Canon Powershot SX40 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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Canon Powershot SX40

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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
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

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
Focus points
Many focus points
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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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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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10.3 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 24x
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More than 2x more zoom
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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Almost the same
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
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
$399.99 vs $556.00
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The best price we've seen is $156 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48

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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
Size
Smaller
120×80×92 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Weight
Lighter
498 g vs 600 g
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Around 20% lighter
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
400 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
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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
              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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX403,200 ISO
              DMC-FZ481,600 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40350 ms
              DMC-FZ48280 ms
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              SX401/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              DMC-FZ481/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX40230k dots
              DMC-FZ48460k dots
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX401080p @ 24fps
              DMC-FZ481080p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX4035x
              DMC-FZ4824x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $820

              3D Captures 3D images
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $305 - $350

              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $450

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm X30

              Fujifilm X30

              Pro digicam

              $411 - $600

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              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

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