Updated (July 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 vs Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

46

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

32

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
3.15x
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Size
Really small
Compact (106×61×33 mm)
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Weight
Light-weight
231 g

Items often bought with the Panasonic DMC-FZ200 or Canon SX260 HS

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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Size
Much smaller
106×61×33 mm vs 125×87×110 mm
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5.6x smaller
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
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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
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)
Battery life
Much longer battery life
540 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 3.2 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
24x vs 20x
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More than 40% more zoom
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$311.95 vs $380.00
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The best price we've seen is $68 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX260 HS1/3200s
              DMC-FZ2001/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $305 - $350

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $329

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $369

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              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 DMC-FZ300

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Super zoom

              $598

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $300 - $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              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
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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