More than just an upgrade of its predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a new 12.1-million-pixel sensor and a 24x lens that’s f/2.8 throughout the zoom range. Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 review
Image: Fujifilm X-S1
Featuring the same 12-million-pixel resolution as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200, the Fujifilm X-S1 resolves about the same amount of detail, although it has the added advantage of a larger 2/3in (8.8×6.6mm) sensor. This gives the X-S1 a surface area 103% larger than the sensor of the FZ200, so the camera’s photosites can also be larger. This helps improve image noise and dynamic range. The X-S1 zoom lens is slightly larger, being equivalent to 24-624mm, although its maximum aperture is f/2.8-5.6, unlike the FZ200’s constant f/2.8 throughout the range. The X-S1 is also larger and is around the same size as an entry-level DSLR.
Image: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
Canon’s PowerShot SX40 HS also a 12.1-million-pixel sensor, but it has an even more powerful 35x optical zoom lens that is equivalent to 24-840mm. However, there are few situations in which most people will use even 600mm, let alone 840mm.