The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is an affordable super-zoom camera, offering a 63x, 24.5-1550mm zoom lens, 20.1 megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor, 720p HD video recording with stereo sound, and Sweep Panoramas. Other key features of the Sony H400 include a 3 inch LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, ISO range of 80-6400, Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode which cuts camera-shake while you’re shooting handheld HD video, Intelligent Auto, Program and full Manual shooting modes, a range of Picture Effects, support for both Memory Stick PRO Duo and Secure Digital cards, and a lithium-ion battery.
The rear of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is dominated by the 3-inch, 460k dot resolution LCD screen. In terms of controls the back of the camera looks slightly sparse mainly due to the small dimensions of the actual buttons, though in fact most of the essentials are here. A dedicated movie record button sits to the top- right of the LCD screen, alongside the textured and generously-sized thumb-grip.
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Beneath is the Menu button, a press of which summons a toolbar. This appears ranged to the left hand side of the screen. It’s here that we have access to most of the camera’s shooting and setup options – surprisingly missing a function reset button but otherwise offering all the regulars – and the in-camera help guide for beginners.
A 20.1 megapixel 1/2.3″ Super HAD CCD sensor and a BIONZ R Image Processor provides you with high-quality, high-resolution images with considerable contrast and clarity of detail. This professional Sony 4.4-277mm f/3.4-6.5 lens has a considerable 63x optical zoom and features a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24.5-1550mm, which provides you with a substantial telephoto range. A bright 3″ Clear Photo 460k-dot LCD monitor allows you 5 stops of brightness control for viewing your images in all sorts of lighting conditions such as outside in the sun or indoors at night. It also features a histogram and a grid display for when you need extra help in composing your photos. For extra shooting stability, an electronic 201k viewfinder is also provided for eye-level composition. It becomes useful for viewing and composing shots in extreme sunlight.