no SX40 HS review?

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ajadwin
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no SX40 HS review?
Aug 30, 2012

Hi,

There is no review here for the SX40 HS. Can someone please tell me how it rates against the DPR's fav superzoom the FZ150 (and by proxy the FZ200)? I'm grading on JPEG image quality, low light no-flash performance, and video.

I want to get a good super zoom, coming from a point and shoot. 99% of my shooting will still be handheld, though, and I don't know much about raw image processing.

THANKS!!!

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
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ajadwin wrote:

Hi,

There is no review here for the SX40 HS. Can someone please tell me how it rates against the DPR's fav superzoom the FZ150 (and by proxy the FZ200)? I'm grading on JPEG image quality, low light no-flash performance, and video.

I want to get a good super zoom, coming from a point and shoot. 99% of my shooting will still be handheld, though, and I don't know much about raw image processing.

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If you can hang in there for a few weeks there just may be an SX50hs to compare with the FZ200. Personally, having the SX40hs, I find it preferable to the FZ150. That's just my .02$ worth but if you don't shoot raw it comes out on top. I am sure a Panasonic fan will strongly disagree.
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There are good reviews of both the SX40 and the FZ150, with a few paragraphs of direct comparison, at . Both are good cameras. I have the SX40.

I always feel like reviews fail to say anything meaningful or helpful about display visibility in sunlight. So I will throw in that the SX40 has unusually good screen visibility in direct sunlight (compared to other cameras). Which is good because the viewfinder is merely adequate. I do use the viewfinder though when bracing the camera against my head for using that wonderful 35X zoom.

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I think the best review would be to read everything that has been said and look at the examples that have been posted in this forum.

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I own both the FZ150 and SX40. For JPEG quality, they are practically the same - very little to choose - some pics the FZ150 seems to do slightly better and others the SX40 comes out on top.

For low light as in a cathedral, (in program mode), I would give the edge to the SX40. It's high ISO pics are very good for a small sensor superzoom - the FZ150 is also good, but above ISO 800 I would give this one slightly to the SX40. I would say that the FZ150 pics retain a fraction more detail, but also have more noise, whereas the SX40 pics are cleaner. (However, with low light I find shooting in shutter priority works well and can often get blur-free shots at 1/8 sec or 1/10 sec - this often keeps the ISO lower than in program mode - often at 800 or lower - in this scenario, both cameras would be about equal in low light).

For video, this one goes to the FZ150 - excellent quality video at 50p/60p - very smooth.

I really like both and would find it difficult to choose between the two. The FZ150 is very responsive and its AF is very fast. One of the SX40's killer features for me is the 2.0 TC which can effectively double the zoom from 35x to 70x. These pics look great on a HDTV (that's the only media I use to view pictures/videos)

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In reply to ajadwin, Aug 30, 2012

They have never reviewed it because it is just too good. It would put the competition to shame.

ajadwin wrote:

Hi,

There is no review here for the SX40 HS. Can someone please tell me how it rates against the DPR's fav superzoom the FZ150 (and by proxy the FZ200)? I'm grading on JPEG image quality, low light no-flash performance, and video.

I want to get a good super zoom, coming from a point and shoot. 99% of my shooting will still be handheld, though, and I don't know much about raw image processing.

THANKS!!!

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Greynerd wrote:

They have never reviewed it because it is just too good. It would put the competition to shame.

Lolz...

Just an comparison.. search which bridge camera have largest number of members on Flickr groups.

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The list of many SX40 professional reviews you can find at this website:
http://www.dcviews.com/_canon/sx40.htm

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tonyinport wrote:

I think the best review would be to read everything that has been said and look at the examples that have been posted in this forum.

Tony

True, but I don't have all year! (Actually, I leave for Paris on Saturday.) Thanks to everyone for helping me out with your recommendations.

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FZ150 significantly different from FZ200.
In reply to ajadwin, Aug 30, 2012

http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=canon_sx40hs&products=panasonic_dmcfz200&products=panasonic_dmcfz150

The FZ150 and FZ200 are a bit different from each other. The FZ200 has a constant F2.8 lens while the FZ150 has F2.8-F5.2. That difference can mean quite a bit when shooting in lower light with the zoom - like at a concert or play.

There's also a price difference. A quick price check shows the FZ200 at ~$600, the FZ150 at ~$450, and the SX40 HS is available for ~$350.

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Thanks everyone.

Since this camera will also be my video camera, I've decided to go Panasonic. That's one area where all reviews consistently favor the FZ150. I assume the FZ200's video is at least as good.

