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

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
13 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 315 shots vs 200 shots
Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 13 fps vs 7 fps
Around 90% faster continuous shooting
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
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
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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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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)
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
Around 10% larger screen
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 $304.00 vs $385.00
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 Great zoom Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:50x
              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




              Shared Competitors



              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom


              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom


              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $383 - $536

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom


              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298 - $330

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom


              External mic jack Has an external mic jack

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors



              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom


              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors



              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $170 - $279

              Size Smaller
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $249 body only

              $427 - $440 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen


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              John (10:52 AM, August 30, 2014)
              Powershot vs Nikon Most of this review is fairly accurate. Overall I preferred the Powershot. You can obtain fast clear shot's once you have it on target focus and it has a excellent tracker for action shots. Zoom at half way point seems to confuse especially if there is another subject closer, so you really have to target on what you want to shoot. This camera performs amazing and it really is like a mid pro DSLR without having to carry all those lens, and add on top the money you would have to spend. This also worked really well without a tripod providing you know how to stay steady but that goes for any camera. Both feel bit plasticky so my concern is long term durability to consider for that extra $ to assure a extended warranty as I heard that there has been issues within 7 months use on the zooming in/out sticking. For video the Nikon blows out at full range (tested on the moon) and far range landscape you will see wable, where as the Powershot didn't and allowed you that extra 100x which I feel composants for almost anything far away obtaining that crisper image in both photo/video. Grain or noise is far more apparent in the Nikon which tends towards you having to process, whereas mostly all photo's from Powershot you can use without processing (which is a BIG bonus) The quality of the sound is not very good on either of them, so if you thinking of getting this more for video you be better obtaining a Sony for 250, or purchase a mic. Overall the Powershot is better and does not disappoint.
              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.