Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100


Canon PowerShot SX30 IS



Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Large screen
Screen size
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
11 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Wide aperture
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Great viewfinder


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Super zoom


Size Slightly smaller
Weight Lighter
Screen size Much smaller screen
Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$330 body only

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Screen size Much smaller screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Super zoom

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Competitors

Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100

Super zoom


Screen size Much larger screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Travel zoom


Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Super zoom

$431 - $449

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
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Avatar for Samantha Mclean Samantha Mclean (6:32 PM, January 15, 2016)
Hello all, I would like to start filming small tutorial videos, mostly inside I am looking a used camera that is good in low/poor light that is good at taking videos. don't really care much about the photo part of it however. I would like something that has an articulating screen for the times when i have to record myself i'd like to be able to see how the video looks. Size doesn't matter..i was thinking of something like a SLR/ bridge type camera that perhaps had space for a hotshoe on top and a possible mic input. Anyone has any suggestions???
Doug Sinnott (7:05 AM, July 17, 2011)
Having tried and used both the Canon SX30 and Panasonic FZ100 for several weeks,the biggest obvious difference in use is that the FZ100 is much quicker to use,almost instant focus and image capture,and is also quicker taking multiple flash pictures
The Canon shot to shot time is much slower,and the FZ100 is therefore much better at capturing fast moving action.
The FZ100 can also take up to 11 images in one second,at the full resolution of 14 MP,or even go up to 60 FPS at a reduced resolution of 3.5 MP.
The Canon can't compete with this.
The difference in maximum zoom is really immaterial,as the FZ100 can go up to 32X "Intelligent Zoom" if required,with minimal loss of image quality,and the FZ100 LCD screen and viewfinder are also better,in my view.
Added to which,the FZ100 can capture RAW images if required,and capture them very quickly,with no "freeze up" while they are being written to the card,and that just makes the FZ100 more suitable for the keen amateur,who doesn't want the bulk and weight(and expense!) of a DSLR,and a couple(at least) of lenses,but wants similar speed of use,and functions.
Several reviews comparing the two cameras,don't mention the difference in operating speed,or the lack of RAW facility with the Canon,which are both important to the keen hobbyist.
There is also very little difference in image quality,neither camera is really suitable for really large prints above A3,but that is hardly a problem to most amateurs like me,who only print A4,with some cropping.
So overall,I found the FZ100 the better camera of the two,after using both for some time,and have to disagree with this review.
Garthns (4:36 AM, May 21, 2011)
 Sorry, Snapsort, but all that goes to prove is that some people can't read on-line reviews! :-) The "Joint Winners" were the FZ35 and the SX20. The P100 was next best as "Recommended". The P100 appears on the conclusions page first, but that is like announcing the runner-up before announcing Miss World!
Dalcanon41 (5:38 PM, May 18, 2011)
Popularity??? I think your wrong...But look again, not only on this forum and you'll see the Lumix FZ100 is a better performer...That is if your looking for good quality picture and HD 1080p.

Just trying to find out my self, as I'm about to buy one or the other. Debate please!!! ;)
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:38 PM, April 25, 2011)
The Canon is the better all around camera, but the Panasonic is not that far behind. If you really want 1080p HD video then I think you will be happy with the Panasonic, if not stick with the Canon.
smiley (4:26 AM, April 22, 2011)
I'm torn between these two cameras. I'm looking for a good camera with great HD video within my budget. I'm leaning towards the Canon, as that's the brand I prefer most but I also want the full 1080p HD video. Which is best?
Emurdopo (4:06 AM, April 15, 2011)
*loL* :)) snapsort is right..
Avatar for Mike Mike (1:25 AM, March 22, 2011)
These are the movie clip capabilities of the FZ100:

• AVCHD : 1980 x 1080 (FSH: 17Mbps / FH:13Mbps)
• AVCHD Lite: 1280 x 720 pixels (SH: 17Mbps / H:13Mbps )
• Motion JPEG: 1280 x 720 pixels @ 30fps
• 4:3: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels @ 30 fps
• 16:9: 848 x 480 pixels @ 30 fps

