• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.0 megapixels
  • 36.00mm - 432.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon S5 IS advantages over Panasonic DMC-FZ40

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.76 vs 1.42 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/3200 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Panasonic DMC-FZ40 advantages over Canon S5 IS

  • Less expensive
    $400 vs $500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    1/2.33 inch vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • More telephoto lens reach
    600 mm vs 432 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 580 vs 450 shots
    Capture more photos
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 207k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    14.1 vs 8.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 36 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.8 fps vs 1.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon P90

Canon S5 IS
Nikon P90
  • $500
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic DMC-FZ40
Nikon P90
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Pentax X90

Canon S5 IS
Pentax X90
  • $500
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic DMC-FZ40
Pentax X90
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FZ100

Canon S5 IS
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $500
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • RAW file ability
Panasonic DMC-FZ40
Panasonic DMC-FZ100
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $500
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Sony HX100V

Canon S5 IS
Sony HX100V
  • $500
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Hot shoe
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic DMC-FZ40
Sony HX100V
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Longer exposure
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic FZ47

Canon S5 IS
Panasonic FZ47
  • $500
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic DMC-FZ40
Panasonic FZ47
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
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