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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H400

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
62
Overall
46
Leica V-Lux 4 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 front
Portability
62
Imaging
45
Features
41
Overall
43

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H400 Key Specs

Leica V-Lux 4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Announced September 2012
  • Succeeded the Leica V-Lux 3
  • Newer Model is Leica V-Lux 5
Sony H400
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-1550mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 628g - 130 x 95 x 122mm
  • Released February 2014
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H400 Overview

Following is a comprehensive analysis of the Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H400, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by brands Leica and Sony. There is a big difference among the image resolutions of the V-Lux 4 (12MP) and H400 (20MP) but they feature the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The V-Lux 4 was brought out 17 months before the H400 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before delving through a in-depth comparison, below is a short summary of how the V-Lux 4 matches up versus the H400 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 4 over the Sony H400

 V-Lux 4 H400 
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony H400 over the Leica V-Lux 4

 H400 V-Lux 4 
ReleasedFebruary 2014September 2012More modern by 17 months

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 4 and Sony H400

 V-Lux 4 H400 
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Display resolution460k460kEqual display resolution
Touch friendly display Neither features Touch friendly display

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H400 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry around your camera often, you have to think about its weight and size. The Leica V-Lux 4 enjoys physical dimensions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") along with a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) while the Sony H400 has specifications of 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") accompanied by a weight of 628 grams (1.38 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you select at that time. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the V-Lux 4 compared to the H400.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H400 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the V-Lux 4 and H400 is 65 and 62 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H400 top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H400 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor sizes merely by viewing a spec sheet. The image below might give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the V-Lux 4 and H400.

As you can see, both the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You should anticipate the Sony H400 to render more detail having its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop images much more aggressively. The more aged V-Lux 4 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H400 sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H400 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H400 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Portrait photography advice
Sony H400 Portrait photography advice
45
you can focus manually
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
40
good MP (20MP)
has face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 as a Street photography camera
Sony H400 as a Street photography camera
57
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
more heavy than competitors in class (588 grams)
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
more heavy than others in class (628 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 as a Sports photography camera
Sony H400 as a Sports photography camera
46
excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
great battery power (540 CIPA)
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
51
great zoom range (25-1550mm 62.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
has tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Travel photography advice
Sony H400 Travel photography advice
55
great battery power (540 per charge)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
relatively wide (25mm)
very long reach (600mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors in class (588g)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
53
good MP (20MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
very long zoom (1550mm)
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than others in class (628g)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony H400 as a Landscape photography camera
48
you can focus manually
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
great battery power (540 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of Timelapse recording
44
decently wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Vlogging highlights
Sony H400 Vlogging highlights
63
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has microphone support
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than competitors in class (588g)
26
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
comes with external microphone port
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
more heavy than others in class (628 grams)
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H400 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 4 and Sony H400
 Leica V-Lux 4Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400
General Information
Brand Name Leica Sony
Model Leica V-Lux 4 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2012-09-17 2014-02-13
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by - Bionz(R)
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 5152 x 3864
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Max enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 23 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 25-1550mm (62.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8 f/3.4-6.5
Macro focus range 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,312 thousand dot 201 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 12.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 13.50 m 8.80 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 1280 X 720
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 588 grams (1.30 lb) 628 grams (1.38 lb)
Dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 540 images 300 images
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $899 $268