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Nikon L840 vs Sony H400

Portability
67
Imaging
41
Features
48
Overall
43
Nikon Coolpix L840 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 front
Portability
62
Imaging
45
Features
41
Overall
43

Nikon L840 vs Sony H400 Key Specs

Nikon L840
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-855mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 538g - 114 x 89 x 96mm
  • Revealed February 2015
  • Replaced the Nikon L830
Sony H400
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-1550mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 628g - 130 x 95 x 122mm
  • Revealed February 2014
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Nikon L840 vs Sony H400 Overview

Below, we will be analyzing the Nikon L840 versus Sony H400, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by rivals Nikon and Sony. The sensor resolution of the L840 (16MP) and the H400 (20MP) is pretty close and they come with the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The L840 was brought out 13 months later than the H400 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. The two cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before we go in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the L840 grades vs the H400 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L840 over the Sony H400

 L840 H400 
RevealedFebruary 2015February 2014More recent by 13 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k460kCrisper screen (+461k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony H400 over the Nikon L840

 H400 L840 

Common features in the Nikon L840 and Sony H400

 L840 H400 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen dimensions
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Nikon L840 vs Sony H400 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to lug around your camera, you have to consider its weight and volume. The Nikon L840 enjoys external measurements of 114mm x 89mm x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") accompanied by a weight of 538 grams (1.19 lbs) and the Sony H400 has sizing of 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") having a weight of 628 grams (1.38 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon L840 versus Sony H400 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are working with at that moment. Following is the front view measurement comparison of the L840 vs the H400.

Nikon L840 vs Sony H400 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the L840 and H400 is 67 and 62 respectively.

Nikon L840 vs Sony H400 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L840 vs Sony H400 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its tough to visualize the difference in sensor measurements just by researching a spec sheet. The visual here may give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the L840 and H400.

As you can see, the 2 cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You can expect the Sony H400 to render more detail having its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also let you crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The more modern L840 provides a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon L840 vs Sony H400 sensor size comparison

Nikon L840 vs Sony H400 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L840 vs Sony H400 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L840 Portrait photography features
Sony H400 Portrait photography features
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decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
provides face detection focusing
no manual focus
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
40
MP count good (20 megapixels)
has face detect focusing
no manual focus
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
Photography Glossary

Street Comparison

Nikon L840 Street photography details
Sony H400 Street photography details
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has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
heavier than average in class (538 grams)
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
heavier than competitors (628g)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L840 Sports photography details
Sony H400 Sports photography details
51
great zoom range (23-855mm 37.2 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
provides tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (590 per charge)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
51
great zoom range (25-1550mm 62.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
has tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L840 Travel photography highlights
Sony H400 Travel photography highlights
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better than average battery pack (590 CIPA)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (23mm)
long zoom (855mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than average in class (538g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
53
MP count good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
great zoom (1550mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors (628g)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L840 Landscape photography highlights
Sony H400 Landscape photography highlights
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pretty wide (23mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
better than average battery pack (590 shots)
no manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
manual mode not available
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Time Lapse recording
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quite wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L840 Vlogging advice
Sony H400 Vlogging advice
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pretty wide (23mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic port
heavier than average in class (538g)
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quite wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
does have mic port
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
heavier than competitors (628 grams)
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Nikon L840 vs Sony H400 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L840 and Sony H400
 Nikon Coolpix L840Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Model Nikon Coolpix L840 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2015-02-10 2014-02-13
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz(R)
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 5152 x 3864
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 23-855mm (37.2x) 25-1550mm (62.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.0-6.5 f/3.4-6.5
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 921 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology - Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 201 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 7.4 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) 8.80 m
Flash modes - Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 538g (1.19 lb) 628g (1.38 lb)
Dimensions 114 x 89 x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") 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 590 photos 300 photos
Battery form AA Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SC/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $400 $268