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

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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
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 $395.29
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The best price we've seen is $80 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ100

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Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size Smaller 124x81x95 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Thickness Thinner 3.7" vs 4.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight Lighter 539 g vs 600 g
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More than 10% lighter
Longest exposure 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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              SX40:240 fps
              DMC-FZ100:220 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX40:0 cm
              DMC-FZ100:1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX40:4.3"
              DMC-FZ100:3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX40:600 g
              DMC-FZ100:539 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
              SX40:350 ms
              DMC-FZ100:300 ms
              Size Large Help
              SX40:123x92x108 mm
              DMC-FZ100:124x81x95 mm

              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-FZ100:460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX40:35x
              DMC-FZ100:24x

              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
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $363 - $518

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $420

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $350

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $259

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $397

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              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
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $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

              $308

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $827 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Zoom Less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

              Pro digicam

              $998

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $280 - $319

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $387

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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