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Sony H400 vs Sony HX50V

Portability
62
Imaging
45
Features
41
Overall
43
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V front
Portability
89
Imaging
45
Features
57
Overall
49

Sony H400 vs Sony HX50V Key Specs

Sony H400
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-1550mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 628g - 130 x 95 x 122mm
  • Released February 2014
Sony HX50V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5 - 6.3) lens
  • 272g - 108 x 64 x 38mm
  • Released April 2013
  • Older Model is Sony HX30V
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Sony H400 vs Sony HX50V Overview

Here is a thorough analysis of the Sony H400 and Sony HX50V, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both of them are designed by Sony. The resolution of the H400 (20MP) and the HX50V (20MP) is very comparable and both cameras boast the same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The H400 was launched 10 months later than the HX50V so they are both of a similar generation. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Sony H400 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony HX50V being a Compact camera.

Before we go into a complete comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the H400 matches up versus the HX50V when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony H400 over the Sony HX50V

 H400 HX50V 
ReleasedFebruary 2014April 2013Fresher by 10 months

Reasons to pick Sony HX50V over the Sony H400

 HX50V H400 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Display resolution921k460kSharper display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Sony H400 and Sony HX50V

 H400 HX50V 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display size
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Sony H400 vs Sony HX50V Physical Comparison

If you are going to carry your camera, you're going to have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Sony H400 features external dimensions of 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") having a weight of 628 grams (1.38 lbs) and the Sony HX50V has dimensions of 108mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5") and a weight of 272 grams (0.60 lbs).

Analyze the Sony H400 and Sony HX50V in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have at that moment. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the H400 versus the HX50V.

Sony H400 vs Sony HX50V size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the H400 and HX50V is 62 and 89 respectively.

Sony H400 vs Sony HX50V top view buttons comparison

Sony H400 vs Sony HX50V Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's hard to envision the gap in sensor sizing merely by checking out technical specs. The photograph underneath will help give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the H400 and HX50V.

As you can tell, both of those cameras have the same sensor dimensions and the identical megapixels so you should expect comparable quality of files though you should take the release date of the cameras into account. The newer H400 is going to have a benefit in sensor tech.

Sony H400 vs Sony HX50V sensor size comparison

Sony H400 vs Sony HX50V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H400 vs Sony HX50V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H400 Portrait photography information
Sony HX50V Portrait photography information
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decent megapixels (20MP)
supports face detection autofocus
no manual focus
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
51
manual focus
resolution is good (20MP)
supports face detect focus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony H400 Street photography info
Sony HX50V Street photography info
43
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
heavier than average in class (628 grams)
62
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (272 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony H400 Sports photography details
Sony HX50V Sports photography details
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great zoom range (25-1550mm 62.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
58
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
better than average battery pack (400 shots)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H400 Travel photography information
Sony HX50V Travel photography information
53
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long zoom (1550mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than average in class (628 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
71
better than average battery pack (400 per charge)
lighter than competitors (272 grams)
resolution is good (20MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
does not offer selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.5 )
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H400 Landscape photography highlights
Sony HX50V Landscape photography highlights
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pretty wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse mode
54
manual focus
decently wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
better than average battery pack (400 per charge)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5 )
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H400 Vlogging factors
Sony HX50V Vlogging factors
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pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
comes with external mic support
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
heavier than average in class (628 grams)
34
decently wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors (272g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5 )
does not offer selfie friendly display
does not have mic support
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Sony H400 vs Sony HX50V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H400 and Sony HX50V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2014-02-13 2013-04-24
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz(R) -
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
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 20 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5152 x 3864 5184 x 2920
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest enhanced ISO - 12800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-1550mm (62.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.4-6.5 f/3.5 - 6.3
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology Clear Photo LCD XtraFine LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 201 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 8.80 m 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 X 720 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 628 grams (1.38 lbs) 272 grams (0.60 lbs)
Physical dimensions 130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") 108 x 64 x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5")
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 300 pictures 400 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $268 $439