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Sony H400 vs Sony HX300

Portability
62
Imaging
45
Features
41
Overall
43
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 front
Portability
63
Imaging
45
Features
51
Overall
47

Sony H400 vs Sony HX300 Key Specs

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
  • Introduced February 2014
Sony HX300
(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
  • 623g - 130 x 103 x 93mm
  • Announced February 2013
  • Earlier Model is Sony HX200V
  • New Model is Sony HX400V
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Sony H400 vs Sony HX300 Overview

Its time to take a deeper look at the Sony H400 vs Sony HX300, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both are produced by Sony. The resolution of the H400 (20MP) and the HX300 (20MP) is pretty close and they use the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The H400 was announced 12 months later than the HX300 so they are both of a similar age. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before going in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief overview of how the H400 scores against the HX300 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony H400 over the Sony HX300

 H400 HX300 
AnnouncedFebruary 2014February 2013More recent by 12 months

Reasons to pick Sony HX300 over the Sony H400

 HX300 H400 
Manual focus Very accurate focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k460kCrisper screen (+461k dot)

Common features in the Sony H400 and Sony HX300

 H400 HX300 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Sony H400 vs Sony HX300 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to lug around your camera, you'll need to think about its weight and volume. The Sony H400 offers external dimensions of 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") accompanied by a weight of 628 grams (1.38 lbs) whilst the Sony HX300 has sizing of 130mm x 103mm x 93mm (5.1" x 4.1" x 3.7") accompanied by a weight of 623 grams (1.37 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have attached at the time. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the H400 and the HX300.

Sony H400 vs Sony HX300 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the H400 and HX300 is 62 and 63 respectively.

Sony H400 vs Sony HX300 top view buttons comparison

Sony H400 vs Sony HX300 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's hard to visualize the contrast in sensor measurements purely by looking through technical specs. The photograph here might offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the H400 and HX300.

As you can tell, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same MP so you can expect comparable quality of files but you may want to consider the age of the cameras into account. The more modern H400 provides a benefit in sensor technology.

Sony H400 vs Sony HX300 sensor size comparison

Sony H400 vs Sony HX300 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H400 vs Sony HX300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H400 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony HX300 as a Portrait photography camera
40
good resolution (20 megapixels)
includes face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
43
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony H400 Street photography details
Sony HX300 Street photography details
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
heavier than competition (628g)
50
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Optical)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
heavier than competitors in class (623g)
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Sports Comparison

Sony H400 Sports photography details
Sony HX300 Sports photography details
51
incredible zoom range (25-1550mm 62.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
max frames per second low (1.0 fps)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
55
amazing zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
includes tracking autofocus
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H400 Travel photography factors
Sony HX300 Travel photography factors
53
good resolution (20MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (25mm)
long zoom (1550mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (628g)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
54
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
great zoom (1200mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors in class (623g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony H400
Landscape photography with Sony HX300
44
decently wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
49
has manual focus
really wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H400 Vlogging advice
Sony HX300 Vlogging advice
26
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
includes mic port
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
heavier than competition (628 grams)
25
really wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic socket
heavier than competitors in class (623g)
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Sony H400 vs Sony HX300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H400 and Sony HX300
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2014-02-13 2013-02-20
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz(R) -
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Maximum resolution 5152 x 3864 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-1550mm (62.0x) 24-1200mm (50.0x)
Max aperture f/3.4-6.5 f/2.8-6.3
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 460k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology Clear Photo LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 201k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 8.80 m -
Flash modes Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 X 720 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 628 gr (1.38 lbs) 623 gr (1.37 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") 130 x 103 x 93mm (5.1" x 4.1" x 3.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 300 photos -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2) -
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo -
Card slots One One
Pricing at launch $268 $339