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Sony HX400V vs YI M1

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V and the YI M1 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2014 and September 2016. The HX400V is a fixed lens compact, while the M1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on a 1/2.3-inch (HX400V) and a Four Thirds (M1) sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 20.2 megapixels.

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

Headline Specifications
Sony HX400V versus YI M1
Sony HX400V YI M1
Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
24-1200mm f/2.8-6.3 Micro Four Thirds lenses
20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 20.2 MP, Four Thirds Sensor
1080/60p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 80-3,200 (80 - 12,800) ISO 100-25,600
Electronic viewfinder (210k dots) No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 921k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Tilting screen (no touchscreen) Fixed touchscreen
10 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
300 shots per battery charge450 shots per battery charge
130 x 93 x 103 mm, 660 g 114 x 64 x 34 mm, 281 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V and the YI M1? 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

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Sony HX400V and the YI M1. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The M1 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the HX400V is only available in black.

Size Sony HX400V vs YI M1
Compare HX400V versus M1 top
Comparison HX400V or M1 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the YI M1 is considerably smaller (40 percent) than the Sony HX400V. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the HX400V nor the M1 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the HX400V has a lens built in, whereas the M1 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the M1 and their specifications in the Micro Four Thirds Lens Catalog.

The power pack in the M1 can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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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 HX400V 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 660 g 300 n Feb 2014 499 i
2.
 
YI M1 114 mm 64 mm 34 mm 281 g 450 n Sep 2016 349 i
3.
 
Canon SX70 127 mm 91 mm 117 mm 608 g 325 n Sep 2018 549 i
4.
 
Canon SX730 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399i
5.
 
Canon SX60 128 mm 93 mm 114 mm 650 g 340 n Sep 2014 549i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 339 g 410 n Aug 2016 399i
7.
 
Kodak AZ901 139 mm 104 mm 119 mm 777 g 400 n Jan 2016 499 i
8.
 
Nikon B700 125 mm 85 mm 107 mm 565 g 350 n Feb 2016 499 i
9.
 
Nikon 1 J5 98 mm 60 mm 32 mm 231 g 250 n Apr 2015 399i
10.
 
Panasonic GX850 107 mm 65 mm 33 mm 269 g 210 n Jan 2017 549 i
11.
 
Panasonic GF7 107 mm 65 mm 33 mm 266 g 230 n Jan 2015 499i
12.
 
Sony HX99 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 449 i
13.
 
Sony HX95 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 429 i
14.
 
Sony HX350 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 652 g 300 n Dec 2016 449 i
15.
 
Sony HX90V 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 360 n Apr 2015 429 i
16.
 
Sony H400 130 mm 95 mm 122 mm 628 g 300 n Feb 2014 319 i
17.
 
Sony H300 128 mm 89 mm 92 mm 590 g 350 n Feb 2014 219 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. 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

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Sony HX400V features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and the YI M1 a Four Thirds sensor. The sensor area in the M1 is 704 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 5.6 and 2.0. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Sony HX400V and YI M1 sensor measures

Even though the M1 has a larger sensor, both cameras offer the same resolution of 20.2 megapixels. This implies that the M1 has a lower pixel density and larger individual pixels (with a pixel pitch of 3.34μm versus 1.18μm for the HX400V), which gives it a potential advantage in terms of light gathering capacity. In addition, the M1 is much more recent (by 2 years and 7 months) than the HX400V, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the HX400V has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 3200, which can be extended to ISO 80-12800. The corresponding ISO settings for the YI M1 are ISO 100 to ISO 25600 (no boost).

HX400V versus M1 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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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 HX400V 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
2.
 
YI M1 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
3.
 
Canon SX70 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
4.
 
Canon SX730 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
5.
 
Canon SX60 1/2.3 14.2 4608 30721080/60p19.210.812739
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
7.
 
Kodak AZ901 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p........
8.
 
Nikon B700 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
9.
 
Nikon 1 J5 1-inch 20.7 5568 37124K/15p21.112.047965
10.
 
Panasonic GX850 Four Thirds 15.8 4592 34484K/30p23.213.358673
11.
 
Panasonic GF7 Four Thirds 15.8 4592 34481080/60p........
12.
 
Sony HX99 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
13.
 
Sony HX95 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
14.
 
Sony HX350 1/2.3 19.9 5152 38641080/60p........
15.
 
Sony HX90V 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p........
16.
 
Sony H400 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p........
17.
 
Sony H300 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p........

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the M1 provides a better video resolution than the HX400V. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/30p, while the Sony is limited to 1080/60p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the HX400V has an electronic viewfinder (210k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the M1 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Sony HX400V and YI M1 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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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
1.
 
Sony HX400V210 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
2.
 
YI M1none n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 n n
3.
 
Canon SX702360 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
4.
 
Canon SX730none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
5.
 
Canon SX60922 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 6.4 Y Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A3none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
7.
 
Kodak AZ901202 n 3.0 920 swivel n 1/2000s 5.0 Y Y
8.
 
Nikon B700921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 5.0 Y Y
9.
 
