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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
 
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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
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 24x
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More than 2x more zoom
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
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
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
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Almost the same
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
Lowest price Cheaper $315.00 vs $419.62
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The best price we've seen is $105 cheaper (more than 20% 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 3.0" 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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX40:0 cm
              DMC-FZ48:1 cm
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX40:380 shots
              DMC-FZ48:400 shots
              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

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              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 SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $420

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              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-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $363 - $518

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 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

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $160 - $227

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Smaller
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $312

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $259

              Size Much smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Super zoom

              $959

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $280 - $319

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $395 - $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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