Panasonic Lumix FZ72 vs Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Winner
Panasonic Lumix FZ72

99

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

97

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
20 mm
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Great battery life
Battery life
400 shots
Many focus points
Focus points
23
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Overall image quality
Great image quality
47.0
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
11.2 EV

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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 FZ72.

differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Size
Smaller
123×87×106 mm vs 130×97×118 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
4.2" vs 4.6"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic FZ72

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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 FZ72's lens captures marginally more light (0.6 f-stops)
Zoom
More zoom
60x vs 50x
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More than 40% more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
20 mm vs 24 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9 fps vs 2.2 fps
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More than 4x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 315 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
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
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$295.05 vs $329.00
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The best price we've seen is $34 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS50x
              FZ7260x
              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"
              FZ724.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS595 g
              FZ72606 g
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS11.2 EV
              FZ7210.8 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS20.3 bits
              FZ7219.4 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS179 ISO
              FZ72171 ISO
              Size Large Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS123×87×106 mm
              FZ72130×97×118 mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS47.0
              FZ7241.0

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/2000 of a second
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS461k dots
              FZ72460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $382 - $480

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $322 - $398

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Wide angle Has a significantly narrower wide angle lens
              Zoom Has significantly less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $335

              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
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $360 - $398

              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $419 - $498

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              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 P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              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 FZ72 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix FZ72.

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