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

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

64

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

34

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Great image quality
Overall image quality
47.0
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Size
Really small
Compact (106×61×33 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Weight
Light-weight
231 g
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

galleries

Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.

differences

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
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
Help
Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Battery life
Longer battery life
315 shots vs 210 shots
Help
50% more shots per battery charge
Macro focus
Better macro capability
2.4 cm vs 5.0 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 2.1x closer to the lens
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 2 f-stops better
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
Help
Almost the same
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
Help
Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
Help
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
Significantly smaller
106×61×33 mm vs 123×87×106 mm
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5.3x smaller
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
Help
Around 10% larger screen
Thickness
Much thinner
1.3" vs 4.2"
Help
3.2x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
231 g vs 595 g
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2.6x lighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.2 fps vs 2.2 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS2.2 fps
              SX260 HS3.2 fps
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              PowerShot SX50 HSf/3.4
              SX260 HSf/3.5

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $239

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $335

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $210 - $228

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $275 - $348

              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

              $362 - $598

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

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $235 - $245

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $242 - $372

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $223 - $418

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $325

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

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