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I had both the FZ150 and sx40 for about a month and used them each side by side for that time evaluating which one would be my main walk around summer superzoom cam. I finally chose the sx40. My reasons were this-

The sx40 simple had less noise in my opinion. I realize you could adjust for that in the fz150 but even so the FZ150 still suffered from way more noise at any setting than the sx40 which could not adjust noise.

The second was the zoom on the sx40 is just incredible and the images at long focal lengths are just superb.

The fz150 has a 24x and 11x more is just too much to pass up. Finally the fz150 images seemed over sharpened and saturated. Once again I realize you could adjust that down probably.

The handling and speed of the fz150 was pretty good overall but the sx40 was just better out of the box for me and didn't need much tweaking no matter what you used it for.

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raywes wrote:

I had both the FZ150 and sx40 for about a month and used them each side by side for that time evaluating which one would be my main walk around summer superzoom cam. I finally chose the sx40. My reasons were this-

The sx40 simple had less noise in my opinion. I realize you could adjust for that in the fz150 but even so the FZ150 still suffered from way more noise at any setting than the sx40 which could not adjust noise.

The second was the zoom on the sx40 is just incredible and the images at long focal lengths are just superb.

The fz150 has a 24x and 11x more is just too much to pass up. Finally the fz150 images seemed over sharpened and saturated. Once again I realize you could adjust that down probably.

The handling and speed of the fz150 was pretty good overall but the sx40 was just better out of the box for me and didn't need much tweaking no matter what you used it for.

Wow, sounds like you got one of the defective FZ models which was a problem for some people but when they had it replaced all was good. The reason i mention it is because your comments are nearly identical to the people who did get a lemon. The vast majority of pro reviews say quite the opposite.

I am looking forward to the SX50HS but who knows when that will happen. About the comments from another poster about how many people own the SX 40 compared to the FZ150, that is directly related to Canons superior marketing and that the SX 40 is available in just about every retail store out there.

Good luck finding a FZ 150 because it's a major problem and people have complained about them being impossible to get unless buying online. Other Panasonics are at some retailers but not the larger FZ models, only a select few in certain States.

Thats the reason and the only reason. Panasonic has major issues with keeping online retailers stocked up. Terrible job by them.

For those that let loyalty cloud their better judgement it's not doing anybody any favors by continuing to claim superiority with a product simply because you hate the other manufacturer.

People know very well who these people are and do not take what they say seriously, yake that to the bank.

People who can tell the honest truth no matter how painful it might be are the ones who get the most respect. People appreciate the facts and hate strong favoritism and they deserve that honesty .

Everybody has their preferences but when you always back your favorites and find nothing good with anything else all credibility is lost.

You know who you are every forum has them, you can keep thinking your opinion matters but most of us know better but since we are not rude we will continue to humor you.

That being said the vast majority are excellent informative posters and tell it like it is.

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It bothered me that they also never reviewed the very excellent Canon A650IS.
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I was under the impression that the SX50 would be out soon? If so it would be the competitor to the fz200. The price difference between FZ200 and sx40 (FZ twice the price) makes the comparison a bit skewed.

Lets hope we see a review on here

If possible, as always, it would be much better to handle both first.

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raywes
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I have a feeling the sx50 will be announced within the next few weeks but actual availabilit won't be unmtil October at the earliest.

As far as the sx40 and the fz150, I tried to like the fz150. The focussing was tad better too, but the excessive noise at any setting was the deal killer for me.

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raywes wrote:

I have a feeling the sx50 will be announced within the next few weeks but actual availabilit won't be unmtil October at the earliest.

As far as the sx40 and the fz150, I tried to like the fz150. The focussing was tad better too, but the excessive noise at any setting was the deal killer for me.

Yup, no doubt you had a lemon lol. If a non defective camera had excessive noise at all settings like you experienced it wouldn't have dominated the professional reviews for the "camera to buy" for enthusiast like it has. No chance no way. It happens though

The SX 40 is far more beginner friendly, and is much much easier to use and get quality pics from. The FZ models are complicated and you have to know what your doing, very confusing to say the least.

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I have an SX40, my buddy has a FX150. In our side-by-side comparisons, I though both cameras produced about equally good JPEG photos. However, I found the controls on the FX150 somewhat awkward to use, and I thought the fit and finish of the SX40 was far superior.
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Well i buy that. That's what the vast majority think also in regard to IQ. This is why i am convinced his FZ was defective.

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