Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 vs Sony DSC-H400

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Smaller minimum aperture number Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is 3 minimum aperture, but the Sony DSC-H400 is a 3.4 minimum aperture digital camera (0.4 larger).
Higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is 6,400 maximum ISO speed. That's 3,200 higher than the Sony DSC-H400 (3,200).
Bigger internal memory Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 100MB internal memory digital camera. That's 45MB bigger than the Sony DSC-H400 (55MB).
163g lighter Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 has a weight of 465g, whereas the Sony DSC-H400 is a 628g 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.

Four number of batteries supporteds Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 has four number of batteries supporteds, however the Sony DSC-H400 only has one number of batteries supported.
380.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a digital camera that takes 380.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Sony DSC-H400 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.

Cheaper by $52
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 costs $174.95, whereas the Sony DSC-H400 is $226.97.
10 Reasons For
4MP higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 20.1MP digital camera. That's 4MP higher than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (20.1MP). 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 63x optical zoom digital camera. That's 28x bigger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (63x). 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.

97% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 126x digital zoom digital camera. That's 122x bigger than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (126x). 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 number 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 ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Sony DSC-H400 is 80 minimum ISO speed. That's 20 smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (80).
50% longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Sony DSC-H400 is 30s maximum shutter speed. That's 15s longer than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (30s). Read more

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

Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony DSC-H400 is 460,800 pixels display resolution. That's 800 pixels higher than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (460,800 pixels).
5 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 89% based on 397 reviews, however the average rating of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is 85% (based on 109 reviews).

Reasons Against

11 Reasons Against
25% lower megapixel Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 16.1MP digital camera. That's 4MP lower than the Sony DSC-H400 (20.1MP). 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 35x optical zoom digital camera. That's 28x smaller than the Sony DSC-H400 (63x). 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 4x digital zoom digital camera. That's 122x smaller than the Sony DSC-H400 (126x). 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 number Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 has a maximum aperture number of 5.9. That's 0.6 bigger than the Sony DSC-H400 (6.5).
20 bigger ISO sensitivity (min) 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 slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 15s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 15s shorter than the Sony DSC-H400 (30s). Read more

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

Lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 460,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 800 pixels lower than the Sony DSC-H400 (460,800 pixels).
Not as many stockists
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is only stocked by 1 shop, however the Sony DSC-H400 is stocked by 6 stores. 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 over one year
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is 16 months 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 89% (based on 397 reviews).
7 Reasons Against
12% larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 has a minimum aperture number of 3.4, however the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 3 minimum aperture digital camera (0.4 smaller).
Vastly lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 3,200. That's 3,200 lower than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (3,200).
Smaller internal memory Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a 55MB internal memory digital camera. That's 45MB smaller than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 (55MB).
163g heavier Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 has a weight of 628g, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 465g 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.

Only one number of batteries supported Edit
The Sony DSC-H400 is a one number of batteries supported digital camera, whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 only has four number of batteries supporteds.
Only 300.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Sony DSC-H400 is 300.00, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 only takes 380.00 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.

More expensive by $52
The Sony DSC-H400 is $52.02 more expensive than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
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Megapixel
16.1MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixels
16.4MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 16:9
 4:3
BEST
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
35x 63x
BEST
Digital Zoom
4x 126x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
5.9 6.5
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
3
BEST
3.4
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
875mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
25mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.5 - 157.5 4.4 - 277
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
14/10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 55mm

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
0.30 - ∞ 0.01 - ∞
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
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 Modes
 Auto
 Auto
ISO Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
6,400
BEST
3,200
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 80
BEST
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
15s 30s
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Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

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

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 1280 x 720
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 30fps
Video Formats Supported
 M-JPEG
 MP4
 H.264
 AVC
 M-JPEG
 MP4
 H.264
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
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
100MB
BEST
55MB
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
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 Type
 Not available
 Electronic
 Not available
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Push
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Push
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,10
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Crop
 Resizing
 Crop
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 DPOF
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 DPOF
Tripod Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Scene Modes
 Children
 Cuisine
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Pet
 Children
 Cuisine
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Pet

Weight & Dimensions

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

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Alkaline
BEST
 Alkaline
Number of Batteries Supported
4
BEST
1
Battery Type
AA NP-BX1
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
380 shots
BEST
300 shots

System Requirements

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

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.0 LE,Adobe Reader Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 USB
 AV
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

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