• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 840.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 480.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX40 HS advantages over Panasonic FZ2500

  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • More telephoto lens reach
    840 mm vs 480 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Lighter weight
    606g vs 966g
    Lighter weight

Panasonic FZ2500 advantages over Canon SX40 HS

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    5 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.10 vs 0.46 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.4 fps vs 10.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/3200 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 3200 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.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • 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

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  • Wide, long all-purpose zoom lens performs well; Very good image quality; Articulating LCD; Good grip; Excellent controls.

  • Rear scroll wheel is too sensitive; Low-res LCD; No lens hood included; Slow startup time; Slow cycle time.

  • Rugged camera body with many physical controls; Generally excellent image quality & high ISO performance for its class; Versatile zoom lens; Fast and accurate autofocus; Unlimited 4K video recording; Fast full-res burst mode with generous buffers.

  • Continuous autofocus performance struggles at telephoto end; Slow buffer clearing (no UHS-II support); Lens produces soft corners at most focal lengths.

The Competition

Compared to Canon SX30 IS

Canon SX40 HS
Canon SX30 IS
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Higher extended ISO
Panasonic FZ2500
Canon SX30 IS
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Sony HX100V

Canon SX40 HS
Sony HX100V
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Integrated ND filter
Panasonic FZ2500
Sony HX100V
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Panasonic FZ200

Canon SX40 HS
Panasonic FZ200
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic FZ2500
Panasonic FZ200
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Panasonic FZ1000

Canon SX40 HS
Panasonic FZ1000
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic FZ2500
Panasonic FZ1000
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)

Canon SX40 HS
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1024
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic FZ2500
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1024
  • 1 inch
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