Sony DSC-HX400 vs Sony RX10

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Sony DSC-HX400
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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
41.7x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 has an optical zoom of 50x, whereas the Sony RX10 is only an 8.3x optical zoom digital camera (41.7x smaller). 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-HX400 has a digital zoom of 126x, however the Sony RX10 is only a 2x digital zoom digital camera (124x smaller). 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.

45 smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Sony DSC-HX400 is 80 minimum ISO speed, but the Sony RX10 is a 125 minimum ISO speed digital camera (45 bigger).
GPS (satellite) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 has a GPS (satellite), whereas the Sony RX10 does not have a GPS (satellite). Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

Lighter Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 is a 628g digital camera. That's 127g lighter than the Sony RX10 (755g). 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.

6 Reasons For
1% higher megapixel Edit
The Sony RX10 is a 20.2MP digital camera. That's 0.099999999999998MP higher than the Sony DSC-HX400 (20.2MP). 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.

17% higher motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Sony RX10 has a motion JPEG frame rate of 60fps. That's 10fps higher than the Sony DSC-HX400 (60fps).
36% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony RX10 has a display resolution (numeric) of 1,440,000 pixels. That's 518,400 pixels higher than the Sony DSC-HX400 (1,440,000 pixels).
1h longer battery life (max) Edit
The Sony RX10 has a battery life (max) of 3.5h, however the Sony DSC-HX400 is only a 2.5h battery life digital camera (1h shorter). Read more

The maximum battery life is the maximum length of time that the camera could run for if not excessively using the playback features.

A longer battery life allows you use the camera for more days before you need to change the battery or recharge it.

420.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony RX10 takes 420.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Sony DSC-HX400 only takes 300.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

A bit better user reviews
Based on 36 reviews, the average user review score of the Sony RX10 is 91%, whereas the average rating of the Sony DSC-HX400 is 87% (based on 19 reviews).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
0.099999999999998MP lower megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-HX400 has a megapixel of 20.1MP, whereas the Sony RX10 is a 20.2MP digital camera (0.099999999999998MP higher). 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.

Lower motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Sony DSC-HX400 is only 50fps JPEG frame rate, but the Sony RX10 is a 60fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (10fps higher).
518,400 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony DSC-HX400 is only 921,600 pixels display resolution, but the Sony RX10 is a 1,440,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (518,400 pixels higher).
Shorter battery life (max) Edit
Sony DSC-HX400 is only 2.5h battery life. That's 1h shorter than the Sony RX10 (3.5h). Read more

The maximum battery life is the maximum length of time that the camera could run for if not excessively using the playback features.

A longer battery life allows you use the camera for more days before you need to change the battery or recharge it.

One hundred and twenty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Sony DSC-HX400 is 300.00, but the Sony RX10 only takes 420.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

Slightly Lower user review Score
The Sony DSC-HX400's average user rating is 87%, however the Sony RX10's is 91% (based on 36 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
Hugely smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony RX10 is an 8.3x optical zoom digital camera. That's 41.7x smaller than the Sony DSC-HX400 (8.3x). 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.

124x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony RX10 is a 2x digital zoom digital camera. That's 124x smaller than the Sony DSC-HX400 (2x). 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.

36% bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Sony RX10 has an ISO sensitivity (min) of 125. That's 45 bigger than the Sony DSC-HX400 (125).
Does not have a GPS (satellite) Edit
The Sony RX10 does not have a GPS (satellite), whereas the Sony DSC-HX400 has a GPS (satellite). Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

17% heavier Edit
The Sony RX10 has a weight of 755g, however the Sony DSC-HX400 is a 628g digital camera (127g 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.

Older by four months
The Sony RX10 is four months older than the Sony DSC-HX400.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 bridge camera
 bridge camera
Megapixel
20.1MP 20.2MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
BEST
 CCD
Still Image Resolution(s)
 640 x 480
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3648
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
BEST
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 13.2 x 8.8
Total Megapixels
21.1MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
50x
BEST
8.3x
Digital Zoom
126x
BEST
2x
Maximum Aperture Number
6.3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
2.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 200mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 24mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.3 - 215 8.8 - 73.3
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
15/10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Aspheric Elements
3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
55mm 62mm

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Tracking Auto Focus
 flexible spot
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Tracking Auto Focus
 flexible spot
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
0.01 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
0.01 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
2.4 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
2.4 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2500
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25
 4000
 5000
 25600
 8000
 10000
 Auto
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2500
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25
 4000
 5000
 25600
 8000
 10000
ISO Sensitivity (max)
12,800 12,800
ISO Sensitivity (min)
80
BEST
125
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Red-eye reduction
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Red-eye reduction
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
Flash Range (tele)
2.4 - 3.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 8.5 Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
50fps 60fps
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio System
 Mono
 Mono

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 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
55MB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 2

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Second Display Diagonal
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.39"
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,600 pixels 1,440,000 pixels
BEST
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.2" Unknown - Click to provide data
Magnification
16.2x Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
BEST
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Shade
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Shade
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Antique
 Black&White
 Antique
 Black&White
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Camera File System
 DCF
 MPF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
 MPF
 DPOF
 Exif
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi Burst Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Multi burst mode
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Start-Up Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,400ms
Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Twilight
 Pet
 Food
 Close-up (macro)
 Sunset
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Twilight
 Pet
 Food
 Close-up (macro)
 Sunset
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 CRO
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 CRO

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
628g
BEST
755g
Height
93.2mm 88.1mm
Depth
103.2mm 102.2mm
Width
129.6mm 129mm
Weight (including Battery)
660g
BEST
813g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
NP-BX1 NP-FW50
Battery Life (max)
2.5h 3.5h
BEST
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
300 shots 420 shots
BEST

System Requirements

Mac Operating Systems Supported
 Mac operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
Windows Operating Systems Supported
 Windows operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
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