Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5100 vs Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Phase detection autofocus
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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

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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
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 D5100

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
80.0 vs 47.0
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More than 70% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 20.3 bits
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Distinguishes 3.2 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
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.8 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
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
1,183 ISO vs 179 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality 2.7 f-stops higher ISO than the PowerShot SX50 HS
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
660 shots vs 315 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Size
Smaller
127x96x78 mm vs 123x87x106 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" 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
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Weight
Slightly lighter
560 g vs 595 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:Digital
              D5100:Pentamirror
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:595 g
              D5100:560 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:4.2"
              D5100:3.1"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:9
              D5100:11
              Size Large Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:123x87x106 mm
              D5100:127x96x78 mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $557 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $536 body only

              $579 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $630 - $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $300 - $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

              $459 - $550

              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 - $378

              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

              $406 - $448

              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-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $234 body only

              $374 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive

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