Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Canon Digital IXUS 500

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Digital IXUS 500

Size
Really small
Compact (87×57×28 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
215 g

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Advantages of the Canon 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
  1. 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
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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 480p
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 118k dots
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Around 4x higher resolution screen
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture more than 90% more detail in your photos
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 8 f-stops better
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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
87×57×28 mm vs 123×87×106 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" 7.18x5.32mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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Around 40% larger sensor
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              SX50 HSDigital
              Digital IXUS 500Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX50 HS2.2 fps
              Digital IXUS 5001.5 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              SX50 HS2.8"
              Digital IXUS 5001.5"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              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 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
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $370 - $398

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

              Canon Digital IXUS 500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

              Compact

              $320

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $260

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $266

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Olympus SP-610 UZ

              Olympus SP-610 UZ

              Super zoom

              $114

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

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