As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Canon IXY 50S is also often compared to compacts. The Canon IXY 50S's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix S9100) and Canon (such as the IXY 10S and the PowerShot SX270 HS)

Competitor classes

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXY 50S compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (101×59×22 mm) vs compact (105×59×34 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 1.3"), is slightly less expensive ($158.50 vs $328.00) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 25 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots) and is older (august 2010 vs february 2012).

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon Coolpix S9100
5 months newer
$360

Significant advantages of the S9100 (vs the IXY 50S)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S9100 (vs the IXY 50S)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (105×62×35 mm) vs Compact (101×59×22 mm)
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much thicker: 1.4" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the S9100 and IXY 50S

  • Fairly small: Compact (105×62×35 mm) vs Compact (101×59×22 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 214 g vs 190 g

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
2 years newer
$237

Significant advantages of the SX270 HS (vs the IXY 50S)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm

Significant disadvantages of the SX270 HS (vs the IXY 50S)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (106×63×33 mm) vs Compact (101×59×22 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.3" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the SX270 HS and IXY 50S

  • Fairly small: Compact (106×63×33 mm) vs Compact (101×59×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 233 g vs 190 g

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Canon ELPH 530 HS
1 year newer
$280

Significant advantages of the ELPH 530 HS (vs the IXY 50S)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 530 HS (vs the IXY 50S)

  • None found

common strengths of the ELPH 530 HS and IXY 50S

  • Very small: Ultra compact (86×54×20 mm) vs Compact (101×59×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 163 g vs 190 g

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v
4 months newer
$328

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX9v (vs the IXY 50S)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 36 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX9v (vs the IXY 50S)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (105×59×34 mm) vs Compact (101×59×22 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.3" vs 0.9"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-HX9v and IXY 50S

  • Fairly small: Compact (105×59×34 mm) vs Compact (101×59×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 245 g vs 190 g

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon IXY 50S compared to compact competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), is thinner (0.9" vs 1.1") and has a faster max shutter speed (1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.4 vs f/2.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.5"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon IXY 10S

Canon IXY 10S
6 months older

Significant advantages of the IXY 10S (vs the IXY 50S)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 36 mm
  • Larger screen: 3.5" vs 3"
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the IXY 10S (vs the IXY 50S)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the IXY 10S and IXY 50S

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3.5" vs 3"
  • Fairly small: Super compact (99×56×22 mm) vs Compact (101×59×22 mm)

Casio Exilim ZR15

Casio Exilim EX-ZR15
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the ZR15 (vs the IXY 50S)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm

Significant disadvantages of the ZR15 (vs the IXY 50S)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thicker: 1.1" vs 0.9"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the ZR15 and IXY 50S

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (102×59×27 mm) vs Compact (101×59×22 mm)
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"