Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

99

Canon PowerShot S3 IS

46

Runner-up

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"
Weight
Light-weight
510 g

galleries

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 PowerShot S3 IS.

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
Screen size
Much larger screen
2.8" vs 2.0"
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More than 40% larger screen
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
50x vs 12x
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Around 17.5x more zoom
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
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
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 5.9 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 115k dots
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More than 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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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 HS595 g
              S3 IS510 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS4.2"
              S3 IS3"
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS2.2 fps
              S3 IS1.5 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS2.8"
              S3 IS2.0"

              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 HS461k dots
              S3 IS115k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $200 - $248

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $630 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
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $399

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much 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 PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $302 - $314

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

              Canon PowerShot S3 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $180

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $379

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828

              Pro digicam

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger

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