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Sony HX400V review

Sony's bridge camera gets an overhaul and it's almost perfect

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Sony HX400 with the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, Fuji HS50 EXR and Panasonic FZ72.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Dynamic range

In terms of signal to noise ratio, the HX400 again puts in a good consistent performance, especially at low to mid-range sensitivities. It is the Canon PowerShot SX50 again which beats the HX400 at almost every sensitivity, dipping just below it at the very top end of the sensitivity run.

JPEG dynamic range

Signal to noise ratio

Here we can see that the HX400 puts in a very consistent performance throughout the sensitivity range, but it's not a match for the Canon PowerShot SX50, which scores better than it at every sensitivity. It is also beaten by the Panasonic FZ72 throughout most of the range. The Fuji HS50 puts in a worse performance, but that could be a reflection of Fuji's tendency towards warmer tones.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.4 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Product FamilyCyber-shot H
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (M2), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, microSD Card, microSD Extended Capacity (microSDXC), microSDHC Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom50x
Digital Zoom540x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesLive View, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)633 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution5184 x 3888
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height93.2 mm
Width129.6 mm
Depth103.2 mm
Product SeriesH
Focal Length4.30 mm to 215 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX400V
Product NameHigh Zoom Point and Shoot Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCHX400VB.CEH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

50x the Magnificence

Closeness is nothing without clarity. Enjoy 50x optical zooming, silky-smooth Full HD video and razor-sharp, 20.4MP pics-perfect for sporting events and all your adventures. Looking to capture the mood of a shot without the harshness of a flash? Low-light environments (think candlelight and campfire) maintain their warmth thanks to the sensitive Exmor® R CMOS sensor.

Package Contents
  • High Zoom Point and Shoot Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
  • AC AdaptorAC-UB10C/UB10D
  • Multi USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Instruction Manual
  • Shoe Cap
  • AC Power Cord
Limited Warranty1 Year