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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Overall image quality
Great image quality
47.0
Zoom
Great zoom
50x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Supports 24p
24p movies
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
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Thickness
Thin
3"
 
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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 Much 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
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
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 13 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 8.5x faster continuous shooting
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
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Advantages of the Canon S3 IS

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Aperture 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
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
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        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
        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 Common Weaknesses

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

        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $229

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 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
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $329 body only

        $369 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $227

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Super zoom

        $250 - $260

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $427

        Zoom More zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

        Super zoom

        $390 - $399

        Aperture Wider aperture
        3D Takes 3D photos
        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
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $380 - $598

        Aperture Wider aperture
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Zoom Significantly less zoom
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $322 - $347

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Zoom Less zoom

        Canon PowerShot S3 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

        Super zoom

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Size Larger
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Canon PowerShot S5 IS

        Canon PowerShot S5 IS

        Super zoom

        $589

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Larger
        Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd

        Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd

        Super zoom

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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