Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Canon PowerShot S3 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Canon PowerShot S3 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (113×78×76 mm)
Macro focus
Great macro
0.0 cm
Thickness
Thin
3"

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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX50 HS

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 36 mm
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More than 30% better wide angle
Screen size
Much larger screen
2.8" vs 2"
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More than 40% larger screen
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
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
50x vs 12x
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Around 17.5x more zoom
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 @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 115k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 5.9 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 6 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
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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Advantages of the Canon S3 IS

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the S3 IS's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
113×78×76 mm vs 123×87×106 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 2.4 cm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 4.2"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
510 g vs 595 g
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More than 10% lighter
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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX50 HS595 g
              S3 IS510 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX50 HS4.2"
              S3 IS3"
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX50 HS2.2 fps
              S3 IS1.5 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              SX50 HS2.8"
              S3 IS2"

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SX50 HS$305.00
              S3 IS$317.00
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              SX50 HS1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              S3 IS1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SX50 HS9.7 MP
              S3 IS5.9 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SX50 HS461k dots
              S3 IS115k dots
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SX50 HS1080p @ 24fps
              S3 IS480p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              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

              $348 - $370

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

              Canon PowerShot S3 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S2 IS

              Canon PowerShot S2 IS

              Super zoom

              $229

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Compact

              $240

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              $339

              Screen size Much larger screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Slightly heavier

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