Nikon D3200 vs Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Nikon D3200

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX50 HS

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
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
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
81.0 vs 47.0
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More than 70% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 20.3 bits
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Distinguishes 3.8 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2.1 f-stops more dynamic range
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 179 ISO
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The D3200 has excellent image quality: 2.7 f-stops higher ISO than the SX50 HS
Size
Smaller
125×96×77 mm vs 123×87×106 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 315 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 4.2"
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Around 30% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 2.2 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 595 g
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Around 20% lighter
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              SX50 HSDigital
              D3200Pentamirror
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SX50 HS4.2"
              D32003"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              SX50 HS595 g
              D3200505 g
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SX50 HS9
              D320011
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              SX50 HS123×87×106 mm
              D3200125×96×77 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $382 - $480

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348

              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

              $300 - $398

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

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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