Canon Powershot SX40

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Canon Powershot SX40

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10.3 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
 

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
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
Help
CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 24x
Help
More than 2x more zoom
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10.3 fps vs 3.7 fps
Help
Around 3x faster continuous shooting
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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)
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
Help
Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
Help
Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
Help
The SX40's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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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
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Size
Smaller
120x79x91 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
Help
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
Help
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
Longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX40:380 shots
              DMC-FZ48:400 shots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX40:0 cm
              DMC-FZ48:1 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX40:4.3"
              DMC-FZ48:3.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40:600 g
              DMC-FZ48:498 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX40:123x92x108 mm
              DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 mm
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40:350 ms
              DMC-FZ48:280 ms

              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
              SX40:230k dots
              DMC-FZ48:460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX40:35x
              DMC-FZ48:24x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $249

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $383

              3D Captures 3D images
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $246

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $268

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              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 PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $468 - $500

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $380

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $544

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Samsung WB100

              Samsung WB100

              Super zoom

              $194 - $210

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $350 - $400

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Slightly larger

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