Canon SX30 IS vs Panasonic FZ2500

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 front

Canon SX30 IS vs Panasonic FZ2500 Key Specs

Canon SX30 IS
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-840mm (F2.7-5.8) lens
  • 601g - 123 x 92 x 108mm
  • Announced September 2010
  • Replaced the Canon SX20 IS
  • Updated by Canon SX40 HS
Panasonic FZ2500
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • 24-480mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 915g - 138 x 102 x 135mm
  • Released September 2016
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-FZ2000
  • Superseded the Panasonic FZ1000
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Canon SX30 IS vs Panasonic FZ2500 Overview

Let's look closer at the Canon SX30 IS versus Panasonic FZ2500, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Large Sensor Superzoom by brands Canon and Panasonic. There exists a sizable gap between the image resolutions of the SX30 IS (14MP) and FZ2500 (20MP) and the SX30 IS (1/2.3") and FZ2500 (1") possess different sensor size.

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The SX30 IS was announced 7 years prior to the FZ2500 and that is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before going in to a thorough comparison, below is a short summary of how the SX30 IS grades vs the FZ2500 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX30 IS over the Panasonic FZ2500

 SX30 IS FZ2500 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ2500 over the Canon SX30 IS

 FZ2500 SX30 IS 
ReleasedSeptember 2016September 2010Fresher by 73 months
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kSharper display (+810k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon SX30 IS and Panasonic FZ2500

 SX30 IS FZ2500 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Selfie screen Both good for selfies

Canon SX30 IS vs Panasonic FZ2500 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to carry your camera regularly, you will have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Canon SX30 IS has got physical dimensions of 123mm x 92mm x 108mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 4.3") with a weight of 601 grams (1.32 lbs) while the Panasonic FZ2500 has measurements of 138mm x 102mm x 135mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 5.3") accompanied by a weight of 915 grams (2.02 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you select at the time. Below is the front view sizing comparison of the SX30 IS compared to the FZ2500.

Canon SX30 IS vs Panasonic FZ2500 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SX30 IS and FZ2500 is 64 and 53 respectively.

Canon SX30 IS vs Panasonic FZ2500 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX30 IS vs Panasonic FZ2500 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its tough to imagine the difference between sensor sizing only by reading a spec sheet. The visual underneath may give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the SX30 IS and FZ2500.

Clearly, the two cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The SX30 IS with its tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallower depth of field more challenging and the Panasonic FZ2500 will deliver greater detail with its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The older SX30 IS is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon SX30 IS vs Panasonic FZ2500 sensor size comparison

Canon SX30 IS vs Panasonic FZ2500 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX30 IS vs Panasonic FZ2500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX30 IS Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic FZ2500 Portrait photography highlights
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (14MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
you can focus manually
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
has face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon SX30 IS Street photography features
Panasonic FZ2500 Street photography features
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
heavier than average (601g)
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW files
comes with touch focus
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX30 IS Sports photography highlights
Panasonic FZ2500 Sports photography highlights
long zoom range (24-840mm 35.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
low frames per second (1.0 fps)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
amazing zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
silent shutter (1/16,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
has tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX30 IS Travel photography factors
Panasonic FZ2500 Travel photography factors
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
pretty wide (24mm)
long reach (840mm)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than average (601g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
comes with touch focus
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
rather wide (24mm)
very long zoom (480mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX30 IS as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic FZ2500 as a Landscape photography camera
you can focus manually
pretty wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
no Time Lapse function
you can focus manually
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW files
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon SX30 IS
Vlogging with Panasonic FZ2500
pretty wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic port
heavier than average (601 grams)
rather wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pixels)
does have external mic socket
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Canon SX30 IS vs Panasonic FZ2500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX30 IS and Panasonic FZ2500
 Canon PowerShot SX30 ISPanasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500
General Information
Brand Name Canon Panasonic
Model Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-FZ2000
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2010-09-14 2016-09-19
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 4 Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Maximum boosted ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW pictures
Lowest boosted ISO - 80
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 49
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-840mm (35.0x) 24-480mm (20.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.7-5.8 f/2.8-4.5
Macro focus distance 0cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 2.7
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Screen size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,360 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.74x
Slowest shutter speed 15s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/3200s 1/4000s
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.80 m 13.20 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 4096 x 2060 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 4096x2160
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 601 gr (1.32 pounds) 915 gr (2.02 pounds)
Dimensions 123 x 92 x 108mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 4.3") 138 x 102 x 135mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 5.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 70
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.6
DXO Low light score not tested 538
Battery life - 350 shots
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model NB-7L DMW-BLC12
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 shots @ 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $400 $998