Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Nikon D3300

Nikon D3200 vs Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Winner
Nikon D3200

98

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

66

Runner-up

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
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2 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
Much 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
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 179 ISO
Help
The D3200 has excellent image quality 2.7 f-stops higher ISO than the PowerShot SX50 HS
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Size
Smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 123x87x106 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
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 Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these 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
              PowerShot SX50 HSDigital
              D3200Pentamirror
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS4.2"
              D32003"
              Weight Heavy Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS595 g
              D3200505 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS9
              D320011
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS123x87x106 mm
              D3200125x96x76 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $231 body only

              $365 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $279 - $345

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              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

              $480 - $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

              $377 - $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              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

              $448 - $473

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $337 - $606

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $298

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

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $647 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

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $870 - $899 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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