Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS vs Canon Powershot SX40

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
320 ms shutter lag
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Size
Really small
Mid size 113x73x46 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.8"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX150 IS

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Size Much smaller 113x73x46 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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3.2x smaller
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.8" vs 4.3"
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2.3x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 306 g vs 601 g
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Around 50% lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $115.00 vs $399.99
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The best price we've seen is $285 cheaper (3.5x less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the SX30 IS's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 12x
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More than 8.5x more zoom
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX150 IS:1 cm
              SX30 IS:0 cm
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX150 IS:0.9 fps
              SX30 IS:1.1 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $325 - $390

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $150

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $200

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $249 - $269

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $250

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $180

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $209

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $184 - $219

              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $220

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $346

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              $550

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $330

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Larger screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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