Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Great image quality
Overall image quality
47.0
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Size
Really small
Compact 106x63x33 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Weight
Light-weight
233 g
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS. Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX280 HS

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Size
Much smaller
106x63x33 mm vs 123x87x106 mm
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5.1x smaller
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Thickness
Much thinner
1.3" vs 4.2"
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3.2x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
233 g vs 595 g
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2.6x lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$273.79 vs $319.00
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The best price we've seen is $45 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
50x vs 20x
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Around 6.5x more zoom
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
315 shots vs 210 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Macro focus
Better macro capability
2.4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.1x closer to the lens
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              SX280 HSf/3.5
              PowerShot SX50 HSf/3.4

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $138 - $180

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $325

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $570

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $226 - $364

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $345 - $349

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $499 - $500

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $260 - $378

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $330 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $411 - $428

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support

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