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

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

83

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

40

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Great image quality
Overall image quality
47.0
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
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"
 

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 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 2.1x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
Help
The PowerShot SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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
At its widest zoom, the PowerShot SX50 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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
Much smaller
106x61x33 mm vs 123x87x106 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
3.0" vs 2.8"
Help
Around 10% larger screen
Thickness
Much thinner
1.3" vs 4.2"
Help
3.2x thinner
Weight
Much lighter
231 g vs 595 g
Help
2.6x lighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.2 fps vs 2.2 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
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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 HS:2.2 fps
              SX260 HS:3.2 fps
              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

              $207 - $229

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              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
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $197

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $249

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $468

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              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

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $270

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $244

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

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