Nikon 1 J5none n 3.0 1037 tilting Y 1/4000s 60.0 Y n
10.
 
Panasonic GX850none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/500s 10.0 Y n
11.
 
Panasonic GF7none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/500s 5.8 Y n
12.
 
Sony HX99638 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
13.
 
Sony HX95638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
14.
 
Sony HX350202 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
15.
 
Sony HX90V638 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
16.
 
Sony H400210 n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 0.7 Y Y
17.
 
Sony H300none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The HX400V has one, while the M1 does not. While the built-in flash of the HX400V is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

The YI M1 has an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

The HX400V writes its imaging data to SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards, while the M1 uses SDXC cards.

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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-HX400V and YI M1 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
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Sony HX400VYstereomono--micro2.0YY-
2.
 
YI M1Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
3.
 
Canon SX70-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon SX730-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
5.
 
Canon SX60YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A3Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
7.
 
Kodak AZ901-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
8.
 
Nikon B700-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
9.
 
Nikon 1 J5-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
10.
 
Panasonic GX850-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
11.
 
Panasonic GF7-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
12.
 
Sony HX99-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
13.
 
Sony HX95-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
14.
 
Sony HX350-stereomono--micro2.0---
15.
 
Sony HX90V-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
16.
 
Sony H400-monomono--micro2.0Y--
17.
 
Sony H300-monomono--micro2.0Y--

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 HX400V and the M1 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. Neither of the two has a direct predecessor, so perhaps they will constitute the origins of new camera lines for Sony and YI. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Sony and YI websites.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Which of the two cameras – the Sony HX400V or the YI M1 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.

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Arguments in favor of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Has a lens built-in, whereas the M1 requires a separate lens.
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization built-in.
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • Easier geotagging: Features an internal GPS sensor to log localization data.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in February 2014).

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Advantages of the YI M1:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better image quality: Is equipped with a larger and more technologically advanced sensor.
  • Richer colors: The sensor size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger sensor captures a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger sensor produces good images even in poorly lit environments.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 1080/60p).
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 921k dots).
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • More flexible: Takes interchangeable lenses and can thus be used with specialty optics.
  • More compact: Is smaller (114x64mm vs 130x93mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (450 versus 300) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 7 months of technical progress since the HX400V launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the M1 is the clear winner of the contest (15 : 10 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. 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.

HX400V 10:15 M1

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Sony HX400V and the YI M1 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the HX400V and the M1 in practical situations. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

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], 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 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Sony HX400V4/5+ +..4/54/5 Feb 2014 499 i
2.
 
YI M1....69/100.... Sep 2016 349 i
3.
 
Canon SX70..+ +..3.5/53.5/5 Sep 2018 549 i
4.
 
Canon SX730..+..4/54/5 Apr 2017 399i
5.
 
Canon SX603/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2014 549i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A3....74/1004.5/54/5 Aug 2016 399i
7.
 
Kodak AZ901......3.5/53/5 Jan 2016 499 i
8.
 
Nikon B700..+..4/54/5 Feb 2016 499 i
9.
 
Nikon 1 J5......4.5/54.5/5 Apr 2015 399i
10.
 
Panasonic GX850..+76/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 549 i
11.
 
Panasonic GF74/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2015 499i
12.
 
Sony HX99......4/54.5/5 Aug 2018 449 i
13.
 
Sony HX95.......... Aug 2018 429 i
14.
 
Sony HX350........4/5 Dec 2016 449 i
15.
 
Sony HX90V4/5+ +..4/54.5/5 Apr 2015 429 i
16.
 
Sony H400..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2014 319 i
17.
 
Sony H300..+..4.5/54/5 Feb 2014 219 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, 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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    Specifications: Sony HX400V vs YI M1

    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 HX400V YI M1
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens 24-1200mm f/2.8-6.3 Micro Four Thirds lenses
    Launch Date February 2014 September 2016
    Launch Price USD 499 USD 349
    Sensor Specs Sony HX400V YI M1
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor Four Thirds Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 17.3 x 13.0 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 224.9 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 21.6 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 2.0x
    Sensor Resolution 20.2 Megapixels 20.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3888 pixels 5184 x 3888 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.18 μm 3.34 μm
    Pixel Density 71.80 MP/cm2 8.96 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 80 - 3,200 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    ISO Boost 80 - 12,800 ISO no Enhancement
    Screen Specs Sony HX400V YI M1
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification
    Viewfinder Resolution 210k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 921k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input no Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Sony HX400V YI M1
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking FeatureFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse Photographyno IntervalometerIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium MS or SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Sony HX400V YI M1
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Geotagging GPS built-in no internal GPS
    Body Specs Sony HX400V YI M1
    Battery Type NP-BX1 BXM-10
    Battery Life (CIPA)300 shots per charge450 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 130 x 93 x 103 mm
    (5.1 x 3.7 x 4.1 in)
    114 x 64 x 34 mm
    (4.5 x 2.5 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 660 g (23.3 oz) 281 g (9.9 oz)

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