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Canon Powershot SX40

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Zoom
Great zoom
50x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
13 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 
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Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Zoom Significantly more zoom 50x vs 35x
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More than 2x more zoom
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Screen size Larger screen 2.8" vs 2.7"
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Almost the same
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 13 fps vs 10.3 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Size Slightly smaller 123x87x106 mm vs 123x92x108 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the SX40's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Battery life Longer battery life 380 shots vs 315 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $323.95 vs $379.00
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The best price we've seen is $55 cheaper (more than 10% 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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:50x
              SX40:35x
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 24fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              0 cm
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:4.2"
              SX40:4.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:595 g
              SX40:600 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:$379.00
              SX40:$323.95
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Size Large Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:123x87x106 mm
              SX40:123x92x108 mm
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:2.8"
              SX40:2.7"

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:13 fps
              SX40:10.3 fps
              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

              $398

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $323 - $377

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $409 - $598

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $229 - $230

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $299

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

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              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $447

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Super zoom

              $265 - $298

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $349 - $441

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $445

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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              bi (1:39 AM, November 01, 2013)
              How come sx50 is cheaper? Sx40 is cheaper on Amazon
               
              Nicole68 (11:43 PM, September 16, 2013)
              Which is a better camera? Sx40 or sx50?
               
              Avatar for Justin Chia Justin Chia (2:43 PM, June 22, 2013)
              Not sure how they come up with 315 shots for SX 40 HS. I am still using SX 40 HS as my back up camera, telephoto and video. On certain concert, I can max out to over 860-880 shots on a single fully charged default battery. Sometimes I am still taking shots while the video recording is still on (not quite an ideal for video). The autofocus is quite fast I can zoom in detail of a face of the performers 90-130 meters out. However, as usual the lightning has to be good. I went to Bestbuy and tested out SX 50 HS but the focus is horrible .. It is understandable that you have to sacrifice certain feature if you want to increase the optical zoom ie. 50x. SX 40 HS as to my own personal opinion is best used for concert where, any DSLR or interchangeable camera lens are not allow to be used.
               
              Vinod (7:42 AM, June 04, 2013)
              Btw, I bought SX40 an year ago at Rs.22k from flipkart.com unlike the Rs.25k that you're suggesting.. maybe it is out of stock on many websites.
               
              Vinod (7:40 AM, June 04, 2013)
              Any improvements in SX50 picture-quality wise? or just the zoom and fps..?
              I'm currently satisfied with SX40's picture quality.. any quality-specific reason that I should go for SX50?


              Has there been an improvement in quality at the high zoom?
               
              Vinod (7:30 AM, June 04, 2013)
              Yep! SX40 forevaa!
               
              Joe Samer (3:43 PM, April 23, 2013)
              Love my SX40 !! Joe