• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon SX400 IS advantages over Olympus PEN-F

  • Less expensive
    $149 vs $899
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    313g vs 434g
    Lighter weight

Olympus PEN-F advantages over Canon SX400 IS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.36 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 330 vs 190 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 80 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 77k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/1600 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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Review Excerpt

  • Highest resolution Olympus 4/3" camera yet; Excellent image quality for its class; Very good dynamic range; Fast autofocus; Fast burst speeds; Lots of fun creative filter options; Built-in EVF, Wi-Fi.

  • Expensive; No weather sealing; Mediocre battery life; No 4K video; No mic or headphone jacks.

The Competition

Compared to Canon SX500

Canon SX400 IS
Canon SX500
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • More dots on screen
Olympus PEN-F
Canon SX500
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Canon SX510 HS

Canon SX400 IS
Canon SX510 HS
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Olympus PEN-F
Canon SX510 HS
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Internal flash

Compared to Olympus E-M5 II

Canon SX400 IS
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Olympus PEN-F
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More pixels
  • $799
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • External Mic Jack

Compared to Canon SX410 IS

Canon SX400 IS
Canon SX410 IS
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More pixels
Olympus PEN-F
Canon SX410 IS
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic GX85

Canon SX400 IS
Panasonic GX85
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Olympus PEN-F
Panasonic GX85
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • High resolution composite
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
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