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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 
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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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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $325.00 vs $703.74
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The best price we've seen is $379 cheaper (2.2x less)
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
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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
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size Smaller 124x82x92 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Longer battery life 410 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 12 fps vs 10.3 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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
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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              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX40:380 shots
              DMC-FZ150:410 shots
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              SX40:240 fps
              DMC-FZ150:220 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX40:0 cm
              DMC-FZ150:1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX40:4.3"
              DMC-FZ150:3.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40:600 g
              DMC-FZ150:528 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX40:123x92x108 mm
              DMC-FZ150:124x82x92 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX40:35x
              DMC-FZ150:24x

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $380 - $598

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $249

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

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $227

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $499

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $322 - $347

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $229

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $425

              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $250 - $260

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298 - $330

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $315

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $337 - $471

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

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              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!