Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Canon Digital IXUS 500

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Great image quality
Overall image quality
47.0
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Digital IXUS 500

Size
Really small
Compact 87x57x28 mm
Sensor size
Large sensor
1/1.8" 7.2x5.3mm
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
215 g

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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 Digital IXUS 500.

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Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Screen size
Much larger screen
2.8" vs 1.5"
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Around 90% larger screen
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 36 mm
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More than 30% better wide angle
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
50x vs 3x
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Around 278x more zoom
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 480p
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture more than 90% more detail in your photos
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 118k dots
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Around 4x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The PowerShot SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Macro focus
Better macro capability
2.4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.1x closer to the lens
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
2.2 fps vs 1.5 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Canon Digital IXUS 500

Size
Much smaller
87x57x28 mm vs 123x87x106 mm
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8.2x smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the Digital IXUS 500's lens captures marginally more light (0.6 f-stops)
Thickness
Much thinner
1.1" vs 4.2"
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3.8x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
215 g vs 595 g
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2.8x lighter
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.2x5.3mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 40% larger sensor
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              PowerShot SX50 HSDigital
              Digital IXUS 500Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS2.2 fps
              Digital IXUS 5001.5 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS2.8"
              Digital IXUS 5001.5"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $531 - $573 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159 - $207

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder

              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

              $345 - $349

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348 - $378

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix FZ72

              Panasonic Lumix FZ72

              Super zoom

              $321 - $327

              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

              $340 - $398

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

              Canon Digital IXUS 500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS

              Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS

              Compact

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
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              Canon Digital IXUS 400

              Compact

              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

              Casio Exilim ZR-200

              Travel zoom

              $267

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

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