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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10.3 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

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
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 24x
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More than 2x more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10.3 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 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 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
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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 Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        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 Common Weaknesses

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

        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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $401

        3D Captures 3D images
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $343 - $598

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        3D Captures 3D images
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $165 - $227

        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
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $259 - $310

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $328

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $339 - $397

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Size Is slightly larger

        Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom More zoom
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Size Significantly smaller
        Screen size Larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $399

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $657 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $508

        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Super zoom

        $387

        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
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

        Super zoom

        $369 - $546

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

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