Sony DSC-H400 vs Sony DSC-HX300

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
21% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 63x optical zoom digital camera. That's 13x bigger than the Sony DSC-HX300 (50x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 126x digital zoom digital camera. That's 26x bigger than the Sony DSC-HX300 (100x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

4% smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 6.5 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 0.2 smaller than the Sony DSC-HX300 (6.3).
Cheaper by £131
The Sony DSC-H400 costs £49.99, whereas the Sony DSC-HX300 is £180.70.
19 shops are selling it
The more sellers stock the product, the greater competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Better selling
The Sony DSC-H400 ranks No. 3693 by number of sales, but the Sony DSC-HX300 ranks No. 53213.
11 Reasons For
Marginally higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 has a megapixel count of 20.4MP, but the Sony DSC-H400 is only a 20.1MP digital camera (0.3MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

0.6 smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.6 smaller than the Sony DSC-H400 (2.8).
Significantly higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 has a maximum ISO speed of 12,800, whereas the Sony DSC-H400 is only a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (9,600 lower).
Full HD video Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 supports Full HD video, however the Sony DSC-H400 does not. Read more

Cameras with full HD video recording can capture video with a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD video usually appears sharper as more pixels re being recorded.

A lot higher display resolution Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 has a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, however the Sony DSC-H400 is only a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (460,800 pixels lower).
HDMI port Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 has an HDMI port, however the Sony DSC-H400 does not. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

Lighter Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 is a 623g digital camera. That's 5g lighter than the Sony DSC-H400 (623g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

1.8mm shorter Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 has a height of 93.2mm, however the Sony DSC-H400 is a 95mm tall digital camera (1.8mm taller).
Thinner Edit
Sony DSC-HX300 is 103.2mm deep, but the Sony DSC-H400 is a 122.3mm deep digital camera (19.1mm thicker).
One hundred more shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 takes 400.00 shots per battery charge, however the Sony DSC-H400 only takes 300.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Expert reviews are better
The Sony DSC-HX300 has an average expert review score of 76%, whereas the Sony DSC-H400 has an average rating of 69% (based on 12 reviews).

Reasons Against

11 Reasons Against
2% lower megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 20.1MP digital camera. That's 0.3MP lower than the Sony DSC-HX300 (20.4MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Larger minimum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 has a minimum aperture of 3.4, but the Sony DSC-HX300 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera (0.6 smaller).
Hugely lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 9,600 lower than the Sony DSC-HX300 (12,800).
Does not support Full HD video Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 does not support Full HD video, however the Sony DSC-HX300 does. Read more

Cameras with full HD video recording can capture video with a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD video usually appears sharper as more pixels re being recorded.

460,800 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 460,800 pixels lower than the Sony DSC-HX300 (921,600 pixels).
Does not have an HDMI port Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 does not have an HDMI port, however the Sony DSC-HX300 does. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

A little heavier Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 has a weight of 628g, whereas the Sony DSC-HX300 is a 623g digital camera (5g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Taller Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 95mm tall digital camera. That's 1.8mm taller than the Sony DSC-HX300 (93.2mm).
16% thicker Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 has a depth of 122.3mm. That's 19.1mm thicker than the Sony DSC-HX300 (103.2mm).
Only 300.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a digital camera that takes 300.00 shots per battery charge, whereas the Sony DSC-HX300 only takes 400.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Expert review Rating is Worse
The Sony DSC-H400 only has an average expert score of 69%, but the Sony DSC-HX300 has an average expert rating of 76% (based on 37 reviews).
7 Reasons Against
A lot smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 has an optical zoom of 50x, but the Sony DSC-H400 is a 63x optical zoom digital camera (13x bigger). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

26x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 has a digital zoom of 100x, whereas the Sony DSC-H400 is a 126x digital zoom digital camera (26x bigger). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

A little bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 has a maximum aperture of 6.3, but the Sony DSC-H400 is a 6.5 maximum aperture digital camera (0.2 smaller).
£131 more expensive
The Sony DSC-HX300 is more expensive than the Sony DSC-H400 by £130.71.
Fewer sellers
Only 6 sellers sells the Sony DSC-HX300, but 25 stores sell the Sony DSC-H400. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Over one year older
The Sony DSC-HX300 is older than the Sony DSC-H400 by 14 months.
Worse selling
The Sony DSC-HX300 ranks No. 53213 by sales volume, whereas the Sony DSC-H400 ranks No. 3693.

