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Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX400 IS

Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
43
Overall
38
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS front
 
Canon PowerShot SX400 IS front
Portability
81
Imaging
40
Features
31
Overall
36

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX400 IS Key Specs

Canon SX270 HS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-6.8) lens
  • 233g - 106 x 63 x 33mm
  • Launched March 2013
  • Previous Model is Canon SX260 HS
  • Renewed by Canon SX280 HS
Canon SX400 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.4-5.8) lens
  • 313g - 104 x 69 x 80mm
  • Released July 2014
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Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX400 IS Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX400 IS, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both are sold by Canon. There exists a large gap between the sensor resolutions of the SX270 HS (12MP) and SX400 IS (16MP) but they come with the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The SX270 HS was announced 16 months earlier than the SX400 IS making the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a detailed comparison, below is a quick overview of how the SX270 HS grades against the SX400 IS in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX270 HS over the Canon SX400 IS

 SX270 HS SX400 IS 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Display resolution461k230kSharper display (+231k dot)

Reasons to pick Canon SX400 IS over the Canon SX270 HS

 SX400 IS SX270 HS 
ReleasedJuly 2014March 2013Newer by 16 months

Common features in the Canon SX270 HS and Canon SX400 IS

 SX270 HS SX400 IS 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX400 IS Physical Comparison

When you are going to travel with your camera frequently, you are going to need to factor its weight and volume. The Canon SX270 HS features external dimensions of 106mm x 63mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") along with a weight of 233 grams (0.51 lbs) while the Canon SX400 IS has sizing of 104mm x 69mm x 80mm (4.1" x 2.7" x 3.1") accompanied by a weight of 313 grams (0.69 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is the front view measurements comparison of the SX270 HS against the SX400 IS.

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX400 IS size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SX270 HS and SX400 IS is 91 and 81 respectively.

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX400 IS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX400 IS Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very hard to see the gap between sensor dimensions just by reviewing specs. The picture below will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the SX270 HS and SX400 IS.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You can expect to see the Canon SX400 IS to offer you more detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop photos a little more aggressively. The more aged SX270 HS is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX400 IS sensor size comparison

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX400 IS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX400 IS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon SX270 HS
Portrait photography with Canon SX400 IS
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you can focus manually
includes face detection autofocus
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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resolution is good (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection focus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Street photography factors
Canon SX400 IS Street photography factors
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (233 grams)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
52
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Sports photography factors
Canon SX400 IS Sports photography factors
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great zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
low battery life (210 shots)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
42
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery (190 per charge)
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX270 HS as a Travel photography camera
Canon SX400 IS as a Travel photography camera
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lighter than others (233 grams)
has built in flash
quite wide (25mm)
great zoom (500mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
low battery life (210 CIPA)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
60
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
very long zoom (720mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
terrible battery (190 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Landscape photography details
Canon SX400 IS Landscape photography details
41
you can focus manually
quite wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
low battery life (210 shots)
lack of Time Lapse recording
40
quite wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
terrible battery (190 CIPA)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Vlogging features
Canon SX400 IS Vlogging features
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quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others (233 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly display
lack of external mic socket
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quite wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone jack
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Canon SX270 HS vs Canon SX400 IS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX270 HS and Canon SX400 IS
 Canon PowerShot SX270 HSCanon PowerShot SX400 IS
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot SX270 HS Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2013-03-21 2014-07-29
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 6 Digic 4+
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-500mm (20.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-6.8 f/3.4-5.8
Macro focus distance 5cm 0cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 461 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 seconds 15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/3200 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 4.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.50 m 5.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, on, off, slow synchro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps) 1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 233 grams (0.51 lbs) 313 grams (0.69 lbs)
Dimensions 106 x 63 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") 104 x 69 x 80mm (4.1" x 2.7" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 210 shots 190 shots
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-6L NB-11LH
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $284 $229