Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200



Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone


Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.


Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Super zoom

$389 - $449

Zoom Significantly more zoom
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Supports 24p No 24p support
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Super zoom

$249 - $264

3D Takes 3D photos
Aperture Wider aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Super zoom


Autofocus Faster autofocus
Screen size Larger screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Super zoom

$550 - $598

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Super zoom

$249 - $264

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Super zoom

$348 - $356

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Zoom Significantly more zoom
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies


Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
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Avatar for Daniel Corttez Daniel Corttez (4:02 PM, October 22, 2014)
I have a fz200, she makes me happy
Luis (0:53 PM, August 01, 2014)
I own a FZ200 and I have tested the SX50hs.
It really does not feel fair the difference between the score, that you you check the score you will find so many parameters missing. So it is really subjective (like popularity)

Allthough the image quality is noticeble superior in the Canon, I found that this diference only becomes significative when cropping the image, or when shooting above ISO400. And even though the image quality is better at ISO400 in the Canon, it is not good that you can compare with a DSLR because the noise is present.

Keeping in mind that the SX50 is always better in noise department, the FZ200 gives very good images at ISO100 and 200, and with proper software and shooting RAW I thing the Panasonic will not disapoint. If it does then what you are really looking for is a DSLR.

I think that the everything in the FZ200 is so great, that you almost feel like you're working with a DSLR, and the problem is that you forget that it really is compact sensor, so when you look close to the pictures you tend to expect a little bit more. My first impact was that the image was much less smoother than expected.

In conclusion: The SX50 is better in zoom range and sensor/image quality. The FZ200 is better in all the other things, in particular the handling, the DSLR feeling and more control of light, allowing you to play more freely with shutter speeds and apertures, no matter the focal lenght.

If the zoom is the most important thing you search in a camera, or if you give such a big importance to little difference in image quality (noise...) get the Canon.
If not the Lumix will make you very happy.
Avatar for Dave Seace Dave Seace (3:28 AM, March 12, 2014)
Looking at the comparisons, the scores seem almost backward. I just saw this review after considering the cameras in this price range and after making up my mind for the Panasonic fz200 (even though it was about a hundred dollars more)....... Unless you want super zoom?
Hemant Kumar Uppal (3:08 PM, February 10, 2014)
Good. Very appropriate observation
Hemant Kumar Uppal (3:05 PM, February 10, 2014)
Rubbish. Let all, who so ever is comparing the cameras, to understand that it is the maximum aperture providing low ISO available for good pics. More focal length is no positive point. Kindly do not fool people.
Paul (1:30 PM, September 29, 2013)
Apparently snapsort doesn't know the difference between the Canon Sx50 and a Panasonic Lumix Fz200 note the camera models above the Lumix shown is a Lumix G model.

It is my opinion that snapsort is biased toward the Canon Sx50. Check other reputable camera reviews to get the real scoop, I did and I choose the Panasonic Fz200.
Ron (10:56 AM, September 05, 2013)
This site surely is biased towards Canon!! Are you kidding me with these scores! wow!
Adrian (2:01 AM, August 03, 2013)
Ridiculous scoring and high points!!!! I am a semi-pro NIkon user but did a lot of research and have used a friend's Canon SX50HS, I opted for the Lumix FZ200 and after seeing the results from it my friend decided to get one as well. 1200mm zoom is useless as far as quality on the Canon, the aperture makes things very dark thus high ISO needs to be used. The Canon has 120 fps high speed but a only 480p while the Lumix shoots it HD quality of 720p and 240 fps at 480p.Also video at HD 1080 and 60p (progressive) recording for those wanting the best quality and for slow motion editing. I am not sure why they mention 13 fps on the Canon and not the 12 fps on the Lumix or that it also shoots 40 fps at 5 megapixels which is plenty for web use (most only use on the web anyway). It also shoots 60 fps on 2.5 mp although not sure why they would ad that but it has it if one wants to "play" w/ it. The 2.8 constant aperture on Leica lens is enough to make one buy it, at least anybody that knows anything about photography and why the glass is more important than stupid zooms. Oh and the ISO performance is very good for what it is up to ISO 800. Even higher but you will need some Denoising software like Nik denoise 2.0. Get the Lumix, nuff said!!
Avatar for Peter Amodio Peter Amodio (11:27 PM, July 03, 2013)
Thanks for that, you've just made my mind up for me in favour of the Lumix!
I'm interested in the low light capability and the constant 2.8 must be a massive advantage inspite of their claim that the Canon had better light sensitivity!
Avatar for Peter Amodio Peter Amodio (11:20 PM, July 03, 2013)
Why do you include "Popularity" in your test? The Lumix lost 70 points to the Canon because of this!
Those 70 points don't make the Canon a better camera, its just that they sell more!
Tony (8:37 AM, June 25, 2013)
Who wrote this review? Defiantly biased for some reason... The Panasonic is far superior to the canon in low light situations, and making the zoom the selling point is ridiculous... Are far better camera than Canon, and I don't own either, but have used both.
Avatar for JohnDW JohnDW (8:46 PM, February 06, 2013)
Awaiting a reply from Snapsort regarding the scoring of FZ200 and Powershot SX50HS cameras.
Avatar for JohnDW JohnDW (8:23 PM, January 27, 2013)
It is rather supprising to see the scores awarded to the FZ200 and Powershot SX50HS, i.e. 66 vs. 100?! Just have a look at all the reputable camera reviews (e.g. Photographyblog, Dpreview, Expertreview,Trustedreviews, CNet, Digitalcamera, Whatdigitalcamera and Cameralab) on the internet. to illustrate the point.
Mel (0:51 AM, November 27, 2012)
couple of comments about this, i am an FZ200 fan so i was suprised to see it scored so low:

the bottom 2 shots are not the FZ200 - they are the Lumix G5 DSLM.

Secondly i'm pretty suprised at the weighting given to the lenses in this review.

to score the FZ200 only at 25.9 vs the SX50 at 24.5 seems a bit unbalanced. the FZ200 maintains a constant aperture across the entire 600mm zoom ratio allowing you to use faster shutter speeds at tele zoom or in low light which is pretty important for shooting fast moving subjects or recording film...

also a good point to note for users wanting to base their analysis from this review - there is no weighting given to a fold out or tilt LCD and suprisingly "popularity" is measured in their points analysis which equates to 25% of the score outcome for the SX50. It contributed 60 points out of a total 241.1 which seems crazy given this compares spec for spec vs the competition.
if you are considering these 2 cameras as a purchase i would do some more reading than taking the face value of these scores as they are not accurate.
Jose Monteiro (10:00 AM, November 12, 2012)
The pictures of Panasonic are not from Lumix DMC-FZ200 model. at least in Portugal.