Awards

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Camera Labs: Recommended
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
fotomaniak.pl: Editor's Choice
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PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel Count
20.1MP 20.4MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CCD
BEST
 CCD
Still Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 11520 x 1080
 3648 x 2736
 7152 x 1080
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
 4896 x 3672
 4320 x 3240
 4000 x 3000
 4608 x 2592
 4000 x 2672
 4320 x 2432
 4000 x 2248
 3456 x 2592
 3648 x 2432
 3264 x 2448
 3456 x 2304
 3072 x 2304
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
BEST
 5152 x 3864
 11520 x 1080
 3648 x 2736
 7152 x 1080
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
 4896 x 3672
 4320 x 3240
 4000 x 3000
 4608 x 2592
 4000 x 2672
 4320 x 2432
 4000 x 2248
 3456 x 2592
 3648 x 2432
 3264 x 2448
 3456 x 2304
 3072 x 2304
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 5184 x 3888
 5184 x 3888
BEST
Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Waterproof
Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
63x
BEST
50x
Digital Zoom
126x
BEST
100x
Maximum Aperture
6.5
BEST
6.3
Minimum Aperture
3.4 2.8
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,300mm
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 24mm
Focal Length Range
4.4 - 277 4.3 - 215
Filter Size
55mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focus
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Tracking Auto Focus
 flexible spot
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Tracking Auto Focus
 flexible spot
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
Macro Focusing Range
0.01 - ∞ 0.01 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range
0.01 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
3.5 - ∞ 2.4 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range
3.5 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
0.01 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
3.5 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Speed
 Auto
 80
 200
 320
 3200
 160
 800
 1600
 12800
 Auto
 80
 200
 320
 3200
 160
 800
 1600
 12800
Maximum ISO Speed
3,200 12,800
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
80 80
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Mode
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
Tele Flash Range
3.5 - 4.6 2 - 5.9
Flash Range
0.4 - 8.8 0.3 - 12.4
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 1440 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
BEST
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 MP4
 H.264
 AVC
 MPEG
 MP4
 H.264
 AVC
 MPEG
Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio System
 Mono
 Mono

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Internal Memory
55MB Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
Display Resolution
460,800 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.2" Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Optical
 Electronic
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
AV Output
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AV output
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
BEST
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

GPS
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Push
 Fluorescent
 Fluorescent H
 Fluorescent L
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Push
 Fluorescent
 Fluorescent H
 Fluorescent L
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Self-Timer
2,10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 8x
Image Editing Mode
 Trimming
 Trimming
Camera File System
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DPOF 1.1
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DPOF 1.1
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Slide show
 Movie
 Slide show
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Start-Up Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 2ms
Built-In Processor
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Pet
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Pet
 Backlight
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 NOR
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 NOR
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
628g 623g
BEST
Height
95mm 93.2mm
BEST
Depth
122.3mm 103.2mm
BEST
Width
129.6mm 129.6mm
Weight Including Battery
655g 650g
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium
 Lithium
BEST
Supported Battery
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Size
NP-BX1 NP-BX1
Shot Per Battery Charge
300 shots 400 shots
BEST

System Requirements

Mac Operating System
 Mac operating system
Unknown - Click to provide data
Windows Operating System
 Windows operating system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
BEST
 USB
Battery Included
 Battery included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 2.0 port
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI port
Face Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 24 - 1200
Manual Focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Manual focus
Optical Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Optical viewfinder
Trimming
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Trimming
Electrical Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Electrical viewfinder
Cool Shot Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Cool shot function
Conversion Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Conversion function

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
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