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Sony H400 vs YI M1

Portability
62
Imaging
45
Features
41
Overall
43
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 front
 
YI M1 front
Portability
87
Imaging
60
Features
66
Overall
62

Sony H400 vs YI M1 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
  • Revealed February 2014
YI M1
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 350g - 114 x 64 x 34mm
  • Announced September 2016
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Sony H400 vs YI M1 Overview

Lets take a more detailed look at the Sony H400 and YI M1, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by brands Sony and YI. The sensor resolution of the H400 (20MP) and the M1 (20MP) is pretty similar but the H400 (1/2.3") and M1 (Four Thirds) offer different sensor size.

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The H400 was manufactured 3 years earlier than the M1 and that is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Sony H400 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the YI M1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting right into a detailed comparison, here is a short summary of how the H400 matches up versus the M1 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony H400 over the YI M1

 H400 M1 

Reasons to pick YI M1 over the Sony H400

 M1 H400 
AnnouncedSeptember 2016February 2014More recent by 31 months
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Screen resolution1040k460kCrisper screen (+580k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Sony H400 and YI M1

 H400 M1 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen size
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Sony H400 vs YI M1 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to lug around your camera regularly, you will have to factor its weight and volume. The Sony H400 has physical dimensions of 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") with a weight of 628 grams (1.38 lbs) whilst the YI M1 has sizing of 114mm x 64mm x 34mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.3") along with a weight of 350 grams (0.77 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have attached during that time. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the H400 against the M1.

Sony H400 vs YI M1 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the H400 and M1 is 62 and 87 respectively.

Sony H400 vs YI M1 top view buttons comparison

Sony H400 vs YI M1 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its hard to visualize the gap between sensor measurements simply by reviewing specifications. The photograph underneath may give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the H400 and M1.

To sum up, both of those cameras provide the same resolution albeit different sensor measurements. The H400 contains the tinier sensor which will make getting shallow depth of field trickier. The older H400 is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony H400 vs YI M1 sensor size comparison

Sony H400 vs YI M1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H400 vs YI M1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H400 as a Portrait photography camera
YI M1 as a Portrait photography camera
40
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
76
focusing manually
good resolution (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony H400 as a Street photography camera
YI M1 as a Street photography camera
43
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
heavier than others (628g)
74
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
provides focus by touch
good ISO range (25,600)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony H400 as a Sports photography camera
YI M1 as a Sports photography camera
51
amazing zoom range (25-1550mm 62.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
55
good resolution (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
better than average battery power (450 per charge)
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H400 Travel photography information
YI M1 Travel photography information
53
megapixel count good (20MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
very long zoom (1550mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others (628 grams)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.4)
78
better than average battery power (450 per charge)
has bluetooth
provides focus by touch
good resolution (20 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H400 as a Landscape photography camera
YI M1 as a Landscape photography camera
44
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.4)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
does not have Time Lapse mode
77
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
better than average battery power (450 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H400 Vlogging information
YI M1 Vlogging information
26
relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
includes external mic socket
slow max aperture (f3.4)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
heavier than others (628g)
33
touchscreen capability
includes face detect focus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pxls)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
lack of microphone jack
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Sony H400 vs YI M1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H400 and YI M1
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400YI M1
General Information
Company Sony YI
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 YI M1
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2014-02-13 2016-09-19
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz(R) -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5152 x 3864 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 3200 25600
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 81
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 25-1550mm (62.0x) -
Max aperture f/3.4-6.5 -
Available lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.8 2.1
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech Clear Photo LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 201 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 8.80 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Red-Eye Slow
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 X 720 4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 75 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 4096x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 628g (1.38 pounds) 350g (0.77 pounds)
Physical dimensions 130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") 114 x 64 x 34mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.3")
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 pictures 450 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots 1 1
Retail price $268 $320