• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 480.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX400 IS advantages over Panasonic ZS45

  • Less expensive
    $229 vs $299*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 480 mm
    Capture objects farther away

Panasonic ZS45 advantages over Canon SX400 IS

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 350 vs 190 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    32 mm vs 80 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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 Canon SX500

Canon SX400 IS
Canon SX500
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • $296
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • More dots on screen
Panasonic ZS45
Canon SX500
  • $398
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $296
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon SX510 HS

Canon SX400 IS
Canon SX510 HS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS45
Canon SX510 HS
  • $398
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic ZS40

Canon SX400 IS
Panasonic ZS40
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic ZS45
Panasonic ZS40
  • $398
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic ZS35

Canon SX400 IS
Panasonic ZS35
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $399
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic ZS45
Panasonic ZS35
  • $398
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $399
  • 1/2.33 inch

Compared to Canon SX410 IS

Canon SX400 IS
Canon SX410 IS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic ZS45
Canon SX410 IS
  • $398
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
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