Sony has officially announced three new Cyber-shot bridge cameras with superzoom lenses, called DSC-H400, DSC-H300, and DSC-HX400V.
Sony has not failed to meet the predictions of the rumor mill. The Japanese company has introduced a trio of brand new bridge cameras, all featuring superzoom lenses which are designed to take you as close as possible to your subjects.
First comes the DSC-H400 along with its 63x optical zoom lens. The second is the DSC-H300 which sports a 35x optical zoom lens. The stakes are raised once again to the 50x optical zoom lens of the DSC-HX400V.
All three shooters are powered by the super-fast BIONZ X image processor, which can also be found in the new Sony A6000 mirrorless camera.
Sony H400 is world’s first bridge camera with a 63x optical zoom lens
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is referred to as the world’s first camera with a lens that provides 63x optical zoom lens. For what is worth, Samsung is one of the few companies which has managed to get into the sixties with a superzoom bridge camera at the CES 2014
This amazing lens offers an astonishing 35mm focal length equivalent of approximately 24.5-1550mm, which is probably more than what most photographers will ever need. The maximum aperture will range between f/3.4-6.5.
The shooter is able to capture high-quality photos thanks to a 20.1-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type CCD image sensor. However, the Sony H400 captures videos at only 720p resolution, while the maximum ISO sensitivity stands at just 3200.
On the back of the camera users can find a 3-inch 460K-dot LCD screen and a built-in electronic viewfinder. Sony will release the H400 this March for a price of about $320.
Affordable Sony H300 bridge camera features 35x optical zoom lens
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 steps its down a notch as its optical zoom lens provides only 35x. The 35mm focal length equivalent is still impressive ranging between approximately 25mm and 875mm.
The 20.1-megapixel CCD image sensor is identical to the one found in the H400. This also means that the bridge shooter takes only 720p videos.
The maximum aperture of the Sony H300 is f/3-5.9, depending on the focal length in use. Maximum ISO also stands at 3200, while the optical image stabilization technology is present in this model, just like in the H400.
Sony H300 is the only one of the bunch that is powered by AA batteries instead of rechargeable Lithium-ion. It will be released by the end of the month for a low price of about $220.
Sony HX400V is packing 50x Zeiss lens, CMOS sensor, GPS, WiFi, NFC, and more
Although it is not packing the highest zoom lens of the trio, the Sony HX400V is probably the most exciting camera of the pack. It features a 20.4-megapixel CMOS sensor that supports full HD video recording and a maximum ISO of 12800.
Furthermore, the company says that this device supports 4K still image output, so that users can review their shots on 4K TVs. Motion Shot photos are supported, too. You can capture images at 10fps and then the camera will “superimpose” them in order to show the motion of your subject through the frames.
The 50x optical zoom lens on the Sony HX400V is a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, which will offer superior image quality and a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-1200mm. As for the maximum aperture, it stands between f/2.8 and f/6.3.
The manufacturer has confirmed that this bridge model also employs a 3-inch tilting LCD screen on the back. Additionally, the HX400V comes with built-in GPS, WiFi, and NFC, allowing photographers to geo-tag their photos and then transfer them to a mobile device.
Sony HX400V release date has been set for March 2014 and a price around $500.