        • Poor Image Stabilization

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera:

        This camera is made well. It feels good and is quite capable of being a good camera. However, Sony has marketed this camera for the price range and crippled technology that should be better to drive consumers to purchase a more expensive model. All companies do this but they went too far with this one. Anything other than bright light is mediocre and the capture time is seconds which allows valuable shots to get away. You could learn to work around some of these things but old camera might perform better. Video is better than some and the autofocus for that is acceptable. The focus when using the telephoto is so poor you can only go about half way. Bright days will give better results. A tripod will be necessary for dusk and dawn photo's and it's not worth it in my opinion.

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        • No

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        (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Don't Buy It !!!!

        By Retrochevy

        from New Hampshire

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Image Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera:

            I am a free lance photographer and own four 35MM Canon film cameras and Two Canon digital cameras - I bought this for my daughter - The lens is terrible - Across the range of the lens, nothing is truly in focus - I think they pushed the limit when they tried to produce a 63X Optical Zoom Lens - I returned the camera and bought another Canon for my daughter.

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            • Yes

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            (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very good buy again

            By Daiane R. Galhardi Hilledhein

            from MT/ Brasil

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera:

            A very good picture, panoramic photo is qu ... I do not know and can be placed Inlaid lens that I did not know tb, battery lasts quite recommend ...

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            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great little camera

            By neonracer75

            from Bronx NY

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera:

              Simple- feels good in the hand-takes great pictures.Good value.Just what I wanted.

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              • Yes

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              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              NOT WHAT I EXPECTED!

              By JAN

              from Princevile, Kauai

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera:

              I was interested in using the 63x, 20 MP, camera for sports activity to obtain greater detail vs. my Canon 50 SX. A bad choice on my part. The 50SX is so much better at 12MP and 50X for multiple shooting. The DSC-H400 is very slow and the extra X and MP's really are negligible from the results. I will give this camera to one of my children to use.

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              • No

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              (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Some good--some not so good

              By Aussie's Shadow Productions

              from Huntsville, AL

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Battery Life
              • Great Resolution
              • Great Zoom
              • Screw-in For Added Lenses
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay
              • No Fold-out View Screen
              • Poor in Low Light
              • Very Slow To Focus

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Macro Photography
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera:

              On my twice daily walks with my dog, I shoot about 30 nature pictures each day--mostly birds, odd plants, flowers, and other wildlife. To do this, I needed the greatest zoom possible, and the Sony DSC H400, with its 63x zoom seemed to fulfill my needs. For the last 3 years I have been using a Sony HX100V with a 30X zoom, which I have loved. Here is my take on the Sony DSC H400:

              Pros:
              1. The 63X zoom speaks for itself
              2. It is light-weight.
              3. Its 20.1 megapixels allow for great enlargement.
              4. The lens has a screw in for UV filters and some other 55mm size lenses for some fabulous pictures.
              5. The lens cap STAYS ON. It kept falling off the HX100V.
              6. The video is quite good, especially with the steady feature.

              Cons:
              1. The focus is soooooo slow that the birds will have laid their eggs by the time I have focused on their mating habits. Sometimes the focus does not even get set, especially when lighting conditions are darker or I have zoomed in. This never happened with my HX100.
              2. You have to be about 12 feet away from your subject before you can zoom in and focus. The HX100 needed only about 8 feet.
              3. A big problem is that the viewing screen does not fold out, making decent "ground" shots or "air" shots impossible. Also, the HX100 shifted from viewfinder to screen automatically. The H400 does not, requiring time-consuming button pushes, which allow my subjects to get away.
              4. Low light photos are poor, a problem when I shoot very early in the morning (about 5:30 a.m., when the birds are out).

              Overall, the camera is acceptable for the money. I'll keep it, though I do not plan to retire the HX100 then.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good camera

              By Bob

              from Port Washington, NY

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera:

                  I photo birds and want the super-duper zoom of this camera with cropping. This would be my dream camera if only it could have a faster lens. I'd pay $ for such a camera.

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Plenty of bang for the buck!

                  By JMS

                  from Orlando, FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • A bit bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera:

                  I use this camera for every occasion. The picture quality and ease of use are incredible. The zoom and steadiness of the camera at long distances is even more amazing. I had Canon and Nikon cameras prior to this and I am sold on the Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Digital Camera by Sony. Its a bit bulky but other than that I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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                  • No

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