Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Canon Powershot SX40 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

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Canon Powershot SX40

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
11 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
300 ms shutter lag
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
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
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 24x
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More than 2x more zoom
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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Almost the same
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
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ100

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
124×81×95 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
3.7" vs 4.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
11 fps vs 10.3 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Weight
Slightly lighter
539 g vs 600 g
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More than 10% lighter
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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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX40f/2.7
              DMC-FZ100f/2.8
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              SX40240 fps
              DMC-FZ100220 fps
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              SX4010.3 fps
              DMC-FZ10011 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX400.0 cm
              DMC-FZ1001.0 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX404.3"
              DMC-FZ1003.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40600 g
              DMC-FZ100539 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40350 ms
              DMC-FZ100300 ms
              Size Large Help
              SX40123×92×108 mm
              DMC-FZ100124×81×95 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX403,200 ISO
              DMC-FZ1001,600 ISO

              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
              SX40230k dots
              DMC-FZ100460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX4035x
              DMC-FZ10024x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $358

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $275 - $348

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

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

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $210 - $228

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $599 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,007 with 55-300mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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