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Sony HX350 vs HX400V

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in December 2016 and February 2014. Both the HX350 and the HX400V are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The HX350 has a resolution of 19.9 megapixels, whereas the HX400V provides 20.2 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Sony HX350
versus
Sony HX400V
Sony HX350   Sony HX400V
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-1200mm f/2.8-6.3 24-1200mm f/2.8-6.3
19.9 MP – 1/2.3" sensor 20.2 MP – 1/2.3" sensor
1080/60p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 80-3,200 (80 - 12,800) ISO 80-3,200 (80 - 12,800)
Electronic viewfinder (202k dots) Electronic viewfinder (210k dots)
3.0" LCD – 922k dots 3.0" LCD – 921k dots
Tilting screen (no touchscreen) Tilting screen (no touchscreen)
10 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
300 shots per battery charge300 shots per battery charge
130 x 93 x 103 mm, 652 g 130 x 93 x 103 mm, 660 g
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Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Sony HX350 and the Sony HX400V is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Sony HX350 vs Sony HX400V
Compare HX350 versus HX400V top
Comparison HX350 or HX400V rear

In this particular case, the Sony HX350 and the Sony HX400V have exactly the same width and height, and, thus, have identically-sized bodies. However, the HX400V is slightly heavier (1 percent) than the HX350. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the HX350 nor the HX400V are weather-sealed.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Sony HX350 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 652 g 300 n Dec 2016 449ebay.com
2.
 
Sony HX400V 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 660 g 300 n Feb 2014 499ebay.com
3.
 
Canon SX730 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399ebay.com
4.
 
Canon SX60 128 mm 93 mm 114 mm 650 g 340 n Sep 2014 549ebay.com
5.
 
Kodak AZ901 139 mm 104 mm 119 mm 777 g 400 n Jan 2016 499 amazon.com
6.
 
Nikon B700 125 mm 85 mm 107 mm 565 g 350 n Feb 2016 499ebay.com
7.
 
Panasonic ZS70 112 mm 67 mm 41 mm 322 g 380 n Apr 2017 449ebay.com
8.
 
Panasonic FZ80 130 mm 94 mm 119 mm 616 g 330 n Jan 2017 399 amazon.com
9.
 
Sony HX99 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 449 amazon.com
10.
 
Sony HX95 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 429 amazon.com
11.
 
Sony WX800 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399ebay.com
12.
 
Sony HX90V 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 360 n Apr 2015 429ebay.com
13.
 
Sony H400 130 mm 95 mm 122 mm 628 g 300 n Feb 2014 319ebay.com
14.
 
Sony H300 128 mm 89 mm 92 mm 590 g 350 n Feb 2014 219ebay.com
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The HX350 was somewhat cheaper (by 10 percent) than the HX400V at launch, but both cameras fall into the same price category. 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

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Sony HX350 and Sony HX400V sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the HX400V offers a slightly higher resolution of 20.2 megapixels, compared with 19.9 MP of the HX350. This megapixels advantage translates into a 0.59999999999999 percent gain in linear resolution. On the other hand, these sensor specs imply that the HX400V has a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.18μm versus 1.19μm for the HX350). Moreover, it should be noted, that the HX350 is much more recent (by 2 years and 10 months) than the HX400V, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of individual pixels. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 3200, which can be extended to ISO 80-12800. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V offers exactly the same ISO settings.

Technology-wise, both cameras are equipped with BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensors. Both cameras use a Bayer filter for capturing RGB colors on a square grid of photosensors. This arrangement is found in most digital cameras.

HX350 versus HX400V MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. 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 adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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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.
 
Sony HX350 1/2.3 19.9 5152 38641080/60p20.511.989649
2.
 
Sony HX400V 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p20.111.462945
3.
 
Canon SX730 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p20.511.992450
4.
 
Canon SX60 1/2.3 14.2 4608 30721080/60p19.210.812739
5.
 
Kodak AZ901 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p20.311.780648
6.
 
Nikon B700 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p20.411.881848
7.
 
Panasonic ZS70 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p19.110.610636
8.
 
Panasonic FZ80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p20.511.990049
9.
 
Sony HX99 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p20.612.1105851
10.
 
Sony HX95 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p20.612.1105751
11.
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p20.612.2107051
12.
 
Sony HX90V 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p20.211.673847
13.
 
Sony H400 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p20.111.463045
14.
 
Sony H300 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p20.111.463045
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/60p).

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The two cameras under review are similar with respect to both having an electronic viewfinder. However, the one in the HX400V offers a slightly higher resolution than the one in the HX350 (210k vs 202k dots). The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Sony HX350 and Sony HX400V in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Max
Shutter
Speed *
Max
Shutter
Flaps *
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Sony HX350202 n3.0 / 922 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0/s Y Y
2.
 
Sony HX400V210 n3.0 / 921 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0/s Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX730none n3.0 / 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9/s Y Y
4.
 
Canon SX60922 n3.0 / 922 swivel n 1/2000s 6.4/s Y Y
5.
 
Kodak AZ901202 n3.0 / 920 swivel n 1/2000s 5.0/s Y Y
6.
 
