Updated (March, 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Nikon 1 V3

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Nikon 1 V2

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

63

Nikon 1 V2

30

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V2

Size
Really small
Mid size 109x82x46 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
True resolution
High true resolution
14.2 MP
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

galleries

Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 V2.

differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$319.00 vs $496.95
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The best price we've seen is $178 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon 1 V2

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High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
1,200 fps vs 240 fps
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5x higher fps
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Size
Significantly smaller
109x82x46 mm vs 123x87x106 mm
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2.8x smaller
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
73 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Thickness
Much thinner
1.8" vs 4.2"
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2.3x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
278 g vs 595 g
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2.1x lighter
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
50.0 vs 47.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
403 ISO vs 179 ISO
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The 1 V2 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the PowerShot SX50 HS
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS240 fps
              1 V21,200 fps
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS20.3 bits
              1 V220.2 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS11.2 EV
              1 V210.8 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS179 ISO
              1 V2403 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS47.0
              1 V250.0
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $345 - $349

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $499 - $500

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $260 - $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

              $330 - $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

              $411 - $428

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support

              Nikon 1 V2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,197 with 10-30mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 body only

              $395 with 10-30mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Color depth Better color depth
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $779 with 10-100mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $239 body only

              $343 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus

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