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
Zoom
Great zoom
35x
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 

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 Significantly smaller 113x73x46 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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3.2x smaller
Screen size Significantly 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 Much cheaper $93.99 vs $445.00
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The best price we've seen is $351 cheaper (4.7x less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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Aperture Significantly 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 Significantly more zoom 35x vs 12x
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More than 8.5x more zoom
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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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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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much 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

              $300 - $430

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $229 - $230

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $180 - $279

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $184

              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
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $425

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              $800

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $115 - $149

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $184

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $241

              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $189

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $99

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung HZ50W

              Samsung HZ50W

              Super zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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