Nikon B700921 n3.0 / 921 swivel n 1/4000s 5.0/s Y Y
7.
 
Panasonic ZS701166 n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
8.
 
Panasonic FZ801166 n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
9.
 
Sony HX99638 n3.0 / 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
10.
 
Sony HX95638 n3.0 / 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
11.
 
Sony WX800none n3.0 / 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
12.
 
Sony HX90V638 n3.0 / 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
13.
 
Sony H400210 n3.0 / 460 fixed n 1/2000s 0.7/s Y Y
14.
 
Sony H300none n3.0 / 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8/s Y Y
Notes: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.

Both the HX350 and the HX400V have zoom lenses built in. Both optics have identical focal length range and aperture specifications (4.3-215mm f/2.8-6.3). Both cameras offer the same maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the HX350 and the HX400V write their files to SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards.

Connectivity 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-HX350 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Sony HX350-stereo / mono--micro2.0---
2.
 
Sony HX400VYstereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon SX730-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon SX60Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Kodak AZ901-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
6.
 
Nikon B700-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
7.
 
Panasonic ZS70-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
8.
 
Panasonic FZ80Ystereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
9.
 
Sony HX99-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
10.
 
Sony HX95-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
11.
 
Sony WX800-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
12.
 
Sony HX90V-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
13.
 
Sony H400-mono / mono--micro2.0Y--
14.
 
Sony H300-mono / mono--micro2.0Y--

It is notable that the HX400V offers wifi support, which can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location. In contrast, the HX350 does not provide wifi capability.

Travel and landscape photographers will find it useful that the HX400V has an internal geolocalization sensor and can record GPS coordinates in its EXIF data.

Both the HX350 and the HX400V have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on ebay. Neither of the two has a direct successor, so they represent the end of the respective camera lines from Sony. Further information on the features and operation of the HX350 and HX400V can be found, respectively, in the Sony HX350 Manual (free pdf) or the online Sony HX400V Manual.

Review summary

So how do things add up? Is there a clear favorite between the Sony HX350 and the Sony HX400V? Which camera is better? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Advantages of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350:

  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 10 months of technical progress since the HX400V launch.


Reasons to prefer the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V:

  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • Easier geotagging: Features an internal GPS sensor to log localization data.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in February 2014).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the HX400V is the clear winner of the contest (5 : 1 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

HX350 01:05 HX400V

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Sony HX350 and the Sony HX400V place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the HX350 and the HX400V in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Sony HX350..........4/5 Dec 2016 449ebay.com
2.
 
Sony HX400V4/5+ +....4/54/5 Feb 2014 499ebay.com
3.
 
Canon SX730..+....4/54/5 Apr 2017 399ebay.com
4.
 
Canon SX603/5+ +..75/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2014 549ebay.com
5.
 
Kodak AZ901........3.5/53/5 Jan 2016 499 amazon.com
6.
 
Nikon B700..+....4/54/5 Feb 2016 499ebay.com
7.
 
Panasonic ZS70..+ +....4/54/5 Apr 2017 449ebay.com
8.
 
Panasonic FZ80..+ +....4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 399 amazon.com
9.
 
Sony HX99........4/54.5/5 Aug 2018 449 amazon.com
10.
 
Sony HX95............ Aug 2018 429 amazon.com
11.
 
Sony WX800............ Oct 2018 399ebay.com
12.
 
Sony HX90V4/5+ +....4/54.5/5 Apr 2015 429ebay.com
13.
 
Sony H400..o....3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2014 319ebay.com
14.
 
Sony H300..+....4.5/54/5 Feb 2014 219ebay.com
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. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities of other camera models, just make your choice using the following search menu. 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: Sony HX350 vs Sony HX400V

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Sony HX350 Sony HX400V
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-1200mm f/2.8-6.3 24-1200mm f/2.8-6.3
    Launch Date December 2016 February 2014
    Launch Price USD 449 USD 499
    Sensor Specs Sony HX350 Sony HX400V
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 19.9 Megapixels 20.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5152 x 3864 pixels 5184 x 3888 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.19 μm 1.18 μm
    Pixel Density 70.91 MP/cm2 71.80 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 80 - 3,200 ISO 80 - 3,200 ISO
    ISO Boost 80 - 12,800 ISO 80 - 12,800 ISO
    Image Processor BIONZ X BIONZ X
    Screen Specs Sony HX350 Sony HX400V
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 100%
    Viewfinder Resolution 202k dots 210k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 922k dots 921k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Tilting screen
    Shooting Specs Sony HX350 Sony HX400V
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s 10 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium MS or SDXC cards MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Sony HX350 Sony HX400V
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Geotagging no internal GPS GPS built-in
    Body Specs Sony HX350 Sony HX400V
    Battery Type NP-BX1 NP-BX1
    Battery Life (CIPA)300 shots per charge300 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 130 x 93 x 103 mm
    (5.1 x 3.7 x 4.1 in)
    130 x 93 x 103 mm
    (5.1 x 3.7 x 4.1 in)
    Camera Weight 652 g (23.0 oz) 660 g (23.3 oz)
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