Sony DSC-H400 vs Sony DSC-HX90

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Sony DSC-H400
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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
1.9MP higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 has a megapixel of 20.1MP, however the Sony DSC-HX90 is only an 18.2MP digital camera (1.9MP 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.

33x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 has an optical zoom of 63x, however the Sony DSC-HX90 is only a 30x optical zoom digital camera (33x 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.

Slightly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 has a digital zoom of 126x, but the Sony DSC-HX90 is only a 120x digital zoom digital camera (6x 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 number Edit
Sony DSC-H400 is 3.4 minimum aperture. That's 0.1 smaller than the Sony DSC-HX90 (3.5).
£80 cheaper
The Sony DSC-H400 costs £199.99, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 is £279.99.
Available from 7 shops
The more retailers stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
More popular
The Sony DSC-H400 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 4104 by sales volume in our digital cameras, but the Sony DSC-HX90 ranks No. 20244.
5 Reasons For
A lot higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-H400 is only a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (460,800 pixels lower).
HDMI Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has an HDMI, whereas 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.

Significantly lighter Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a 218g digital camera. That's 410g lighter than the Sony DSC-H400 (218g). 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.

Ninety more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 is a digital camera that takes 390.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas 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 hugely better
The Sony DSC-HX90 has an average expert review score of 94%, but the Sony DSC-H400 has an average rating of 69% (based on 12 reviews).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
460,800 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera (460,800 pixels higher).
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 does not have an HDMI, however the Sony DSC-HX90 has an HDMI. 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.

66% heavier Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 628g digital camera. That's 410g heavier than the Sony DSC-HX90 (218g). 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.

Ninety less 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-HX90 only takes 390.00 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.

Ten months older
The Sony DSC-H400 is older than the Sony DSC-HX90 by ten months.
Hugely Lower expert review Score
The Sony DSC-H400 only has an average expert rating of 69%, but the Sony DSC-HX90 has an average expert rating of 94% (based on 5 reviews).
7 Reasons Against
11% lower megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has a megapixel of 18.2MP, however the Sony DSC-H400 is a 20.1MP digital camera (1.9MP higher). 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.

2x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has an optical zoom of 30x, however the Sony DSC-H400 is a 63x optical zoom digital camera (33x 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.

6x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 has a digital zoom of 120x, but the Sony DSC-H400 is a 126x digital zoom digital camera (6x 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.

3% larger minimum aperture number Edit
Sony DSC-HX90 is 3.5 minimum aperture. That's 0.1 larger than the Sony DSC-H400 (3.5).
£80 more expensive
The Sony DSC-HX90 is more expensive than the Sony DSC-H400 by £80.
Not as many stockists
Only 11 stores sells the Sony DSC-HX90, however 18 retailers sell the Sony DSC-H400. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Worse selling
The Sony DSC-HX90 ranks No. 20244 by sales volume, but the Sony DSC-H400 ranks No. 4104.

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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
20.1MP
BEST
18.2MP
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
BEST
 5152 x 3864
 11520 x 1080
 3648 x 2736
 7152 x 1080
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
BEST
 5152 x 3864
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
BEST
 16:9
 4:3
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
63x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
126x
BEST
120x
Maximum Aperture Number
6.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
3.4
BEST
3.5
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.4 - 277 4.1 - 123
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
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
0.01 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
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 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 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 Sensitivity
 Auto
 80
 200
 320
 3200
 800
 12800
 Auto
 80
 200
 320
 3200
 800
 12800
ISO Sensitivity (max)
3,200 Unknown - Click to provide data
ISO Sensitivity (min)
80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST

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)
3.5 - 4.6 2.5 - 3
Flash Range (wide)
0.4 - 8.8 0.3 - 5.4
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
 AVCHD
 MP4
 H.264
 AVC
 AVCHD
Video Resolutions
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
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
BEST
 TFT
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
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
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

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
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Push
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Push
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Custom modes
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Black&White
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,5,10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Pet
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Pet
 Sports
 Sunset

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
628g 218g
BEST
Height
95mm 58.1mm
Depth
122.3mm 35.4mm
Width
129.6mm 102mm
Weight (including Battery)
655g 245g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
NP-BX1 NP-BX1
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,240mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
300 shots 390 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V

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
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
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