Anyone looking to buy a digital camera in Australia certainly will come across the brands Lumix and Canon. The Lumix brand of digital cameras is produced by Panasonic, and was first released in 2001. Now, everything from dSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras to point-and-shoot devices are available. Canon digital cameras have been around since the mid-1980s, and include a similar range of models as the Lumix. In general, both models are excellent choices and are competitively priced. Hence, this can make choosing between the Canon and Lumix a difficult process. This guide compares the latest models from each to simplify that choice for photographers.
Lumix vs. Canon: Point-And-Shoot Cameras
Canon is known for their point-and-shoot cameras, and is arguably the original king of this type of camera. However, Lumix has enough to compete.
Lumix Point-And-Shoot Cameras
Compact cameras from Lumix cover a wide range of budgets and needs. The DMC-LX100GN, which has a $1,199 price tag, is the gem of the group, as its lens boasts a large f/1.7-2.8 aperture and it's capable of 4K video recording. The DMC-FZ1000 (also $1,199) has 4K filming ability too and a nice 16x optical zoom. The DMC-TZ60 ($549), with an electronic viewfinder, range of manual shooting modes and 30x optical zoom, is perhaps the line's most versatile. The DMC-LF1 ($499) is a very portable pocket-sized device that shoots crisp images. The DMC-FT6 ($399) is the tough device that's waterproof, shockproof, pressure resistant and more. And the DMC-FH10 ($149) is a worthy budget option with its solid performing 24-millimetre wide-angle lens. The diversity and overall quality is excellent. The only negative that could be said is that the high-end is too pricey.
Canon Point-And-Shoot Cameras
Like the Lumix, an array of prices and functions are covered by the Canon PowerShot and compact cameras. The PowerShot G7X ($649), with f/1.8-2.8 lens, DIG!C 6 image processor and full high-definition movie mode, is one of the leaders of the group. The G1 X Mark II ($819) is an award-winner that has 12.8 megapixels, a high-sensity sensor and ample connectivity. The SX 710 HS goes for roughly $419 and boasts 30x zoom, handy artistic presets and a story highlights mode, making it a fun and useful option. The PowerShot N100 ($299) is perhaps the line's best looking and also most portable. As the durable device, the D30 can function up to 25 metres deep in the water and withstand drops from two metres. The A4000 IS ($259), with its elegant look, 16 megapixels and vivid colour detail, is a nice economical selection. Overall, any kind of buyer (casual user, hobbyist or pro) can find something appropriate here.
In short, the verdict is that the Lumix compact point-and-shoot cameras are better in terms of quality, but the Canon ones offer better overall value.
Lumix G Series vs. Canon EOS Series
These dSLR cameras have a lot more capabilities and are thus pricier. It's also worth noting that the Lumix G Series is a Micro Four Thirds System line, indicating that these dSLR cameras don't have a mirror.
Lumix G Series
The Lumix G Series is highlight by the Lumix DMC-GH4AGN ($2,999), a piece of equipment that's able to film 4K videos seamless, reduce noise and reproduce colour beautifully. The DMC-GH4GN ($1,999) comes equipped with excellent autofocus technology, a live finder and intuitive controls. The DMC-GH3 ($1000) is built for heavy-duty use and has a live MOS sensor, a stunning 1080-pixel display and exceptional operating power with its Venus Engine. There are few issues to take up with the G Series.
Canon EOS Series
When mentioning the Canon EOS Series, the award-winning EOS-1d X DSLR ($5,899) must be discussed. With 18.1 megapixels, 14 frames per second capability and a smart autofocus system, there's little this machine can't do. The EOS 5D Mark III DSLR (near $3,000) is another gem that redefines creativity and performance; it has 22.3 megapixels, 100% viewfinder coverage and doesn't get affected by any situation. The EOS 6D DSLR (roughly $2400) is another dynamite device, as it is lightweight while still having 20.2 megapixels, excellent low light performance and 11 autofocus points.
To summarise: the Canon EOS Series is top-notch and well-regarded by the best professionals. Hence, it takes the crown in terms of quality. However, they are pricey, which is why the Lumix G Series is better value for your dollar.