Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Zoom
Great zoom
50x
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 SX260 HS

Size
Really small
Compact 106x61x33 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Zoom Much more zoom 50x vs 20x
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Around 6.5x more zoom
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
Macro focus Much better macro capability 0 cm vs 5 cm
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Almost the same
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 13 fps vs 3.2 fps
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More than 4x faster continuous shooting
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Battery life Longer battery life 315 shots vs 210 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The PowerShot SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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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At its widest zoom, the PowerShot SX50 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
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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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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Size Much smaller 106x61x33 mm vs 123x87x106 mm
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5.3x smaller
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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 Much lighter 231 g vs 595 g
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2.6x lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $234.82 vs $385.00
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The best price we've seen is $150 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:f/3.4
              SX260 HS:f/3.5

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $227

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $252

              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $245 - $274

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $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-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $418

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $458

              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

              $383 - $536

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298 - $330

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $361 - $392

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $330 - $399

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $249

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              GPS No built-in GPS

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