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Sony DSCH400B Digital Camera

$229.63
SLR 20.1MP CCD 2/3" Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Good quality
Reasonably priced
Expert reviews are average
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Reviews

Good User Reviews

This digital camera has an average user rating of 88 out of 100 based on 602 user reviews. Over 87% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 89% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 23,045 owner and expert reviews (including 7,132 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its high megapixel cameras compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Expert Reviews Are Average

This digital camera has an average expert rating of 69% based on eight expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Camera Labs and Mac World.


Design

Good Quality

One hundred and two customers who reviewed it agreed that it was good quality. Argos.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Good Image Quality” however they rated the product 60 out of 100. Hannah4 wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Easy to use, great picture quality”. Horse Mad Paula said on Argos.co.uk also two years ago “Value for money and quality better than I could have expected”.

Easy to Use

One hundred and fourty-one customers concluded that it was easy to use. Gvdb91 rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “The camera has a nice feel and fit nicely in your hands the controls are easy to find” in their review of this digital camera. Inliner399 rated the Sony DSC-H400 a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “Very easy to handle and oh so simple to use”. Doris 15 said “It's so easy to use” in their review of this digital camera.

Sixteen people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Bucksboy wrote on Argos.co.uk “The self-timer doesn't really give any immediacy when taking moving objects or when on full telephoto settings”. Pwzbear rated it a maximum of 5 stars and said on Argos.co.uk “Take great pics easy to use and if I want can take a lot of pic on different settings and just have fun taking them” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Petejan mentioned on Argos.co.uk “The in-built menu is easy to use, in all a great little camera”.

Twelve people said in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Dubia said on Argos.co.uk three years ago “It feels comfortable to hold”. Des K wrote “The camera is good to hold & use”. Two years ago Delboy02 mentioned “Camera is light and comfortable in your hand”.

Seven customers who purchased it concluded that it was easy to setup. Greatshotkid gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned on Argos.co.uk “It is very easy to set up and use not once have i needed to refer to the instruction booklet”. An anonymous author mentioned “So easy to set up and use” in her review of this digital camera and rated the product 80 out of 100. Damien Cunningham said “The camera was very easy to set up”.

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Robust

Twenty people reckoned that the product was well made. Three years ago expert website Ephotozine.com wrote “A 3inch screen and built in electronic viewfinder”. Two years ago Josh said on Argos.co.uk “The build quality is really good” in his review of this digital camera. An anonymous author wrote in her review of this digital camera on Argos.co.uk also two years ago “The main limit seems to be air clarity! At extreme zoom, you need a very steady hand - resting on something solid helps” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Five people who bought it reckoned that it was strong and durable. Gypsy wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-H400 on Argos.co.uk “It is very sturdy and very 'professional looking”. Seank558 mentioned “Very durable” in their review of this digital camera. Tsbatty said on Argos.co.uk “The camera is pretty robust, I used it in the deserts of Jordan for a couple of months” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who purchased it reckoned that it was sealed. One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was reliable. Rani mentioned last year “Any SD card can be utilised, I went for a SanDisk SD card as I’ve found them to be highly reliable and fast” .

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Nice Design

Ten owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was good looking. An anonymous reviewer mentioned in her review of this digital camera two years ago “I bought this camera to take a few pictures at my daughters wedding and it delivered some beautiful results” . In the same month Squirrelsnaps94 wrote in their review of this digital camera “The scene choices on the camera allow great possibilities for hundreds of beautiful photographs”. Teacher1964 wrote in the same month “The DSIC-H400 is pretty easy to use” in their review of the Sony DSC-H400 however they scored this digital camera 60 out of 100.

Four owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was smooth. Gareth Peter Goodwin wrote “Zooms in/out very smooth” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Rog wrote on Amazon last year “Focusing smooth” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers wrote in their reviews that it was neat. Two years ago November 2015 wrote on Argos.co.uk “I so wish these manufacturers would go back to doing a nice neat handbook”. Also two years ago Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “It's neat and light compared to a bulky dslr”. Three years ago Runman rated it a maximum of 5 stars and said “Very neat and manageable camera with multiple features - worth having”.

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was well designed. Three years ago Macworld.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Again we have a DSLR-like design complete with huge ha”. Dostoevsky Ate My Hamster mentioned “I've worked in print and design so know a reasonable quality (ie” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was ergonomic. Richard1961 said in their review of this digital camera “This camera also feels "right" and is ergonomically brilliant to use”. Phil1962 scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote two years ago “The control button layout is ergonomically excellent”.

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Other

Popular Choice

According to sales data from Amazon, the DSC-H400 is one the top selling camera currently available.

Released Over a Year Ago

It was April 2017 when Sony released the DSC-H400.


