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Olympus XZ-1 vs Sony HX400V

Portability
88
Imaging
35
Features
51
Overall
41
Olympus XZ-1 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V front
Portability
62
Imaging
45
Features
60
Overall
51

Olympus XZ-1 vs Sony HX400V Key Specs

Olympus XZ-1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 275g - 111 x 65 x 42mm
  • Launched January 2011
Sony HX400V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.8-6.3) lens
  • 660g - 130 x 93 x 103mm
  • Released February 2014
  • Earlier Model is Sony HX300
Photography Glossary

Olympus XZ-1 vs Sony HX400V Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Olympus XZ-1 and Sony HX400V, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Olympus and Sony. There is a crucial difference among the sensor resolutions of the XZ-1 (10MP) and HX400V (20MP) and the XZ-1 (1/1.63") and HX400V (1/2.3") boast totally different sensor dimensions.

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The XZ-1 was introduced 4 years earlier than the HX400V and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Olympus XZ-1 being a Compact camera and the Sony HX400V being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before diving right into a thorough comparison, here is a brief summation of how the XZ-1 grades versus the HX400V with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-1 over the Sony HX400V

 XZ-1 HX400V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX400V over the Olympus XZ-1

 HX400V XZ-1 
ReleasedFebruary 2014January 2011More recent by 37 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k614kCrisper screen (+307k dot)

Common features in the Olympus XZ-1 and Sony HX400V

 XZ-1 HX400V 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither contains Touch friendly screen

Olympus XZ-1 vs Sony HX400V Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to lug around your camera, you will need to consider its weight and proportions. The Olympus XZ-1 has got outer dimensions of 111mm x 65mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 275 grams (0.61 lbs) and the Sony HX400V has measurements of 130mm x 93mm x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1") having a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs).

Check the Olympus XZ-1 and Sony HX400V in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are using at that time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the XZ-1 compared to the HX400V.

Olympus XZ-1 vs Sony HX400V size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the XZ-1 and HX400V is 88 and 62 respectively.

Olympus XZ-1 vs Sony HX400V top view buttons comparison

Olympus XZ-1 vs Sony HX400V Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to envision the difference in sensor measurements merely by seeing a spec sheet. The photograph underneath will give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the XZ-1 and HX400V.

As you can see, each of these cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The XZ-1 having a bigger sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field simpler and the Sony HX400V will provide more detail using its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots way more aggressively. The older XZ-1 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus XZ-1 vs Sony HX400V sensor size comparison

Olympus XZ-1 vs Sony HX400V Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus XZ-1 vs Sony HX400V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus XZ-1
Portrait photography with Sony HX400V
45
has manual focus
features face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.63")
51
has manual focus
good MP (20MP)
has face detect autofocus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 as a Street photography camera
Sony HX400V as a Street photography camera
59
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/1.63")
heavier than competition (275g)
50
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
heavier than competition (660 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 as a Sports photography camera
Sony HX400V as a Sports photography camera
38
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (320 per charge)
max frames per second low (2.0 frames per second)
MP count low (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.63")
no phase detect autofocus
55
amazing zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
has tracking focus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 as a Travel photography camera
Sony HX400V as a Travel photography camera
62
better than average battery pack (320 shots)
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition (275 grams)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
53
good MP (20MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (24mm)
long zoom (1200mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (660 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus XZ-1
Landscape photography with Sony HX400V
54
has manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
better than average battery pack (320 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.63")
does not have Time Lapse recording
49
has manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus XZ-1 Vlogging factors
Sony HX400V Vlogging factors
31
quite wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detection autofocus
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external mic port
heavier than competition (275g)
29
quite wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have mic socket
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
heavier than competition (660 grams)
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Olympus XZ-1 vs Sony HX400V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus XZ-1 and Sony HX400V
 Olympus XZ-1Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
General Information
Company Olympus Sony
Model Olympus XZ-1 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2011-01-26 2014-02-12
Physical type Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic V Bionz X
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.63" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 8.07 x 5.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 44.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3664 x 2752 5184 x 3888
Max native ISO 6400 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 24-1200mm (50.0x)
Maximum aperture f/1.8-2.5 f/2.8-6.3
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 4.5 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 614k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology OLED -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 8.60 m (ISO 800) 8.50 m (ISO Auto)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Flash Off / Autoflash / Fill-flash / Slow Sync. / Advanced Flash / Rear Sync. / Wireless (with optional compliant flash)
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 275g (0.61 lb) 660g (1.46 lb)
Physical dimensions 111 x 65 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.7") 130 x 93 x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 34 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 18.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.4 not tested
DXO Low light score 117 not tested
Other
Battery life 320 photos 300 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model Li-50B NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $567 $448