Canon Powershot SX40 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Winner
Canon Powershot SX40

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10.3 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot SX40.
Explore our gallery of 19 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48.

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
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 24x
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More than 2x more zoom
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10.3 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX40's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$348.34 vs $469.99
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The best price we've seen is $122 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48

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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" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Size
Smaller
120×80×92 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Focus points
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
498 g vs 600 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.6" vs 4.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
400 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x 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-FZ48f/2.8
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX40380 shots
              DMC-FZ48400 shots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX400.0 cm
              DMC-FZ481.0 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX404.3"
              DMC-FZ483.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40600 g
              DMC-FZ48498 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX403,200 ISO
              DMC-FZ481,600 ISO
              Size Large Help
              SX40123×92×108 mm
              DMC-FZ48120×80×92 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX40230k dots
              DMC-FZ48460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX4035x
              DMC-FZ4824x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $360

              3D Captures 3D images
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159

              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
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $205

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $366

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              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

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $210 - $228

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $617

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $429

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

              Super zoom

              $361 - $397

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution

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