Canon Powershot SX40 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Canon Powershot SX40


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150



Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Wide aperture
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Screen size
Large screen
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Battery life
Great battery life
410 shots


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.


Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

Kodak PixPro FZ151

Kodak PixPro FZ151

Travel zoom


Screen size Much larger screen
Size Significantly smaller
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Super zoom

$338 - $479

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Travel zoom


Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Narrower aperture

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Super zoom


Battery life Significantly longer battery life
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
Size Larger
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Travel zoom


Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies


Canon Powershot SX40
Powershot SX40

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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!