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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

53

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

37

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
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 106x61x33 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Weight
Light-weight
231 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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Size
Much smaller
106x61x33 mm vs 125x87x110 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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$279.95 vs $350.00
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ200

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Aperture
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)
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
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
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
Focus points
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Longest exposure
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
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses

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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $271 - $360

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $371

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $239 - $400

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Zoom Less zoom

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $330

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $820 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $468

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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