Sony A6400 vs Sony HX400V

Sony Alpha a6400 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V front

Sony A6400 vs Sony HX400V Key Specs

Sony A6400
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Boost to 102400)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 403g - 120 x 67 x 50mm
  • Revealed January 2019
Sony HX400V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • 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
  • Old Model is Sony HX300
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Sony A6400 vs Sony HX400V Overview

Let's look much closer at the Sony A6400 versus Sony HX400V, former is a Advanced Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are sold by Sony. The resolution of the A6400 (24MP) and the HX400V (20MP) is fairly comparable but the A6400 (APS-C) and HX400V (1/2.3") possess different sensor sizing.

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The A6400 was introduced 4 years after the HX400V which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Sony A6400 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony HX400V being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving in to a in depth comparison, below is a simple summation of how the A6400 scores vs the HX400V in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony A6400 over the Sony HX400V

 A6400 HX400V 
ReleasedJanuary 2019February 2014More modern by 60 months
Display resolution922k921kSharper display (+1k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony HX400V over the Sony A6400

 HX400V A6400 

Common features in the Sony A6400 and Sony HX400V

 A6400 HX400V 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurement

Sony A6400 vs Sony HX400V Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry around your camera regularly, you'll need to take into account its weight and volume. The Sony A6400 comes with exterior measurements of 120mm x 67mm x 50mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.0") having a weight of 403 grams (0.89 lbs) whilst the Sony HX400V has sizing of 130mm x 93mm x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1") having a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are employing during that time. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the A6400 and the HX400V.

Sony A6400 vs Sony HX400V size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A6400 and HX400V is 83 and 62 respectively.

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Sony A6400 vs Sony HX400V Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very hard to visualize the contrast in sensor sizes purely by seeing a spec sheet. The picture here will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the A6400 and HX400V.

As you can see, each of these cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The A6400 having a larger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF simpler and the Sony A6400 will show more detail using its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will let you crop images much more aggressively. The fresher A6400 should have an advantage in sensor tech.

Sony A6400 vs Sony HX400V sensor size comparison

Sony A6400 vs Sony HX400V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A6400 vs Sony HX400V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A6400 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony HX400V as a Portrait photography camera
you can focus manually
MP count decent (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
manual focus
megapixel count good (20MP)
features face detection focus
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony A6400
Street photography with Sony HX400V
has a tilting screen
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
provides touch focus
weather sealing
good ISO range (32,000)
no image stabilization
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
heavier than average (660 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony A6400
Sports photography with Sony HX400V
MP count decent (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
weather sealing
good battery pack (410 CIPA)
comes with phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
long zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
features tracking autofocus
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony A6400
Travel photography with Sony HX400V
good battery pack (410 shots)
weather sealing
supports bluetooth
provides touch focus
MP count decent (24MP)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
megapixel count good (20MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
long reach (1200mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than average (660 grams)
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A6400 Landscape photography factors
Sony HX400V Landscape photography factors
you can focus manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (32,000)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
good battery pack (410 shots)
no image stabilization
manual focus
relatively wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A6400 Vlogging information
Sony HX400V Vlogging information
display is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
offers face detection autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have external mic jack
no image stabilization
relatively wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external mic jack
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly display
heavier than average (660g)
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Sony A6400 vs Sony HX400V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A6400 and Sony HX400V
 Sony Alpha a6400Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha a6400 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
Category Advanced Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2019-01-15 2014-02-12
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz X Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 6000 x 4000 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 32000 12800
Highest enhanced ISO 102400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 425 9
Lens mount type Sony E fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-1200mm (50.0x)
Largest aperture - f/2.8-6.3
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Number of lenses 121 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 922 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,359 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 11.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.00 m (at ISO 100) 8.50 m (ISO Auto)
Flash modes Off, auto, on, slow sync, rear sync, redeye reduction, wireless, hi-speed sync Flash Off / Autoflash / Fill-flash / Slow Sync. / Advanced Flash / Rear Sync. / Wireless (with optional compliant flash)
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264, XAVC-S MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 403 gr (0.89 pounds) 660 gr (1.46 pounds)
Dimensions 120 x 67 x 50mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.0") 130 x 93 x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 83 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 24.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.6 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1431 not tested
Battery life 410 photos 300 photos
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FW50 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick DUO (UHS-I compliant) SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $898 $448