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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Overall image quality
Great image quality
47.0
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
13 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Size
Really small
Standard size 104x69x80 mm
Thickness
Thin
3.2"
Weight
Light-weight
341 g
 
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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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 13 fps vs 0.8 fps
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More than 16x faster continuous shooting
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
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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 315 shots vs 195 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
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
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Focus points Slightly more focus points 9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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
Thickness Thinner 3.2" vs 4.2"
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More than 20% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $245.00 vs $389.00
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The best price we've seen is $144 cheaper (around 40% less)
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recommendations

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 Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:0 cm
              SX500 IS:1 cm
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:4.2"
              SX500 IS:3.2"
              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 Common Weaknesses

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

              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $390 - $418

              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

              $199 - $250

              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298 - $330

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $364

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $347

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $300

              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 Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $420 - $427

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $478

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $380 - $598

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160 - $279

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $222

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $159

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger

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              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!