Billy Katsoulakis (3:39 AM, March 13, 2011)
The Panosonic FZ100 Takes 720p video not !080p like posted above
SMG (11:22 PM, February 02, 2011)
Hi i am looking at both of these cameras for taking pictures of birds and other animals and am hoping to go some airshows this year. I realize that a DSLR would be better but i have had a few dslr's and to be honest because i don't print photos i just view them on my computer and also because buying lots of lenses is expensive and i hated lugging around lots of kit then i don't really want to go back to a dslr. Which of these do you think would be better its very confusing lol i am still a amateur :S, I can't decide if its better to have the longer optical zoom of the canon and faster shutter speed or the faster focusing and shooting panasonic.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:31 PM, January 28, 2011)
Dpreview did a review of many of these superzooms last year, and they put the Nikon P100 on top . The Panasonic FZ35 was also a joint winner, and overall they rated it highest for image quality.
JoaoP (1:27 PM, January 28, 2011)
all these cameras look so similar that i still can´t decide!! What do you think about those three cameras i refer in the last coment!!
JoaoP (11:00 PM, January 27, 2011)
But when i was searching for similiar cameras like the fz100 i found much more cameras: the nikon p100 ,the fujifilm finepix hs20 0r 22 (i think they´re the same) and canon sx 30 is!! Thank you
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:15 PM, January 27, 2011)
Hi Joao, I think the FZ100 would be a great choice because of its 11fps continuous shooting.
Joao P (7:05 PM, January 27, 2011)
Hi. I can´t decide the best camera for me. I would use it most to take photos of people surfing. What do you think the best option for me ?
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (10:04 PM, December 08, 2010)
Panasonic currently only has two digital cameras that shoot 10fps or faster!
Digital_grounds (7:38 PM, December 08, 2010)
i love FZ100's 11fps burst shot but im also considering shooting in low-light. is there any lumix cmera that you can suggest that performs best in low-light situations but has almost the same burst speed as the FZ100? HD video recording too....
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:05 PM, November 09, 2010)
The numbers I gave above were just an example, not the sensor sizes of these two cameras. Your quoted sensor sizes look accurate - we'll hopefully update the site soon to include decimal places for sensor sizes.
Jlg02048 (8:34 AM, November 09, 2010)
Are you sure about those numbers - another review site had the sensor sizes listed as 6.13x4.60mm for the Z100 and 6.16x4.62mm for the SX30.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:44 PM, November 08, 2010)
Yes the Pentax K-x would be a great choice, almost as good as the D3100 in low light. Regardless, keep in mind a DSLR is a lot more expensive (you need lenses too) and bigger and bulkier. You'll only get really good results in low light from your DSLR if you have fast lenses and bump up the ISO.
Itgirl179 (7:35 PM, November 08, 2010)
Wow, you guys are fast and thorough! Thanks so much. I'm glad I found your site and will certainly tell people about it.
Back to my dilemma. Looks like the Nikon D3100 is the only one I could buy though a bit over my budget. How about the Pentax K-x? Sounds like it has really good performance in low light and has image stablizer, which I need. Although I'm not a fan of Pentax, I am open to your suggestion. The G12 sounds great too. I don't like the Canon PowerShot S95 simply because it does not have a viewfinder.

Thanks again!
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:28 PM, November 08, 2010)
1. Taking pictures of moving things in low light is very challenging for cameras.
2. I don't think most point and shoots (e.g. the FZ100, P100 or SX30), will do any better than the ZS3, they all have the same sized sensor and similar low light capabilities
3. Going for a 30x super-zoom is only going to make things worse generally - the more zoom you use, the faster a shutter speed you need to prevent blurry images from hand-shake
4. For the *best* low light shooting in a point and shoot you have to sacrifice zoom, and go with a pro digicam like the Canon PowerShot S95, the S95 has a wide f/2.0 aperture and a larger sensor. (The G12 also has a larger sensor).
5. Here is some good advice for taking pictures of kids in a play
6. To shoot well in low light also requires you to know your camera well, to be able to set the aperture, bump up the ISO, turn on auto-iso, fix the shutter speed, etc.

So in summary, going from the ZS3 to the P100/SX30/FZ100 is mostly just going to get you more zoom. Instead, you should go for the Canon PowerShot S95 (or something similar), and take advantage of the bigger sensor and wider aperture in low light, but you'll lose out on zoom.

But ultimately low light is very difficult to shoot in, and to do it well you need a DSLR with good high ISO performance, and a fast f/1.8 or f/1.4 lens. Two good but expensive options would be the Nikon D7000 with the 50mm f/1.8 lens, or the Nikon D3100 with a35mm f/1.8 lens

Remember though, digital cameras are always compromising something!
Itgirl179 (6:08 AM, November 08, 2010)
oh no, now I read about the Nikon Coolpix P100, what am I going to do? Nikon seems to be better than Lumix in all criteria?
Itgirl179 (5:09 AM, November 08, 2010)
Itgirl179 (3:48 AM, November 08, 2010)
So, I need to pick one: Lumix DMC-FZ100 or a Canon. How about the Canon G12 or Rebel XS?