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 Panasonic. Although Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 are both equipped with the same CCD sensor, they boast of different resolution. Thus, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 has a sensor with a resolution of 20.0 MP, while Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 has a different resolution of 14.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 Key Features:
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 14.0 MP||30% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2 vs 27.72 mm2||1.2% larger pixel area|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots vs 230k dots||50% higher resolution screen|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Continuous Shooting||2 fps vs Yes fps||1 fps faster|
|Flash Range||9.5 vs 8.8||0.7 better flash range|
|Weight||494 g vs 628 g||134 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||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 | 230k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 14.0 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 | 2.0 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 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, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 134g 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 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 . Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40, in its turn, comes with a 14.0 MP 1/2.33" sized CCD sensor and Venus Engine HD II processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 has a sensor area 1.0x bigger compared to Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 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||Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40|
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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40, 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 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||Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40|
|Model||Cyber-shot DSC-H400||Lumix DMC-FZ40|
|Announced||Feb 13, 2014||Jul 21, 2010|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||6.08 x 4.56 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||27.72 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||14.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5152 x 3864||4320 x 3240|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||6,400|
|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||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||0|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||201k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.0 fps||2.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash||Auto, Red-eye, Slow Sync|
|Video Resolutions||1280 X 720||1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720||1280 x 720|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||AVCHD Lite|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||628 g||494 g|
|Physical Dimensions||130 x 95 x 122 mm||120 x 80 x 92 mm|
|Battery Life||300 shots||n/a|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||n/a|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|