Good Flash

Three people said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good flash. Two years ago Steve he wrote in his review of this digital camera “The flash is fairly standard it does the job”. Kay mentioned in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “Good bright flash and pop up view finder - which I haven't yet needed even on a really bright day”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Thirteen owners agreed that it had a good screen. Gypsy mentioned “The camera screen, although good, does not give pictures full justice” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Wayne said on Argos.co.uk “The display is really good too” in his review of this digital camera. Wayne also mentioned “The auto option is fantastic and the display shows you what settings it's using” in his review.

Ten people who bought it considered that it had a good viewfinder. Pebbles gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on Argos.co.uk two years ago “Handy viewfinder to use on sunny days when screen is not clear”. Phil1962 mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The viewfinder is OK to use” . Echelon said “Has a larger lens, view finder, specific lithium ion battery”.

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Good Video Capture

Twenty-five people mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Lyncat wrote in their review of this digital camera on Argos.co.uk “I am thrilled with the results so far and the video is great”. Jock Stew gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their Sony DSC-H400 review “Got a monopod to steady my video clips.a great camera for all i need”. Damianv86 gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “The video is good quality”.

Good in Low Light

One hundred and ninety-eight owners who bought it thought it was able to produce good images. Horse Mad Paula said on Argos.co.uk two years ago “Crisp photos in excellent light”. Henrythejug said on Argos.co.uk “Not a techi so this is ideal tell the camera what you are taking a picture of point press”. Doris 15 wrote on Argos.co.uk two years ago “The pictures are great quality”.

Five owners who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good picture resolution. Ft85915 wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “6) A very measly continuous shooting speed of 0.71fps! I would personally save the money” but in spite of that they only gave the product a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Three years ago Aussie's Shadow Productions said on Bhphotovideo.com “Its 20.1 megapixels allow for great enlargement”. Frugalchariot gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “The 20 megapixel resolution allows fine tuning” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was good in low light. Argos.co.uk said two years ago “Good in Low Light” but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5. In April last year Eddie Mansfield mentioned “The camera does work well in low light and have had pleasing results with that”.

Two customers concluded that this digital camera had a good image sensor.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was able to produce clear pictures. Getinoldquick said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Would recommend for anybody taking landscape or still photography as quality and clarity are great”. Eb said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The clarity, ease of use, price”.

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Good Zoom

One hundred and fifty-two customers who bought it thought it had a good zoom. Argos.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “Great Zoom” however despite that they only gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned three years ago “The Sony Cyber-shot H400 is an entry level ultra zoom bridge camera with a massive 63x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, manual controls” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Pocket-Lint.com said on expert review site Pocket Lint “Looking for a huge zoom? Then look no further” in their review of this digital camera.

Sixteen owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Argos.co.uk wrote “Fastaccurate auto-focus” yet they only scored it 60 out of 100. Kimbo2 said in their review of the Sony DSC-H400 on Argos.co.uk “Fabulous focus and magnification on lens” and rated it 80 out of 100. Photonerd wrote two years ago “Video is better than some and the autofocus for that is acceptable” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they gave the product a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

Twelve owners who reviewed this digital camera said that it had a good lens. Juegee315 mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Only thing could be better is the lens cap should come with elastic so you don't lose or drop it” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Jilton rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Argos.co.uk “Really simple to use, excellent quality pictures, brilliant 63x telephoto lens”. Jilton also said “Telephoto lens is excellent” in their review.

Two owners who purchased it concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Sladey93 said on Amazon “+ Video has a stabilisation mode which works well”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Twenty-nine owners who reviewed the Sony DSC-H400 concluded that it was compact. Argos.co.uk wrote two years ago “Small Compact” however despite that they only gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5. Greatshotkid wrote on Argos.co.uk “I choose it because of the Zoom and other customer reviews as i wanted something more than just a compact camera”. Greatshotkid also mentioned “I purchased this camera a few weeks ago to replace my compact camera” in their review.

Fifteen owners considered that this digital camera was heavy and bulky. Macworld.com wrote “Not a million miles away from the chunky look and feel of Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-RX10, one of the best bridge cameras in recent memory” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Macworld.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “Not a million miles away from the chunky look and feel of one of the best bridge cameras in recent memory, namely Sony's RX10”. Rodders mentioned two years ago “I had to sell all my heavy equipment as I have problem with my shoulder” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they rated this digital camera 3 stars out of 5.

Five people wrote that it was lightweight. Casibo gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said “It is lightweight and having the eye piece is a bonus as the sun was very bright”. Vondoodlebug wrote in their review of this digital camera “I bought this as I was wanting something more than my camera phone and I was missing my DSLR! It is a great camera, lightweight, not too small”. Two years ago Pebbles mentioned on Argos.co.uk “Lightweight compact easy to use camera, would have preferred mains battery charger”.

Three owners who purchased it agreed that it was a good size. Stonerjo wrote three years ago “It is a nice size and the zoom is amazing”. Phil1962 mentioned “The screen is a nice size (even though it is fixed”. Gareth Peter Goodwin wrote on Amazon “Easy to view LCD, Good size and weight, feels like a proper camera” and scored it 4 stars out of 5.

