As well as being compared against other digicams, the Canon PowerShot A50 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, ultra compacts, entry-level DSLRs and compacts. The Canon PowerShot A50's top rivals come from Sony (such as the SLT A77 II and the Cyber-shot DSC-U40) and Kodak (such as the EasyShare CX4300)

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A50 compared to other digicam competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 38 mm) and has a slightly larger screen (2" vs 1.6").

However, on average it is older (march 1999 vs september 2002) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/750 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second).

Kodak EasyShare CX4300

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3 years newer
$264

Significant advantages of the CX4300 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/1000 of a second vs 1/750 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the CX4300 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm

common strengths of the CX4300 and PowerShot A50

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A50 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (mid size (103×68×37 mm) vs professional size (143×104×81 mm)), is thinner (1.5" vs 3.2") and is slightly lighter (290 g vs 647 g).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes much lower resolution photos (1.2 MP vs 24.7 MP) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1 fps vs 12 fps).

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
15 years newer
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.5"
  • Much larger: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • Heavier: 647 g vs 290 g

common strengths of the A77 II and PowerShot A50

  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • Light weight: 647 g vs 290 g
  • Built-in flashes

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A50 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 33 mm), has a significantly larger screen (2" vs 1") and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (103×68×37 mm) vs ultra compact (83×39×26 mm)), is older (march 1999 vs october 2003), is thicker (1.5" vs 1"), is much heavier (290 g vs 130 g) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/750 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-U40

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4 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-U40 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-U40 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-U40 and PowerShot A50

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A50 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (mid size (103×68×37 mm) vs professional size (133×100×80 mm)), is thinner (1.5" vs 3.1") and is significantly lighter (290 g vs 570 g).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), takes much lower resolution photos (1.2 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1 fps vs 3.7 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
12 years newer
$708 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 1.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.5"
  • Significantly heavier: 570 g vs 290 g

common strengths of the T3i and PowerShot A50

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A50 compared to compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 39 mm) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2" vs 2.7"), is slightly larger (mid size (103×68×37 mm) vs compact (88×64×33 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs digital), takes slightly lower resolution photos (1.2 MP vs 3.9 MP) and has a marginally smaller sensor (1/3" 4.8x3.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.18x5.32mm).

Samsung TL100

Samsung TL100
9 years newer

Significant advantages of the TL100 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"
  • Lighter: 219 g vs 290 g

Significant disadvantages of the TL100 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the TL100 and PowerShot A50

  • Each has a built-in flash

Casio QV-R41

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4 years newer

Significant advantages of the QV-R41 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Smaller: Compact (88×64×33 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 198 g vs 290 g
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/750 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the QV-R41 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much worse wide angle: 39 mm vs 28 mm

common strengths of the QV-R41 and PowerShot A50

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel