Canon SX40 vs. Panasonic FZ150

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Canon SX40 vs. Panasonic FZ150
May 7, 2012

I just bought the SX40 (returnable). Early shots are good --- I have an illness and cannot go out for a few weeks.

Anyway, 35x is 35x but the FZ150 seems to be getting even better reviews. (Perhaps the 24x zoom has certain benefits?.) Supposedly, the 150 has better OIS, better video (60p vs. 24p), raw, better speed, maybe a better sensor, and better viewfinder. Also 230,000 LCD vs. 460,000 LCD. IQ --- I'm not sure which is "better."

Anyway, to those SX40 owners out there what do you think? The SX40 is cheaper ($486 for a 24x P&S even if a Leica is almost D3100 DSLR territory and more than the LX5 --- the SX40 is as low as $349). Is the SX40 good enough and does it require a tripod? (I'm not big on carrying a tripod.)

I do prefer the price and preliminarily colors are good and 35x is 35x --- even if I only go out to 25x or so. It's well made if a bit big. Is the IS good enough?

dpreview gave the FZ150 a very good review score and does not seem to review Canon long zooms very often. Some say the SX40 is held back a bit by Canon's programming and should be "jailbroken" if that's the right word (I'd rather not.) A review might help at least a bit. SX40 reviews by individuals on dpreview seem very good as do FZ150 reviews (even the ZS20 got an excellent review on here). For about $349 I don't see how I could go too far wrong and I know I prefer it to the P500 which I returned.

Thanks for any help!

Nikon Coolpix P500 Nikon D3100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
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