Two of the leading models in the field come from Canon and Panasonic, namely the SX200 IS and TZ7. Both models are new versions of popular models from the past, and both feature 12x optical zooms — the SX200 IS offering an equivalent focal range of 28-336mm, while the TZ7 sports a slightly wider starting point of 25-300mm. The pair both sport optical image stabilisation, and both feature 1/2.33in CCD sensors, but Canon has chosen to include 12.1 MP onto its sensor, while Panasonic has opted to keep its resolution to 10.1 MP.

Both models have 3in LCD screens, though that of the TZ7 boasts a higher resolution of 460k dots, compared to the 230k of the SX200 IS. As is becoming common with compact cameras, both the models feature full HD video capture and HDMI out sockets. One interesting observation is that while the Panasonic TZ7 offers a full range of image capture modes, including the brand's successful iAuto, it doesn't offer the same full manual control over shutter and aperture that the SX200 IS does.

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