Sony DSC-H400 vs Sony DSC-HX300

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Reasons For

5 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 500x digital zoom digital camera. That's 300x bigger than the Sony DSC-HX300 (200x). 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 number Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 has a maximum aperture number of 6.5. That's 0.2 smaller than the Sony DSC-HX300 (6.3).
Cheaper by £201
The Sony DSC-H400 costs £219.00, whereas the Sony DSC-HX300 is £420.00.
17 shops are selling it
The more sellers stock the product, the greater competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
8 Reasons For
Marginally higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 has a megapixel 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 number 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 ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 is a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-H400 is only a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (9,600 lower).
A lot higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,600 pixels, however the Sony DSC-H400 is only a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (460,800 pixels lower).
HDMI Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 has an HDMI, 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.

One hundred more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 takes 400.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Sony DSC-H400 only takes 300.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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

8 Reasons Against
2% lower megapixel 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 number Edit
Sony DSC-H400 is 3.4 minimum aperture, but the Sony DSC-HX300 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera (0.6 smaller).
Hugely lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Sony DSC-H400 is only 3,200 maximum ISO speed. That's 9,600 lower than the Sony DSC-HX300 (12,800).
460,800 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) 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 Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 does not have an HDMI, 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.

Only 300.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a digital camera that takes 300.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Sony DSC-HX300 only takes 400.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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).
6 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.

300x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX300 has a digital zoom of 200x, whereas the Sony DSC-H400 is a 500x digital zoom digital camera (300x 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 number Edit
Sony DSC-HX300 is only 6.3 maximum aperture, but the Sony DSC-H400 is a 6.5 maximum aperture digital camera (0.2 smaller).
£201 more expensive
The Sony DSC-HX300 is more expensive than the Sony DSC-H400 by £201.
Fewer sellers
Only 2 retailers sells the Sony DSC-HX300, but 19 retailers 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.
Five months older
The Sony DSC-HX300 is older than the Sony DSC-H400 by five months.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 bridge camera
 bridge camera
Megapixel
20.1MP 20.4MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
BEST
 CCD
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5152 x 3864
 11520 x 1080
 3648 x 2736
 7152 x 1080
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
 5152 x 3864
 11520 x 1080
 3648 x 2736
 7152 x 1080
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 5184 x 3888
 5184 x 3888
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Supported Aspect Ratios
 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 of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
63x
BEST
50x
Digital Zoom
500x
BEST
200x
Maximum Aperture Number
6.5
BEST
6.3
Minimum Aperture Number
3.4 2.8
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,300mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 26mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.4 - 277 4.3 - 215
Filter Size
55mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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 (wide)
0.01 - ∞ 0.01 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
0.01 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
3.5 - ∞ 2.4 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
3.5 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
3.5m Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 12800
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 12800
ISO Sensitivity (max)
3,200 12,800
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
80 80
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
Flash Range (tele)
0.4 - 8.8 2 - 5.9
Flash Range (wide)
3.5 - 4.6 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

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 H.264
 AVC
 MPEG
 MP4
 H.264
 AVC
 MPEG
Video Resolutions
 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
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

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

Compatible Memory Cards
 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

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
Display Resolution (numeric)
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 Type
 Electronic
 Optical
 Electronic
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

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

Camera

GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Movie
 Manual
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 8x
Image Editing
 Trimming
 Trimming
Camera File System
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DPOF 1.1
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DPOF 1.1
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Slide show
 Movie
 Slide show
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 Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Backlight
 Pet
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Backlight
 Pet
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 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
Depth
122.3mm 103.2mm
Width
129.6mm 129.6mm
Weight (including Battery)
655g 650g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium
 Lithium
BEST
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
NP-BX1 NP-BX1
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
300 shots 400 shots
BEST

System Requirements

Mac Operating Systems Supported
 Mac operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
Windows Operating Systems Supported
 Windows operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
BEST
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries 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 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI ports quantity
Face Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
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(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
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