As well as being compared against other digicams, the Canon PowerShot A50 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, ultra compacts, pro digicams and compacts. The Canon PowerShot A50's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha DSLR-A700 and the Mavica FD-71) and Fujifilm (such as the FinePix A920)

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A50 compared to other digicam competitors include: it has a built-in flash, has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 37 mm), has a much larger screen (2" vs 1.5") and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (march 1999 vs february 2001).

Kodak mc3

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1 year newer

Significant advantages of the mc3 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the mc3 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • No built-in flash
  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 2"
  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 28 mm

common strengths of the mc3 and PowerShot A50

  • Fairly small: Mid size (105×65×37 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.5"

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 (142×105×80 mm)), is thinner (1.5" vs 3.1") and is much lighter (290 g vs 768 g).

However, on average it 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), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1 fps vs 5 fps) and has a much smaller sensor (1/3" 4.8x3.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700
8 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A700 (vs the PowerShot A50)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A700 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much larger: Professional size (142×105×80 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.5"
  • Much heavier: 768 g vs 290 g

common strengths of the DSLR-A700 and PowerShot A50

  • None found

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 35 mm).

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (103×68×37 mm) vs ultra compact (90×57×12 mm)), has a marginally smaller sensor (1/3" 4.8x3.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.18x5.32mm), is older (march 1999 vs march 2003), is thicker (1.5" vs 0.5") and is much heavier (290 g vs 110 g).

Casio Exilim EX-S3

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3 years newer

Significant advantages of the EX-S3 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the EX-S3 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • None found

common strengths of the EX-S3 and PowerShot A50

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A50 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 40 mm), is slightly smaller (mid size (103×68×37 mm) vs prosumer size (138×103×62 mm)), is newer (march 1999 vs august 1998), is thinner (1.5" vs 2.4") and is slightly lighter (290 g vs 500 g).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.6 vs f/1.8), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 2.5") and has a slower max shutter speed (1/750 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

Sony Mavica FD-71

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Significant advantages of the FD-71 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much larger screen: 2.5" vs 2"
  • Wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.6
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/750 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the FD-71 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much worse wide angle: 40 mm vs 28 mm

common strengths of the FD-71 and PowerShot A50

  • Built-in flashes
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

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 a much smaller screen (2" vs 2.7"), is significantly 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), has a marginally smaller sensor (1/3" 4.8x3.6mm vs 1/1.7" 7.78x5.83mm) and is older (march 1999 vs july 2007).

Fujifilm FinePix A920

Fujifilm FinePix A920
8 years newer

Significant advantages of the A920 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (98×62×32 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • 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

  • None found