Sony updates Cyber-shot camera range
By Simon Crisp
February 15, 2014
Sony has revealed the latest cameras to be added to it Cyber-shot line-up including its new flagship mega-zoom HX400V, which adds Wi-Fi with NFC and GPS to its 50x optical zoom capability. Other notable new cameras revealed include the compact WX350, and the 63x optical zoom H400.
The latest update to the Sony mega-zoom HX-series is the HX400V which, while looking a lot like its HX300 predecessor, adds Wi-Fi with NFC and GPS. There's also the addition of Sony's Bionz X processor which has previously impressed in higher end models like the RX10 and the Aplha A7, and should keep things moving along quickly.
The HX400V features a 20.4 megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor (6.17 x 4.55 mm) along with a 50x F2.8-F6.3 optical zoom which offers the 35-mm-format focal length equivalent to 24-1,200-mm. With that sort of zoom onboard, it's also good to know that the camera features optical image stabilization to control the inevitable wobbles.
Measuring 129.6 x 93.2 x 103.2 mm (5.1 x 3.7 x 4 inches) the HX400V is DSLR-like in both appearance and size. On the rear is a three-inch tilting LCD with 921,600 dots and an electronic viewfinder for composing photos or video – which can be recorded at full HD 1080p 60/50/24 fps. Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity allow for easy sharing and remote shooting, and the camera is compatible with the Sony PlayMemories camera apps platform.
The Cyber-shot HX400V will be available in March for US$500.
The Sony Cyber-shot WX350 is a new pocketable compact camera which squeezes in a 20x optical zoom lens (24-480-mm equivalent). There's an 18.2 effective megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor (6.17 x 4.55 mm) along with the Bionz X image processor for producing quality images with low noise.
While the WX350 only has 460k dot three-inch LCD, it does boast built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for easy image sharing and remote control functions. It can also record full HD video at 1080p 60//50 fps.
Available in back or white from March, the Cyber-shot WX350 will retail for around $320.
While the H400 has a considerably larger optical zoom than the HX400V (it stretches to an almost ridiculous 63x, giving a 35-mm-format equivalent of 24.5-1550-mm F3.4-F6.5) it sits below it in the Sony line-up and is aimed at more budget market.
The camera uses a 20.1 megapixel 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor (6.17 x 4.55 mm) and has a relatively small ISO range of 100 to 3,200. It's rear three-inch LCD also only has 460k dots, video recording is only possible up to 720p and continuous shooting has a maximum speed of just 0.71 fps. On the plus side, it does have an EVF and is considerably cheaper.
The Cyber-shot H400 will be available in March for US$320.
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