Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Nikon 1 J2

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Nikon 1 J1

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Zoom
Great zoom
50x
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

Overall image quality
Great image quality
56.0
Size
Really small
Compact 106x61x29 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
 
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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
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Battery life Longer battery life 315 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The PowerShot SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.2 EV vs 11 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 13 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 1,200 fps vs 240 fps
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5x higher fps
Size Much smaller 106x61x29 mm vs 123x87x106 mm
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5.9x smaller
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Focus points Many more focus points 135 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality Better image quality 56.0 vs 47.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Thickness Much thinner 1.2" vs 4.2"
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3.6x thinner
Color depth Better color depth 21.5 bits vs 20.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Weight Significantly lighter 277 g vs 595 g
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2.1x lighter
Sensor size Larger sensor Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 4x larger sensor
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 372 ISO vs 179 ISO
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The J1 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the PowerShot SX50 HS
Lowest price Cheaper $198.99 vs $379.00
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The best price we've seen is $180 cheaper (around 50% less)
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
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:240 fps
              J1:1,200 fps
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:13 fps
              J1:60 fps
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:11.2 EV
              J1:11 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:179 ISO
              J1:372 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:20.3 bits
              J1:21.5 bits
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:9.7 MP
              J1:10 MP
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:47.0
              J1:56.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $300 - $390 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

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              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
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $327 - $347

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 with 11-2mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $634 body only

              $776 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $454 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 body only

              $300 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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