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Sony H300 vs Sony H400

Portability
63
Imaging
45
Features
37
Overall
41
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 front
Portability
62
Imaging
45
Features
41
Overall
43

Sony H300 vs Sony H400 Key Specs

Sony H300
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-875mm (F3-5.9) lens
  • 590g - 130 x 95 x 122mm
  • Launched February 2014
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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Sony H300 vs Sony H400 Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Sony H300 and Sony H400, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both of them are offered by Sony. The image resolution of the H300 (20MP) and the H400 (20MP) is relatively comparable and they use the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The H300 was announced very close to the H400 and they are both of a similar generation. The two cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before diving in to a thorough comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the H300 scores versus the H400 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony H300 over the Sony H400

 H300 H400 

Reasons to pick Sony H400 over the Sony H300

 H400 H300 

Common features in the Sony H300 and Sony H400

 H300 H400 
RevealedFebruary 2014February 2014Same generation
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size
Screen resolution460k460kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Sony H300 vs Sony H400 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera often, you are going to need to factor its weight and proportions. The Sony H300 provides outer measurements of 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") accompanied by a weight of 590 grams (1.30 lbs) whilst the Sony H400 has measurements of 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") having a weight of 628 grams (1.38 lbs).

Look at the Sony H300 and Sony H400 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have chosen at that time. Here is the front view size comparison of the H300 versus the H400.

Sony H300 vs Sony H400 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the H300 and H400 is 63 and 62 respectively.

Sony H300 vs Sony H400 top view buttons comparison

Sony H300 vs Sony H400 Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to imagine the gap in sensor measurements simply by seeing a spec sheet. The graphic here might give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the H300 and H400.

Clearly, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same exact megapixels and you should expect comparable quality of photos but you should really consider the release date of the cameras into account.

Sony H300 vs Sony H400 sensor size comparison

Sony H300 vs Sony H400 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H300 vs Sony H400 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H300 Portrait photography info
Sony H400 Portrait photography info
40
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
includes face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
40
good MP (20MP)
provides face detect focusing
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony H300 Street photography info
Sony H400 Street photography info
43
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
more heavy than competition in class (590g)
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
heavier than competition (628g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony H300
Sports photography with Sony H400
50
great zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
includes tracking focus
great battery life (350 CIPA)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
51
long zoom range (25-1550mm 62.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony H300 Travel photography factors
Sony H400 Travel photography factors
56
great battery life (350 CIPA)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (25mm)
long zoom (875mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (590g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3)
53
good MP (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
great reach (1550mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (628g)
does not contain selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H300 Landscape photography highlights
Sony H400 Landscape photography highlights
47
rather wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
great battery life (350 shots)
focusing manually not possible
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
no Timelapse mode
44
relatively wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H300 Vlogging factors
Sony H400 Vlogging factors
24
rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
slow maximum aperture (f3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (590 grams)
26
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
comes with mic jack
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
does not contain selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
heavier than competition (628g)
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Sony H300 vs Sony H400 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H300 and Sony H400
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2014-02-13 2014-02-13
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz(R) Bionz(R)
Sensor type CCD 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 20MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 5152 x 3864 5152 x 3864
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-875mm (35.0x) 25-1550mm (62.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3-5.9 f/3.4-6.5
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology Clear Photo LCD Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 201 thousand dot 201 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/1500 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 8.80 m 8.80 m
Flash options Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p) 1280 X 720
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 590 grams (1.30 lbs) 628 grams (1.38 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") 130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 350 photographs 300 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2) Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at release $249 $268