Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Canon PowerShot S5 IS

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Canon PowerShot S5 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Great image quality
Overall image quality
47.0
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 117x80x78 mm
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
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
Much 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
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 size
Larger screen
2.8" vs 2.5"
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More than 10% 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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 207k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
315 shots vs 170 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The PowerShot SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution
Higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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 S5 IS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the S5 IS's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
117x80x78 mm vs 123x87x106 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 2.4 cm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 4.2"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
550 g vs 595 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:595 g
              S5 IS:550 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:4.2"
              S5 IS:3.1"
              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
              S5 IS:1.5 fps
              Size Large Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:123x87x106 mm
              S5 IS:117x80x78 mm
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:2.8"
              S5 IS:2.5"

              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
              S5 IS:207k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $250

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 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 slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $400 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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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

              $320 - $397

              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

              $479 - $549

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398 - $499

              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

              $468

              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-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

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

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S3 IS

              Canon PowerShot S3 IS

              Super zoom

              $319

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $549 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $268

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Olympus SP-570 UZ

              Olympus SP-570 UZ

              Super zoom

              $600

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger

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