One person who purchased it thought it was a good body shape. Argos.co.uk said “Nice Body Color” however they only rated it 3 stars out of 5.

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Heavy

The DSC-H400 is one of the heavier cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera (628 grams) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. The lightest digital camera of a similar age and type to this digital camera is 110g and the heaviest is 1.3kg.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Six owners agreed that it was noisy. Merimaat said in their review of this digital camera “I found it very heavy and noisy and the extra zoom really didn't make up for it” nonetheless they only gave it a rating of 1 stars out of 5. Jd mentioned “After a full day of use the lens got smother and less noisy and eventually the Smart setting worked without error”. Amazon Customer gave the Sony DSC-H400 a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon last year “The screen shows a noisy image, however when you actually take the photo it isn't noisy at all”.

Two people who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was quiet. Two years ago Gypsy said in their review of this digital camera “I ordered another with a sting attached quiet cheaply”. Philip Edwards said on Amazon “Zoom mechanism is quiet.”.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Twenty-eight people who bought the product thought it had good features. Freddie said “This camera has many advanced features which made it attractive to me as I don't want to carry around a large collection of accessories when out taking photographs”. Two years ago Flynnsdad mentioned on Argos.co.uk “Powerful zoom and good features” and scored it 80 out of 100. Juegee315 mentioned three years ago “Love all the features of this bridge camera”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Twenty-two people said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-H400 had a good battery life. Tbmg wrote on Argos.co.uk two years ago “I got my camera almost a month ago and absolutely love it! Very simple to work battery lasts long”. Rodeo53 gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera in the same month “Does whatb i wanted, could bge better ie battery level”. In the same month Andnev wrote “The Sony battery life is way better than AA” in their review of this digital camera.


Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

At 63 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-H400 has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out more than a year ago. The average optical zoom of high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera is 18x.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony DSC-H400 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the D3200 ($304.95), or the 1 J5 ($268.00) both from Nikon or the Canon EOS M10 ($316.75).

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Features Face Detection

The DSC-H400 features face detection, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Has a USB Connectivity

The Sony DSC-H400 has a USB connectivity. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also have a USB connectivity.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-H400 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the SX720 HS ($284.99), and the EOS 1300D - Rebel T6 ($751.96) both from Canon or the Nikon 1 J5 ($268.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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2/3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 2/3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on cameras that have been available for more than a year. 8.80 x 6.60mm.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The DSC-H400 has a self-timer. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also have a self-timer.

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the DSC-H400 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The smallest closest focusing distance of high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera is 0.01m and the largest is 1m.

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Camera

Supports Direct Printing

The DSC-H400 supports direct printing, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Light Exposure

Supports One ISO Sensitivity

The number of ISO speeds supported by the DSC-H400 is more than most high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 3200,80,100,160,200,320,400,Auto are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Support

Poor Support

Twenty-two customers who reviewed the product thought it did not have good technical guidance. Foxylady1946 mentioned “The only thing I miss is that there is not a handy manual that I can refer to when out on my travels.” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they gave the Sony DSC-H400 a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Dogs wrote in their review of this digital camera “One thing I find it has no proper instruction book only as I am a pensioner” although they still gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Two years ago Chippy193 wrote on Argos.co.uk “This brings me on to the second negative, which is the, almost non existent, instruction manual” but even so they still gave the product a rating of a maximum of 5 stars.


Smart TV

Poor Connectivity

One person thought it did not have gps. Mr. C. Ayliffe mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon last year “Other minus points are no gps or paper manual included.”.


Display

Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 20 pixels, the Sony DSC-H400 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. High megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera have display resolutions (numeric) of between 20 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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Viewfinder

Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

The viewfinder screen sizes of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera range from 0.2" to 0.5". With a viewfinder screen size of only 0.2 inches, the Sony DSC-H400 has one of the smaller viewfinder screen sizes amongst cameras of this age.

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Other Digital Cameras to Consider

PowerShot SX610 HS vs DSC-H400

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS vs Sony DSC-H400
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Sony DSC-H400
$ 179.99 $229.63
$50 Cheaper
Thinner
3x Lighter
1920x1080@30fps Resolution At Capture Speed
Significantly Shorter Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Smaller Optical Zoom

Fujifilm XQ2 vs Sony DSC-H400

Fujifilm XQ2 vs Sony DSC-H400
Fujifilm XQ2 Sony DSC-H400
$ 316.99 $229.63
Considerably Better User Reviews
Vastly Lighter
3x Thinner
Significantly Smaller Minimum Aperture
$87 More Expensive
Significantly Smaller Digital Zoom

Nikon Coolpix S6900 vs Sony DSC-H400

Nikon Coolpix S6900 vs Sony DSC-H400
Nikon Coolpix S6900 Sony DSC-H400
$ 225.97 $229.63
$4 Cheaper
Four Times Thinner
Lighter
5 Times Higher Resolution At Capture Speeds
Significantly Shorter Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Five Times Smaller Optical Zoom
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