Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

68

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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
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
3.15x
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

Items often bought with the Canon SX50 HS or Panasonic DMC-FZ200

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 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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
47.0 vs 37.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
20.3 bits vs 19.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
179 ISO vs 114 ISO
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The SX50 HS has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Size
Slightly smaller
123×87×106 mm vs 125×87×110 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
4.2" vs 4.3"
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Almost the same
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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" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.4 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.4x closer to the lens
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

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 Extremely 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
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX50 HS4.2"
              DMC-FZ2004.3"
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX50 HS595 g
              DMC-FZ200588 g
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SX50 HS179 ISO
              DMC-FZ200114 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              SX50 HS11.2 EV
              DMC-FZ20010.8 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              SX50 HS20.3 bits
              DMC-FZ20019.1 bits
              Size Large Help
              SX50 HS123×87×106 mm
              DMC-FZ200125×87×110 mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SX50 HS47.0
              DMC-FZ20037.0

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SX50 HS$305.00
              DMC-FZ200$311.95
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              9.7 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX50 HS461k dots
              DMC-FZ200460k dots
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX50 HS1080p @ 24fps
              DMC-FZ2001080p @ 60fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Super zoom

              $598

              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $300 - $398

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348 - $370

              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

              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $584 - $748

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              discussion

              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.