Sony H400 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 20.1 megapixel 1/2.3” CCD sensor
  • 63x optical zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • .71 fps burst mode (up to 100 shots), Maximum shutter speed 1/2000
  • Maximum aperture f/3.4-6.5
  • 720p HD video at 30 fps
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 3” LCD
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 300 shots
  • Weighs 1 lb. 6.2 oz
  • Release Date: 2014-03-23
  • Final Grade: 80 B

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Sony H400
The Sony H400 is a budget super zoom.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/19/2014

It's common for budget models to have a CCD sensor and a burst speed that's the equivalent of a snail's pace and the Sony H400 seems to follow that logic. It uses a 1/2.3" CCD sensor and the burst speed is just .71 fps, though it can take 100 images in a row at that speed. The perk to the H400 is the 63x optical zoom with optical image stabilization, that's a big zoom for the price. If you can swing a little extra cash, the Olympus SP-100 or Nikon P530 offer a lot more speed. Also make sure to check for deals on the Sony HX300 first, which is last year's model of the more advanced HX350.

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