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Sony HX400V vs Sony QX100

Portability
62
Imaging
45
Features
60
Overall
51
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 front
Portability
92
Imaging
51
Features
44
Overall
48

Sony HX400V vs Sony QX100 Key Specs

Sony HX400V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.8-6.3) lens
  • 660g - 130 x 93 x 103mm
  • Released February 2014
  • Succeeded the Sony HX300
Sony QX100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • " Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 179g - 63 x 63 x 56mm
  • Introduced September 2013
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Sony HX400V vs Sony QX100 Overview

In this article, we are evaluating the Sony HX400V and Sony QX100, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Lens-style and both of them are offered by Sony. The image resolution of the HX400V (20MP) and the QX100 (20MP) is very comparable but the HX400V (1/2.3") and QX100 (1") enjoy totally different sensor size.

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The HX400V was launched 6 months after the QX100 and they are of a similar generation. The two cameras offer different body type with the Sony HX400V being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony QX100 being a Lens-style camera.

Before getting through a complete comparison, below is a quick summation of how the HX400V matches up versus the QX100 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony HX400V over the Sony QX100

 HX400V QX100 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display sizing3""Larger display (+3")
Display resolution921k0kClearer display (+921k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony QX100 over the Sony HX400V

 QX100 HX400V 
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Sony HX400V and Sony QX100

 HX400V QX100 
IntroducedFebruary 2014September 2013Same generation
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Sony HX400V vs Sony QX100 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you will need to factor its weight and measurements. The Sony HX400V comes with outer dimensions of 130mm x 93mm x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1") along with a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs) while the Sony QX100 has proportions of 63mm x 63mm x 56mm (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.2") and a weight of 179 grams (0.39 lbs).

Compare the Sony HX400V and Sony QX100 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have at that time. Below is the front view physical size comparison of the HX400V vs the QX100.

Sony HX400V vs Sony QX100 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the HX400V and QX100 is 62 and 92 respectively.

Sony HX400V vs Sony QX100 top view buttons comparison

Sony HX400V vs Sony QX100 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is hard to envision the difference in sensor sizes just by checking out specs. The picture below might give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the HX400V and QX100.

All in all, both the cameras enjoy the same exact MP but not the same sensor sizes. The HX400V contains the smaller sensor which will make getting shallow DOF harder.

Sony HX400V vs Sony QX100 sensor size comparison

Sony HX400V vs Sony QX100 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony HX400V vs Sony QX100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony HX400V Portrait photography advice
Sony QX100 Portrait photography advice
51
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (20MP)
has face detect focus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
53
focusing manually
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
offers face detection focusing
no manual control
cannot use external flash
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony HX400V as a Street photography camera
Sony QX100 as a Street photography camera
50
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
more heavy than competition (660 grams)
71
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
boasts touch focus
no moving screen
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony HX400V as a Sports photography camera
Sony QX100 as a Sports photography camera
55
excellent zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
has tracking focus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
55
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
terrible battery pack (200 per charge)
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony HX400V Travel photography highlights
Sony QX100 Travel photography highlights
53
megapixel count decent (20MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
very long zoom (1200mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (660 grams)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
69
boasts touch focus
good megapixels (20MP)
decently wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
missing Timelapse function
terrible battery pack (200 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony HX400V
Landscape photography with Sony QX100
49
focusing manually
rather wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
no Timelapse recording
54
focusing manually
decently wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
tiny screen ( inches)
no manual control
lacks RAW files
terrible battery pack (200 CIPA)
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony HX400V Vlogging info
Sony QX100 Vlogging info
29
rather wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has microphone port
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
more heavy than competition (660g)
38
decently wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display is not selfie friendly
missing external microphone jack
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Sony HX400V vs Sony QX100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony HX400V and Sony QX100
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400VSony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Lens-style
Released 2014-02-12 2013-09-05
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Lens-style
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz X -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 5184 x 3888 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 160
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-1200mm (50.0x) 28-100mm (3.6x)
Max aperture f/2.8-6.3 f/1.8-4.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 2.7
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches -
Display resolution 921 thousand dot 0 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - Depends on connected smartphone
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 4 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 8.50 m (ISO Auto) no built-in flash
Flash options Flash Off / Autoflash / Fill-flash / Slow Sync. / Advanced Flash / Rear Sync. / Wireless (with optional compliant flash) None
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 660 gr (1.46 lb) 179 gr (0.39 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 93 x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1") 63 x 63 x 56mm (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.2")
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 200 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BX1 NP-BN,
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait) Yes (2, 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro
Storage slots One One
Price at release $448 $268