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Sony H400 vs Sony A58

Portability
62
Imaging
45
Features
41
Overall
43
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 front
 
Sony SLT-A58 front
Portability
68
Imaging
63
Features
72
Overall
66

Sony H400 vs Sony A58 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 A58
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 16000 (Raise to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 492g - 129 x 95 x 78mm
  • Announced November 2013
  • Old Model is Sony A57
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Sony H400 vs Sony A58 Overview

In this article, we are evaluating the Sony H400 versus Sony A58, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Entry-Level DSLR and both are sold by Sony. The resolution of the H400 (20MP) and the A58 (20MP) is very close but the H400 (1/2.3") and A58 (APS-C) use different sensor size.

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The H400 was brought out 3 months after the A58 and they are of a similar age. Both cameras offer different body type with the Sony H400 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony A58 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before delving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise overview of how the H400 matches up versus the A58 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony H400 over the Sony A58

 H400 A58 
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Sony A58 over the Sony H400

 A58 H400 
Manually focus More precise focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Common features in the Sony H400 and Sony A58

 H400 A58 
AnnouncedFebruary 2014November 2013Same age
Display resolution460k460kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch display Absent Touch display

Sony H400 vs Sony A58 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry around your camera regularly, you will need to think about its weight and measurements. The Sony H400 enjoys outer 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 A58 has proportions of 129mm x 95mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 3.1") accompanied by a weight of 492 grams (1.08 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at that moment. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the H400 vs the A58.

Sony H400 vs Sony A58 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the H400 and A58 is 62 and 68 respectively.

Sony H400 vs Sony A58 top view buttons comparison

Sony H400 vs Sony A58 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be tough to visualize the contrast in sensor sizes only by looking through specifications. The picture underneath might provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the H400 and A58.

To sum up, both cameras enjoy the same exact resolution but different sensor sizes. The H400 includes the smaller sensor which should make obtaining shallower depth of field more challenging.

Sony H400 vs Sony A58 sensor size comparison

Sony H400 vs Sony A58 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H400 vs Sony A58 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H400 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A58 as a Portrait photography camera
40
MP count good (20MP)
provides face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
77
manual focus
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony H400
Street photography with Sony A58
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
heavier than competition (628g)
78
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony H400
Sports photography with Sony A58
51
amazing zoom range (25-1550mm 62.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
slow fps (1.0 frames per second)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
81
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
better than average battery (690 CIPA)
comes with phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony H400 Travel photography information
Sony A58 Travel photography information
53
MP count good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
long reach (1550mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (628 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
63
better than average battery (690 per charge)
decent megapixels (20MP)
built-in flash
lack of Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H400 Landscape photography info
Sony A58 Landscape photography info
44
fairly wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
lack of Time Lapse mode
70
manual focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (690 shots)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H400 as a Vlogging camera
Sony A58 as a Vlogging camera
26
fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
does have external mic support
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
heavier than competition (628g)
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic socket
screen is not selfie friendly
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Sony H400 vs Sony A58 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H400 and Sony A58
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400Sony SLT-A58
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Sony SLT-A58
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2014-02-13 2013-11-27
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz(R) -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.2 x 15.4mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 357.3mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Maximum resolution 5152 x 3864 5456 x 3632
Maximum native ISO 3200 16000
Maximum boosted ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 15
Cross type focus points - 3
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens zoom range 25-1550mm (62.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.4-6.5 -
Number of lenses - 143
Crop factor 5.8 1.6
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 460k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology Clear Photo LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 201k dots 1,440k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.65x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 8.80 m 10.00 m (@ ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash -
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 X 720 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 628 gr (1.38 lbs) 492 gr (1.08 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") 129 x 95 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 74
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.3
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.5
DXO Low light rating not tested 753
Other
Battery life 300 photos 690 photos
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2) -
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $268 $645