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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX30 IS

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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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At its widest zoom, the SX30 IS'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
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 220 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 significantly faster 12 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 11x faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size Smaller 124x82x92 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
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-FZ150's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Thinner 3.6" vs 4.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight Lighter 528 g vs 601 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $401.18 vs $507.95
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The best price we've seen is $107 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x 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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS:0 cm
              DMC-FZ150:1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS:601 g
              DMC-FZ150:528 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS:4.3"
              DMC-FZ150:3.6"
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX30 IS:None
              DMC-FZ150:6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS:123x92x108 mm
              DMC-FZ150:124x82x92 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX30 IS:230k dots
              DMC-FZ150:460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS:35x
              DMC-FZ150:24x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405 - $433

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $395 - $800

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              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
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $548 - $583

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $418

              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 SX30 IS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $328

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Zoom Less zoom
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $343 - $598

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $798 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Size Significantly larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $699

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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