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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Which is better?

The best bridge market? On paper, it is not necessarily easy to answer. So this fall, two devices out of the lot, with two very different arguments: one has the larger telephoto, the other has the brighter.

Specs Comparison
  The classic: the Canon PowerShot HS SX50, which put on its zoom factor: 50 x (24-1200 mm). The original: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, which highlights his constant aperture: f/2, 8.
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Body type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Effective pixels 12.1 megapixels 12.1 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Processor Digic 5 Venus Engine VII FHD
ISO Auto 80-6400 Auto 100 -3200 (6400 with boost)
White balance presets 7 5
File format
  • DCF1.0
  • DPOF
  • JPEG
  • MPO
  • RAW
  • DPOF
  • JPEG
  • MOV
  • RAW
  • Focal length (equiv.) 24–1200 mm 25–600 mm
    Optical zoom 50× 24×
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Number of focus points 9 23 (Set focus accurately within the frame)
    Supports 24p YES(Get that real film feel) No
    Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fully articulated
    Screen size 2.8″ 3″
    Screen dots 461,000 460,000
    Live view YES Yes
    Touch Screen No No
    Maximum Wideraperture F3.4 – F6.5 F2.8
    (At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ200’s lens captures marginally more light (0.6 f-stops))
    Minimum shutter speed 15 sec 60 sec
    Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec 1/4000 sec
    Continuous Shooting 13 fps 12 fps
    Create panoramas in-camera No Support Support
    Takes 3D photos No Yes
    Battery life 315 540
    Read Reviews on Amazon

    Reviews on Amazon

    Reviews on Amazon

    Record zoom, it’s him again! After being the first to pass the 35 x (on the SX30 in 2010), Canon back pushing SX50 HS zoom at 50 x. 24 Mm wide-angle to 1200 mm to telephoto, is of ever seen.

    The FZ200 seems very modest with its 24 x, ranging from a good 25 mm to a very ordinary 600 mm – some compacts are also long. On the other hand, its constant Aperture at f/2.8 and its viewfinder over a million points promise to distinguish it from the mass…

    The zoom is traditionally the main argument of the bridges on the market. More than 20 x as soon as the entry-level, it reaches now 40 x to 50 x on the most ambitious devices; with its "only" 24 x is FZ200 therefore figure of intruders.
    However, this is not everything… It should be noted that the difference in focal length is especially visible in wide angle: If the gap between 600 mm and 1200 mm looks huge on the base figures, it is in fact only a factor of 2, much less visible that the difference between the 120 mm a ultra-compact and the 600 mm of the Panasonic… or even that between 35 mm and 105 mm of a compact low end!



    The SX50 housing is molded in a pretty nice plastic and the handle is pleasantly comic. The interface is clear, fairly simple, and the device does not lose its users, while providing enough direct access to your current settings.

    Note: the absence of quick passage of the screen in the viewfinder, which requires pressing Disp three times to toggle between different views. This is basically not very serious: the viewfinder is small, little defined and it suffers from much color fringes visible, making unpleasant usage.


    The FZ200 made a little more expert, with clickable thumbwheel, its commands and more (buttons Burst and Fn, selector of development) and the coating rubberized grip. It is a little more convenient for fans of the expert settings.

    The portion of the screen in the viewfinder has a dedicated command and, above all, the slab of it is six times more defined: the viewfinder is significantly more accurate and his better eye makes it more enjoyable, even if it compared with those of hybrids or some other bridges.




    The SX50 uses a well-known BSI CMOS 12.1MP sensor. Up to ISO 800, the pictures are very beautiful, and at 1600 ISO, they remain usable: the noise is present, but still discreet enough for small prints or an observation to the screen.


    The FZ200 uses a 12.1MP CMOS, in fact probably very close to that of the Canon. The results are similar, with a noise maybe slightly more coarse but a little accentuation that is more discreet.

    And the opening?
    Attention all the same: the sensitivity is just one of the useful parameters. In low light, the brightness of the lens is also crucial. Wide-angle, the Canon ‘opens’ f/3.4 and the Panasonic at f/2.8: at equal speed, it can therefore settle for 800 ISO where the Canon should mount ISO 1180. The difference increases to measure what we zoomed: at 200 mm, for example, the SX50 only opens at f/5.6, then the FZ200 remains at f/2.8: latter captures so four times more light. He can stay at ISO 400 when the barrel is at ISO 1600, or trigger to 1/50 s (speed at which the portraits will be generally net) while its competitor should go down to 1/12 s (must then ask people to pose).





    The two photos are taken from the same place, the bottom of the laboratory. At maximum zoom (announced at 1200 mm), the Canon arrives to take full-frame graphics card, and again: not full…


    With its 600 mm maximum, the Panasonic logically takes a wider area twice: it captures a wide band around the graphics card. For wildlife photographers, the difference will be visible…


    If one reframes the center of the image, same conclusion: the SX50 captures more detail. For example, here, entries and the slopes are significantly more readable…


    There is still an area where the FZ200 comes out better: angles. But when using such lenses, in general, the subject is distant and centered.


    Autofocus criticism
    The length of the zoom is not the only criterion determining the level of detail recorded on a distant subject. The development is widely important: If the image is blurred, regardless that it is much larger, it will remain blurred.
    However, the autofocus of the FZ200 is significantly more effective at long focal lengths than the SX50, who sometimes refuses to make the point or triggers with a big mistake to focus. This is particularly the case with subjects moving, animals or people for example. At bottom of zoom, the risk of missing a photo with the Canon is thus higher – but when it is successful, it is actually more detailed.

    The price does not enter into account digital notation. Nevertheless, difficult to ignore when comparing directly the two devices: at the time of this writing (December 2012), we find the SX50 less than $400…

    .. .the making about $100 less than the FZ200! The difference is not negligible, even if people who buy this type of aircraft are generally willing to put a little more to have better.




    The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is a good bridge, at the level of the best "classic" bridges — those who zoom their first argument. It is as simple and pleasant to use and for those who need its special 1200 mm, it is a good choice… provided you know deal with its limits: the instability of autofocus makes delicate use of long lenses, and other features are slightly indented from the designated opponent.


    As soon as the light comes into play, the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 resumes the advantage. In addition, picture, almost everything is light… Its more "open" target offers him a better autofocus, allows him to retain correct speeds and low sensitivities in all circumstances, and it is overall more reliable on distant subjects… As, moreover, it is noticeably better constructed, there is little to hesitate: despite its more limited magnification, it fully justified hundreds of euros of difference.


    Price and Real Reviews on Amazon

    Canon SX50 HS: Reviews on Amazon

    Lumix DMC-FZ200: Reviews on Amazon

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