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

Canon Powershot SX40 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Great macro
Macro focus
0.0 cm
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×82×92 mm)
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

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.

differences

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
0.0 cm vs 1.0 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
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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" 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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
124×82×92 mm vs 123×92×108 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
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
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              SX40240 fps
              DMC-FZ150220 fps
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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
              SX400.0 cm
              DMC-FZ1501.0 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
              SX40123×92×108 mm
              DMC-FZ150124×82×92 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

              $329 - $349

              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

              $362 - $398

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $513

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $275 - $348

              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
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $395

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much 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
              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 Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $210 - $228

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $599 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Super zoom

              $470

              Size Slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $429

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $393 - $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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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!