Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 vs Sony DSC-H400

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
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Reasons For

8 Reasons For
Smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 has a minimum aperture of 3, but the Sony DSC-H400 is a 3.4 minimum aperture digital camera (0.4 larger).
Higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 3 higher than the Sony DSC-H400 (3,200).
163g lighter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 has a weight of 465gg, whereas the Sony DSC-H400 is a 628gg digital camera (163g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

11.3mm shorter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is an 83.7mmmm tall digital camera. That's 11.3mm shorter than the Sony DSC-H400 (95mmmm).
Narrower Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 has a width of 123.8mmmm. That's 5.8mm narrower than the Sony DSC-H400 (129.6mmmm).
Four supported batteries Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 has four supported batteries, however the Sony DSC-H400 only has one supported battery.
380 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a digital camera that takes 380 shots shots per battery charge, whereas the Sony DSC-H400 only takes 300 shots shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Cheaper by $55
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 costs $174.95, whereas the Sony DSC-H400 is $229.63.
9 Reasons For
4MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 20.1MPMP digital camera. That's 4MP higher than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (20.1MPMP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 63xx optical zoom digital camera. That's 28x bigger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (63xx). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 500xx digital zoom digital camera. That's 496x bigger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (500xx). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 6.5 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 0.6 smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (6.5).
Smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 20 smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (80).
50% longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Sony DSC-H400 is 30ss maximum shutter speed. That's 15s longer than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (30ss). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

4 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Moderately better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Sony DSC-H400 is 69% based on 12 reviews, however the average rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is 65% (based on 4 reviews).
Moderately better user reviews
The average user review score of the Sony DSC-H400 is 88% based on 468 reviews, however the average rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is 85% (based on 109 reviews).

Reasons Against

10 Reasons Against
25% lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 16.1MPMP digital camera. That's 4MP lower than the Sony DSC-H400 (20.1MPMP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 35xx optical zoom digital camera. That's 28x smaller than the Sony DSC-H400 (63xx). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 4xx digital zoom digital camera. That's 496x smaller than the Sony DSC-H400 (500xx). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

11% bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 5.9 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 0.6 bigger than the Sony DSC-H400 (6.5).
20 bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 20 bigger than the Sony DSC-H400 (80).
15s shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 15ss maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 15s shorter than the Sony DSC-H400 (30ss). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Not as many stockists
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is only stocked by 1 shop, however the Sony DSC-H400 is stocked by 5 retailers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Older by one year
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is one year older than the Sony DSC-H400.
Expert review Rating is a little Worse
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 only has an average expert score of 65%, but the Sony DSC-H400 has an average expert rating of 69% (based on 12 reviews).
User review Rating is a little Worse
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 has an average user score of 85%, but the Sony DSC-H400 has an average user rating of 88% (based on 468 reviews).
8 Reasons Against
12% larger minimum aperture Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 has a minimum aperture of 3.4, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 3 minimum aperture digital camera (0.4 smaller).
Vastly lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 3 lower than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (3,200).
163g heavier Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 has a weight of 628gg, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 465gg digital camera (163g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Taller Edit
Sony DSC-H400 is 95mmmm tall. That's 11.3mm taller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (95mmmm).
Wider Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 129.6mmmm wide digital camera. That's 5.8mm wider than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (129.6mmmm).
Only one supported battery Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a one supported battery digital camera, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 only has four supported batteries.
Only 300 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Sony DSC-H400 is 300 shots, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 only takes 380 shots shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

More expensive by $55
The Sony DSC-H400 is $54.68 more expensive than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 bridge camera
 bridge camera
Megapixel Count
16.1MP 20.1MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3648 x 2736
 2560 x 1920
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
 5152 x 3864
 11520 x 1080
 7152 x 1080
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3648 x 2736
 2560 x 1920
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
 5152 x 3864
 11520 x 1080
 7152 x 1080
 2592 x 1944
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 5152 x 3864
BEST
Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixel Count
16.4MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 16:9
 4:3
BEST
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
35x 63x
BEST
Digital Zoom
4x 500x
BEST
Maximum Aperture
5.9 6.5
BEST
Minimum Aperture
3
BEST
3.4
Maximum Focal Length
875mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
25mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
4.5 - 157.5 4.4 - 277
Lens Structure
14/10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 55mm

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 single
 continuous
 spot
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
Macro Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range
0.30 - ∞ 0.01 - ∞
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range
2.00 - ∞ 3.5 - ∞
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5 - ∞

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
ISO Speed
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
Maximum ISO Speed
6,400
BEST
3,200
Minimum ISO Speed
100 80
BEST
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
15s 30s
BEST
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Mode
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Forced on
 Forced off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
Tele Flash Range
1.5 - 5 0.4 - 8.8
Flash Range
0.6 - 10 3.5 - 4.6
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 1280 x 720
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 30fps
Video Format
 M-JPEG
 MP4
 H.264
 AVC
 M-JPEG
 MP4
 H.264
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240

Audio

Audio System
 Mono
 Mono

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Internal Memory
100MB 55MB
BEST
Memory Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
460,000 pixels 460,800 pixels
BEST
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.2"
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Fluorescent
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Fluorescent
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,10
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Crop
 Resizing
 Crop
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 DPOF
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 DPOF
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Scene Mode
 Children
 Cuisine
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Children
 Cuisine
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
465g
BEST
628g
Height
83.7mm
BEST
95mm
Depth
91.4mm 122.3mm
BEST
Width
123.8mm
BEST
129.6mm
Weight Including Battery
558g
BEST
655g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Alkaline
BEST
 Alkaline
Supported Battery
4
BEST
1
Battery Size
AA NP-BX1
Shot Per Battery Charge
380 shots
BEST
300 shots

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.0 LE,Adobe Reader Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
 AV
 USB
 AV
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