Sony H400 Comparison Review
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is a fixed lens compact camera that was officially introduced in February 2014 and is equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. It offers a resolution of 19.9 megapixel.
Is the Sony H400 a good camera? The H400 has a Camera Elo of 1218. This rating puts the H400 below average of all superzoom compact cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (small sensor cameras), the H400 also ranks below average. – Well, the Sony H400 is more than 7 years old, and there have been many other good digital cameras released since 2014.
|Fixed lens compact camera|
|19.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor|
|ISO 80 - 3 200|
|Electronic viewfinder (210k dots)|
|3.0 LCD, 460k dots|
|Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)|
|0.7 shutter flaps per second|
|300 shots per battery charge|
|130 x 95 x 122 mm, 628 g|
Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.
Body comparison with a credit card
The physical dimensions of the Sony H400 relative to a credit card are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.
The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Sony H400 alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.
|1.||Sony H400||130 mm||95 mm||122 mm||628 g||300||n||Feb 2014||319|
|2.||Canon SX410||104 mm||69 mm||85 mm||325 g||185||n||Feb 2015||279|
|3.||Canon SX710||113 mm||66 mm||35 mm||269 g||230||n||Jan 2015||349|
|4.||Nikon L840||113 mm||78 mm||96 mm||538 g||590||n||Feb 2015||299|
|5.||Sony HX99||102 mm||58 mm||36 mm||242 g||370||n||Aug 2018||449|
|6.||Sony HX80||102 mm||58 mm||36 mm||245 g||390||n||Mar 2016||349|
|7.||Sony HX350||130 mm||93 mm||103 mm||652 g||300||n||Dec 2016||449|
|8.||Sony HX90V||102 mm||58 mm||36 mm||245 g||360||n||Apr 2015||429|
|9.||Sony HX400V||130 mm||93 mm||103 mm||660 g||300||n||Feb 2014||499|
|10.||Sony H300||128 mm||89 mm||92 mm||590 g||350||n||Feb 2014||219|
|11.||Sony H200||123 mm||83 mm||87 mm||530 g||240||n||Jan 2013||249|
|Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.|
The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Sony H400 was launched in the US market at a price of $319. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.
Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide
The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tent to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.
The Sony H400 features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Sony H400 among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design.
For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of alternatives.
Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The H400 indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the H400 can use is 720/30p.
Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The tables below summarize some of the other core capabilities of the Sony H400 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.
|1.||Sony H400||210||n||3.0 / 460||fixed||n||1/2000s||0.7||Y||Y|
|2.||Canon SX410||none||n||3.0 / 230||fixed||n||1/4000s||0.5||Y||Y|
|3.||Canon SX710||none||n||3.0 / 922||fixed||n||1/3200s||6.0||Y||Y|
|4.||Nikon L840||none||n||3.0 / 921||tilting||n||1/4000s||7.4||Y||Y|
|5.||Sony HX99||638||n||3.0 / 922||tilting||Y||1/2000s||10.0||Y||Y|
|6.||Sony HX80||638||n||3.0 / 922||tilting||n||1/2000s||10.0||Y||Y|
|7.||Sony HX350||202||n||3.0 / 922||tilting||n||1/4000s||10.0||Y||Y|
|8.||Sony HX90V||638||n||3.0 / 921||tilting||n||1/2000s||10.0||Y||Y|
|9.||Sony HX400V||210||n||3.0 / 921||tilting||n||1/4000s||10.0||Y||Y|
|10.||Sony H300||none||n||3.0 / 460||fixed||n||1/1500s||0.8||Y||Y|
|11.||Sony H200||none||n||3.0 / 460||fixed||n||1/1500s||0.8||Y||Y|
One convenient feature of the H400 is the presence of an on-board flash. While this built-in flash is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light to brighten deep shadow areas.
For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.
Mic / Speaker
|1.||Sony H400||-||mono / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||-|
|2.||Canon SX410||-||stereo / mono||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-|
|3.||Canon SX710||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||-|
|4.||Nikon L840||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||-|
|5.||Sony HX99||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||Y|
|6.||Sony HX80||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||-|
|7.||Sony HX350||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||-||-||-|
|8.||Sony HX90V||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||-|
|9.||Sony HX400V||Y||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||-|
|10.||Sony H300||-||mono / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||-|
|11.||Sony H200||-||mono / mono||-||-||-||2.0||-||-||-|
It is notable that the H400 offers wifi support. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.
The H400 has a zoom lens built in (4.4-277mm f/3.4-6.5), which, in full frame equivalent terms, provides a focal length range from 24.5 to 1550mm. The camera is, hence, ready to shoot, while remaining more compact in size than an interchangeable lens camera with an optic that offers similar focal length and aperture specifications.
While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the H400 handle or perform in practice. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable. This is why expert reviews are important. The table below summarizes the assessments of some of the best known camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).
|1.||Sony H400||..||o||..||..||3.5/5||3.5/5||Feb 2014||319|
|2.||Canon SX410||..||o||..||..||..||..||Feb 2015||279|
|3.||Canon SX710||..||+||..||..||4/5||3.5/5||Jan 2015||349|
|4.||Nikon L840||..||+ +||..||..||3.5/5||4/5||Feb 2015||299|
|5.||Sony HX99||..||..||..||..||4/5||4.5/5||Aug 2018||449|
|6.||Sony HX80||..||..||..||..||..||..||Mar 2016||349|
|7.||Sony HX350||..||..||..||..||..||4/5||Dec 2016||449|
|8.||Sony HX90V||4/5||+ +||..||..||4/5||4.5/5||Apr 2015||429|
|9.||Sony HX400V||4/5||+ +||..||..||4/5||4/5||Feb 2014||499|
|10.||Sony H300||..||+||..||..||4.5/5||4/5||Feb 2014||219|
|11.||Sony H200||..||..||..||..||3.5/5||3.5/5||Jan 2013||249|
|Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.|
The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.
Sony H400 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the H400.
What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the H400?
The camera is build around a CCD (Charged Coupled Device) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Sony equipped the H400 with the BIONZ image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the H400?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 3200.
Does the Sony H400 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
Which battery does the H400 use?
Camera to camera comparisons
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|Camera Model||Sony H400|
|Camera Type||Fixed lens compact camera|
|Camera Lens||24.5-1550mm f/3.4-6.5|
|Launch Date||February 2014|
|Launch Price||USD 319|
|Sensor Format||1/2.3" Sensor|
|Sensor Size||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||7.7 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||19.9 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||5 152 x 3 864 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||1.19 μm|
|Pixel Density||70.91 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||no AA filter|
|Movie Capability||720/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||80 - 3 200 ISO|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||100%|
|Viewfinder Resolution||210k dots|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||460k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|V-logging Friendliness||No front-flip|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000s|
|Continuous Shooting||0.7 shutter flaps/s|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||MS or SDXC cards|
|Second Storage Option||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||no|
|External Flash||no Hotshoe|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||micro HDMI|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Battery Type||NP-BX1 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||300 shots per charge|
130 x 95 x 122 mm
(5.1 x 3.7 x 4.8 in)
|Camera Weight||628 g (22.2 oz)|
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