Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Small Sensor Superzoom. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Sony and Nikon. Models we are reviewing in this article have different types of sensors, Thus, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is equipped with a 20.0 MP CCD sensor. Nikon Coolpix P520, on the contrary, features BSI-CMOS sensor with a resolution of 18.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 and Nikon Coolpix P520 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Key Features:
Nikon Coolpix P520 Key Features:
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 18.0 MP||10% more pixels|
|Flash Range||8.8 vs No||8.8 better flash range|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Battery Life||300 shots vs 200 shots||100 more frames with a single charge|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Wireless Connectivity||Optional vs No||Better connectivity|
|Gps||Built-in vs No||Has GPS|
|Sensor Area||28.46 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||1.4% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||7 fps vs Yes fps||6 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Fixed Type||Flexible shooting positions|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots vs 460k dots||50.1% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||550 g vs 628 g||78 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720||Higher Resolution Video|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3.2″||Large display|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots | 921k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Raw Support||No | No||Doesn's support RAW format|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 18.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Continuous Shooting||1.0 fps | 7.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 and Nikon Coolpix P520 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Nikon Coolpix P520 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 78g less than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 and Nikon Coolpix P520 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 features a 20.0 MP 1/2.3" sized CCD sensor . Nikon Coolpix P520, in its turn, comes with a 18.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 and Nikon Coolpix P520 by the size of their sensors.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 and Nikon Coolpix P520 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 and Nikon Coolpix P520 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400||Nikon Coolpix P520|
No Significant Advantages
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 or Nikon Coolpix P520, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 and Nikon Coolpix P520 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Nikon Coolpix P520 deserves a higher Total Score than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400||Nikon Coolpix P520|
|Model||Cyber-shot DSC-H400||Coolpix P520|
|Announced||Feb 13, 2014||Jan 29, 2013|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||6.16 x 4.62 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||28.46 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||18.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5152 x 3864||4896 x 3672|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80||80|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||201k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||8 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.0 fps||7.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash|
|Video Resolutions||1280 X 720||1920 x 1080|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||n/a|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB none|
|Weight||628 g||550 g|
|Physical Dimensions||130 x 95 x 122 mm||125 x 84 x 102 mm|
|Battery Life||300 shots||200 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo||SD/SDHC/SDXC|