Sony H400 shooting modes
In addition to the four PASM positions, the Cyber-shot H400 mode dial has a green camera icon denoting intelligent Auto, a SCN position, Sweep panorama and a movie mode. In Manual, Aperture priority, and shutter priority modes the four-way controller is used to adjust exposure settings. After first pressing the centre button the up/down positions adjust shutter speed with the left/right ones for aperture. It’s not as quick and easy as the second dial on the SX520 HS and COOLIX P530 make it, but you can get by.
Another difference is the way the H400 implements filter effects or Picture Styles as Sony calls them. The H400 doesn’t have a separate position on the mode dial for these, instead they are selected from the menu, which means they can be applied in any shooting mode, giving you more control over exposure. The bad news is that the H400 only offers a small subset of the picture effects that are available on HX models. While it’s no surprise that the stacking HDR painting mode is missing, the absence of Colour Posterisation, Black and White Posterisation, Retro Photo, High Contrast Mono, Rich tone Mono, and, most of all, Miniature, is really disappointing. The full (short) list of Picture Effects is: Toy, Pop, Partial colour and Soft High-key, with variants available in the Toy (cool, warm, green and magenta) and Partial Colour (red, green, blue, yellow) effects. Below you can see Toy, Pop and Partial Color (red).
Picture preview taken by Sony Cyber-shot H400
Sony H400 movie modes
You can shoot movies with the mode dial in any position on the H400 by pressing the red movie record button. Exposure is set automatically regardless of the mode. Alternatively you can move the mode dial to the movie position which displays a 16:9 view in HD mode with black bars top and bottom. As on the Canon SX520 HS, though, this doesn’t provide any additional exposure control, it just allows you to frame up your shot properly before shooting.