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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
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 Significantly higher true resolution 9.7 MP vs 5.9 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
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
Lowest price Cheaper $389.00 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $210 cheaper (around 40% less)
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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:$389.00
              S3 IS:$599.00
              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
              Size Large Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:123x87x106 mm
              S3 IS:113x78x76 mm
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:2.8"
              S3 IS:2.0"

              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:461k dots
              S3 IS:115k dots

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $315 - $405

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly 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

              $225 - $389 body only

              $399 - $550 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

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $397

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              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
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $363 - $518

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              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

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel

              Entry-level DSLR

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $297

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Kodak EasyShare Z812 IS

              Kodak EasyShare Z812 IS

              Super zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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