Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Nikon Coolpix P520


Nikon Coolpix P510


Nikon Coolpix P510


Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Overall image quality
Great image quality
Great zoom
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
13 fps

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
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Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
Get that real film feel
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Zoom More zoom 50x vs 41.7x
More than 40% more zoom
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Battery life Longer battery life 315 shots vs 200 shots
Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 13 fps vs 7 fps
Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
The PowerShot SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 240 fps vs 120 fps
2x higher fps
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 2 cm
Almost the same
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 15s vs 8s
Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P510

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 461k dots
Around 2x higher resolution screen
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.0 vs f/3.4
At its widest zoom, the P510's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
Around 10% larger screen
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Size Slightly smaller 120x83x102 mm vs 123x87x106 mm
More than 10% smaller
Weight Slightly lighter 555 g vs 595 g
Around 10% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $298.50 vs $379.00
The best price we've seen is $81 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 4" vs 4.2"
Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Zoom Incredible zoom Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:50x
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:1080p @ 24fps
              P510:1080p @ 30fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:4.2"
              Weight Heavy Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:595 g
              P510:555 g
              Size Large Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:123x87x106 mm
              P510:120x83x102 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:315 shots
              P510:200 shots




              Shared Competitors



              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398 - $400

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $323 - $376

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom


              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $409 - $598

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Super zoom

              $300 - $398

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $219 - $230

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $319 - $390

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors



              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $349 - $441

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors



              Fujifilm FinePix S8300

              Fujifilm FinePix S8300

              Super zoom

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS


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              Serg (1:15 PM, May 21, 2013)
              I have Canon T3i (domestic and portrait camera) and Nikon P510 (as a travel camera).

              Purchased and returned SX50, similar Panasonic, Fuji, Samsung ultrazoom cameras.

              Canon was OK, except the price, and 12MP only matrix - it counts when you use max zoom and try to get smth "panoramic".

              All other cameras gave colors distortion, Fuji (not raw) especially.

              GPS actually was helpful when I was on resort in Cuba and tagged all "wild" travel, snorkeling and scuba locations.

              It's great to remember my best fishing spots (I'm from Canada), and who cares about battery draining when you have an extra one in box.

              Yes, Nikon has problems with autofocus (P mode works better for me with minimum of focusing points) when you are trying to shot pictures from the fast moving bus bumping on Cuban roads. Canon is great. But still, 12MP vs 16MP and the price...

              Never had problems with focus while zooming videos.

              Adjustable electronic viewfinder is very useful for everybody who uses reading glasses so see anything on the screen.

              So I'll be using this Nikon for a while till Canon gives me $300 (max), minimum x50 zoom camera with 20MP (at least) :-)
              Angie (6:06 PM, March 02, 2013)
              How did Canon miss the panorama feature on its Sx50 HS?
              Boba (0:23 PM, January 10, 2013)
              And Russia agree with You!
              Avatar for Drew Crawford Drew Crawford (9:19 PM, January 07, 2013)
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Video Test
              Kim (3:42 AM, December 13, 2012)
              I fell for that nice looking red
              camera trick as well. Looked great. Only had it a week and sent it back
              to the shop for a swap with the sx50 and love the camera. I had a sx40
              first but did not like the grip. Nikon have a nice rubber grip that
              feels great but there it stops. Picture quality from the nikon was best
              of the 3 IMO. Problem was the auto focus was slow and I only had about
              50 % keep rate for pictures, the rest were a fuzzy mess. Were the nikon
              failed for me was its video. Once again I would start a clip ok and then
              move with the subject or pan in for a closer look and the auto focus
              would simply stop working so once again only a small percentage of kept

              When I brought the SX50 I was blown away with its all
              round performance compaired to the nikon. Best thing I have ever done
              and I get to keep most of the images and clips I shoot now.

              Do the people doing this review even use the cameras to see there results. I think not.

              are not a perfessional camera man or anything else for that matter,
              just joe bloggs off the street that wants to do a bit of wildlife
              photography and capture family gatherings from time to time so a pick up
              and shoot camera will do me fine. I do not want to know the tech
              stuff,just shoot
              Avatar for Carpist Carpist (4:46 PM, November 16, 2012)
              I don't believe light and smaller is necessarily a plus when using a super zoom lens. It's easier to hold a heavy camera steady. The only complaint I have for the sx50 is that I inadvertently push either the menu or the exposure bias button when holding the camera. The function wheel is in the wrong spot, directly under your thumb pad. Other than that, a GREAT camera !!
              peter (10:57 AM, November 09, 2012)
              I meant I don't see how Nikon gets 100 and wins. Oops
              Peter (10:56 AM, November 09, 2012)
              Nikon bias!

              I don't see how Nikon P510! Clearly someone who gets paid for Nikon wrote the Nikon P510 review.

              You haven't metioned these cons of the Nikon P510

              The screen only goes up and down, it does not rotate.

              The focus is very slow at 42x zoom

              It has GPS which pushes the price up for no reason and drains the battery

              You need to update your old dated reviews. Anyone who buys a camera with your "advice" is going to get a bad deal and ripped off.