Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Canon Powershot SX40

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
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 SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10.3 fps

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot SX40. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150.

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Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 24x
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More than 2x more zoom
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Size
Smaller
124x82x92 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Focus points
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
12 fps vs 10.3 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
410 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
3.6" vs 4.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight
Lighter
528 g vs 600 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$314.20 vs $356.59
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The best price we've seen is $42 cheaper (more than 10% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX40f/2.7
              DMC-FZ150f/2.8
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              SX40240 fps
              DMC-FZ150220 fps
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX40380 shots
              DMC-FZ150410 shots
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              SX4010.3 fps
              DMC-FZ15012 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX400 cm
              DMC-FZ1501 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX404.3"
              DMC-FZ1503.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40600 g
              DMC-FZ150528 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX40123x92x108 mm
              DMC-FZ150124x82x92 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX40230k dots
              DMC-FZ150460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX4035x
              DMC-FZ15024x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $309 - $430

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $330 - $398

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $499 - $500

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $345 - $375

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179 - $207

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $290 - $600

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348 - $378

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $700 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $460

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Super zoom

              $306

              Size Slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $350

              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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              Showing 7 comments

              Johnny (4:32 PM, May 17, 2012)
              yea this page is totally biased..it favors canon. FZ 150 is 10x better than sx40.
               
              Samcolons (3:38 PM, April 11, 2012)
              Hai this match is fixed . FZ150 is much more better of a Bridge camera than sx40 , see all the positive points for fz150 much more than sx40.
               
              AJ (5:35 PM, January 12, 2012)
              im confussed within canon n panasonic..i need a good video quality...can anybody plz suggest..
               
              Lward001 (0:33 AM, December 08, 2011)
              I like the feel of the FZ, but HS  is a lot cheaper in my area. What I really
              want is the sharpest possible still photos possible. What camera under $450.
              of all listed long lens point/shoots? I do not care about video at all!
               
              Avatar for jim5k jim5k (3:03 PM, December 01, 2011)
              How do I edit or delete my comment? The formatting got messed up from cutting & pasting from Word. Couldn't see that before posting. Sorry.
               
              Jim5k (2:59 PM, December 01, 2011)


              I agree with Kiriana -
              Canon's big advantage is the zoom. I want that bad. But I'm still leaning
              toward the FZ-150 for lots of details, namely RAW, 52mm filters, build quality
              (reviews suggest the Canon feels cheap), and better LCD & flash. Plus I think the FZ looks better. I trust
              both companies. My last two cameras were the Canon S3IS and Panasonic DMC-G2; loved both of them.


               


              This site gives the edge to
              the FZ-150:


               


              http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/content/Panasonic-FZ150-Digital-Camera-Review/Canon-SX40-HS-Comparison.htm


               


              ...Although I don't fully
              agree with their image quality assessment.


               


              Wish I had enough money to
              buy both.


               
              Kirianya (9:54 PM, November 29, 2011)
              The Canon's killer advantage is the zoom.  35x is significantly better than 24x.
              IQ is very close
              wide angle and aperture differences are insignificant
              I don't care about video, so you decide

              The Panasonic has two huge advantages: continuous rate and RAW capture.
              Forget the 10x and12x.  That's a gimmick.  Both cameras shoot at that rate for about one second.
              The real continuous rate is what you can do for multiple seconds.
              The Canon is .8fps with AF between each shot.  The Panasonic is 5.5fps for about 30 shots. Obviously no contest.

              So, if you want/need the extra zoom, then the Canon is the obvious choice.
              If you want to have max flexibility in post-processing or shoot sports or action, you should purchase the Panasonic.

              If you have enough money, buy both!