Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Size
Really small
Compact 106x61x33 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Weight
Light-weight
231 g
 
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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size Much smaller 106x61x33 mm vs 125x87x110 mm
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5.6x smaller
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Thickness Much thinner 1.3" vs 4.3"
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3.3x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 231 g vs 588 g
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2.5x lighter
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $199.99 vs $404.89
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The best price we've seen is $205 cheaper (2x less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ200

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ200's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
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 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 210 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 12 fps vs 3.2 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Zoom Slightly more zoom 24x vs 20x
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More than 40% more zoom
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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 digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX260 HS:1080p @ 24fps
              DMC-FZ200:1080p @ 60fps
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $329 - $399

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $345 - $398

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $184

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $209

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $164

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398 - $400

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $349 - $441

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Leica V-Lux 4

              Leica V-Lux 4

              Super zoom

              $871

              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $684

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Size Much larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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