Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

100

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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

52

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Great image quality
Overall image quality
47.0
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Size
Really small
Standard size 104x69x80 mm
Thickness
Thin
3.2"
Weight
Light-weight
341 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
50x vs 30x
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Around 3x more zoom
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
315 shots vs 195 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The PowerShot SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
2.2 fps vs 0.8 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Canon SX500 IS

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Size
Significantly smaller
104x69x80 mm vs 123x87x106 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Weight
Significantly lighter
341 g vs 595 g
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More than 40% lighter
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 2.4 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.4x closer to the lens
Thickness
Thinner
3.2" vs 4.2"
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More than 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$274.00 vs $349.00
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The best price we've seen is $75 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:4.2"
              SX500 IS:3.2"
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:2.2 fps
              SX500 IS:0.8 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:9
              SX500 IS:1
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.4

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              461k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $468

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $239

              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $339

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $404

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              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

              $479 - $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

              $398

              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

              $350 - $598

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $330

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $250 - $279

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168 - $184

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

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              Showing 2 comments

              kimkimcherie (11:40 PM, August 12, 2013)
              I don't want small! I'm saving for the SX50
               
              Lilitha (10:17 AM, March 01, 2013)
              so sad the sx500 doesnt have a viewfinder i am use to it, i am looking for something small if the sx50 were smaller would be perfect!