Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

99

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

77

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
3.15x
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

galleries

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.

differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
50x vs 24x
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Around 4.5x more zoom
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The PowerShot SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
123x87x106 mm vs 125x87x110 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
4.2" vs 4.3"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$329.00 vs $350.63
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The best price we've seen is $22 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ200

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ200's lens captures marginally more light (0.6 f-stops)
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Battery life
Much longer battery life
540 shots vs 315 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 2.2 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 2.4 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.4x closer to the lens
Focus points
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS4.2"
              DMC-FZ2004.3"
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS$329.00
              DMC-FZ200$350.63
              Weight Heavy Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS595 g
              DMC-FZ200588 g
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS11.2 EV
              DMC-FZ20010.8 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS20.3 bits
              DMC-FZ20019.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS179 ISO
              DMC-FZ200114 ISO
              Size Large Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS123x87x106 mm
              DMC-FZ200125x87x110 mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS47.0
              DMC-FZ20037.0

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS461k dots
              DMC-FZ200460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $200 - $248

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $349

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $275 - $378

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $692 - $798

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $302 - $320

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.

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              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              discussion

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
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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.