Nikon Coolpix S9900 vs Sony DSC-HX400V

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Nikon Coolpix S9900
Sony DSC-HX400V

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
One more awards
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 has 5 awards from expert review sites, however the Sony DSC-HX400V has 4 awards.
A little better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is 78% based on 16 reviews, but the average rating of the Sony DSC-HX400V is 75% (based on 25 reviews).
8 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400V has a megapixel count of 20.4MP, but the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only a 16MP digital camera (4.4MP 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.

20x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400V has an optical zoom of 50x, but the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only a 30x optical zoom digital camera (20x smaller). 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.

806x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400V has a digital zoom of 810x, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (806x smaller). 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.

Smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400V is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.9 smaller than the Nikon Coolpix S9900 (2.8).
6,400 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400V has a maximum ISO speed of 12,800, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera (6,400 lower).
45 smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400V has a minimum ISO speed of 80, however the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 125 minimum ISO speed digital camera (45 bigger).
Vastly longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400V has a maximum camera shutter speed of 30s, however the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only an 8s maximum shutter speed digital camera (22s shorter). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

600 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400V has a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, however the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (600 pixels lower).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 16MP digital camera. That's 4.4MP lower than the Sony DSC-HX400V (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.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 30x optical zoom digital camera. That's 20x smaller than the Sony DSC-HX400V (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.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 4x digital zoom digital camera. That's 806x smaller than the Sony DSC-HX400V (810x). 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.

Larger minimum aperture Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 has a minimum aperture of 3.7, but the Sony DSC-HX400V is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera (0.9 smaller).
Lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 6,400 lower than the Sony DSC-HX400V (12,800).
Bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 125 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 45 bigger than the Sony DSC-HX400V (80).
Significantly shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is an 8s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 22s shorter than the Sony DSC-HX400V (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Lower display resolution Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 600 pixels lower than the Sony DSC-HX400V (921,600 pixels).
3 Reasons Against
Eight months older
The Sony DSC-HX400V is older than the Nikon Coolpix S9900 by eight months.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony DSC-HX400V has received 4 awards, the Nikon Coolpix S9900 has received 5 awards.
Slightly Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Sony DSC-HX400V is only 75%, whereas the average expert rating of the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is 78% (based on 16 reviews).

Awards

5 Awards
Camera Labs: Recommended
Ephotozine: Recommended
Expert Reviews: Best Buy
optyczne.pl: Good Buy
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
4 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
Ephotozine: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

23 months Ago 31 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel Count
16MP 20.4MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
BEST
 4608 x 3456
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 5184 x 3888
 5184 x 3888
BEST
Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixel Count
16.76MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 1:1
 4:3
 3:2
 16:9
 1:1
 4:3
 3:2
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Silver
 Silver

Lens System

Optical Zoom
30x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
4x 810x
BEST
Maximum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.3
Minimum Aperture
3.7 2.8
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
750mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
25mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
4.5 - 135 4.3 - 215
Extra / Smart Zoom
60x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
13/11 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 55mm

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
BEST
Normal Focusing Range
0.5 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range
0.01 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Manual Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞
Manual Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.4 - ∞
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.4 - ∞

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 64
 125
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 1600
 3200
 6400
 25
 Auto
 50
 80
 100
 250
 500
 800
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2500
 12800
 64
 125
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 1600
 3200
 6400
 25
 Auto
 50
 80
 100
 250
 500
 800
 1000
 1250
 2000
 2500
 12800
Maximum ISO Speed
6,400 12,800
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
125 80
BEST
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
8s 30s
BEST
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Mode
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Manual
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Tele Flash Range
1.5 - 3.5 2.4 - 3.4
Flash Range
0.5 - 6 0.5 - 8.5
Pre-Flash
 Pre-flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
Video Format
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 AVCHD
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 AVCHD
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@25fps
 1920x1080@25fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM

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
473MB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
 Microphone in socket
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Out Port
 Headphone out port
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

GPS
 GPS
 GPS
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Custom modes
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Self-Timer
2,10 2,10
Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Calendar
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 DPOF
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 DPOF
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
 Tripod mount
Electronic Compass
 Electronic compass
Unknown - Click to provide data
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
EXPEED C2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
 Twilight
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
 Twilight
Display Language
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 633g
Height
66mm 93.2mm
Depth
39.5mm 103.2mm
Width
112mm 129.6mm
Weight Including Battery
289g
BEST
660g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
EN-EL12 NP-BX1
Shot Per Battery Charge
300 shots 300 shots
Battery Recharge Time
2.3h Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
 Near field communication
 Near field communication

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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