Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Really small
Size
Prosumer size 124x82x92 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS over the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150.

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
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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Almost the same
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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly 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-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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 11x faster continuous shooting
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Size
Smaller
124x82x92 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX30 ISf/2.7
              DMC-FZ150f/2.8
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX30 IS0 cm
              DMC-FZ1501 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX30 IS4.3"
              DMC-FZ1503.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX30 IS601 g
              DMC-FZ150528 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              SX30 ISNone
              DMC-FZ1506,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              SX30 IS123x92x108 mm
              DMC-FZ150124x82x92 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX30 IS1,600 ISO
              DMC-FZ1503,200 ISO

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX30 IS230k dots
              DMC-FZ150460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX30 IS35x
              DMC-FZ15024x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $345 - $400

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $200 - $298

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $225

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $480 - $500

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $240 - $327

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $316

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $276

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $342 - $606

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $701 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $365 - $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $967

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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