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

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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
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
13 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
 
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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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 13 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
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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
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 20.3 bits
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Distinguishes 3.2 more bits of color
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 13x larger sensor
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 660 shots vs 315 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance Significantly 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
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
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
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these 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
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $299 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              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

              $427 - $447

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

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              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

              $468 - $478

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $365 - $598

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Zoom Much less zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $249

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Zoom Much less zoom
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 - $629 body only

              $830 - $976 with 18-105mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              GPS Has a GPS
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive

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