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

41

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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 PowerShot S3 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 113x78x76 mm
Thickness
Thin
3"
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot 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
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
50x vs 12x
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Around 17.5x more zoom
Screen size
Much larger screen
2.8" vs 2.0"
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More than 40% larger screen
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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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 115k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution 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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 PowerShot SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 3 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
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/2.5" 5.8x4.3mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Lowest price
Cheaper
$342.00 vs $489.00
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The best price we've seen is $147 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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 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
113x78x76 mm vs 123x87x106 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
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
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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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
              Weight Heavy Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:595 g
              S3 IS:510 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:4.2"
              S3 IS:3"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:2.2 fps
              S3 IS:1.5 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:2.8"
              S3 IS:2.0"
              Size Large Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:123x87x106 mm
              S3 IS:113x78x76 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:461k dots
              S3 IS:115k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $200

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $579 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $300 - $349

              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

              $449 - $533

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $377 - $418

              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

              $406 - $448

              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-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Canon PowerShot S3 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              $355

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $212 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot S2 IS

              Canon PowerShot S2 IS

              Super zoom

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $525 body only

              $900 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $178

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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