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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.

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Is the Sony H400 a good camera? The H400 has a Camera Elo of 1207. 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 5 years old, and there have been many other good digital cameras released since 2014.

Headline Specifications
Sony H400
Fixed lens compact camera
24.5-1550mm f/3.4-6.5
19.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
720/30p Video
ISO 80-3200
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


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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.

Sony H400 vs credit card front
H400 versus credit card top view
H400 and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Sony H400 alongside a set of comparators. If you want to review a camera pair side-by-side, just select a right-side comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Sony H400 5.1 in 3.7 in 4.8 in 22.2 oz 300 n Feb 2014 319 i i Sony H400
 
Canon SX410« » 4.1 in 2.7 in 3.3 in 11.5 oz 185 n Feb 2015 279- i Canon SX410
 
Canon SX710« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.4 in 9.5 oz 230 n Jan 2015 349- i Canon SX710
 
Nikon L840« » 4.4 in 3.1 in 3.8 in 19.0 oz 590 n Feb 2015 299- i Nikon L840
 
Sony HX99« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.5 oz 370 n Aug 2018 449 i i Sony HX99
 
Sony HX80« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.6 oz 390 n Mar 2016 349 i i Sony HX80
 
Sony HX350« » 5.1 in 3.7 in 4.1 in 23.0 oz 300 n Dec 2016 449 i i Sony HX350
 
Sony HX90V« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.6 oz 360 n Apr 2015 429 i i Sony HX90V
 
Sony HX400V« » 5.1 in 3.7 in 4.1 in 23.3 oz 300 n Feb 2014 499 i i Sony HX400V
 
Sony H300« » 5.0 in 3.5 in 3.6 in 20.8 oz 350 n Feb 2014 219 i i Sony H300
 
Sony H200« » 4.8 in 3.3 in 3.4 in 18.7 oz 240 n Jan 2013 249 i i Sony H200
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as 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.

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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.

Sony H400 sensor measures

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 comparators.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Sony H400 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p----Sony H400
 
Canon SX410« » 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p----Canon SX410
 
Canon SX710« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p----Canon SX710
 
Nikon L840« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i----Nikon L840
 
Sony HX99« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p----Sony HX99
 
Sony HX80« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p----Sony HX80
 
Sony HX350« » 1/2.3 19.9 5152 38641080/60p----Sony HX350
 
Sony HX90V« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p----Sony HX90V
 
Sony HX400V« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p----Sony HX400V
 
Sony H300« » 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p----Sony H300
 
Sony H200« » 1/2.3 15.2 5184 2930720/30p----Sony H200

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.

Feature comparison

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.

Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
Camera
Model
 
Sony H400210 n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 0.7 Y Y Sony H400
 
Canon SX410« »- n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y Canon SX410
 
Canon SX710« »- n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 6.0 Y Y Canon SX710
 
Nikon L840« »- n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y Nikon L840
 
Sony HX99« »638 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX99
 
Sony HX80« »638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX80
 
Sony HX350« »202 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX350
 
Sony HX90V« »638 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX90V
 
Sony HX400V« »210 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX400V
 
Sony H300« »- n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y Sony H300
 
Sony H200« »- n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y Sony H200

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.

 

Connection comparison

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.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Type
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Sony H400-monomono--micro2.0Y--Sony H400
 
Canon SX410« »-stereomono---2.0---Canon SX410
 
Canon SX710« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon SX710
 
Nikon L840« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Nikon L840
 
Sony HX99« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYSony HX99
 
Sony HX80« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony HX80
 
Sony HX350« »-stereomono--micro2.0---Sony HX350
 
Sony HX90V« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony HX90V
 
Sony HX400V« »Ystereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony HX400V
 
Sony H300« »-monomono--micro2.0Y--Sony H300
 
Sony H200« »-monomono---2.0---Sony H200

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.

Expert reviews

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 (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog).

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Sony H400o-3.5/5-3.5/5 Feb 2014 319 i i Sony H400
 
Canon SX410« »o---- Feb 2015 279- i Canon SX410
 
Canon SX710« »+-4/5-3.5/5 Jan 2015 349- i Canon SX710
 
Nikon L840« »+ +-3.5/5-4/5 Feb 2015 299- i Nikon L840
 
Sony HX99« »--4/5-4.5/5 Aug 2018 449 i i Sony HX99
 
Sony HX80« »----- Mar 2016 349 i i Sony HX80
 
Sony HX350« »----4/5 Dec 2016 449 i i Sony HX350
 
Sony HX90V« »+ +-4/5-4.5/5 Apr 2015 429 i i Sony HX90V
 
Sony HX400V« »+ +-4/5-4/5 Feb 2014 499 i i Sony HX400V
 
Sony H300« »+-4.5/5-4/5 Feb 2014 219 i i Sony H300
 
Sony H200« »--3.5/5-3.5/5 Jan 2013 249 i i Sony H200
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?

The camera gets its power from the NP-BX1, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Camera to camera comparisons

If you would like to see a side-by-side review of this and another camera, just use the search menu below. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.

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    Specifications Summary
    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 Specs
    Sensor Technology CCD
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 19.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5152 x 3864 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.19 μm
    Pixel Density 70.91 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter
    Movie Capability 720/30p Video
    ISO Setting 80-3200 ISO
    Image Processor BIONZ
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification ..x
    Viewfinder Resolution 210k dots
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 460k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs
    Autofocus System Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidNo Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Continuous Shooting 0.7 shutter flaps/s
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot
    UHS card support no
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Body Specs
    Battery Type NP-BX1 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)300 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 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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