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Nikon B500 vs Sony H400

Portability
68
Imaging
41
Features
50
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix B500 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 front
Portability
62
Imaging
45
Features
41
Overall
43

Nikon B500 vs Sony H400 Key Specs

Nikon B500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-900mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 541g - 114 x 78 x 95mm
  • Launched February 2016
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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Nikon B500 vs Sony H400 Overview

Below is a extended comparison of the Nikon B500 and Sony H400, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by rivals Nikon and Sony. The sensor resolution of the B500 (16MP) and the H400 (20MP) is very close and they come with the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The B500 was revealed 2 years later than the H400 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before diving straight into a detailed comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the B500 scores against the H400 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon B500 over the Sony H400

 B500 H400 
ReleasedFebruary 2016February 2014More recent by 25 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k460kSharper display (+461k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony H400 over the Nikon B500

 H400 B500 

Common features in the Nikon B500 and Sony H400

 B500 H400 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Nikon B500 vs Sony H400 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to lug around your camera regularly, you have to consider its weight and volume. The Nikon B500 comes with physical measurements of 114mm x 78mm x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") with a weight of 541 grams (1.19 lbs) and the Sony H400 has sizing of 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") along with a weight of 628 grams (1.38 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you use during that time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the B500 compared to the H400.

Nikon B500 vs Sony H400 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the B500 and H400 is 68 and 62 respectively.

Nikon B500 vs Sony H400 top view buttons comparison

Nikon B500 vs Sony H400 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its hard to visualise the gap in sensor measurements simply by researching specifications. The graphic below will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the B500 and H400.

Plainly, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but not the same resolution. You should expect to see the Sony H400 to provide you with more detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The fresher B500 will have an advantage in sensor tech.

Nikon B500 vs Sony H400 sensor size comparison

Nikon B500 vs Sony H400 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon B500 vs Sony H400 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon B500 Portrait photography factors
Sony H400 Portrait photography factors
37
resolution is good (16MP)
features face detect focusing
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
40
megapixel count decent (20MP)
comes with face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon B500 Street photography advice
Sony H400 Street photography advice
52
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
more heavy than competition in class (541g)
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
heavier than competitors (628 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon B500
Sports photography with Sony H400
51
incredible zoom range (23-900mm 39.1 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
features tracking focus
good battery pack (600 per charge)
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
51
great zoom range (25-1550mm 62.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
comes with tracking focus
max frames per second low (1.0 frames/s)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon B500 as a Travel photography camera
Sony H400 as a Travel photography camera
59
good battery pack (600 shots)
supports bluetooth
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (23mm)
very long zoom (900mm)
no Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (541g)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
53
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (25mm)
very long reach (1550mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors (628g)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon B500 Landscape photography advice
Sony H400 Landscape photography advice
45
fairly wide (23mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
good battery pack (600 shots)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
no Timelapse function
44
pretty wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.4)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon B500 as a Vlogging camera
Sony H400 as a Vlogging camera
27
fairly wide (23mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
display isn't selfie friendly
no microphone socket
more heavy than competition in class (541 grams)
26
pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
includes mic port
slow max aperture (f3.4)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
heavier than competitors (628 grams)
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Nikon B500 vs Sony H400 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon B500 and Sony H400
 Nikon Coolpix B500Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Model type Nikon Coolpix B500 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2016-02-23 2014-02-13
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz(R)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 5152 x 3864
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 23-900mm (39.1x) 25-1550mm (62.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.0-6.5 f/3.4-6.5
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 921k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology - Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 201k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Features
Lowest shutter speed 1 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 7.4 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) 8.80 m
Flash settings - Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 1280 X 720
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 541g (1.19 lb) 628g (1.38 lb)
Dimensions 114 x 78 x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") 130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 600 shots 300 shots
Type of battery AA Battery Pack
Battery ID 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $300 $268