• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon T2i advantages over Panasonic ZS40

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.30 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Better color depth
    22.1 vs 19.0 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    784 vs 117 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.54x vs 0.46x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic ZS40 advantages over Canon T2i

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Thinner
    34 mm vs 76 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    4 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 3.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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 an external screen to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-7

Canon T2i
Pentax K-7
  • $692
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic ZS40
Pentax K-7
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony DSLR-A580

Canon T2i
Sony DSLR-A580
  • $692
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic ZS40
Sony DSLR-A580
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A55

Canon T2i
Sony A55
  • $692
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $734
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic ZS40
Sony A55
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $734
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SX700 HS

Canon T2i
Canon SX700 HS
  • $692
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS40
Canon SX700 HS
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Canon SX710 HS

Canon T2i
Canon SX710 HS
  • $692
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $314
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS40
Canon SX710 HS
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $314
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster shutter
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