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Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic FZ200

Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Canon PowerShot SX270 HS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
64
Overall
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Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic FZ200 Key Specs

Canon SX270 HS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-6.8) lens
  • 233g - 106 x 63 x 33mm
  • Announced March 2013
  • Replaced the Canon SX260 HS
  • Later Model is Canon SX280 HS
Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Announced July 2012
  • Previous Model is Panasonic FZ100
  • Successor is Panasonic FZ300
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Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic FZ200 Overview

Here, we are reviewing the Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic FZ200, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by rivals Canon and Panasonic. The image resolution of the SX270 HS (12MP) and the FZ200 (12MP) is very close and both cameras provide the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SX270 HS was launched 9 months after the FZ200 which means that they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Canon SX270 HS being a Compact camera and the Panasonic FZ200 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before diving straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a simple summary of how the SX270 HS grades versus the FZ200 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX270 HS over the Panasonic FZ200

 SX270 HS FZ200 
AnnouncedMarch 2013July 2012Newer by 9 months
Display resolution461k460kSharper display (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Canon SX270 HS

 FZ200 SX270 HS 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Canon SX270 HS and Panasonic FZ200

 SX270 HS FZ200 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display size3"3"Same display measurement
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic FZ200 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera regularly, you will want to think about its weight and measurements. The Canon SX270 HS comes with outer dimensions of 106mm x 63mm x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") having a weight of 233 grams (0.51 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FZ200 has proportions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") accompanied by a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs).

Analyze the Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic FZ200 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have at that moment. Below is a front view overall size comparison of the SX270 HS and the FZ200.

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic FZ200 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the SX270 HS and FZ200 is 91 and 65 respectively.

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic FZ200 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic FZ200 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's difficult to picture the contrast in sensor dimensions purely by looking through a spec sheet. The pic underneath might give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SX270 HS and FZ200.

As you can see, each of the cameras come with the identical sensor size and the exact same MP therefore you should expect comparable quality of images though you really should consider the production date of the cameras into account. The newer SX270 HS provides an edge in sensor innovation.

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic FZ200 sensor size comparison

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic FZ200 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic FZ200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Portrait photography details
Panasonic FZ200 Portrait photography details
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focusing manually
offers face detect autofocus
no external flash support
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/4,000s)
comes with face detection focus
exports RAW formats
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Street photography factors
Panasonic FZ200 Street photography factors
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (233 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
more heavy than others (588g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon SX270 HS
Sports photography with Panasonic FZ200
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amazing zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking focus
low frames per second (4.0 frames per second)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (210 shots)
lacks phase detect autofocus
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incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
good battery power (540 CIPA)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Travel photography advice
Panasonic FZ200 Travel photography advice
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lighter than competitors (233g)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
long zoom (500mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
terrible battery life (210 shots)
MP count low (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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good battery power (540 shots)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
relatively wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than others (588g)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX270 HS Landscape photography factors
Panasonic FZ200 Landscape photography factors
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focusing manually
pretty wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
terrible battery life (210 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (540 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon SX270 HS
Vlogging with Panasonic FZ200
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pretty wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (233g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
doesn't have microphone socket
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relatively wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external microphone support
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than others (588 grams)
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Canon SX270 HS vs Panasonic FZ200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX270 HS and Panasonic FZ200
 Canon PowerShot SX270 HSPanasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
General Information
Company Canon Panasonic
Model type Canon PowerShot SX270 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2013-03-21 2012-07-18
Physical type Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 6 Venus Engine VII FHD
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 23
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-500mm (20.0x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.5-6.8 f/2.8
Macro focusing range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 461k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech - Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,312k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/3200s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 4.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 13.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/4000s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (240, 120, 30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 233 gr (0.51 lb) 588 gr (1.30 lb)
Physical dimensions 106 x 63 x 33mm (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3") 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 37
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 19.1
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.8
DXO Low light rating not tested 114
Other
Battery life 210 photographs 540 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-6L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $284 $499