I am astonished at the performance of this camera

Discussion in 'Superzoom Salon' started by Jock Elliott, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    The better half (aka "The Spotter") and I were taking a stroll in Oakwood Cemetery mid-afternoon yesterday, hoping for some shots of clouds and fall foliage. Oakwood did not disappoint:

    HX400V Oakwood skies 015.JPG
    We were approaching the pond near the overlook when The Spotter said, "There's a big bird up there." I looked and could see what appeared to be a hawk, soaring waaaaay up there.

    I unlimbered the Sony HX400V superzoom and began superzooming . . . and zooming . . . and zooming some more . . . into the digital zoom where the focus "square" becomes a largish dotted rectangle in the viewfinder. The challenge now is getting the bird in the viewfinder at all. Panning, panning, there he is . . . click!

    The metadata says this is 1/1250th second, f/6.3, ISO 200. Now, here's the cool part: focal length: 215mm (actual, not "e", crop factor 5.62, that works out to 1208 mm e), digital zoom: 1.94, making the total equivalent focal length of 2,344mm e.

    So here it is -- SOOC jpeg -- in all its maxed-out optical and digital zoominess:

    HX400V Oakwood skies 016.JPG

    Oh yeah, did I mention this is handheld?

    For a camera that weighs a pound and half, I think it will suffice.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Good job keeping the camera aimed at it! Beautiful bird