Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Canon Powershot SX40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150


Canon Powershot SX40



Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Large screen
Screen size
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
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 SX40

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies


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.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Super zoom

$317 - $319

Battery life Significantly longer battery life
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
Size Larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Super zoom


Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Much better wide angle
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Super zoom

$598 - $698

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom


Zoom More zoom
Screen size Larger screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Super zoom


Screen size Much larger screen
Size Smaller
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Pro digicam


Screen size Much larger screen
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
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Showing 7 comments

Johnny (4:32 PM, May 17, 2012)
yea this page is totally 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:


...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!