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The camera's metering system has done an excellent job of providing a well-balanced exposure here, even though the foreground was in shadow.
Detail is rendered well from the camera - if you examine at 100% you can see some image smoothing though.
Sometimes the automatic white balance system struggles with artificial lighting, so you might need to switch to a more specific setting.
Shooting at ISO 800 at low light will lead to a fair amount of noise if you examine the image at 100% - but it's not something that is particularly troubling at normal viewing sizes.
Activate the camera's macro focusing mode to get very close to a subject.
At the widest point of the SX400's lens, you get an equivalent of of 24mm (in 35mm terms), making it good for capturing a wide angle of view.
At the telephoto end of the optical zoom, you get a 720mm equivalent.
Use the ZoomPlus technology to boost the digital zoom up to 1440mm - useful if you need to get really close to a subject, but image quality suffers.
You can push the digital zoom even further - but again it's probably only really necessary if you need to get super close to a subject.
Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.