• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony HX400V advantages over Panasonic FZ300

  • Less expensive
    $398 vs $498
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,200 mm vs 600 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More pixels
    20.4 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic FZ300 advantages over Sony HX400V

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.19 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.11 vs 0.34 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.3 fps vs 9.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Good image quality for its class; Improved ergonomics; Impressive new EVF and rear display; Versatile 24-600mm equivalent f/2.8 lens; Faster autofocus performance; 4K video and 4K Photo features.

  • Bulky camera body; Excessive default noise reduction applied at lower ISOs; Continuous autofocus performance is inconsistent.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic FZ200

Sony HX400V
Panasonic FZ200
  • $415
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • $360
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic FZ300
Panasonic FZ200
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $360
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Leica V-LUX 4

Sony HX400V
Leica V-LUX 4
  • $415
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $899
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels
Panasonic FZ300
Leica V-LUX 4
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $899
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Headphone jack

Compared to Sony HX300

Sony HX400V
Sony HX300
  • $415
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $449
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic FZ300
Sony HX300
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
  • $449
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Fujifilm S1

Sony HX400V
Fujifilm S1
  • $415
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $478
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic FZ300
Fujifilm S1
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $478
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Samsung WB2200F

Sony HX400V
Samsung WB2200F
  • $415
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Wider angle lens
Panasonic FZ300
Samsung WB2200F
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • NFC
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