Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Nikon Coolpix L820

Winner
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Nikon Coolpix L820

58

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
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L820

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm)
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
3.3"
Weight
Light-weight
470 g

Items often bought with the Canon SX50 HS or Nikon L820

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Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX50 HS

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
50x vs 29.3x
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Around 3x more zoom
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L820

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the L820's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
111×76×85 mm vs 123×87×106 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 2.2 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.4 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.4x closer to the lens
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3.3" vs 4.2"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
470 g vs 595 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$209.99 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX50 HS4.2"
              L8203.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX50 HS595 g
              L820470 g
              Size Large Help
              SX50 HS123×87×106 mm
              L820111×76×85 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SX50 HS$299.99
              L820$209.99
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              9.7 MP
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              SX50 HS1080p @ 24fps
              L8201080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $230

              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428 - $448

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $370 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

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

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $140

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $218

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              Weight Slightly lighter
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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