Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

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

Items often bought with the SX50 HS or SX260 HS

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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 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
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
2.4 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.1x closer to the lens
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
315 shots vs 210 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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Almost the same
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$299.99 vs $400.00
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The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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Size
Much smaller
106×61×33 mm vs 123×87×106 mm
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5.3x smaller
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size
Larger screen
3" 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
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
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX50 HS2.2 fps
              SX260 HS3.2 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              SX50 HSf/3.4
              SX260 HSf/3.5

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348 - $370

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $398 - $428

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $349

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $369

              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 SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS

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