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Canon SX60 vs Panasonic FZ200

The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in September 2014 and July 2012. Both the SX60 and the FZ200 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 14.2 megapixels, whereas the Panasonic provides 12 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon SX60 versus Panasonic FZ200
Canon SX60 Panasonic FZ200
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
21-1365mm f/3.4-6.5 25-600mm f/2.8
14.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 12 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/60p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 100-3,200 (100 - 6,400) ISO 100-3,200 (100 - 6,400)
Electronic viewfinder (922k dots) Electronic viewfinder (1312k dots)
3.0 LCD, 922k dots 3.0 LCD, 460k dots
Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive) Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive)
6.4 shutter flaps per second 12 shutter flaps per second
340 shots per battery charge540 shots per battery charge
128 x 93 x 114 mm, 650 g 125 x 87 x 110 mm, 588 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon SX60 and the Panasonic FZ200. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon SX60 vs Panasonic FZ200
Compare SX60 versus FZ200 top
Comparison SX60 or FZ200 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Panasonic FZ200 is notably smaller (9 percent) than the Canon SX60. Moreover, the FZ200 is markedly lighter (10 percent) than the SX60. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the SX60 nor the FZ200 are weather-sealed.

Concerning battery life, the SX60 gets 340 shots out of its NB-10L battery, while the FZ200 can take 540 images on a single charge of its DMW-BLC12 power pack.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX60 128 mm 93 mm 114 mm 650 g 340 n Sep 2014 549 i
2.
 
Panasonic FZ200 125 mm 87 mm 110 mm 588 g 540 n Jul 2012 599 i
3.
 
Canon SX70 127 mm 91 mm 117 mm 608 g 325 n Sep 2018 549 i
4.
 
Canon G9 X 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 209 g 220 n Oct 2015 529 i
5.
 
Canon XC10 125 mm 102 mm 122 mm 1040 g 370 n Apr 2015 2,499 i
6.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 116 mm 74 mm 66 mm 553 g 240 n Feb 2014 799 i
7.
 
Canon G16 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i
8.
 
Canon G15 107 mm 76 mm 40 mm 352 g 350 n Sep 2012 499 i
9.
 
Canon SX50 123 mm 87 mm 106 mm 595 g 315 n Sep 2012 429 i
10.
 
Fujifilm X20 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 353 g 270 n Jan 2013 599 i
11.
 
Panasonic FZ330 132 mm 92 mm 117 mm 691 g 380 Y Jul 2015 599 i
12.
 
Panasonic LX7 111 mm 68 mm 46 mm 298 g 330 n Jul 2012 499 i
13.
 
Panasonic FZ150 124 mm 82 mm 92 mm 528 g 410 n Aug 2011 499 i
14.
 
Panasonic FZ100 124 mm 82 mm 92 mm 540 g 410 n Jul 2010 499 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The SX60 was somewhat cheaper (by 8 percent) than the FZ200 at launch, but both cameras fall into the same price category. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Canon SX60 and Panasonic FZ200 sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the SX60 offers a higher resolution of 14.2 megapixels, compared with 12 MP of the FZ200. This megapixels advantage translates into a 15 percent gain in linear resolution. On the other hand, these sensor specs imply that the SX60 has a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.40μm versus 1.53μm for the FZ200). In this context, it should be noted, however, that the SX60 is much more recent (by 2 years and 1 month) than the FZ200, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that compensate for the smaller pixel size. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Canon SX60 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the SX60 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 23 x 15.4 inches or 58.5 x 39 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 18.4 x 12.3 inches or 46.8 x 31.2 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 15.4 x 10.2 inches or 39 x 26 cm. The corresponding values for the Panasonic FZ200 are 20 x 15 inches or 50.8 x 38.1 cm for good quality, 16 x 12 inches or 40.6 x 30.5 cm for very good quality, and 13.3 x 10 inches or 33.9 x 25.4 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200, which can be extended to ISO 100-6400. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 offers exactly the same ISO settings.

SX60 versus FZ200 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The Overall DXO ratings for the two cameras under consideration are close, suggesting that they provide similar imaging performance. The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon SX60 1/2.3 14.2 4608 30721080/60p19.210.8127 39
2.
 
Panasonic FZ200 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p19.110.8114 37
3.
 
Canon SX70 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
4.
 
Canon G9 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.512.3495 63
5.
 
Canon XC10 1-inch 12.0 4000 30004K/30p...... ..
6.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 1.5-inch 13.0 4160 31201080/30p21.510.8581 58
7.
 
Canon G16 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.7230 54
8.
 
Canon G15 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/24p19.911.5165 46
9.
 
Canon SX50 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/24p20.311.2179 47
10.
 
Fujifilm X20 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p...... ..
11.
 
Panasonic FZ330 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30004K/30p19.311.097 38
12.
 
Panasonic LX7 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p20.711.7147 50
13.
 
Panasonic FZ150 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p19.410.9132 40
14.
 
Panasonic FZ100 1/2.3 14.0 4320 32401080/60i...... ..

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/60p).

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The two cameras under review are similar with respect to both having an electronic viewfinder. However, the one in the FZ200 offers a higher resolution than the one in the SX60 (1312k vs 922k dots). The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon SX60, the Panasonic FZ200, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon SX60922 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 6.4 Y Y
2.
 
