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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 Digital IXUS 500

Size
Really small
Compact 87x57x28 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
215 g
 

differences

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
Zoom
Much more zoom
50x vs 3x
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Around 278x more zoom
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
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
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
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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
Much 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$226.52 vs $349.00
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The best price we've seen is $122 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:Digital
              Digital IXUS 500:Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:2.2 fps
              Digital IXUS 500:1.5 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:2.8"
              Digital IXUS 500:1.5"

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $491 body only

              $578 with 18-135mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $299 - $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

              $468 - $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 Digital IXUS 500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Travel zoom

              $419

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon EOS 1000D

              Canon EOS 1000D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $840 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Canon IXUS 510 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 510 HS

              Ultra compact

              $365

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S50

              Canon PowerShot S50

              Pro digicam

              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm FinePix S8350

              Fujifilm FinePix S8350

              Digicam

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

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