The Canon PowerShot A50 is mostly gets compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro DSLRs, travel zooms and compacts. The Canon PowerShot A50's top rivals come from Sony (such as the SLT A77 II and the Alpha DSLR-A500) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the PowerShot ELPH 140 IS)

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 (137×104×84 mm)), is thinner (1.5" vs 3.3") and is much lighter (290 g vs 620 g).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), 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 12.2 MP) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1 fps vs 5 fps).

Nikon D50

Nikon D50
6 years newer
$224 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D50 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Tunnel
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 6 MP vs 1.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D50 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×102×76 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Much heavier: 620 g vs 290 g

common strengths of the D50 and PowerShot A50

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
12 years newer
$400 18-55mm lens

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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500
10 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A500 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Tunnel

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A500 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much larger: Professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.3" vs 1.5"
  • Much heavier: 630 g vs 290 g

common strengths of the DSLR-A500 and PowerShot A50

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A50 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it is significantly 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 732 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)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 1.2 MP

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

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

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

Sony SLT A77

Sony SLT-A77
12 years newer
$1,967 16-50mm lens

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 1.2 MP

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

  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.5"
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • Heavier: 732 g vs 290 g

common strengths of the SLT A77 and PowerShot A50

  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • Light weight: 732 g vs 290 g
  • Built-in flashes

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A50 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.6 vs f/3.2) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has way more less zoom (2.5x vs 8x), doesn't record movies (none vs 720p @ 25fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2" vs 2.7"), is much larger (mid size (103×68×37 mm) vs super compact (95×54×22 mm)) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS
15 years newer

Significant advantages of the ELPH 140 IS (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much more zoom: 8x vs 2.5x
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 140 IS (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the ELPH 140 IS and PowerShot A50

  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 130 g vs 290 g

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 a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (2.5x vs 4x), has a slightly smaller screen (2" vs 2.7"), is slightly larger (mid size (103×68×37 mm) vs compact (98×62×32 mm)), takes significantly lower resolution photos (1.2 MP vs 9.1 MP) and has a marginally smaller sensor (1/3" 4.8x3.6mm vs 1/1.7" 7.78x5.83mm).

Fujifilm FinePix A920

Fujifilm FinePix A920
8 years newer

Significant advantages of the A920 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Significantly more zoom: 4x vs 2.5x
  • Larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"
  • Much higher true resolution: 9.1 MP vs 1.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A920 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much worse wide angle: 39 mm vs 28 mm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the A920 and PowerShot A50

  • Each has a built-in flash