Panasonic FZ2001312 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX702360 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
4.
 
Canon G9 Xnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 6.0 Y Y
5.
 
Canon XC10none n 3.0 1030 tilting Y 1/2000s 3.8 n Y
6.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIoptional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 5.2 Y Y
7.
 
Canon G16optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.2 Y Y
8.
 
Canon G15optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.1 Y Y
9.
 
Canon SX50202 n 3.0 461 swivel n 1/2000s 2.2 Y Y
10.
 
Fujifilm X20optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
11.
 
Panasonic FZ3301440 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
12.
 
Panasonic LX7optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 11.0 Y Y
13.
 
Panasonic FZ150202 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/2000s 12.0 Y Y
14.
 
Panasonic FZ100202 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/2000s 11.0 Y Y
Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

Both the SX60 and the FZ200 have zoom lenses built in. The SX60 has a 21-1365mm f/3.4-6.5 optic and the FZ200 offers a 25-600mm f/2.8-2.8 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the Canon provides a wider angle of view at the short end, as well as more tele-photo reach at the long end than the Panasonic. The FZ200 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the SX60 and the FZ200 write their files to SDXC cards. The FZ200 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the SX60 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon SX60YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
2.
 
Panasonic FZ200YstereomonoY-mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon SX70-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon G9 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon XC10YstereomonoYYmini2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIYstereomono--mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon G16Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
8.
 
Canon G15Ystereomono--mini2.0---
9.
 
Canon SX50Ystereomono--mini2.0---
10.
 
Fujifilm X20Ystereomono--micro2.0---
11.
 
Panasonic FZ330YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y--
12.
 
Panasonic LX7Ystereomono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Panasonic FZ150Ystereo---mini2.0---
14.
 
Panasonic FZ100Ystereomono--mini2.0---

It is notable that the SX60 offers wifi support, while the FZ200 does not. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

Both the SX60 and the FZ200 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The FZ200 was replaced by the Panasonic FZ300, while the SX60 was followed by the Canon SX70. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon and Panasonic websites.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is the Canon SX60 better than the Panasonic FZ200 or vice versa? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Reasons to prefer the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (14.2 vs 12MP) with a 11% higher linear resolution.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (922k vs 460k dots).
  • Wider view: Has a wider-angle lens that facilitates landscape or interior shots.
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 1 month of technical progress since the FZ200 launch.

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Arguments in favor of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200:

  • More detailed viewfinder: Has higher resolution electronic viewfinder (1312k vs 922k dots).
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (12 vs 6.4 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.4).
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (540 versus 340) out of a single battery charge.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in July 2012).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the match-up finishes in a tie (7 points each). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

SX60 07:07 FZ200

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon SX60 and the Panasonic FZ200 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the SX60 or the FZ200. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX603/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2014 549 i
2.
 
Panasonic FZ2003/5+ +80/1004.5/54.5/5 Jul 2012 599 i
3.
 
Canon SX70..+ +..3.5/53.5/5 Sep 2018 549 i
4.
 
Canon G9 X3.5/5+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2015 529 i
5.
 
Canon XC10....80/100.... Apr 2015 2,499 i
6.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II3/5+77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2014 799 i
7.
 
Canon G164/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i
8.
 
Canon G154/5+76/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 499 i
9.
 
Canon SX503/5+ +72/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 429 i
10.
 
Fujifilm X204/5+ +77/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2013 599 i
11.
 
Panasonic FZ330..+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Jul 2015 599 i
12.
 
Panasonic LX73/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2012 499 i
13.
 
Panasonic FZ1503/5+ +76/1004/54.5/5 Aug 2011 499 i
14.
 
Panasonic FZ100..+..4.5/54.5/5 Jul 2010 499 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Canon SX60 vs Panasonic FZ200

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon SX60 Panasonic FZ200
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 21-1365mm f/3.4-6.5 25-600mm f/2.8
    Launch Date September 2014 July 2012
    Launch Price USD 549 USD 599
    Sensor Specs Canon SX60 Panasonic FZ200
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 14.2 Megapixels 12 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3072 pixels 4000 x 3000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.40 μm 1.53 μm
    Pixel Density 50.42 MP/cm2 42.74 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 3,200 ISO 100 - 3,200 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 6 Venus VII FHD
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 39 37
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 19.2 19.1
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 10.8 10.8
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 127 114
    Screen Specs Canon SX60 Panasonic FZ200
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.46x
    Viewfinder Resolution 922k dots 1312k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 922k dots 460k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Swivel screen
    Shooting Specs Canon SX60 Panasonic FZ200
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peakingno Peaking Feature
    Continuous Shooting 6.4 shutter flaps/s 12 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon SX60 Panasonic FZ200
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Body Specs Canon SX60 Panasonic FZ200
    Battery Type NB-10L DMW-BLC12
    Battery Life (CIPA)340 shots per charge540 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 128 x 93 x 114 mm
    (5.0 x 3.7 x 4.5 in)
    125 x 87 x 110 mm
    (4.9 x 3.4 x 4.3 in)
    Camera Weight 650 g (22.9 oz) 588 g (20.7 oz)

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