Sony H400 vs Sony HX9V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V front

Sony H400 vs Sony HX9V 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
  • Launched February 2014
Sony HX9V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 245g - 105 x 59 x 34mm
  • Revealed July 2011
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Sony H400 vs Sony HX9V Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Sony H400 vs Sony HX9V, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both are sold by Sony. There exists a sizable gap among the resolutions of the H400 (20MP) and HX9V (16MP) but they use the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The H400 was brought out 2 years later than the HX9V and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Sony H400 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony HX9V being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight into a detailed comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the H400 grades against the HX9V with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

Photography Glossary

Reasons to pick Sony H400 over the Sony HX9V

 H400 HX9V 
RevealedFebruary 2014July 2011More recent by 32 months

Reasons to pick Sony HX9V over the Sony H400

 HX9V H400 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display resolution921k460kSharper display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Sony H400 and Sony HX9V

 H400 HX9V 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch display Neither comes with Touch display

Sony H400 vs Sony HX9V Physical Comparison

For those who are going to lug around your camera often, you need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Sony H400 comes with physical 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) and the Sony HX9V has measurements of 105mm x 59mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are employing at that time. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the H400 and the HX9V.

Sony H400 vs Sony HX9V size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the H400 and HX9V is 62 and 91 respectively.

Sony H400 vs Sony HX9V top view buttons comparison

Sony H400 vs Sony HX9V Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its hard to imagine the gap in sensor measurements purely by viewing specifications. The visual underneath will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the H400 and HX9V.

Plainly, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different resolution. You can expect to see the Sony H400 to result in greater detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop photos far more aggressively. The newer H400 should have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Sony H400 vs Sony HX9V sensor size comparison

Sony H400 vs Sony HX9V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H400 vs Sony HX9V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H400 Portrait photography information
Sony HX9V Portrait photography information
good MP (20 megapixels)
features face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
manual focus
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony H400 Street photography highlights
Sony HX9V Street photography highlights
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
heavier than average (628g)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (245g)
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony H400 Sports photography factors
Sony HX9V Sports photography factors
incredible zoom range (25-1550mm 62.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
features tracking focus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
incredible zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony H400
Travel photography with Sony HX9V
good MP (20MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
long reach (1550mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than average (628 grams)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
lighter than competitors in class (245g)
MP count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
really wide (24mm)
very long reach (384mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony H400
Landscape photography with Sony HX9V
relatively wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse function
manual focus
really wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H400 Vlogging highlights
Sony HX9V Vlogging highlights
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
comes with mic socket
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
heavier than average (628 grams)
really wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors in class (245 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of mic jack
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Sony H400 vs Sony HX9V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H400 and Sony HX9V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2014-02-13 2011-07-19
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Bionz(R) BIONZ
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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 5152 x 3864 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
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
Total focus points - 9
Cross type focus points - -
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-1550mm (62.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.4-6.5 f/3.3-5.9
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen technology Clear Photo LCD XtraFine LCD display with TruBlack technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 201k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 1.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 8.80 m 4.00 m
Flash modes Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 X 720 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
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 628g (1.38 lb) 245g (0.54 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") 105 x 59 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
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
Battery life 300 images -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Storage media 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
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $268 $328