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Panasonic FZ28 vs Sony H400

Portability
72
Imaging
33
Features
30
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 front
Portability
62
Imaging
45
Features
41
Overall
43

Panasonic FZ28 vs Sony H400 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ28
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-486mm (F2.8-4.4) lens
  • 417g - 118 x 75 x 89mm
  • Announced January 2009
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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Panasonic FZ28 vs Sony H400 Overview

On this page, we will be looking at the Panasonic FZ28 vs Sony H400, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by manufacturers Panasonic and Sony. There is a noticeable difference among the sensor resolutions of the FZ28 (10MP) and H400 (20MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The FZ28 was launched 6 years before the H400 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ28 being a Compact camera and the Sony H400 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before we go into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick summary of how the FZ28 grades versus the H400 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ28 over the Sony H400

 FZ28 H400 
Manual focus Very accurate focusing

Reasons to pick Sony H400 over the Panasonic FZ28

 H400 FZ28 
RevealedFebruary 2014January 2009More recent by 61 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FZ28 and Sony H400

 FZ28 H400 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FZ28 vs Sony H400 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to lug around your camera frequently, you'll need to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FZ28 has got external measurements of 118mm x 75mm x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5") having a weight of 417 grams (0.92 lbs) and the Sony H400 has measurements 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 ILC will vary dependant on the lens you choose at the time. Here is a front view size comparison of the FZ28 versus the H400.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Sony H400 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the FZ28 and H400 is 72 and 62 respectively.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Sony H400 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ28 vs Sony H400 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is tough to see the difference in sensor measurements simply by seeing specs. The visual below will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the FZ28 and H400.

All in all, each of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same megapixels. You can expect the Sony H400 to produce greater detail utilizing its extra 10MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop shots a bit more aggressively. The older FZ28 will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Sony H400 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ28 vs Sony H400 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ28 vs Sony H400 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Portrait photography features
Sony H400 Portrait photography features
35
manual focus
saves RAW files
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
40
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
comes with face detect focus
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FZ28
Street photography with Sony H400
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has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
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image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
more heavy than average in class (628g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 as a Sports photography camera
Sony H400 as a Sports photography camera
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incredible zoom range (27-486mm 18.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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great zoom range (25-1550mm 62.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
comes with tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ28
Travel photography with Sony H400
52
has built in flash
really wide (27mm)
very long zoom (486mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution low (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
great reach (1550mm)
does not have Timelapse function
more heavy than average in class (628 grams)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Landscape photography details
Sony H400 Landscape photography details
40
manual focus
really wide (27mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of Time Lapse recording
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reasonably wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
lack of manual focus
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FZ28
Vlogging with Sony H400
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really wide (27mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic support
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reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
does have microphone socket
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
more heavy than average in class (628g)
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Panasonic FZ28 vs Sony H400 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ28 and Sony H400
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400
General Information
Make Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2009-01-15 2014-02-13
Physical type Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz(R)
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 5152 x 3864
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 27-486mm (18.0x) 25-1550mm (62.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-4.4 f/3.4-6.5
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech - Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 201k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 8.50 m (Auto ISO) 8.80 m
Flash options Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2) Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps, 848 x 480, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 10fps 1280 X 720
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 417 gr (0.92 lbs) 628 gr (1.38 lbs)
Physical dimensions 118 x 75 x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5") 130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 27 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 17.9 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.1 not tested
DXO Low light rating 79 not tested
Other
Battery life - 300 shots
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Launch price $599 $268