The Canon PowerShot A50 is mostly gets compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro DSLRs and pro digicams. The Canon PowerShot A50's top rivals come from Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the EOS 60D) and Fujifilm (such as the FinePix x20)

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
$515 (body only)
$752 18-135mm 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

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 (145×106×79 mm)), is thinner (1.5" vs 3.1") and is significantly lighter (290 g vs 755 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 5.3 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
11 years newer
$790 (body only)
$1,499 18-200mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Tunnel
  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 1.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.5"
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 755 g vs 290 g

common strengths of the 60D and PowerShot A50

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Mid size (103×68×37 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 290 g

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, compared to pro digicam competitors the Canon PowerShot A50 has a marginally smaller sensor (1/3" 4.8x3.6mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.6 vs f/2), doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 2.8") and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20
13 years newer
$1,400

Significant advantages of the x20 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the x20 (vs the PowerShot A50)

  • None found

common strengths of the x20 and PowerShot A50

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