Sony Unleashes Five Cyber-shots, from 63x zoom DSC-H400 to Ultracompact W800

Sony Unleashes Five Cyber-shots, from 63x zoom DSC-H400 to Ultracompact W800


San Diego, CA—Sony Electronics announced a quintet of Cyber-shot P&S cameras with rich feature sets and compact, travel-friendly bodies: the DSC-H400, HX400V, H300, WX350 and W800 model.

“High zoom continues to be one of the key priorities for our Cyber-shot camera line, in both the compact segment as well the larger, more traditional ‘bridge’ models,” said Patrick Huang, director of the Cyber-shot business. “With far-reaching zooms, extremely portable bodies and a series of competitive price points, this new crop of cameras offers advanced imaging performance to travel enthusiasts, weekend shooters, family photographers and more.”

New to the Cyber-shot line in 2014 is Sony’s Bionz X processor—the same processor used in the DSC-RX10 and the α7/7R full-frame mirrorless cameras—which is now employed in the HX400V and WX350, helping them deliver images and video with low noise. The pair is also Wi-Fi and NFC enabled for instant transfer and sharing with compatible smartphones, and they feature improved optical image stabilization with new intelligent active mode for blur-free images and Full HD video at all focal ranges.

Additionally, these two cameras offer motion shots video, which creates a sequence of fast-action, superimposed images to demonstrate motion of a subject or object through the frame. They also have 4K still image output for viewing images in 4K resolution on compatible televisions.

Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V.
This high-zoom camera provides a 50x optical zoom Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens (plus 100x Clear Image Zoom), a 20.4-effective megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and the Bionz X image-processing engine along with Optical SteadyShot with intelligent active mode for smoother movies (1080p at 60p, 60i and cinematic 24p). It’s designed for professional DSLR-style handling with manual controls in a compact body. Other features include Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity to smartphones and compatibility with Sony PlayMemories camera apps to add to its creative capabilities. $500.

Cyber-shot DSC-H400. Sony’s first 63x optical zoom lens with Optical SteadyShot for improved image stabilization at all focal lengths, it features a 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor for photos and HD video (720p), ease of use with a DSLR-style body, an electronic viewfinder, intelligent auto mode and a dedicated movie button. $320.

Cyber-shot DSC-H300. Available in black, the H300 uses a 35x optical zoom lens, a 20.1MP CCD sensor, 720p HD video recording, an electronic viewfinder, intelligent auto mode and a dedicated movie button—in a DSLR-style body. $220.

Cyber-shot DSC-WX350. This ultracompact model, offered in black and white, has a 20x optical zoom (40x clear image zoom), an 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, a Bionz X processor, Optical SteadyShot with intelligent active mode, Wi-Fi/NFC for instant connection with a smartphone for image sharing between devices and remote control from the phone, and Full HD video shooting at 60p and 60i frame rates. $320.

Cyber-shot DSC-W800.
This slim, budget-friendly compact with a 5x optical zoom also comes in black and white, and it features a 20.1MP CCD sensor and 720p HD video recording. $80.