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What is the sensor size of the Canon SX400?

The Canon PowerShot SX400 IS is a digital camera that has a 1/2.3-inch sensor at its core. This imager measures 6.17mm in width and 4.55mm in height, so that the total imaging area of the sensor amounts to 28 mm2.

The SX400 provides an image resolution of 15.9 megapixels, based on 4 608 horizontal pixels and 3 456 vertical pixels.

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Sensor size comparison with a film slide

The sensor diagonal measures 7.7mm, which gives rise to a format factor (or crop factor) of 5.6. Hence, the Canon SX400 is a crop-sensor camera, as its sensor is smaller than a traditional 35mm film slide or negative.

Canon SX400 and Credit Card sensor measures

Sensor specs and performance

The table below compares the sensor specs of the Canon SX400 to those of several similar cameras. The reported DXO values are indicators of the sensor's imaging quality (higher is better), covering color depth (DXO Portrait), dynamic range (DXO Landscape), and high-ISO noise (DXO Sports). Larger sensor cameras tend to outperform cameras of the same generation that are equipped with a smaller imager. On the other hand, larger sensors are more expensive and require bigger and heavier lenses than smaller light receptors.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon SX400 1/2.3 15.9 4608 3456720/30p20.111.567246
2.
 
Canon SX420 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p20.311.780648
3.
 
Canon SX410 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p20.211.672047
4.
 
Canon SX530 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p20.211.671247
5.
 
Canon SX610 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p20.211.671247
6.
 
Canon SX710 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p20.211.671247
7.
 
Canon SX700 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p20.111.462945
8.
 
Canon SX600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p20.011.462045
9.
 
Canon SX60 1/2.3 14.2 4608 30721080/60p19.210.812739
10.
 
Canon SX510 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/24p20.011.358645
11.
 
Nikon L840 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i20.211.672147
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.
Further information on the sensor in the Canon SX400 and the camera's operation can be found in the camera manual.

In the United States, the SX400 was initially launched in July 2014 at a price of $249.

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Camera to camera comparisons

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Canon SX400
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-720mm f/3.4-5.8
    Launch Date July 2014
    Launch Price USD 249
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CCD
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4 608 x 3 456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter
    Movie Capability 720/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1 600 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 4+
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type No viewfinder
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    Touch Input No touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Continuous Shooting 0.8 shutter flaps/s
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Single card slot
    UHS card support no
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi
    Body Specs
    Battery Type NB-11LH power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)190 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 104 x 69 x 80 mm
    (4.1 x 2.7 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 313 g (11.0 oz)

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