Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Nikon Coolpix P520

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Nikon Coolpix P520

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P520

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

Items often bought with the Canon SX50 HS or Nikon P520

galleries

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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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Zoom
More zoom
50x vs 41.7x
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More than 40% more zoom
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
315 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 60% 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
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
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$303.00 vs $379.00
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The best price we've seen is $76 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon P520

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 2.8"
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More than 10% larger screen
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 P520's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 2.2 fps
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More than 3x 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
Size
Slightly smaller
125×84×102 mm vs 123×87×106 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Weight
Slightly lighter
550 g vs 595 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
4" vs 4.2"
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Almost the same
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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
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              SX50 HS50x
              P52041.7x
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              SX50 HS240 fps
              P520120 fps
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX50 HS4.2"
              P5204"
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX50 HS595 g
              P520550 g
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Size Large Help
              SX50 HS123×87×106 mm
              P520125×84×102 mm

              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
              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
              P5201080p @ 60fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              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
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $300 - $398

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $382 - $480

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Nikon Coolpix P520 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              Avatar for Maarten Lucas Maarten Lucas (10:00 PM, September 14, 2013)
              because it depends on the objective you use, not on the DSLR-camera (the body)
               
              Avatar for Khuram Shahzad Khuram Shahzad (10:03 AM, May 05, 2013)
              Why the Optical zoom is not mentioned in the Feauture and comparing of DLRs camera's? why? if mentioned then where???
               
              Avatar for Adam Green Adam Green (5:14 AM, April 07, 2013)
              I just compared these two (Canon SX50 vs Nikon P520) and the Canon was a slam dunk on image quality.
              I still want manual zoom and focus rings with scroll wheel dials for white balance and iso, but the Canon SX50 is very good for such an affordable "travel zoom" camera. Now, on to play with the new Sony HX300 ...