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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Zoom
Great zoom
50x
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
13 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Zoom Much more zoom 50x vs 12x
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Around 17.5x more zoom
Wide angle Much better wide angle 24 mm vs 36 mm
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More than 30% better wide angle
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 size Significantly larger screen 2.8" vs 2.5"
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More than 10% larger 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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 13 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 8.5x faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 207k dots
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More than 2x 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
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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 315 shots vs 170 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $379.00 vs $799.99
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The best price we've seen is $421 cheaper (2.1x 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 S5 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 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
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 Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:$379.00
              S5 IS:$799.99
              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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 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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:315 shots
              S5 IS:170 shots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $229 - $230

              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 Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $324 - $430

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $184

              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 G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $319 - $377

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $447

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $409 - $552

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Zoom Much less zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Super zoom

              $265 - $298

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S3 IS

              Canon PowerShot S3 IS

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $649

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $94 - $250

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $579

              Screen size Much larger screen
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              $690

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Size Larger

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