Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 27 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 12 fps vs 10 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Size Slightly smaller 124x82x92 mm vs 122x87x93 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Slightly lighter 528 g vs 577 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom More zoom 30x vs 24x
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Around 60% more zoom
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $419.99 vs $703.74
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The best price we've seen is $284 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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recommendations

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
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              410 shots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-FZ150:$703.74
              DSC-HX100v:$419.99
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DMC-FZ150:3.6"
              DSC-HX100v:3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-FZ150:528 g
              DSC-HX100v:577 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              DMC-FZ150:6,400 ISO
              DSC-HX100v:None
              Size Large Help
              DMC-FZ150:124x82x92 mm
              DSC-HX100v:122x87x93 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FZ150:24x
              DSC-HX100v:30x

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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 much more zoom
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $349

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $289 - $390

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $478

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $315

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $365 - $598

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $448

              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $337

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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              Kostov_K (0:31 PM, March 07, 2012)
              Thanks for the great post! It was helpful for me and i think i'll buy DCS HX 100 V. But could you please told me something about the battery life, shots with zooming and if you have some problems with the operating with it.
               
              TR (11:58 PM, January 21, 2012)
              I started with the Canon SX-40 and immediately noticed the yellowing indoors without adjusting manually with movies and pictures. During the video; on a tripod during Christmas;  it would actually get yellow and clear during the shot video. That was a deal breaker for me. But its photos are not notch. Also; using at a gymnastics meet; it could not focus fast enough for the action at all. So I bought  the Sony HX-100V to compare while still under my time to take back the SX-40. A total difference with no yellowing in pictures and video. It also was able to keep up with the action; even with zoom. So, I immediately took back the SX40 with the smaller, less resolution LCD screen. The problem was, that I always wanted the Panasonic FZ-150 from the beginning but it was not available. Then, it came available and I had to try it with the gleaming reviews it gets. I put the FZ-150 through the same paces and immediately noticed the yellowing indoors on it too. But, even with manual settings, it could not correct it as well as the SX-40 (in video or pictures). I did keep up with the actions at a gymnastics practice meet better than the SX-40 focusing, but not as well as the HX-100V. Note, I tried different cards and one of them is the Sandisk extreme with up to 45/mps. I was just so upset that it did not stand up to the standards I have seen in reviews. So, in the end, I will keep the Sony HX-100v without a hot shoe (for another flash or input for microphone), no raw, and no ability to screw on another lens to the end. All three cameras took great pictures and video inside with flash and also outside; but the color quality of those pictures really seemed better with the Canon SX-40. In the end, overall, the Sony HX-100V suited my needs better since i wanted the colors to stay constant in video indoors and pictures to be great; even in low light without flash. I saw pictures online of all three that contend that the FZ-150 was SOOO much better but in my real world tests, that was not the case. I will be keeping the Sony again giving up adding things to it. But, you can add an attachment ring to it sold online for a polarized filer and hood to my pleasant surprise. With some of these reviews; I wonder who pays advertising to sway one way or the other. In overall picture and video quality combined; i would rate the HX-100V #1, the SX-40 #2, and the FZ-50 #3; having tried all three in same settings. They are all three great cameras though that will take Full HD video. In picture quality alone overall, I would rate the SX-40 #1, the HX-100V #2, and the FZ-150 #3 (again). I got caught up in the hype over the FZ-150 and I am really glad I was able to get out of it. Also, the HX-100 has the longest flash range (thank goodness) since you cannot add another due to no hot shoe. If the HX-100V had a hot shoe, external mic input (I really would not use that though), raw mode (would only use that a little), there would not even be a contest. i hope this helps someone since that yellowing in pics and videos in auto was a big deal breaker in both the Canon and Panasonic for me (the Canon would actually change during the video on a tripod when people would move in and out of view).
               
              Nelson (6:25 AM, October 16, 2011)
              The rating system has nothing to do with picture quality of performance. It's only about the specifications. The vote's are not thrustworthy in this case, because it's hardly on the market. The difference in score is mostly caused bij popularity en the difference in zoom. If you take out these two, then al whole different 'picture' apears...

              grtz,
              Nelson
               
              Gerard (3:26 PM, September 30, 2011)
              I dont understand the rating system! I compared the two devices and I prefer the FZ150 has a much better picture quality. It's not on paper that must be analyzed but the data on the use!
               
              Gerard (9:19 AM, September 30, 2011)
              Je ne comprends pas ce système de notation ! J'ai comparé les 2 appareils et je préfère le FZ150 qui a une qualité de photo bien meilleure. Ce n'est pas tant sur le papier qu'il faut analyser les données mais sur l'usage !