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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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
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
Zoom More zoom 35x vs 24x
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More than 2x more zoom
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
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
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
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48

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Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" 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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size Smaller 120x79x91 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 280 ms vs 350 ms
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20% less delay when taking photos
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 Common Weaknesses
        Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
        SX40:1080p @ 24fps
        DMC-FZ48:1080p @ 30fps
        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
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Size Large Help
        SX40:123x92x108 mm
        DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 mm
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        SX40:3,200 ISO
        DMC-FZ48:1,600 ISO
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        SX40:35x
        DMC-FZ48:24x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $229 - $230

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $445

        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $704

        3D Captures 3D images
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $320 - $377

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $409 - $552

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        3D Captures 3D images
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Super zoom

        $184

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

        Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $299

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $298 body only

        $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Supports 24p No 24p support

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Super zoom

        $379

        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

        Super zoom

        $530

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
        Panasonic Lumix FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix FZ70

        Super zoom

        $265 - $298

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Thicker
        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-FZ100

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Super zoom

        $365

        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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